Gran Turismo 6

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Gran Turismo 6
GranTurismo6.jpg
Official box art featuring 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C7
Developer(s) Polyphony Digital
Publisher(s) Sony Computer Entertainment Japan
Designer(s) Kazunori Yamauchi
Series Gran Turismo
Platform(s) PlayStation 3
Release date(s)
  • AS December 5, 2013
  • WW December 6, 2013
Genre(s) Racing
Distribution Blu-Ray disc, Download

Gran Turismo 6 (グランツーリスモ 6 Guran Tsūrisumo Shikkusu?, commonly abbreviated as GT6) is a racing video game developed by Polyphony Digital and published by Sony Computer Entertainment for the PlayStation 3 video game console. It is the sixth major release and twelfth game overall in the Gran Turismo video game series. It was released worldwide on December 6, 2013.[1]

Development[edit]

In November 2011, the Gran Turismo series' creator, Kazunori Yamauchi said that he and his team at Polyphony Digital were working on Gran Turismo 6.[2] In March 2012, workers were seen on site at Mount Panorama in Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia, photographing and scanning the track. The workers revealed that Mount Panorama will be included in Gran Turismo 6.[3]

In February 2013, Sony's Computer Entertainment Europe senior vice president Michael Denny claimed that Gran Turismo 6 will remain a PlayStation 3 title, despite the recent unveiling of the PlayStation 4.[4][5]

Gran Turismo 6 was announced on May 15, 2013, when Sony Computer Entertainment Europe hosted a celebration of the 15th anniversary of Gran Turismo at Silverstone Circuit in the United Kingdom.[6][7] Kazunori Yamauchi said at the official announcement, Gran Turismo 6 will feature 71 layouts of 33 tracks, 1200 cars, a new flexible rendering engine that features adaptive tessellation, and a redesigned simpler menu interface with faster loading times.[8] An early build of Gran Turismo 6's updated physics were shown to the public when GT Academy 2013 was released on the PlayStation Store on July 2, 2013.[9]

On July 10, 2013, game developers announced that the Goodwood Festival of Speed hill climb course will be included on the game. The 1.16 mile strip of road that runs through the Earl of March's family home's grounds hosts the annual Festival of Speed and current Formula One, Moto GP, World Rally Championship cars and racers as well as other famous drivers and cars from all ages and aspects of motor sport. This gave the game developers the idea to base a track here due to the wide variety of vehicles that use the hill climb in front of 185,000 spectators. Yamauchi said "I have always been a huge admirer of the Festival of Speed and what Lord March has achieved, I love the incredible range of cars on display – from the priceless, rare and exotic, to the latest family hatchback and full on racing cars – I love the challenge of the Hill Climb and the rally stage. Goodwood represents every type of motoring and motor sport which very much mirrors what we aim to achieve with Gran Turismo and so it is very special that we have forged this partnership. There will be no better feedback than that provided by the Goodwood fans to tell me if we are heading in the right direction with Gran Turismo 6!"[10] A demo of GT6 was made available at the Festival, to give spectators the chance to challenge Nick Heidfeld's 41.6-second course record set in 1999 in a Formula 1 car.[11]

On August 20, 2013, at GamesCom, it was revealed that Brands Hatch would be coming to Gran Turismo, and Apricot Hill Raceway, which did not appear in the previous game, would make a return to the series. Cars such as the Pagani Huayra, Fisker Karma, Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C7 and BMW Z8 were announced, as well as the Aston Martin One-77, Audi R18, KTM X-Bow and the 1971 Lunar Roving Vehicle (from the Apollo 15 mission).[12] DeltaWing was originally announced for the game, but it was briefly removed due to possible legal and licensing issues.[13] However, it was revealed on December 2, 2013 that the DeltaWing will return to the game in the 2012 and 2013 models.

Polyphony helped design Toyota's FT-1 concept car by modeling the car initially in Gran Turismo 5 and later in Gran Turismo 6. It helped the car designers to see the car in motion and to sell the concept to Toyota headquarters. The car has been released as a free download to Gran Turismo 6 alongside other concept cars on January 14.[14]

F1 drivers Sebastian Vettel and Bruno Senna were both test drivers for the game.[15]

Features[edit]

On October 24, 2013, game developers announced a long-term partnership with the Ayrton Senna Institute, where a percentage of profits from the sale of the game will go to the organization, which promotes and provides education to the impoverished communities in Brazil.[16] A free update in May 2014 added a new feature called "Ayrton Senna Tribute", which follows the motor racing career of Ayrton Senna. The update also includes the iconic Lotus 97T, which Senna drove during the 1985 Formula One season.[17]

Among the other circuits new to the series are Willow Springs International Motorsports Park, Ascari Race Resort, and ones based in a sports stadium, in addition to several ones based in the Matterhorn, including the one near Riffelsee.

As well as some tracks featuring variable weather and time of day, there will also be a dynamic celestial sphere, so that stars in the night sky have accurate positions. With this, there is also a feature where players can drive at Hadley Rille on the moon with the Lunar Rover.

Vision Gran Turismo[edit]

To commemorate the 15th anniversary of the series, Gran Turismo 6 will also feature a festival called "Vision Gran Turismo" (name reused from early GT5 trailer), featuring concept cars designed for the game by top automobile companies, as well as sportswear brands Air Jordan and Nike, and automobile designing companies such as Zagato.[18] On November 17, 2013, the first Vision GT car, the "Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo", was revealed and will thus be available by the time of the launch of the game.

On May 14, 2014, the second Vision GT car, the "BMW Vision Gran Turismo", was unveiled and released in the 1.07 update.

