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Game review - "Gran Turismo 6" - much improved over "Gran Turismo 5"

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The BMW 550i Gran Turismo, and other related models, can be found at multiple dealerships in the St. Louis area. Speaking of the Gran Turismo, the newest racing video game of the same name just came out.

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Gran Turismo 6” was recently released on December 6 for the PS3; the game should not come out on the PS4. “GT6” was developed by Polyphony Digital and published by Sony Computer Entertainment, and it is rated E (Everyone). The genre of “GT6” is simulation racing video game. Single-player, multiplayer and online are the major game modes in the game. The cover vehicle is a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C7.

There will be a “Gran Turismo 7” as early as 2014, and its predecessor is “Gran Turismo 5” (2010) (IMDb). “GT6” is the sixth major installment in the “Gran Turismo” series. The first game came out in 1998 and it is called “Gran Turismo.”

A really unique feature is the ability to drive a lunar rover on the moon. The series has reached a new milestone of car quantity with over 1,200 cars. Mechanical damage is still unfortunately nonexistent in single-player.

Necessary changes from “GT5” include the no-longer XP system and most cars in the game are no longer in a used car list that rotates slowly. A first for the series is the dynamic effects for weather and time-of-day during a race.

Arcade mode allows for single-player time or drift trials and racing against the AI but also has split-screen for two-player racing. Coffee break mode includes mini-games in between race events in Career Mode. Photo Travel mode lets the user photograph up to two cars in many exotic locations.

As for multiplayer, mechanical damage is an option, and it also includes qualifying and practice sessions. Up to 16 players can race at a time, and now races can be set up in a sequence. Seasonal events include races and time or drift trials that will be updated at specific times of the year.

Future online updates will include being part of a club for racing or communication purposes, quick match, B-spec, which is where the player coaches their driver rather than driving themselves, course maker, data logger, mobile devices for online community features and 3D compatibility for 3D TVs.

Positives for “GT6” include amazing graphics, especially with the lighting and detail on cars, authentic, superb handling, immense variety of content/tracks, superb cars/tracks and improvement over “GT5,” including the user interface.

Negatives for “GT6” include past issues relating to damage modeling, dated cars, paint chips and car engine/collision sounds. Also, visual customization is weak, especially with no livery editor, and when inspecting vehicles closely, license plates are hard to read and car edges are blocky. Metacritic gave it a Metascore of 81 out of 100 for the PS3.

Even though “GT6” has some downsides, it is still worth buying, unless you do not care about racing simulation video games. For those who don’t fit those qualifications, this game is perfect for you and can be purchased here in St. Louis stores.

“GT6” is about $60 for the PS3 at Target, Walmart, Best Buy, Toys “R” Us, Hastings and GameStop. The 15th Anniversary edition is also available at GameStop. A pre-owned game from GameStop can be purchased for $55 and Amazon.com has lower prices on new games.

Please contact me at my email address below for any comments or questions you might have.

Official website: http://www.gran-turismo.com/us/

Wiki website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gran_Turismo_6

Facebook website: https://www.facebook.com/#!/GranTurismoUS

More articles by Trevor Roe: http://www.examiner.com/video-games-in-st-louis/trevor-roe

Have comments you don't want to share publicly? Email me at basketballplayer1551@yahoo.com.

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