I think it’s safe to say that I am the racing (game) connoisseur in the group. I recently and finally had the chance to try out GT5 Prologue. I’ve played some of the earlier versions of this game and thought they were just generic. GT5 shows its’ flash on the PS3. The game is gorgeous, from the menus to the venues, which some people may call tracks. The competition can be stiff in this huge demo, you find yourself really competing for the preferred line in the road courses. Racing dynamic is realistic to a certain degree. Your tires will wear and drafting is important but I have a HUGE problem with the feature of being able to slam into another car and have the cars neither take damage nor break speed and path. How can a racing simulation of this day and age skimp on these physics when they seem essential to racing competition? The allowance of this invincibility opens the flood gates for asshattery in online games. If you’ve smashed into a breaking car at full speed, you should be eating your radiator, not pushing the other car forwards while you match pace. Still the eye candy and number of cars is genuine to the Gran Turismo experience so I give it a 6/10 and await the full game to see if some of the issues have been looked into.
That being said, I am also anticipating the release of the hardest fucking racing game ever made, in a series of video games, to be released October 30th. I’m talking about MotoGP '08. Yes it’s hard to believe but my racing influence includes motorcycles. I’ve been keeping up with the MotoGP season in real life and it’s been an exciting season. Valentino Rossi is the most ridiculous racer I’ve ever seen, ridiculous meaning the most badass. The games’ crappy controls and unforgiving physics means you have to have memorized the courses, preferred lines, and front and rear tire braking ratios on every turn to have any success at the game. Unbelievably, the MotoGP series has a humongous following, most likely derived from its’ real life fan base. This is the only game I have ever played that requires practice to actually be decent at. Even then, you’re still going to get lapped by the computer on the easy setting. Can’t frickin’ wait…
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