New patch and new content? Gran Turismo 5 is practically ready for release!

Gran Turismo 5 is deep in development at Polyphony Digital's headquarters - and almost ready to go. Criticisms levelled at the game's paid-for beta (which we reviewed here) have been taken into careful consideration and the results are looking mighty promising. 'Standard' cars are getting interior views, mid-race game saves will be available to let you sleep without fear of the YLOD, and both the physics and dodgy early AI are receiving improvements. There's even a detailed and dated plan for DLC. Not long now until we get to play Gran Turismo 5 - it's going to be amazing.

Of course, I'm being sarcastic. Gran Turismo 5 has been out for almost a year already, yet Yamauchi and his team are still deeply entrenched in the game's development. They've been working on a new user interface because the existing one is awful. The weather change feature will now be user-controllable. You'll also be able to save multiple car set-ups. Um... surely these things should have been included before putting the game on sale?

Above: Proof that you will be able to set the weather before you start racing

Regardless the 'Spec 2.0' patch is coming on October 11. Maybe we should review it again (NO! - my inner self). What's also surprising is that DLC has also been announced. It's been so long coming, we'd given up hope, but it's real and will include a track pack (hopefully containing the remaining tracks from GT's past), a pack of racing class cars and a racing gear add-on containing helmets and overalls for your driver.

Above: There's no denying, the game looks beautiful in carefully-selected still frames

The DLC hasn't been dated, but it sounds like things are actually emerging from Polyphony now, even if some of them are not exactly what we would have asked for (a graph to show B-Spec race positions on We'll be watching Gran Turismo 5 closely as it approaches its October 11 launch. Until then, keep playing that beta.

06 Oct, 2011

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  • emw80 - October 9, 2011 5:51 p.m.

    I guess this is what happens when a developer/publisher caves in to fan pressure, (and fan-nerd rage), to release a game earlier than it should have done,, but what we are seeing now in Gran-Turismo 5 is what it was supposed to be from the beginning,, so if you were feeling let down in the begining, then you can all blame the greasy snot nosed hyper-active slobbering spotty faced children who cried and screamed and spat out their dummies when they got impatient waiting on GT5. Also, The GT5 Spec 2.0 "Update", will NOT be the last thing you'll see happening in GT5. So far, the only things missing from GT5 would be the likes of a Livery Editor and a Storefront from Forza 3 to sell all your designs and of course sell your pimped, painted and tuned cars, If GT5 had those, then there wouldn't be any point in EA bothering with another Shift title or Turn 10 bothering with Forza 4, well, besides to give Xbox 360 users something good to justify their un-justifiable Gold Subscriptions. So, what are you people going to be expecting in GT6, which "im guessing" will not be released untill PS4?
  • budhead - October 7, 2011 9:50 a.m.

    wow... i wonder how old the person who wrote this article is ? this REEKS of xbox fanboyism, someone has to be really butthurt to write dribble like this about a great game with even better support, truthfully the best support given to any game released on consoles to date, after spec II and the dlc, the author of this article is going to be a sad little man,.. i mean more sad then he already is, lol
  • bass88 - October 9, 2011 8:19 a.m.

    If you read Mr. Towell's review of Gran Turismo 5 you'd know that he is a very big fan of the series (he adores GT3) and his disappointment of GT5 is understandable. Also, I believe he prefers using PS3 for racing games (in his F1 97 retrospective he mentions that he uses Sony's consoles for F1 games) as he can use his steering wheel with it. So, all in all, I don't think he's an idiot fanboy. Hell, I have GT5 and I was disappointed. I still prefer it over Forza (Forza is better for AI but I don't think the driving physics are as good as GT).
  • xXYALE70Xx - October 6, 2011 6:37 p.m.

    I love the game better than Forza because of its gameplay. Sure it Polyphony got lazy and used GT4 rips for cars(atleast they made the 787B premium thank god)and has a half assed customization system but the game is great as it is and might blow the doors off Forza when this patch releases in 4 days. Gamesrader, you might want to revise your review if all goes well.
  • tority - October 6, 2011 2:18 p.m.

