It'd be hard to criticise Polyphony Digital's post release support for Gran Turismo 5
More than a year after release, the Japanese developer is still announcing content updates for the driving sim — and it feels like it's only just getting started. Kicking off the new year is a brand new car pack, which bundles a bunch of coveted motors such as the Lamborghini Aventador and Jaguar XJR9. The full..
As previously rumoured, Sony's confirmed the release of the Gran Turismo 5 XL Edition for North America
The inflated retail package includes the original game bundled with all of its hefty title updates, in addition to a voucher for all of the racer's recently released DLC content. The repackaged release will set you back $39.99 when it launches on January 17th. There's more information available..
Y'know, we'd love to get back into Gran Turismo 5, but those patches are a big deterrent
We admit that we haven't been keeping up to date with the racing game's monthly updates, and as a result we're about six hours of downloads away from playing the game. We always kind of hoped that Sony would release an updated version of Gran Turismo 5, with all of the game's DLC and updates included on disc..
We know what you've spent the past 12 months doing
No, we're not stalkers or anything, we've simply been keeping a keen eye on your PlayStation Network account. You've been playing Gran Turismo 5, haven't you? Ok, so this post might not apply to you specifically, but there are genuinely four or five people on our PSN friends list that play nothing else. Every night, it's the same old thing: Gran..
We were eager to dive back into Gran Turismo 5 when it got its Spec II update earlier in the year, but we just couldn't justify sitting through a day's worth of downloads and updates
Given the price of electricity at the moment, it would probably be cheaper for us to just re-purchase an updated version of the game. But up until this morning, a re-packaged version of Gran Turismo 5 didn't exist..
There was a surge in excitement for Gran Turismo 5 earlier in the year when Polyphony Digital dropped the game's title-changing Spec-II patch
In fact, for the period of a week our PlayStation Network friends list was pretty much dominated by Gran Turismo 5. (A year on there's still two or three folks that haven't really put anything else into their system). But while Polyphony Digital is committed..
The Golden Joysticks award winners are out, with PlayStation 3 titles such as Mortal Kombat, Gran Turismo 5 and Fallout: New Vegas all scooping up awards
But it was Portal 2 that came out on top, winning the ceremony's Ultimate Game Of The Year award. Yesterday, Sonic The Hedgehog was confirmed as the Golden Joystick's first ever Outstanding Contribution winner. You can check out all the winners..
Haha, you couldn't make it up could you? Never one to show up to a party on time, Gran Turismo 5's hotly anticipated DLC has been delayed in North America
To make matters worse for American fans, European players can pick up the DLC right now from the PlayStation Store. SCEA's promised it'll offer players a "special bonus" in order to make up for the delay, but wouldn't clarify what's..
Sony's attached UK price-points to its debut batch of Gran Turismo 5 DLC
The course pack — which features two new tracks including Spa and an indoor go-kart arena — will retail for a reasonable £3.19. It'll be joined by a racing car pack for £6.29. Additional DLC includes the racing gear pack and paint pack, both of which will cost £1.59 each. Those planning on purchasing all the..
"Enough," we hear you scream
Three Gran Turismo 5 posts in one day is more than enough for anyone. (You obviously weren't around last year.) But we get it. We just wanted to very quickly draw your attention to a screenshot of Gran Turismo 5's upcoming indoor go-kart arena. It'll launch as part of the game's new "Course Pack" DLC alongside the eagerly anticipated Spa track. You can get way..
Whether or not you intend to dive back into Gran Turismo 5 for its new Spec II update, the game's updated intro movie should get you pumped
Featuring a remixed version of Daiki Kasho's '5oul On Disply', the new intro includes glimpses of Gran Turismo 5's upcoming DLC and some pretty impressive cinematic shots. It's hard not to get excited, really. Catch it after the jump.
Gran Turismo 5 is no more
It's now Gran Turismo 5: Spec II. The long awaited update launched overnight, carrying a hefty 1192MB file-size. But if you own the game it's completely free to obtain, and includes a number of game-changing features including a standard cock-pit view for non-premium cars, improved loading times, enhanced physics and AI, a new introduction movie and more. You can peruse..
