Sony continues their highly successful and critically acclaimed series of racing simulation video games with today’s North American release of Gran Turismo 5, available exclusively for the PlayStation 3 (PS3) and for the first-time ever in stereoscopic 3-D.
Developed by Polyphony Digital, Gran Turismo 5 brings the world’s most realistic and comprehensive driving experiences to fans in one of the most highly anticipated games of all time. For the first time in the franchise, players can look forward to real-time car damage, dynamic weather effects, kart racing, access to select NASCAR cars, a Course Maker and robust online community features. The game will also feature an impressive line-up of more than 1,000 licensed cars from the world’s top manufacturers and more than 20 tracks with over 70 variations, including famous world circuits, city courses, snow and dirt, and original environments popular among fans.
“Over the past five years, the team of designers and engineers at Polyphony Digital have worked to set new standards in graphics, presentation, and gameplay within the Gran Turismo franchise,” said Scott A. Steinberg, Vice President of Product Marketing, SCEA. “With Gran Turismo 5, the development team has set a new bar in the racing genre with more than 1,000 vehicles, new racing modes and features, and a robust online community. We are excited to offer loyal fans a racing experience that remains unmatched.”
With exciting new features to suit newcomers, automotive enthusiasts and seasoned fans, Gran Turismo 5 raises the bar on the franchise’s quality of design, physics and technology, while delivering an ultra-realistic driving experience with unparalleled visuals and lifelike graphics that are difficult to distinguish from a live race. The game will feature a completely new physics engine for an improved and more realistic, and responsive, driving feel across the board, as well as real-time vehicle damage and wear, with adaptive and accurate car deformation based on point of impact and velocity. Additionally, players will have the chance to utilize face tracking capabilities using the PlayStation®Eye camera, allowing players to look around the interior of vehicles while in the interior dash view.
The 1,031 cars featured in the game are the most complex database of models in the history of racing simulators. Besides the newest apparitions in the automotive industry of the last two years, GT5 comes with classic models and concepts that you can only drive here. Among them are Citroen GT Concept, Jaguar XJ13 or the Red Bull X1 concept, developed by Red Bull exclusively for this game. In Gran Turismo 5 you can also test a Fiat 500 F from the 60′s, Lexus LF-A, Mercedes SLS AMG, Honda Insight, Toyota Prius, Tesla Roadster or the legendary Lancia Delta Integrale. The LeMans prototypes or the WRC cars are not missing either.
From the 51 tracks available in GT4, Polyphony now has 71 in GT5. Here are included the classics Nurburgring, Circuit de la Sarthe, Tsukuba, Laguna Seca, Monza, Daytona, Indianapolis or Suzuka, but also unique tracks in Rome or Madrid, of course virtual ones. There are also visionary tracks like Trial Mountain or Deep Forest Raceway, and the user can add or remove a few things, as the new GT5 allows it.
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