It wasn’t too long ago when I thought that we will only see one Gran Turismo game on the PlayStation 3. Gran Turismo 5 was eventually released after years of waiting, and when Gran Turismo 6 (GT6) was initially announced also for PS3, and eventually released close to the release of PS4, I had mixed reactions about the title.
Given the long development timeline for GT5, it is much celebrated to see developer Polyphony Digital turning around with the next installment of the game within a shorter duration, but why is GT6 not coming to the PS4 party? How long more would we have to wait for GT7 on PS4?
Upon spending more time with the game, I now understand it better. The development team paid more attention and made a couple of improvements to the overall experience. It took effort to streamline certain menu processes including reducing the waiting time during the first installation of the game. The career mode starts slow but with patience and dedication, it becomes rewarding later on when the progress speeds up.
You may feel overwhelmed at the over 1000 cars available from the start, and some of you may be turned off at the option to obtain any of the better models if you simply convert real cash for in-game credits, but this is simply taking a page from money management lesson in real-life – If you want to afford something, work for it. It doesn’t hurt to reward yourself with one of those sexy models for your garage, but it is important to exercise prudence.
GT6 is not a title that you must complete within a tight deadline, unless you’re eagerly hunting for trophies and want to move on to other games, say on the PS4. It is a driving simulator you can take comfortably enjoy at your own pace as you breathe in the amazing display of headlights and bonnets. The cockpit mode has received substantial improvement and is recommended if you want a realistic view while driving. The experienced Gran Turismo players may spot a lower resolution for certain models along the way but it should not bother most if the TV is capable of proper 1080p setting. The one question thrown out among our casual talk is if the GT6 is capable of displaying such magnificent display of graphics on the PS3, imagine what a PS4 version could accomplish…
The vast variety of tracks is also sure to satisfy many fans and it is said to be one of the key selling points over Xbox One’s Forza5. But in this corner of the earth, most of the consumers are still waiting for news on the official and proper geographical Xbox One’s release, and the extra cash is better spent on games than for paying for the marked up price of an imported console.
Along the way, I’m happy that GT6’s release was made on the PS3. Although now an inferior console, this is a perfect hallmark title to bid farewell to a well-grown community and an ideal collection to welcome new late-members to the PS3 family. With its huge library of titles, the PS3 will remain evergreen for many more months.
No doubt, when all the surprise announcements at E3 start taking shape in late 2014, fans will make the jump to PS4 eventually. And in time to come, the next Gran Turismo magic will shine again. Until then, let’s race to the moon.