When Gran Turismo 5 launched, Polyphony Digital's Kazunori Yamauchi said it was only the start of the journey
And true to his word, GT5 has received updates on an almost monthly basis, fixing issues and implementing new features that players requested. Now, on October 11th, Gran Turismo 5 will get its biggest update to date. Spec 2.0 will include a variety of headline features, the most notable..
Polyphony Digital's achingly precise gaffer Kazunori Yamauchi has Tweeted that the Spec 2
0 update for Gran Turismo 5 will arrive at some point during the third week of October, with a fresh batch of DLC due out a week later. Yamauchi didn't clarify what the update nor DLC would entail, but we expect details to follow in the coming weeks. [Thanks VG247]
Sony's announced that four more blockbuster PS3 titles are joining the platform holder's "Platinum" range in Europe
New titles include LittleBigPlanet 2, MotorStorm: Apocalypse, Gran Turismo 5 and Killzone 3. Each of the titles will be available at around £20. If you've yet to pick up any of the listed titles, there's never been a better opportunity.
It's finally that time of the year where developers and publishers alike start to release new video games
This week's UK sales chart is evidence of that alone. It's dominated by the release of brand new titles with Dead Island, Wahammer 40K: Space Marine and Resistance 3 all taking spots in the top five. They're joined by relatively new releases in...
Gran Turismo 5's got a new patch including some new features and fixes
Patch 1.11 weighs in at a lowly 62MB and introduces a new NASCAR Seasonal Event featuring Jeff Gordon's racing suit and helmet as a special prize. There's a new Time and Drift Trial added to the game too, as well as an updated version of the game's online dealership. There's more information available on GTPlanet.
It's been a few months since we heard anything new from Polyphony Digital
The studio released the long anticipated Gran Turismo 5 late last year, and gobbled up the time of many car enthusiasts in the process. But with the project now seemingly in the past, many are starting to wonder what's next for Sony's premium racing game developer. According to Sony worldwide studios president, Shuhei..
This one caught us by surprise
Despite launching late in the year, we assumed Gran Turismo 5 would probably be the highest selling PlayStation 3 title in 2010. Either that, or some weird mech game we've never heard of. But no, the top-selling Japanese PS3 game of 2010 was actually the fantastic Yakuza 4. The numbers, reported by Siliconera, note that the free-roaming crime-thriller netted 577,199..
How would you like to race in the Dubai 24-hour International Race in a Nissan 370Z GT4? Yeah, we're sure there are plenty of you dangling your arms in the air right now
But could you actually do it? Fine. Prove it — win the GT Academy 2011 competition. In order to compete you'll first need to set a top lap-time on a time-trial track in Gran Turismo 5. The holders of the top twenty lap times from..
Gran Turismo 5's strive for perfection is distinctly the developer's intention, but sometimes Polyphony Digital goes a little too far
Take the game's endurance races — we don't all have the time to race the same laps over and over and over and over and... Thankfully Kazunori Yamauchi's got a trick-up his sleeve. Save-points. The Polyphony Digital boss said in a Tweet to a disgruntled fan,..
Looks like Sony's premium racing franchise, Gran Turismo, has brought home the bacon once again, with updated shipment figures from developers Polyphony Digital pitching the latest entry of the series well beyond the 6 million figure milestone
The numbers count up until the end of December 2010. Gran Turismo 5 launched late last year amidst much controversy and drama. Europe got the bulk of the..
Gran Turismo 5's got a bunch of new features as of this morning, thanks to the release of a new patch bringing the game up to version 1
06. The 300mb download includes support for remote racing, allowing you to access B-Spec GT5 races via your web browser. Other features include Performance Points for online matchmaking, and the introduction of Course Maker tracks in multiplayer. The full list of..
First announced during the final straight of Gran Turismo's agonising development cycle, Gran Turismo 5's "Anywhere" mode is finally gearing up for release this February
That's according to a Tweet from series honcho Kazunori Yamauchi anyway. He knows about these things. The mode will allow players to engage in B-spec races remotely using a computer or mobile device. The service will be accessible..
