GRAN TURISMO 6
GRAN Turismo is one of the essentials for any PlayStation owner. The award- winning racing sim has been around since the console launched and we’ve been treated to a fresh instalment with the arrival of each new console – up until now, that is.
Gran Turismo 6 is something of a swansong for the PS3 console, looking to simply right the minor wrongs of GT5 and round out the last generation console with the ultimate GT experience.
As is always the Gran Turismo way, it’s all about the evolution and refinement of a winning formula. Thrown into the mix are some improvements to the physics – in particular how tyres, suspension, and aerodynamics work.
There has also been a visual overhaul, so rather than having varying levels of detail in the cars, each one has the same visual attention to detail.
Other minor enchantments include quicker loading time between races and a new star- based scoring system for unlocking events, now providing multiple ways to advance through career mode.
There are more than 120 new cars, bringing the total to more than 1200 authentic- looking cars of which you can jump behind the wheel.
Yes, this includes dozens of compact Japanese cars you must start out with and will never drive again, but there are also plenty of exotic supercars such as the Lamborghini Aventador and Pagani Huayra.
While the redesigned menus won’t trick any Gran Turismo fans into thinking this is a completely new offering, GT6 is far from the watered- down versions we’ve seen in the past.
In addition to the lengthy career mode, there is an arcade mode, special race challenges, online racing, options for tweaking the performance and look of each car, an enhanced photo mode, and the unique GT Academy competition.
Owners of the new PS4 console that launched just before Christmas are no doubt disappointed GT6 isn’t compatible, but Sony’s recently announced cloud- streaming service, PlayStation Now, will likely resolve this when it launches later this year.
( reviewed on PS3)