Jan 24, 2012When Gran Turismo 5 first came out in late 2010, it felt a little unpolished and perhaps hurried when compared to the earlier games of the series. The game was pushed back so many times, fans were becoming impatient, so I can't really blame Polyphony and Sony for cutting a few corners to get the game out to the fans. Patches have made up for this and have polished the game to another level. That is exactly what this release is all about: All the patches up to Gran Turismo 5: Spec 2.0 are included on the disk, along with some DLC valued at around $20. At a $39.99 MSRP, this release is clearly the option for those who do not yet have the game, as well as the select few with very slow or no internet to update the original game.
For the game itself, I don't believe much of a review is necessary. There are plenty of reviews on the original game, and most of that applies here. It is still the racing game to have, with a plethora of cars and tuning options. The graphics and details are amazing in the game, with the exception of the "standard" model cars. These models have varying levels of graphical detail, most of which are quite disappointing. Many complain that the game can be too easy. This is not so. It can be both easy and challenging, based on how difficult you want it to be. It is not so much of a difficult setting, as to how excessive you tune your car to be in comparison with the other racers.
The DLC included with this game is all available for purchase on the PlayStation Network. It includes new cars, tracks, paints and driver apparel. The latter two feel much more like fluff, but I don't mind it's inclusion. The tracks, well the one track, is the most important item of the DLC in my opinion. It is the real word track Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, which is wonderfully complex track and a fantastic addition to the game. The car packs are nice as well, but most are simply variations on cars already in the game.
The patches really polished this game and made it closer to what many of us expected. With a lower price and included content, it is the best time to enter into this fantastic racing game.… Expand
May 7, 2012The xl edition of Gran Turismo 5 is simply fantastic. It is a big improvement from the original version of GT5. The xl edition includes several updates such as Spec 2, Car pack 2 and others. And the result is the refined gameplay. The greater number of cars, added tracks, lots of new features and that Red Bull X2011 makes this game addicting. I simply love this game. Overall, this game is worth it for your money and also, patience. But I believe that this game deserves better.… Expand
Oct 11, 2012This version of Gran Turismo 5 contains the 2.04 update of the game, plus some free DLCs (the main one includes two new tracks: Spa-Francorchamps and a night karting circuit). And finally, here the game looks complete, polished and full of features. If you don't have GT5, this edition is a must-have. If you already have it, you can buy the DLCs via PlayStation Store.
The game itself? The old GT we love, plus the extra online challenges, which are becoming harder and harder, but they are a great way to win money and new cars on the game.… Expand
Apr 13, 2013Everything that can be said about Gran Turismo 5 XL has probably already been said. It has day and night courses, a staggering number of cars to choose from, damage modeling, user generated tracks, several game modes including: A-Spec, B-Spec, Arcade, Drift Trial Mode, Time Trial Mode, local multiplayer, online multiplayer, and even a Photo Travel Mode to take pictures of your beloved cars. Although the XL version should have simply been the L version since it doesn't include all the DLC currently available for the game. This is definitely the best Gran Turismo of the series so far.
Although it does have a number of flaws, most of which stem from expectations that weren't met. Creating your own tracks leaves too much to be desired; I had hoped the track creator would have given me the ability to recreate the Nürburgring but instead the tool is over simplified to the point of being completely useless. Damage incurred should have been realistically, unforgivably brutal instead of superficial and modest. The AI from B-Spec can be infuriating, especially on the smaller courses in an event with few laps, even with an over powered car. Although the addition of ever changing online events provides enough depth to make you forget about these shortcomings.… Expand