Isn't it bizarre how patching can change games? For example, the MAG we reviewed in January is no longer the same game
Likewise PlayStation Home, the whole things changed yo. So while Gran Turismo 5 sits looking sulkily at its respectable Metacritic score of 84, Polyphony Digital's been busy beavering away on new features that could easily brings its average tally up into the 90s. Perhaps most..
The people of Britain like Call Of Duty: Black Ops
How do we know? It's back at the top of the UK sales charts. Again. Y'know what else British people like? Football. Not the kind that's played with eggs, the kind that's played with balls. Football. Yup, FIFA 11's right at the top of the UK sales charts too. In fact, you know what, these charts never really change. Sure there's the appearance of..
Sony's sent us a juicy bit of PR this morning, claiming that they've shipped 5
5 million copies of Gran Turismo 5. The tally puts the series' total beyond the 60 million mark, which is insane for a racing game franchise. The majority of Gran Turismo 5 copies were shipped to Europe, with 3.5 million units sent to the region. North America got 1.2 million copies, while Japan received 550k. Big..
Presumably in response to the rush of reviews claiming, "Blah blah blah the damage is rubbish and the game took five years to make and we spent three minutes reviewing it because the damage is rubbish," Polyphony Digital's upgraded Gran Turismo 5 to version 1.03, introducing the option to turn-on the game's damage features. Great, now you can pretend you're playing Destruction Derby..
We're still swimming through all the information Polyphony Digital's, Kazunori Yamauchi, dropped regarding Gran Turismo 5's mechanical damage patch next month, but the studio gaffer's decided to reveal some more upcoming updates
According to the OCD legend, GT5 will get a patch at the end of this month allowing users to back-up saved data. Handy. Kaz recently revealed that Gran Turismo 5 would be..
At times Gran Turismo 5 feels more like an RPG than a racing game
Collecting cars, building them up, grinding out credits and collecting more cars is a big part of the experience outside of the racing. It's an experience that Need For Speed: Shift 2 Unleashed is aiming to avoid. Well, certainly if lead designer Andy Tudor has anything to do with it. [Gran Turismo and Forza] are on pedestals at..
It's been a while since we posted the weekly Japanese hardware and software sales numbers
We stopped posted them a while back because we were running out of things to say — the hardware charts in particularly nearly always occupy the same order of systems, with even the numbers staying fairly predictable. So why have we decided to post the numbers this week? Gran Turismo 5. Sony's banner..
Polyphony Digital's boss, Kazunori Yamauchi, has revealed that Gran Turismo 5 will get a patch bringing mechanical damage options to the game this month
The details of the patch are unknown, with some sources stating it will improve on the game's current cosmetic damage model, while others believe it will allow the feature to be selected at any point in the game. Currently damage needs to be..
"The inclusion of damage is so slight as to be insignificant, and even the most violent of crashes will only result in a polygon shifting slightly ajar," writes IGN's Martin Robinson in the website's review of Gran Turismo 5
It's a statement that's not strictly true, and has been exposed by those who've actually had time to play through the game since its release last week. To be fair to IGN, they..
Gran Turismo 5 is the very definition of a "system seller"
Like Super Mario for Nintendo and Halo for Microsoft, Gran Turismo is the holy grail of franchises for PlayStation. There's no doubt that God Of War and Uncharted are big-name games, but Gran Turismo sits in a league of its own. And SCEUK reckons that it's going to push systems this Christmas. Sony's head of UK PR, David Wilson, told MCV..
It was going to take a monstrous game to overcome Call Of Duty: Black Ops, and Polyphony Digital's Gran Turismo 5 is that game
Sony's exclusive has netted the top-spot on this week's all-format charts, pushing Treyarch's Call Of Duty title into the second-place spot. Polyphony Digital's racing sim enjoyed the sixth biggest launch ever on PlayStation 3, with sales 6% higher than GT4's launch week..
