Gran Turismo 5 is a game that we’ve tried really, really hard to love. At it’s very core, it plays better than any other console sim on the market, but everything else — from the clumsy UI, long load times, ugly Standard cars, and so forth — has been such a hamper that the franchise suddenly seemed like a shell of its former self. With Turn 10′s Forza Motorsport 4 launching next week on the Xbox 360, Polyphony Digital have picked a key time to introduce a major update to the game, fixing many of the things that were wrong with GT5 upon release. We’re told to expect this free update in the next few weeks.
In the update, every single car in the game will now have an interior view, including the Standard cars. They obviously won’t be as detailed as their Premium counterparts, but it’s a nice addition regardless. For all of you Photo Mode junkies (myself included), you can finally — FINALLY — fast-forward and rewind at will to get the exact shot that you want. If you’re crazy enough to play through endurance races, you can now save your progress mid-race and pick it up later — no more being trapped by a race 3, 8, 12, or 24 hours at a time. NASCAR vehicles get their 2011 season liveries, the Logitech G25 and G27 racing wheels are now fully and officially supported, load times are improved, and all is right with the world.
The game will also start receiving (presumably) paid DLC which will include your standard tracks and cars, hopefully including some of the newer models that will be appearing in Forza 4 but were too new to make the cut in GT5. Finally, the game is now immediately available for $39.99.
And just like that, it seems that this car sim rivalry is interesting again.
Source: PlayStation Blog