The Gran Turismo racing series on the Playstation has been around since the very first PS 1 and is a gaming staple if you like Racing Games. Some highlights of the games have been original tracks, cars not found in any other racing platform and very realistic physics as well as graphics. As a dedicated lover of cars and racing in general, Gran Turismo is one of my favorite series. Which brings us to Gran Turismo 6, the last one for the PS3 - any others will be on the PS4 - and I was very, very disappointed with it. The overall game feels as if the developers, Polyphonic Digital, just cobbled GT6 together in a few months and tossed it out to players to tide us over until GT7 on the PS4 (whenever that is). The game feels completely different from the last five because of new physics engines that involve separate sections of the cars such as suspension, tires and body to name a few. The cars take getting used to if you've been playing ever since GT1 The graphics rendering engine is also new and makes the vehicles and locales look incredible at times - sometimes they look cartoonish - but gamers know that great graphics don't necessarily make for a great game. And some things from previous games aren't in GT6 such as the A-Spec/B-Spec racing where the latter had you using AI drivers that you gave orders as they raced to pass, speed up their laps and so on. Some players of course won't care that the feature is gone, but that's their choice. Also, the game has brought back the driver's license tests for each level of racing, a feature many players came to hate because of the difficulty and precise times you have to clock. Beginners will get frustrated, especially if they want silver or better and that means taking the test over and over and...you get the idea. The lap times for trophies is similar for the races; the developers assume everyone can drive like a virtual Mario Andretti or Jackie Stewart and set the times accordingly. What about people with trembling hands like i have because of my back condition? I can't turn in consistent lap times like I once could, but the game doesn't take this into account with more realistic lower times for the trophies. There are also very few races available compared to past incarnations of the series although Sony is supposed to be adding more to the game or so I've heard. Maybe it's just me getting cranky in my old age (early 50's), but the game feels only half-finished and I would have been content to wait for them to actually finish GT6 before releasing it and receiving updates via the internet. If new content is added later, I might consider raising my ratings later, but for now, GT6 just sits gathering dust while I happily play GT5.
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