The GT5 Demo at CES: What We Want

Gran Turismo 5 61 January 8, 2010 by

After seeing IGN’s lackluster video of GT5 at CES, I realized there is a need to “help” mainstream journalists and attendees who (gasp!) might not be as into the GT series as we are. So, I’m going to be more pro-active and use this platform to nudge them in the right direction – otherwise, we might just end up with more video of Tokyo R246 (and I know how much you all want to see that). If you’re a member of the media, consider this a “how-to” guide to receive millions of hits to your website from adoring GT fans from all over the world…

  1. Take video footage from the Nurburgring Nordschleife or Fuji Speedway – we’ve seen Tokyo R246 dozens of times, and we can all play Indianapolis in the GT5 Demo. However, there has been some debate over whether or not the demo’s Indianapolis circuit is visually representative of the final version of the game, so it’s still worth a look.
  2. Unquestionably, the most exciting new car in the demo is the McLaren F1 (it looks like this). Although it is not “playable” in this demo, it could appear in the lineup, and you can “switch cars” during replays by pressing the “X” button on the steering wheel.
  3. We’ve already seen game-play footage of the Ferrari F458 Italia, the Mercedes SLS AMG, and the Subaru WRX WRC car. While the 458 and SLS will always be interesting, the Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 is also a highly anticipated addition to the series and in-car video will be popular.
  4. If you’re not used to playing driving games, it’s OK to go slowly. It’s difficult to see how the game and track looks if the car is always up against a wall (unless you’re trying to show off damage, of course).
  5. Although you might not think so, hardcore fans like to see video footage of the demo’s menus and options screens, too.
  6. Don’t be surprised if some of the “production” cars don’t show any damage (yes, they will in the final game, but not in this demo according to the IGN clip). Only the “race”-prepped cars will be the ones with hoods and doors flying off, and we’d like to see that happening on anything other than the Subaru WRX.

Now, if there’s anything else from CES you, the readers, would like to see, post it in the comments below. If you know someone attending the show, hand them an HD camera, a tripod, and a link to this page.

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