Gran Turismo 6
1,096 cars. Bathrust. The moon. Do we have your attention now? Get pumped folks; Gran Turismo 6 is coming.
Polyphony Digital have really come a long way. For 15 years now they have been putting out what is arguably the most successful racing franchise on the gaming market, Gran Turismo. With each title they have moved forward, adding new vehicles, tracks, and innovations to keep them at the head of the pack. And their newest title GT6 keeps with that.
The good news for fans is that the majority of the car list from Gran Turismo 5 will return, including the added on DLC vehicles that have released in the 3 years since GT5 was launched. Polyphony has also announced that there are over 100 new vehicles, some of which are quite literally out of this world. The new cars include cutting edge supercars, open wheel machines, state of the art Le Mans prototypes and a big expansion to the GT field of race cars. Even the moon buggy that the famous Apollo Astronauts had will also be available, and if the game trailer is right you can even drive it…in spaaaace!
Track wise the majority of GT5’s locations also return to the International scene, including Australia’s iconic Mount Panorama circuit for the first time in the series. Unlike other launch titles across other platforms however, GT6 doesn’t appear to feature any new Australian road or race cars, with the list and trailers so far revealing nothing more than a couple of older machines rehashed from Gran Turismo 4. On the plus side though several other new circuits have been added, including the iconic Goodwood festival of speed track and return of Apricot Hill, a fan favourite from the Playstation One’s Gran Turismo 2. Suzuka and Nurburgring are also included in the track list. If you’re unsure of why that’s important, best to read up on GT6’s rivals…
Car customization has been kept under wraps, with trailers and screenshots so far only confirming that the paint, wings and wheel options from GT5 are in. Players also have several new stunning locations for the photo travel option, with the ability to now place 2 vehicles in the one location, making for some fantastic photo opportunities. GT6 also features a dynamic day and night cycle which has been updated from GT5. Now at night the stars and moon actually move as the time changes, much like they do in the real world. Players also have the ability to customize their driver with race suits and helmets, much like GT5.
Gameplay wise the career mode has been slightly remodelled, with the return of special events and the ‘coffee break’ events that were featured in Gran Turismo 4, allowing you to take a break from the hustle and crashing of racing. The online seasonal events are also returning, meaning there will be regular time, drift and race challenges available to players even after they have completed career mode. In addition to the tracks and cars available Polyphony has already confirmed that they are already planning DLC releases in the future, featuring yet even more cars to fill your virtual garage with.
Aside from the odd minor quam, Gran Turismo 6 is looking like the best way to end the 2013 racing season. This is one title you do not want to miss.
Written by Ben Rachow