GRAN TURISMO 6

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - TECH -

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)

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