    I have GT% and just turned lvl 25 to unlock 'endurance' serie and I don't really have anythind bad to say about the game yes, once you buy certain overpower car, you can own many series (unfair advantage racing with a 1000hp car in 'unlimited' serie) I still have fun with it but that said, you cant expect a GT game to have a F1 handle like in a F1 game i think. would be like having an "olympic game" offering a hockey sport handling like NHL
  • CharlieFockstrot - October 6, 2011 11:46 a.m.

    Quote "What's also surprising is that DLC has also been announced. It's been so long coming, we'd given up hope,......." Yeah, I prefer it when DLC comes out a week after the games release. Justin, Please don't re-review it, It's clearly 'not for you' stick with whatever game is paying for advertising this week. (Said in jest of course ;-) xx
  • IceBlueKirby - October 6, 2011 10:28 a.m.

    I'm glad I didn't pay money to participate in the beta, then. I'll surely be looking into getting the full product when it releases! Although Forza 4 will be first. Not that I have anything against GT, but from Forza 2 onward I've always preferred it over GT.
  • larkan - October 6, 2011 10:26 a.m.

    Until they increase load times and make it so my car doesn't bounce off of walls like there's an inflatable bumper there, I'll just play my friend's copy and hold off buying it, definitely not worth $60! I think the last good racing games I've played were Shift and Hot Pursuit, odd especially since they're both NFS games.
  • bebl09 - October 6, 2011 1:46 p.m.

    You want MOAR load times??
  • SDHoneymonster - October 6, 2011 7:44 a.m.

    I second DannyMB's notion - I'd love to know what you think of Forza 4, Mr Towell. I'm not even a fan of driving games, but your F1 2011 review was fantastic and now I refuse to listen to anyone else when it comes to parting with my cash for a racing game that doesn't feature red shells or homing rockets to shoot your friends with. Most reviews I've read so far have been hugely positive (the Gamespot one concentrated a bit on the negatives, but then again, they tend to) but with so many other games coming out, is it worth the moolah?
  • DukeNukeThem - October 6, 2011 7:22 a.m.

    Will this patch make my GT5 F1 car look, handle and be as good as my F1 car in F1 2011? And how long with this update take to download and how many Gigs?
  • DannyMB - October 6, 2011 6:05 a.m.

    Hey Justin, will you be doing your own review of Forza 4? I know theres a review up from your American colleague, but your F1 2011 review was brilliant so I'd like to know what your thoughts are on Forza 4?
  • suicidali - October 6, 2011 5:53 a.m.

    Dammit Polyphony, did you have to release this patch 3 days before Forza 4? I want to stick to GT5, but there's no way I'd be able to avoid that shinier newer game when it comes out...
  • b-dog1991 - October 6, 2011 5:35 a.m.

    The Towell sarcasm was spot on, but at least some effort is being made on Polyphony's part to update the game for the fans who stuck by the err... "finished" product.
  • ChristopherDalley - October 6, 2011 5:25 a.m.

    You make me 'LOL', Justin!
  • bilstar - October 6, 2011 4:56 a.m.

    Yes, yes, very funny. I still play GT5 often. I do have a 360 with Forza 3 which I played from it's day of release upto GT5s release date and I always have a game like this (sim-type driving thingy) in my collection that I'm playing. I don't really understand, why does GT5 get so lambasted with negative comments? I reckon it looks better than F3 (it's closest competitor, Shift, Dirt, Grid are not the same beast), it does 16 cars on track at the same time which gives great racing, you get dynamic weather and time changes (on a couple of tracks), it has more cars (when you're racing you cannot really tell which are standard and which are premium car models), and overall it's a great package! The online element is still widely played and I just don't see why anyone owning both systems would be playing F3 for the past year as GT5 was, if not, a step-up from it then clearly an equal and presented a new racing game to play after playing F3 to death. Surely any sim-type driving game fan with a PS3 in the house would have been playing this happily all year? What else would they be playing? It's a driving game fan's wet dream! Yes I will be getting Forza 4, am pumped!
  • Sandman89 - October 6, 2011 4:03 a.m.

    Was expecting the entire article to carry the sarcastic tone of the introduction, would have been awesome, imo. And really who cares about this when Forza 4 is just around the corner?!

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