Gran Turismo 6
For many years, the Gran Turismo series has been the benchmark when it comes to racing simulators. Just last month, the latest title in this series was launched and we managed to get in plenty of track time in this game. Is Gran Turismo 6 a game that’s worth the buzz?
At its core, GT6 remains much like its predecessors. The primary objective in this game is to collect more (over 1,200 virtual) cars than you can possibly dream of, and compete in races around iconic real-world tracks or fictional tracks designed by the GT team. In addition, GT6 also gives you the chance to participate in other forms of driving in modes called “Coffee Break Challenges” and “Mission Races”. Progress far enough into the game, and you’ll unlock a special event that lets you spend some time on the moon! Needless to say, GT6 is amazingly packed with content.
When it comes to tracks, there’s little doubt that GT6 is the ultimate video game title in terms of accuracy and variety. In this game, you’ll be able to race in famous tracks like Silverstone and Nurburgring, among many more. Fan-favorite fictional track Apricot Hill also made a return in this game. While on the subject of tracks, it’s great that Polyphony introduced a dynamic day to night transition mechanism into GT6. With this feature, you can race on certain tracks that gradually turn into night, forcing you to rely on your car’s headlights for vision. Sadly, you can’t upgrade to HID lighting.
Like its predecessors, GT6 also boasts top-notch handling realism. Each and every car will handle differently, with the car’s drivetrain, weight, power and type of tires currently being equipped taken into account. A larger and heavier R34 Nissan Skyline GT-R will have a harder time clinging to corners than a Mitsubishi Evolution VI, proving that realism is truly the name of the game in GT6. Having said that, it’s a shame that players can’t enable the damage engine in single player mode. Heading online to participate in online races is your only option to experience mechanical damage.
Truth be told, we’d recommend spending time in the online races instead of the solo career mode. Not only will you be able to turn on mechanical damage, you can also have grid starts, compulsory pit stops and practice and qualifying rounds. For a more accurate race experience, online is the place to be.
Graphically, GT6 is both a disappointment and a marvel at the same time. Like GT5, there are both Premium and Standard cars. Premium cars are given more attention to detail, such as better anti-aliasing treatment and an accurate cockpit view, complete with dials and knobs, while Standard cars only have a darkened interior for their cockpit view. All the tracks look great, with cracks and sand pits accurately positioned.
In a nutshell, GT6 is great improvement over its immediate predecessor in terms of content and presentation. However, we believe it’s still not as polished as it could’ve been. The damage mechanics are still very forgiving, and the audio leaves much to be desired (audio sounds like they are being outputted by mini speakers). It’s also worth noting that the B-spec mode is currently absent, but Polyphony has promised an update that will remedy this in the near future.
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