What's it like to play Gran Turismo 5 in 3D at Times Square? Meh...

We took a test drive of Gran Turismo 5 in 3D on the world's coolest stage: Times Square. But amidst the glitz and glamor of the biggest tourist trap in the world, the experience kind of fell flat.

Times Square is all decked out with promotions for the new Honda CR-Z today. To gain attention, Honda is pimping out the tourist hub of the world in a way that everyone today can appreciate: 3D.

Event staff is there handing out free t-shirts, 3D photos, red-and-blue 3D glasses, and Honda is premiering a new 3D commercial for the CR-Z. Of course we took all the swag we could but we were more interested in the big demo station for Gran Turismo 3D.

The version on display is still a demo. The game isn't finished yet, which was obvious when one of the managers there told me they were having issues with some of the tracks. They actually had to reset the game while I was playing because it was set to the wrong track. They were only letting players run through the very basic entry circuit. Oh, and every single car in the race was a Honda CR-Z (of course)...

So I didn't get to see what the full Gran Turismo 3D experience will be like, but from what I saw it was a resoundingly underwhelming experience. I've played through all of the PS3 3D gaming content available and a lot of it is highly impressive. Motorstorm blows Gran Turismo out of the water from what I've seen.

It struck me that there really isn't much to pop out of the screen. It's not like Motorstorm where you have dirt, leaves, and sand blowing into your face all the time. Also, the 3D signal to the glasses dropped out a couple times. The same thing happened to me when I went to a 3D TV viewing party for the launch of ESPN 3D, also on a Sony TV. So it leads me to think it's something with the Sony brand. I have no problems with 3D on my Samsung set at home. But I digress...

Anyway, Gran Turismo 5 is set for release on November 2 and will be one of the first full disc-based PS3 games presented entirely in 3D. I guess it deserves credit for that, but it'd be cooler if the cars threw pies at the screen or something.

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  • Howetzer - September 24, 2010 5:13 p.m.

    OK well all the cars were honda CRVs ( which seems to tell me they obviously did some kind of mod to the game to make that happen first off) and you were obviously not in the most condusive gaming environment, sounded like alot of techinical difficulties which as we all know, happen so get over it man. Doesnt mean you have to throw that lovely little sentence in there about it being the sony brand, I mean really dude? Did you forget about the red rings of death? Must be the Microsoft brand. But Im sure you went straight home and played a fully enjoyable game of Halo reach on your samsung 3D 2D right? Awesome. Then maybe you capped the night off with a lovely HD movie on a blu-ray disc...from Sony....or did you watch one of those HD-DVD's that really took off? Take the Microsoft Money that got immediately deposited into your checking account when you published that sentence and go to journalism school with it or something. Jesus. Oh and don't flame me GR fanboys, this isn't an anti-article reply, just an oppinionated one.
  • Felixthecat - September 24, 2010 3:25 p.m.

    Spambot's everywhere I go. Anyway, Mr. Mark Raby, I want to see more articlez of your's, cuz I like your style. You should be on Tdar. Also, this ain't a anti-hype article, it's an opinionated article.
  • SweatyCrease - September 24, 2010 1:21 p.m.

    It's probably realistic 3D, you don't walk around going "OMG look at all the 3D shit" Who wants one of those GT5 racing seats? Quite cool me thinks(That kind of cool that repels women, unfortunately)
  • HardlyBirdman - September 24, 2010 12:36 p.m.

    "cars threw pies at the screen or something." So what you're saying is that Excitebots Trick Racing (Wii) > Gran Turismo 5 in 3-D (PS3). I'll have to agree with that. Never had much love for GT3 A-Spec that came with my PS2...give me pies (Excitebots), cars with wings (Rush 2049), and Lightcycles (Extreme-G 3). I'm over realism, give me back my fantasy racing! (and no, that does not mean sticking elves and orcs in karts......although...)
  • CARDYKEV - September 24, 2010 11:50 a.m.

    As a certain Mr Doom says "Don't believe the hyperbole"
  • SpaceCowboy - September 24, 2010 9:13 a.m.

    DAMMIT GR how much did MS pay your for this!?!?!? But seriously, have they not finished the game yet? Seems like they still have some problems to iron out in the next month.
  • jmcgrotty - September 24, 2010 7:32 a.m.

    So Mark Raby is the one person in the world who actually bought a 3D TV. I was curious who it would be.
  • Octoboy - September 24, 2010 7:03 a.m.

    I played GT5 at Gamescom, in 3D. I had to ask the tech guy if 3D was actually enabled because the effect is really, really lousy.
  • JimmyCooldaddy - September 24, 2010 4:56 a.m.

    I like the motorstorm 3d better than wipeout too. Very impressive!
  • PIZZAKING92 - September 24, 2010 4:47 a.m.

    I would imagine that the 3D would look pretty cool when its raining.
  • bongzilla - September 24, 2010 3:39 a.m.

    I see the meh sentiment towards Playstation games here too, but maybe they're just deserved.. I mean they are pumping ICO/SOTC, so it evens out..
  • slickmcwilly - September 24, 2010 2:49 a.m.

    I think it has something to do with the location. Your TV may work better because it's in a more enclosed area, but I'm not sure. I'm still buying the game regardless.
  • karooo - September 24, 2010 2:42 a.m.

    Great anti hype article like you did with killzone 2. Good job gamesradar. yup its the sony brand. what?

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