Just when you think you've seen the most beautifully rendered vehicles in a video game, a new version of Gran Turismo pops up and makes you question what you thought you knew. On Dec. 6, Gran Turismo 6 will release, and though it looks like a next-generation title, it will only be available for the Playstation 3.
I had the opportunity to attend the GT6 track and preview event in Rosamond, Calif. on Nov. 4. There were stations with full simulators and traditional Playstation 3 stations available. I had a chance to play a full build of GT6 in both and the gameplay was solid in both formats.
The first thing that jumps out at you are the masterfully recreated vehicles. No matter the class, each car simply looks spectacular. The environments looked almost as good.
I only had a chance to race a few tracks, but images like the one below are no exaggeration. These are clearly the best looking environments in a racing game on a current-generation console.
With GT6, it isn't just about the graphics. The cars had realistic handling and the damage after collisions—with me there were plenty—looked as realistic as it ever has in the series. GT is always a deep experience that requires hours to fully appreciate. That time wasn't available at the event, but there was enough quality in the initial impression to make any fan of the series hungry for more.
A GT release wouldn't be complete without a new wave of vehicles. There are 120 new cars and a whopping 1,196 in total, per Gran-Turismo.com.
Some of the highlights are the Chevrolet 2013 Jimmie Johnson No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet SS '13, Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Coupe Dynamic '13, Nissan GT-R N24 GT Academy '12 and the Scion FR-S. Here's a link that displays the enormous list of vehicles in GT6.
I actually had an opportunity to drive the Scion at the track event and in the game. The handling in the game and in the real vehicle was startlingly similar. The car itself isn't exactly ideal for 6'5", 260-pound men like myself, but the feel and acceleration was excellent.
My future dealings with that car will be exclusive to GT6. There are no size impediments in my living room. Overall, it was hard not to come away impressed with GT6. Fans of the series are counting down the days until it releases, and they aren't likely to be disappointed.
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