Gran Designs - Day Five: Gran Turismo HD

Sony goes stark-raving mad and gives away its best game

GT HD comes with ten cars, which is boosted to 20 in the Time Trial section thanks to selectable tuned versions of that original ten. Finally, after a decade of whining, you can select a proper, actual, red Ferrari. Not some clone or a body-kit rip-off, but the genuine Ferrari 599 - and it’s available in 17 colors. You’ll pick red, of course, but it’s nice that the makers have put the effort in and finally done the deal with Ferrari. Hopefully this means the full back catalog of Italian supercars will appear in GT5. That alone will make it the hottest GT yet.

As for tracks, well, there’s either one or two depending on who you listen to. You get the brand new Eiger Nordwand mountain circuit to race around, either forwards or reversed. Hence the possible miscounting. It’s a decent track. Narrow yet fast, it’s tough and has enough bends to let you get the hang of the controls - and start to use the PS3 controller’s “new” analog trigger as your car throttle. Good to see Sony finally catching up with Dreamcast.

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