• Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Apr 15, 2008
Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 67 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 67
  2. Negative: 0 out of 67
  1. 85
    The AI is much improved, the online, while basic, works really well, and the series (or really any other racing game in existence) has never been more realistic nor arguably fun to drive (with Burnout being its only "fun" competition).
  2. Gran Turismo 5 Prologue may be only a practice lap for the real thing, but it's a beautiful joyride while it lasts.
  3. The graphics are amazing and the supporting cast of controls and sound do a good job. Online needs a little tuning to run smoother, but the elements are there for fun and challenge.
  4. Gran Turismo 5 Prologue certainly proved to be worth the hype. I was excited for this game, and when I finally started playing the full version, I was in awe of how amazing this game really felt.
  5. The strength of this game’s racing only makes its lack of growth in other fundamental areas all the more baffling. How easy would it be for Gran Turismo to rule the racing world if Polyphony put half the effort it does into capturing muffler audio into areas like a new career mode, pacing, and other features that rival franchises have conquered long ago?
  6. 80
    Prologue will definitely scratch the itch for GT fans waiting to get their hands on next-gen racing, but the disc suffers from an overly short single-player game and the same problems -- the ability to drive recklessly and the lack of damage -- that have dogged the series for a while. Online the game is a real treat, though.
  7. It's not quite brilliant, and we particularly mourn the apparently stillborn online racing, but there's more than enough here to justify the asking price, and exploring it all is a consistently pleasurable experience, which should have considerable appeal for GT's ardent supporters and satisfy the curiosity of the rapidly-growing PS3 installed base at the same time.
  8. 95
    The graphics in GT5: Prologue are even better than "Crysis."
  9. A gorgeous, well-made technical racer that will test your braking and turning abilities just as much as your ability to jam on the gas and hold on tight. If that sounds like your idea of fun, then buckle up and get yourself to the starting line.
  10. It exudes elitism, class, and affluence at every turn. It’s a game every bit as precise and refined as the cars it replicates. But it also doesn’t forget that it’s still a game made for the grease monkey in all of us.
  11. 83
    Immature as Prologue's online play is, it provides just enough basic functionality to avoid undermining everything that the game's single-player mode offers. It also doesn't hurt that the game looks amazing.
  12. Showroom shine and technical brilliance manages to get in the way of the 'game'. [May 2008, p.67]
  13. First, this demo has as much, if not more content than a lot of other racing games out there, and second, a lot of the profits from this “demo” will certainly be rolled over into the final game, making it even better than ever.
  14. 80
    Easily the most beautiful and engaging racer on the PS3. The lack of tracks and obvious multiplayer problems drag it down a notch.
  15. If you’re a fan of the GT series, it’s certainly worth picking up and at the very least is worth a rental to get your Turismo fix. New players may want to wait for a sale at the PS Store.
  16. As much as Gran Turismo TV and its frontend might push Prologue toward being a multimedia experience, the actual racing has become more of a game - a little less clinical, a little more diverse and characterful. [June 2008, p.88]
  17. Despite all of its faults, its lack of content and distressingly limited modding options, Gran Turismo Prologue 5 still feels a cut above the pack. [June 2008, p.112]
  18. Graphically it's a huge step up not only from GT4 but from every racing game (and indeed most games) that we've seen so far, and I'm sure it'll look even better in the full game.
  19. What is without doubt the biggest disappointment of all is the online implementation. It's currently woefully behind what we've got in Forza 2 and PGR4, lacking even basic support for custom races. Support for up to 16 players is excellent, but without a friends list or any proper match making you're left to pick from the 35 events currently listed.
  20. Overall though, the game's awesome. [May 2008, p.60]
  21. I say Prologue is a demo. [July 2008, p.80]
  22. Gran Turismo 5 is another data point on the maturation S-curve for console-based racing games, but there’s still room for growth.
  23. An excellent racing-game. It's not just a glimpse of the future, although the future looks really bright. [May 2008]
  24. As a benchmark the game shows a lot of promise for the full release which will have significantly more of everything, and hopefully irons out the creases, but as a game it's just disappointing.
  25. 75
    As a stand alone product Gran Turismo 5 Prologue is a solid game with a decent RRP. Those who want the full Gran Turismo experience will need to wait until next year, but Prologue still offers up a bundle of content, making the title a worthwhile purchase for even a casual Gran Turismo fan.
  26. Gran Turismo 5: Prologue might be just a prologue, but the game is excellent. Prologue offers enough challenges to keep you busy. The game is almost just as good as a full version racesimulator. The only minor points are that the online mode and the racetracks could have used a bit more finetuning.
  27. The game's relentlessly narrow focus frustrates as much as the repetitious grind of the racing. [May 2008, p.98]
  28. If you're a huge Gran Turismo fan and can't wait for the full version, there is no reason not to pick this game up, if for nothing else to really show off your HDTV.
  29. Hopefully the online issues will be ironed out before the full-on release, but if you simply can't wait to get a horsepower fix then bite the bullet, pay the ticket, and put it to the floor.
  30. 85
    With its gorgeous graphics, finely crafted gameplay, and plenty of content, Spec II is definitely a winner for fans of racing simulations.
User Score
7.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 110 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 47
  2. Negative: 12 out of 47
  1. ColinD
    Dec 30, 2009
    5
    You really have to be into Gran Turismo to enjoy this limited game, it's definately nothing for casual racers. There are no difficulty You really have to be into Gran Turismo to enjoy this limited game, it's definately nothing for casual racers. There are no difficulty settings and only perfect driving will let you win some challenges, which is rather tedious and repetitive than enjoyable. Full Review »
  2. Nov 3, 2012
    7
    Prologue barely touched on all the content which made the full 5 great. But the cheap price, fun which can be had and the fact that it stillPrologue barely touched on all the content which made the full 5 great. But the cheap price, fun which can be had and the fact that it still has that solid driving which made the Gran Turismo series great comes together to make a decent game. Full Review »
  3. Dec 13, 2011
    4
    GT5 Prologue is a short game which have some good elements. Couple of things to even the bigger GT5 title can learn. But other than that itGT5 Prologue is a short game which have some good elements. Couple of things to even the bigger GT5 title can learn. But other than that it hasn't got much to offer. Short campaign which has a few races, you will do it in couple of hours, split-screen with a friend on a few tracks. It will get old very very fast. Also the game is really "not to buy" after Gran Turismo 5 was published. Also the servers are down now, no online anymore. So don't buy it anymore if you are not a game collector (or Gran Turismo collector). It was a decent game back then but also it was collecting money business from Polyphony Digital. Full Review »