GTPlanet Weekly Rewind: The One That Started It All

Community SpotlightFeatures 68 November 9, 2012 by

Welcome to the first installment of the Weekly Rewind, a feature where the primary focus will be you, the GTPlanet community. Of course that means there’s going to be plenty to discuss over the lifetime of this feature, so if you’ve been sitting idly by waiting for your time to shine among our brightest stars this may very well be the perfect opportunity for you. Continuing from that, there’s plenty to get through in this first installment as the community here has been ever-so-busy, so sit back and enjoy the ride.

I’ve recently gone back to Gran Turismo 5 with the recent 2.09 update specifically because the HSV-010 GT had been completely overhauled in the sound department and it sounds much better than it did upon it’s inclusion, much to my delight. Every time I fire up GT5 I usually jump into the HKS CT230R—one of my favorite cars—and take it for several laps around Tokyo R246, which just happens to be one of my favorite tracks. Coincidence? I think not. Photomode is another thing that’s still attractive to me but hasn’t been able to pique my interest as of late, and the only thing I can think of to challenge myself is to engage in more sessions with the Standard vehicles in the game; yes, they’re not as detailed as the Premium models but if you clean up the image properly they can look just as good. So that’s the challenge I’m setting out for myself, however, I won’t be able to accept this challenge until I’ve completed the F40 project I’ve had in mind for several weeks now.

GTPlanet Picture of the Week

This week’s inaugural entry, courtesy of jBhlpS features the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG parked outside of the Red Bull Hangar-7.

This will become a permanent staple of the Weekly Rewind so if you want to see an image featured here (you cannot elect your own work), simply send me a private message and entitle it “GTP Picture of the Week” and fill it out appropriately with your suggestions, two maximum per week.

Gran Turismo Behind the Scenes (Playstation Underground)

Playstation Underground delves deep in the office space of Polyphony Digital to get a behind the scenes look at the studio after having released the original Gran Turismo on Sony’s Playstation game console. In this video we find out the levels of commitment the PD staff are, for lack of a better word, committed to when working on the GT titles. Some seemingly never leaving the office while others only leave once in a while only to return right away. The video focuses on select interviews from different team members and their respective duties, speaking of how different Gran Turismo was from every other racing game on the market at the time, however, the most interesting thing about this video comes from Kazunori Yamauchi, telling a story of an R32 Skyline purchased after college that “passed away” after having been involved in a high speed accident.

Now, more so than ever, it’s becoming clearer why Kazunori was so hesitant to introduce damage into the series. Thanks to Alex p. for uncovering the video and bringing it to our attention.

GTPlanet Vehicle of the Week

The inaugural entrant is none other than the Honda Weider HSV-010 GT, the successor to Honda’s NSX Super GT race car. Powered by a 3.3L V8 the HSV-010 GT can be heard around the world with it’s howling engine note that’s all too reminiscent of a Formula 1 car.

Have a suggestion for next week’s featured vehicle? Drop me a private message and let me know.

GTPlanet Tune of the Week

The “Tune of the Week” is the third and final feature that will become a permanent staple of the Rewind, and the inaugural entrant for this section is the BRZ RS tune done by VTiRoj of RKM Motorsport. The BRZ is described as being “the GT86’s more civilised, grown up brother.” The BRZ RS tune is a slightly tweaked version of the already existing GT86 and FRS tunes.

Exactly like the Picture and Vehicle of the Week features, if you have any suggestions for the upcoming Rewinds be sure to drop me a private message and let me know.

That brings the introductory Weekly Rewind to a close, but be sure to stop by for future Rewinds as we’ll have more and more content to cover and more members of the GTPlanet community to put the spotlight on. Until next week keep racing!

GT5 Photomode images by GPR and Bram Turismo.

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