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Building (Critical) Consensus: Gran Turismo 6

gran-turismo-6-box-artDid you know that Gran Turismo 6 came out a week-and-a-half ago? I slightly forgot that it was coming out this year. I was going to get in touch with SCE PR about getting a review copy but it completely slipped my mind. And I find that kind of funny because I’m a big fan of the series. My biggest problem with GT is that GT5 had terrible load times and took up an obscenely large chunk of my PS3’s hard drive space.

As a game, the Gran Turismo series is a bit niche in its focus. If you’re looking for a driving simulator, you won’t do any better than Gran Turismo. The driving physics and the attention to detail are second to none. However, the focus on the driving experience tends to come at the expense of the actual gaminess of the GT series. The menus are a little hard to navigate. The career mode is a little grindy. But pushing for the extra tenth each lap is just one of those great feelings in gaming and I’ve never found a game that’s captured that like Gran Turismo.

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Gran Turismo 6 is Coming This Fall for the PS3

gran-turismo-6-logoThis week, Polyphony Digital officially announced the worst kept secret in gaming. Gran Turismo 6 will be hitting store shelves this holiday season, assuming in doesn’t suffer the same eight month delay that Gran Turismo 5 had.

Despite the fact that the PlayStation 4 is coming out this fall, Polyphony Digital’s latest effort isn’t going to be a launch title for the next-gen system. Instead, Sony’s signature racing series, that has sold enough copies of GT5 that they’ve sold one copy for every eight PS3 consoles sold, will be a PlayStation 3 exclusive.

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Polyphony Teases Gran Turismo 6 Announcement Next Week

gran-turismo-6-teaser-bannerBack in March,  Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Senior Vice President Michael Denny seemed to let the cat out of the bag that the next instalment in the Gran Turismo series might be coming out this year. Now, GT devs Polyphony Digital are doing their own teasing of the next Gran Turismo game.

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Is Gran Turismo 6 Coming This Year?

gran-turismo-5-01As a PlayStation guy, the discussion of road car, grand touring and sports car racing sims begins and ends with the Gran Turismo series. Even my friends who weren’t racing fans talked about the game and I can remember one long and heated discussion about the relative 180 made in handling models from GT1 to GT2.

According to an interview with Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Senior Vice President Michael Denny, it looks as though Gran Turismo 5 wasn’t our only taste of Polyphony Digital’s epic racing series on the PlayStation 3. Denny might have let it slip that Gran Turismo 6 will be out this year. Read the rest of this entry

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