Oct 11, 2011

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GT5 Goes 2.0, Plus DLC Detailed

GT5 Goes 2.0, Plus DLC Detailed

When it came out almost one year ago, Gran Turismo 5 was loved by many, and hated by just as many, if not more.  Polyphony Digital has been faithful throughout its release however in releasing patches correcting a number of issues since the game’s release November 24, 2010.  In its biggest update yet, Gran Turismo 5 has officially made it to Spec 2.0, adding, updating and modifying a slew of features to the racing experience.

Here below is a list of changes players can expect taken from the PlayStation Blog:

  1. Standard Cars now given simplified cockpit views
  2. New Opening Movie
  3. Now you can make detailed time and weather change settings while editing in the Course Maker and while setting up races in the online lounge.
  4. Now you can manage multiple car setups using the new setting sheet feature.
  5. 2011 Season NASCAR cars
  6. Added the GT-R N24 Schulze Motorsports
  7. Avatar now usable in Photo Travel
  8. In replay videos recorded after the 2.0 update, it is now possible to fast forward or rewind the replays with [Forward] [Rewind] buttons.
  9. Improved Online Lounge
  10. A “Graph Display” has been added to the remote race screen of gran-turismo.com, allowing you to see the changes in positions in each lap graphically. A time difference display has also been added.
  11. The “Indy: NASCAR Pit Stop” has been added to photo travel.
  12. When a user logs in consistently every day, a bonus will now be applied to experience and race rewards.
  13. A [Downloadable Content] button has been added to the lower right of the main menu screen. Here you can install the downloaded content purchased from the PlayStation®Store.
  14. The Logitech G25 Racing Wheel and G27 Racing Wheel steering controllers are now officially supported.

For the full details on the update, check out the Gran Turismo 5 website here.

While this patch is free, like all patches, paid DLC will be making its way to GT5 October 18, 2011.  Gamers will be able to purchase a course pack that will add two brand new tracks, the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Spa, Belgium and a “flashy” kart track, to their racing experience for $4.99.

Some might choose to skip the tracks but might find it hard to resist adding “11 custom PDI-designed custom touring editions of fan favorites like the Mazda RX-7, Subaru Impreza, Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X, Dodge Challenger SRT8, Nissan GT-R, Honda CR-Z, and even a race tuned Toyota Prius, among others.”  Polyphony Digital is confident however that what will make this package stick out is the Red Bull X2011 Prototype vehicle which has never-been-seen before according to the PlayStation Blog.  At $7.99, it should find a lot of buyers.

For those looking to get some new racing gear, 90 new pieces of equipment will be available in the racing gear pack for $2.99.  Players will also be able to buy 100 new paint colors for $1.99 so you can “breathe some new life into your car collection.”

While Gran Turismo 5 has not had an easy year, Spec 2.0 and the impending DLC should help in creating a nicer driving experience for those new to the game, as well as veterans.  Check back for my impressions as I am about to dust off my racing chair and racing wheel and submerge myself in Gran Turismo 5 once again, all for the sake of science.

[Source: PlayStation Blog]