Is Gran Turismo 5 Really Worth The Wait? We Investigate

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Kazunori Yamauchi, head of Polyphony Digital and creator of the Gran Turismo series has been playing competitors games and it seems that he isn’t very impressed.

In a recent interview with Eurogamer, Yamauchi was asked if he was thinking about implementing any of the ideas or features that he has seen in other games since Gran Turismo 4 released in 2004.

To this, he had the following to say;

Actually I find it difficult to play the other games in more than five minutes at a time. The game’s low level of quality really shines through in the other games and I can not hold them out!”

Now, with all due respect to one my industry heroes , are you friggin’ kidding me? How could you possibly even have a concept of what a standard in quality is supposed to be when you have been developing a game for 6 years at the cost of roughly $60,000,000.00?

I can’t fully believe that he has the nerve to say that competitors games are “low quality” when he is sitting what seems to be an unlimited budget and a when-it’s-done timeframe.

I looked up other racing titles that are out there and while some of them aren’t direct “sim” competitors, they are still driving games, so I checked them out. I am sure I have missed a few big ones, but just bare with me or add them in the comments if you feel the need.

Here’s how many games have come from each competitor series since the release of Gran Turismo 4 (please note: I haven’t included titles that came out the same year as GT4)

Racing Series Titles Released Since 2004

  • Forza Motorsport: 3 titles
  • Need for Speed: 6 titles
  • Project Gotham Racing: 2 titles
  • Burnout: 4 titles
  • Codemaster’s Race Driver: 2 titles

A lot of these series had a game also release in 2004 as well, not to mention that most of them are working on new titles that will release in the 2010-2011 period.

I see what he is going on about, I mean, the Need for Speed series has done very little to impress me over the last couple of years, especially with regards to their actual street racing series with titles such as Underground being nothing short of horrendous.

Of course, the real beef must be with Forza Motorsport. Is the Forza Motorsport series better than the Gran Turismo series? I don’t know, heck, I honestly don’t care. The truth of the matter is that it’s a worthy rival, and there have been 3, count them, 3 titles released since Gran Turismo 4 released in 2004.

Since the release of it’s first title, the Forza Motorsport series has sold 7 million copies with the first selling 1 million, the second selling 4 million and the third selling 2 million copies in it’s first couple of months.

It isn’t all about sales though, and we all know it. Is Gran Turismo 5 really worth the wait? Many would say that it is, but you have to ask yourself why Polyphony Digital is taking that long.

The truth is that the Gran Turismo series has been fantastic from the very beginning and now enjoys incredible brand recognition and a huge fanbase but that same fanbase has been left waiting for 6 years. What good is your game if people aren’t playing it?

I nearly lost all excitement for Gran Turismo 5 over the years, I just got tired of waiting. Now that it’s nearly time for it’s release I am excited once again at the idea of getting my hands on the game.

I think the game is going to be great, but I already know that unlike other titles, once this game is released, I will be able to enjoy it, but will have to try and get the most out of it because the next one is going to be so very far away.

I leave you with one rather disturbing thought.

At the current rate of development, Gran Turismo 6 may only see the light of day in 2016-2017. That pretty much means that any of you out there who have recently become a parent to a newborn baby, may very well be playing the next Gran Turismo title in the same year that your little bundle of joy is getting ready to go to primary school.

If you have any thoughts, leave a comment below.

Last Updated: February 15, 2010

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