Game guru driven to per­fec­tion

The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - FRONT PAGE - Craig Duff

THE lat­est ver­sion of the world’s most pop­u­lar car rac­ing game is fi­nally here – and part­ners of lounge­room rac­ers will curse the day it launched.

Based on this house­hold, Gran Turismo 5 will cause se­ri­ous fam­ily fric­tion, be it bat­tling for the con­troller or just fight­ing for con­trol of the TV.

The game is so ex­ten­sive that it could eas­ily take gamers a year to com­plete ev­ery chal­lenge.

There are 1031 cars to try out on 71 tracks and a level of re­al­ism that de­mands re­play­ing the same race un­til you get the lines and over­tak­ing ma­noeu­vres just right.

All of the above make it great value for money, with prices for the PlayS­ta­tion 3 game start­ing at $130.

The cre­ator

Kazunori Ya­mauchi is renowned as a per­fec­tion­ist. He took five years to cre­ate this ver­sion of the Gran Turismo fran­chise and that ex­act­ing ap­proach means he could walk away from his Polyphony Dig­i­tal gam­ing de­sign stu­dio and have a ca­reer as a race driver.

The Ja­panese ge­nius has taken part in sev­eral pro­fes­sional races and fin­ished fourth in his class driv­ing a Lexus IS-F with Aus­tralia’s Peter Lyon in this year’s 24 Hours of Nur­bur­gring.

Ya­mauchi doesn’t dis­tin­guish be­tween driv­ing in the game and in the real world, which goes a long way to ex­plain­ing why GT5 is so re­al­is­tic. It also ex­plains his pas­sion for the GT Academy chal­lenge, an on­line con­test to find the best vir­tual racer, who then goes on to un­der­take real race car train­ing. The first two academy grad­u­ates are both still rac­ing.

‘‘I like the fact that peo­ple are us­ing Gran Turismo to learn how to drive,’’ he says. ‘‘It builds on a young man’s life and see­ing that is re­ally en­joy­able – they live their dreams in the game and if they’re good enough, they can live it in the real world.’’

LONG AWAITED: Af­ter five years of work to per­fect the pop­u­lar game, Gran Turismo 5 is re­leased.

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