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

Generally favorable reviews - based on 67 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 67
  2. Negative: 0 out of 67
Buy On
  1. At £25 this is an absolute steal, and don't listen to anyone saying this is only a demo, it's not - it's worth every penny and is only going to get bigger and better given the support the Japanese version is seeing.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. “The New Standard”, Prologue's catch phrase, is honestly the best way to describe this game. Other games might be superior in some aspects, but, as a whole, all fall short of this offering.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. There's room for improvement, and we hope the omission of damage isn't a sign of things to come, but as a starter Prologue gets your engine revving to maximum.
  8. I have full faith that Polyphony will set these minor issues straight for the full fat, maximum fuel, premium octane, environmentally ignorant release of what is undoubtedly, the greatest car driving experience to visit the console world.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. The attention to detail is staggering and it handles like a dream. A true technical showcase. [May 2008, p.74]
  12. This is quite a lengthy review for a retail and digital game that borderlines into being a demo, but that's how much sheer joy this game instilled in this gamer.
  13. 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).
  14. Considering the diminutive offering compared to other GT games, you'd think this would feel lacking in some way. It falters at times, yes, but Prologue is an honest-to-goodness peek at what's to come. Oh, and it's a hell of a game to boot.
  15. The Gran Turismo series is heralded as being the top of litter for racing simulators, and based on Prologue, it looks like GT5 will uphold such claims.
  16. 85
    With its gorgeous graphics, finely crafted gameplay, and plenty of content, Spec II is definitely a winner for fans of racing simulations.
  17. 83
    The biggest demo you'll ever play. There honestly is more to do here than in many full-price titles, despite the fact it's merely a teaser. It's barn-stormingly beautiful and feels sublime.
  18. 81
    Deeply flawed as the structure of the game may be, there’s no doubting it still offers the definitive automotive experience in gaming.
  19. Prologue is a game whose quality fluctuates, with great highs (such as the excellent and varied handling of vehicles) living with a few lows, the most obvious being the lacking AI.
  20. 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?
  21. 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.
  22. Gran Turismo 5 Prologue may be only a practice lap for the real thing, but it's a beautiful joyride while it lasts.
  23. Barely passable as a GT Game. There are far better racing simulations and games out there.
  24. 80
    Easily the most beautiful and engaging racer on the PS3. The lack of tracks and obvious multiplayer problems drag it down a notch.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. 95
    The graphics in GT5: Prologue are even better than "Crysis."
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. A near photo-realistic racing game with tight controls, a stylish presentation and visuals that'll leave you speechless.
  32. It isn’t yet the game it will become, but it’s still damn fine.
  33. GT5: Prologue is amazing to look at, and the game handles like a dream. And while I'm excited to have a full garage of cars unlocked once GT5 releases, I wouldn't have minded waiting a bit longer for a more complete experience.
  34. 89
    At a hefty 25 GBP it's a pretty expensive demo, albeit one that should keep you smiling for a good few weeks.
  35. Pelit (Finland)
    An excellent racing-game. It's not just a glimpse of the future, although the future looks really bright. [May 2008]
  36. Although Gran Turismo 5 Prologue was released as a small taste of what is to come in the final version of GT5, this taste is definitely more then just a small demo.
  37. Play Magazine
    Overall though, the game's awesome. [May 2008, p.60]
  38. The presentation is excellent, as is expected from Gran Turismo’s debut on the PS3. The game certainly fills a void in the PS3’s library but the relative lack of content (only 70 cars and 6 tracks), means that only the Gran Turismo diehard should pick up Prologue.
  39. 85
    The other group that should go and buy this game is car enthusiasts because they won't be successful in finding a better simulation car game on the market.
  40. Although a little short on cars and tracks when compared to GT5's numbers, still a great racing game with stunning visuals and a fun driving model. Carries on the Gran Turismo tradition proudly and is a great taste of what is to come.
  41. Prologue is a superb game in general and if you can live without the online play as it’s a pain in the backside on most occasions, there’s no reason not to pick it up.
  42. Gran Turismo fans that can’t simply wait another year or more just for the full GT5 will find a lot to like here for the reduced price while casual GT fans that have been overwhelmed by the immense depth of previous Gran Turismos can hop in and get the hang of the game without being a huge car nut quite well.
  43. As much as I liked the game in single player, I am disappointed by the multiplayer-mode. The lack of a lobby or a feature to select who you want to play with are mayor shortcomings compared to other games of today. What's worse though is the missing damage system and flaws in the way penalties are awarded, and the players who abuse these shortcomings. The penalties may be designed to stop players from sliding against the boards or using shortcuts, but often punish victims of assaults by other players using unfair means.
  44. Games Master UK
    Showroom shine and technical brilliance manages to get in the way of the 'game'. [May 2008, p.67]
  45. Gran Turismo 5 Prologue is an excellent racing experience, for a demo. Although it is a demo it is still a big enough demo to keep you busy for a while.
  46. Gran Turismo 5: Prologue is off to a good start, but it's unfinished. Also, there's no way we can recommend spending $40 for a demo. This score reflects the game content itself, not the overall value.
  47. It’s the interface, audio and visuals that make this an outstanding package, although even here there are things that are not quite right.
  48. Maxi Consolas (Portugal)
    It’s not perfect and can be easily criticized for the lack of customization of the online races and the absence of damages. But it’s far from being a simple demo and has a lot of reasons that fans of series should be interested in. It’s well worth the investment. [Apr 2008]
  49. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    I say Prologue is a demo. [July 2008, p.80]
  50. 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.
  51. Play UK
    Measure yourself on a graph that shows 'love of racing' on the vertical by 'impatience' on the horizontal. If you place somewhere around the top-right, then give it a try. [Issue#165, p.80]
  52. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    As uneven an effort that Prologue is at times, there are moments in the game that are transcendent. [June 2008, p.68]
  53. Gran Turismo 5 is another data point on the maturation S-curve for console-based racing games, but there’s still room for growth.
  54. 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.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 127 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 80 out of 127
  2. Negative: 26 out of 127
  1. Aug 30, 2015
    Easily the worst game in the Gran Turismo series. It may just be a shortened version of 5, but everything from lack of audio controls toEasily the worst game in the Gran Turismo series. It may just be a shortened version of 5, but everything from lack of audio controls to limited tuning points to a loss for GT. The point system in the tune shop is very inaccurate and makes racing physically unrealistic in the final races. Game will give you about a week of gameplay before beating and becoming tired. Not many tracks or cars at all. Full Review »
  2. ColinD
    Dec 30, 2009
    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 »
  3. Oct 4, 2017
    The prologue games are an absolute stain on the Gran Turismo series. Sure, you get a nice preview of the game engine before the full gameThe prologue games are an absolute stain on the Gran Turismo series. Sure, you get a nice preview of the game engine before the full game comes out, but it's just a cash grab for the developers. These games are way too short and not at all in line with what GT is all about. No upgrades for cars, no track cars and only a few tracks and races to choose from. This isn't Gran Turismo! Some of the events are downright boring, even when you consider how many tedious license challenges you've probably done in past games. Don't waste your time with this or any other Prologue game unless you really just want to complete your GT collection. Full Review »