So you want realism on your GT5 (or Forza) racing experience? Let’s face it, controllers are alright, but they don’t really generate that same amount of unbridled realism that force-feedback steering wheels come in. That’s why we don’t hold anything back on our racing game accessories, especially when it comes to the steering wheel.
Fanatec’s new – and officially licensed – Porsche 911 GT2 racing wheel sells for $250, but actually feels like it costs more than that. On sheer aesthetics alone, the wheel has been dressed in the same Alcantara leather that’s found on the 911 GT2. With the controls, this officially licensed Xbox 360 wireless steering wheel has 14 hidden buttons, a 900-degree steering angle, and a USB cable that you can connect to the PS3 and the PC. Yeah, an Xbox-licensed accessory that works on the PS3. Pretty cool huh?
Here’s where it gets even more interesting: if you want a full-scale upgrade on the wheel, there’s a $250 added charge that will get you the Clubsport Edition that includes a stick shift, carbon fiber paddle shifters, and high-end adjustable aluminum pedals.
In the weeks that have followed since the release of Gran Turismo 5, Sony has apparently yet to tire of promoting their new racing game. This is probably their way of making up for all the negative press they received for delaying the game’s release so many times in the past.
A few weeks ago, Sony welcomed the release of GT5 by heading over to France for a pretty intense supercar run at the Champ Elysees in Paris. This run featured some of the most desirable supercars on the planet. Sounds like a one-time promotional event, right?
Now that Gran Turismo 5 is burning up the time of all males between the ages of 18-80, we can now turn our attention to the best way to enjoy a racing simulator like GT5. Naturally, the first thing that comes to mind are those external steering wheels that take the gaming experience to a whole new level.
For a time, Logitech’s Driving Force was the only steering wheel controller available on the market for racing sims like GT5. But today, we received word that Thrustmaster has thrusted – no pun intended – themselves in the conversation with the T500RS, an officially licensed steering wheel accessory for Gran Turismo 5 . It was only a matter of time before Logitech found itself a worthy steering wheel controller competitor and apparently, that time has finally come.
We haven’t had the chance to test out the T500RS, but Thrustmaster has put out the bold proclamation that theirs is the best GT5 steering wheel accessory in the market. And with the price tag of $500, it sure costs like one.
Certainly, forking over that kind of money is a pretty big investment in its own right. But if Thrustmaster is all they say they are, it should be a must for every GT5-playing nut to experience the thrill of playing the game the only way it should be played. And, by the way, there’s a definite emphasis on the word "nut."
Now that the day is finally upon us, there’s a palpable buzz emanating in the air, one that in all honesty, has been bottled up for such a long time that all of us are just about ready to burst.
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, there will be no more delays this time. The ridiculously long-awaited release of Gran Turismo 5 is getting closer and closer to finally being over.
With the game becoming available tomorrow, we have set out to give you a two-part preview of what cars and race tracks are going to be available in the game. Earlier, we ran down the entire list of vehicles that will be in the game – all 1,031 of them.
Now, we have part 2 of our GT5 Countdown, featuring all the racetracks – with their different variations – that will be included in the game. It’s not as extensive as the cars list, but it’s still noteworthy enough to take note of all 71 circuits. Try to get acquainted with these tracks and their different layouts because you’re going to be racing in them soon enough.
It seemed that this day would never come. Even if we knew that eventually, someday, we’d get our hands on Gran Turismo 5, there was still that element of doubt that left us weary on when the game would actually be released. Call it paranoia over all those delays or just sheer anxiety, but even if we knew that it would eventually be released, at the back of our minds, those little devils kept on whispering that we’d have to wait longer than we all expected.
Thankfully – mercifully! – that wait is finally over. Today is November 23, 2010. Tomorrow is November 24, 2010. Sure, it’s the day before Thanksgiving, but for a lot of us that have waited years for this day, we can all safely say that Thanksgiving is coming a day early.
Gran Turismo 5 is finally here.
Before we get all giddy and start to spasm, we thought that it would be cool to give you a two-part preview of what to expect before the game finally comes out. The first part will involve a detailed list of all the cars available on GT5. We have to warn you that there are 1,031 cars in the game, which means that it might take some time to run over the entire thing. We ran it down alphabetically so it should be easier for you guys to find your favorite cars and see which exotics made it to the game. As a note, there are two designations that come before each car. “S” stands for Standard Model whereas “P” means Premium Model.
