I had high hopes with previous reviews talking about the realism of the
handling and how it's quite difficult to control the car with all the driver
So I disabled all the aids, chose sim mode and went racing.
GT5 looks gorgeous (but they REALLY screwed up on the AA or AF –
there's flickering lines everywhere!) and sounds ok, but for anyone looking for
a realistic driving sim, you have to look elsewhere for the following
- There's no car damage – this means that on several circuits, the fastest
line is to bounce off the walls and other cars. This is unacceptable.
- Wall sliding barely slows the car
- It's hard to spin most of the cars without trying
- Tyres don't appear to wear, fuel doesn't seem to get used
- The cars you drive aren't matched evenly to the AI. If I come around a
corner and step out of line slightly, there's no way I should be able to catch
and pass an identical car on the next straight, but invariably I can.
Online functionality is also currently a joke – I tried to race properly,
but if you're in front of more than a couple of people and brake for a corner at
the right place, you _WILL_ get hit by the horde of people behind you not
bothering to brake and heading for the armco to slide around.
So GT5 is a pretty game, but for a proper sim experience, go get GTR2 or
rFactor or even Live for Speed. There's still no realistic Sim for
I know why Sony have done this – the game will appeal to more people than
a sim, but it's frustrating that they haven't included a genuinely realistic
handling mode when all the hard work had already been done.
Cheers – N