You can almost smell the leather as you settle back in your seat to tackle the finest race circuits the world has to offer. Choose from 26 locations with more than 70 layouts including legendary circuits such as the NÃ¼rburgring and the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, all rendered in high definition. And if that is not enough, Gran Turismo 5 delivers Course Maker, giving you the power to generate your own bespoke circuits so that you can push yourself to the limit, or just choose your favourite location and enjoy the driving experience.
It's time to take your competitive grudges to the track with the deepest online racing experience available. You can now race against up to 15 friends or foes on PlayStation®Network, goad them with taunts on the in game message board, share your photos and track creations or gift them with cars or in-game items. The entire experience can also be accessed by logging into http://www.gran-turismo.com/ with your PlayStation Network ID. GT My Home is the place to manage your car portfolio and your in-game progress. It also gives you access to your own private racing lounge where you can wait for the next race to begin whilst studying the opposition drivers with live race feeds, or jump in to display your own prowess.
The fan-favourite career mode returns, but has now been reborn in Gran Turismo 5 as "GT LIFE". In the new "GT LIFE", the basic flow of clearing license tests, participating in races, collecting rewards and purchasing more expensive, faster cars has not changed. But now, how you "live" is divided into two separate modes - A-Spec and B-Spec. In the A-spec mode, you are a racing driver. Getting behind the wheel yourself, you will hone your driving skills, and challenge one race at a time.
For those who want something more than the driving experience, Gran Turismo 5 offers the chance to cross the pit lane and take an alternative career path as Team Director in B-Spec mode. You'll be keeping a close eye on the competition and playing to your AI drivers' strengths to ensure they win their races. B-Spec is a unique feature to Gran Turismo and will help you take your race craft to the next level as you become a savvy strategist.
Gran Turismo 5 introduces a vast variety of new technologies, but the most impressive are the visual effects. This is perfectly illustrated through the 'transition of time" that transforms gameplay from a clear afternoon with the sun high in the sky, through dusk when the sun hangs low and the sky turns red, to the enveloping darkness of the night. The effects at night have a particular glamour as the scenery ahead is illuminated by your headlights and the dirt kicked up in your wake glows under the tail lights. These natural, every-day scenes are what bring the game that much closer to reality. Gran Turismo 5 also introduces all new damage modelling, and with a premium selection of almost 200 models in the game meticulously recreated both inside and out, each dent and scratch will be a painful experience.
Having failed to grow up Bantick continues to pursue his childish passions for creative writing, interactive entertainment and showing-off through adulthood. In 1994 Bantick began doing radio at Melbourne’s 102.7 3RRRFM, in 1997 transferring to become a core member of the technology show Byte Into It. In 2003 he wrote briefly for the The Age newspaper’s Green Guide, providing video game reviews. In 2004 Bantick wrote the news section of PC GameZone magazine. Since 2006 Bantick has provided gaming and tech lifestyle stories for iTWire.com, including interviews and opinion in the RadioactivIT section.