Better get to it folks!
The second part of our GT5 preview will feature all the tracks available in the game. Hint: There’s 71 of ‘em.
It’s been about five days since Gran Turismo 5 became available worldwide and just like everybody else, we’ve sequestered ourselves in our rooms, put on our ‘Do not Disturb’ sign, and closed off our world entirely. Yep, no phone calls, no Internet, and certainly no regard for personal hygiene (Okay, we took a quick shower here and there, but nowhere close to our usual standards).
After five years of development and numerous release delays to boot, not to mention Sony’s continued insistence that the game is as close to real driving as any racing game in the history of civilization, the expectations surrounding Gran Turismo was about as high as the Miami Heat’s chances of winning the NBA Championship this year. Unlike Lebron & Co. though, GT5 hasn’t disappointed.
When it came to the graphics, Gran Turismo 5 is a definite cut above everything else we’ve seen. Every last swooping line and polish of the cars was visible in the game, the tracks were impeccably tailored to include even some unwarranted dirt around it, and the loose engagement of the cars while racing around the Nurburgring felt like you were sitting in the driver’s seat yourself.
By now, all of you have probably spent the last 48 hours in front of your TVs with red eyes, numb fingers, and 12 empty cans of Red Bull lying on the side after undergoing your first – of what we expect to be many – marathon sessions of Gran Turismo 5. How exactly do we know this? Let’s just say that we know how it feels.
But in the event that you still haven’t purchased your own copy of GT5 – shame on you, by the way – we’re here to give you the lowdown on the three different packages that the highly anticipated racing game comes in: the Standard Edition, the Limited Edition, and the Collector/Signature Edition.
If you’re looking to buy the game all by itself without the add-ones, then the Standard Edition is for you. The only thing you’re going to get apart from the game itself will be the receipt that comes with it. On the flip side, this is still the cheapest option at $59.99.
The Red Bull X1 Prototype - the handiwork of Red Bull Racing’s Chief Technical Officer, Adrian Newey - is a car that only resides in the virtual world that is Gran Turismo 5 . Dream as we all may to see the car destroy any four-wheeled vehicle in the real world, the likelihood of that ever happening is as slim as plucking a needle out of a million haystacks. Not that the X1 Prototype isn’t capable of doing so – it can obliterate anything that challenges it! – but regulations on these types of racers has made the superdupercar unbuildable.
On the flip side, it doesn’t mean that the X1 Prototype can’t be built, albeit it without a powertrain. In fact, the folks from Industrial Design Consultancy have already built a real-scale model of the X1 Prototype sans the powertrain. Measuring 4.75m long and 2.2m wide, the model was secretly built by IDC at its modeling center in the UK in collaboration with Red Bull.
There’s no Pagani Zonda Cinque like the one rampaging along the Italian mountains in the Need for Speed commercial, but either way, you can’t go wrong with all those supercars.
With all these supercars running all over the Champ Elysees in Paris, we can’t help but get all juiced up to play Gran Turismo 5. We won’t get close to owning any of these babies in real life, so we’ll just settle for acquiring all of them in the virtual world.
Okay all you die hard Gran Turismo fans, here’s the first commercial for the much anticipated Gran Turismo 5 due out in just a matter of days - November 24th to be exact. That is, unless something random happens and the game is postponed yet again , but we’re going to stick with optimism at this point.
When it is finally on the shelves, the game will cost $59.99, which is a great deal for a game that is said to be the best racing game the world has ever seen. If you will pay an extra $99, then you’ll also get a book on racing techniques, five DLC cars, a keychain, and a 1:43 scale diecast car.
Of course, all those knick-knacks will come secondary to the long list of 1,000 cars Gran Turismo will feature. Among that list is the Mercedes SLS AMG , Audi R8 V10 , Chevrolet Camaro , Corvette ZR1 and many, many others. Since a lot of us will never actually get the chance to sit behind the wheel of the real live versions of these cars, we’ll settle for kicking some butt with them in GT5! This will be especially true since Sony, Polyphony Digital, and Nissan have launched the GT Academy 2010 . This academy tests the mad driving skills of gamers everywhere as they battle it out in GT5 to win a once in a lifetime opportunity to train with elite race car drivers at international tracks and race as part of a professional team.