Kazunori Yamauchi promised an update for Gran Turismo 5, and Kazunori Yamauchi has delivered
The promised multiplayer update patch released on the PlayStation Network this morning bringing with it upgraded server infrastructure while enabling enabling maximum power and weight restrictions for online races. We checked the patch this morning and the game's multiplayer component now appears to be..
Gran Turismo 5 is barely cold off the manufacturing line, but already Polyphony Digital's Kazunori Yamauchi is pledging huge updates for the title
This weekend's set to deliver the first update, with Kazunori promising it will "refine the usability of the game to make it a better experience". Fast work Kaz. We received a lot of demands for having more regulations placed on the online..
Polyphony Digital's gaffer, Kazunori Yamauchi, has told Eurogamer that he "doesn't know" if Gran Turismo 6 will launch on the PlayStation 3
Ten years ago it was easier to predict what would happen three years in the future, Yamauchi said at Gran Turismo 5's launch party in Madrid last night. Nowadays no-one knows what happens in the future. In three years, we dont know what will happen...
We thought we were the only ones having issues with Gran Turismo 5's loading screens last night, but apparently our issues were shared by a majority of players
To cut a long-story emphatically short: Gran Turismo 5's online servers are getting raped. That's probably a good indication of the game's initial sales, but it causes a few issues for those of us wanting to actually, y'know, play it. The..
It's the day we never believed we'd live to see -- Gran Turismo 5 is on store shelves all around the world
Right now. We know because we've seen it. Reviews have been dropping across the Internet all day, and while the general consensus seems to agree that this is still a video game (not the declaration of world peace like it's often been hyped to be), it's a mighty fine video game. We're holding..
That 3DTV sitting in your local Sony Galleria's window might look like an unnecessary expense, but it's slowly becoming an essential purchase
What with the PlayStation 3 now supporting 3D movies and games, the upgrade's looking more and more justified. Just to hammer home the point, SCE's revealed that they have 3D functionality in the works for over 20 first-party games. What's more, Sony claims..
You might have started the week sitting on the fence with regards to Gran Turismo 5, but we know you're all happily playing in the field of "must buy" right now
So how about those midnight launches? For those of you in the UK, looks like GAME's getting the show on the road (pun intended) with 55 midnight launches nationwide. GameStation will also be opening 38 stores, so you should be covered. The..
We're hearing some complaints around the 'Net this afternoon from those who received Gran Turismo 5 a day early
Apparently the game hangs on an early logo screen. This is not an issue with the game, it's because Gran Turismo 5's online servers have yet to be properly switched on. Remember: the game is not officially released until tomorrow. There are two simple methods to fix this issue (and get..
Kazunori Yamauchi, Polyphony Digital's gaffer, may have only just got finished with Gran Turismo 5, but the racing game veteran is already looking to the future
Recently Yamauchi revealed in an interview that work has already began on Gran Turismo 6, with the veteran furthering that it's "too early to talk about it". But in an interview with NowGamer, Yamauchi's stated that he "would..
In a move presumably implemented to prevent piracy, Sony's announced that a day-one patch for Gran Turismo 5 will be required to unlock the game's multiplayer component
The 133mb update is apparently available now for those who've snagged a copy of the game early. For the rest of you — 12 hours to go.
If you've got a good hunk of cash burning a hole in your pocket, chances are you've been considering picking up Gran Turismo 5's Signature Edition
The gigantic package includes a bunch of extras including exclusive DLC cars, a key fob, USB stick, model car and more. It's all packaged within a contoured metal case. It's super classy. The PlayStation Blog's outlined the full contents of the..
Debunking reports this afternoon that Gran Turismo 5 has a 50-minute mandatory install, Sony's revealed that the game can actually unpack chunks of data while you play it
"GT5 gives users the option of an install," Sony noted. "This makes loading times throughout much faster but is not a requirement when first playing. "If users choose not to install the data straight away it..
Kevin Butler's excelled himself this time
Not only is this American commercial for Gran Turismo 5 pretty darn comical, it also hammers home every single one of the game's unique selling points. For a spot that's just thirty-seconds long, it's pretty much perfect. Good job SCEA. [Also: ten points to the first person to correctly spot Jacky-T]