At the same time the Ayrton Senna Tribute content was released, the third Vision GT car, the "Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV Evolution Vision Gran Turismo" was revealed (based upon the XR-PHEV hybrid car from the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show),[19] and subsequently added along with the 1.08 update without an announcement in advance.

On May 16, 2014, Volkswagen announced the fourth Vision GT car, the "Volkswagen GTI Roadster Vision Gran Turismo". A full scale model of the car appeared in the GTI Meeting in Wörthersee on May 29, 2014. The car was included with the 1.09 update on June 18, 2014.

On June 16, 2014, Nissan revealed the fifth Vision GT car, the "Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo". A full scale model of the car appeared in the Goodwood Festival of Speed on June 26, 2014. The day following, still at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Aston Martin announced the sixth Vision GT car, the "Aston Martin DP-100 Vision Gran Turismo". Both cars were made available on July 25, 2014.

On August 7, 2014, Toyota announced a racing variant of their FT-1 concept car as the seventh Vision GT car, the second based on a previous concept model. Dubbed the "Toyota FT-1 Vision Gran Turismo", it was fully unveiled on August 13, 2014, and later made available on September 16, 2014.[20][21]

"X" series cars[edit]

The "X" series cars, developed in conjunction with Red Bull and first seen in Gran Turismo 5, make a return in Gran Turismo 6. The Red Bull X2010, X2010 Prototype and X2011 Prototype remain, and several new "X" series cars are included - the X2014 Junior Car, the X2014 Standard Car and the X2014 Fan Car. The horsepower for these cars range from 600 to over 1,500. Despite them being very lightweight [900 to over 1,000 kg], these cars have V6 engines that make them hit anywhere from 200 mph to over 300 mph. The handling for each is instant on every corner.

Soundtrack[edit]

The game's music features songs by bands such as Beck, Nine Inch Nails, Palma Violets, The Kills, Boys Noize, Camo & Krooked, CHVRCHES, Depeche Mode, Miike Snow, Amon Tobin and Underworld.

Downloadable Content[edit]

Though no downloadable content (DLC) packs have been released for sale, several free cars have been released after the launch of Gran Turismo 6 through updates. These include the BMW M4, the Toyota FT-1 concept, and Mario Andretti's 1948 Hudson stock car.[22][23][24]

An update in January 28, 2014 added four new cars: the Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision GT Racing Series (a racing-modified version of the Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision GT), the Corvette Stingray GT Concept '13 (a tuned version of the Corvette Stingray shown at SEMA 2013) and two variants of the Gran Turismo Red Bull X2014 (a venturi car and a fan car to complete the X2014 series).[25]

On April 29, 2014, Sony announced the final online event for Gran Turismo 5, which started on April 30, 2014 and ended with the shutdown of the online servers on May 30, 2014. Players were awarded with five cars in Gran Turismo 6 for participating in the event.[26]

In the week leading up to the 2014 Austrian Grand Prix, a free update was made available on June 18, 2014, which included the Red Bull Ring circuit, the Toyota TS030 Hybrid, the Lexus IS F CCS-R, and the Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 driven by Nissan GT Academy graduates in the Blancpain Endurance Series.

On August 13, 2014, at the McCall's Motorworks Revival in Monterey Regional Airport, Toyota unveiled a version of the FT-1 concept car with new colors and interiors, which was later named the "Toyota FT-1 Graphite".[27][28] On August 27, 2014, Kazunori Yamauchi confirmed the inclusion of the highly anticipated Nissan GT-R Nismo R35 to the game, after which the car made an appearance in the finals of the European Nissan GT Academy 2014 at Silverstone. And also, there were leaked videos allegedly showing the gameplay footage of a new original track based in Zahara de la Sierra. All of these eventually made it to the game in the form of a game update on September 16, 2014, with the GT-R Nismo being gifted for free to players who participated in Nissan GT Academy 2014.

New Features[edit]

In March 2014, Update 1.05 added multi-monitor support.[29] On April 7, 2014, Update 1.06 added the ability to create custom wings, with five parts that can be adjusted to players' liking: wing mounts, wing type/style, winglets, height, and width respectively. This feature is new to the Gran Turismo series. On September 16, 2014, Update 1.12 added Quick Match feature to the Online gameplay, allowing players to find a race more quickly, where they will be competing against random opponents.

On June 24, 2014, Polyphony Digital Inc. announced a long-term partnership with the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile, as the game was approved with a certification from the FIA for four of the real world circuits in the game. Game developers also announced a special event called "FIA Online Championship", exclusively on Gran Turismo 6, slated to start in 2015.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 81.55%[30]
Metacritic 82/100[31]
Review scores
Publication Score
Computer and Video Games 80%[32]
Destructoid 9.0/10[33]
Electronic Gaming Monthly 7.5/10[34]
Eurogamer 9/10[35]
Game Informer 80%
Game Revolution 80%
GamesMaster 86%
GamesRadar 4.5/5 stars[36]
GameSpot 7/10[37]
GamesTM 80%
GameTrailers 88%
IGN 8.0/10[38]
Joystiq 80%
Official PlayStation Magazine (Australia) 80%
Play Magazine 83%
Polygon 9.0/10[39]
Hardcore Gamer 4/5[40]
Telegraph 100%[41]
The Guardian 80%
PlayStation LifeStyle 90%
Machinima.com 90%

Gran Turismo 6 has received generally positive reviews, with aggregate review websites GameRankings and Metacritic giving a score of 81.55% and 82 out of 100, respectively.[30][31] It was mainly praised for its more open focus on realism and even bigger collection of cars, but was criticized for lacking more improvement, bugs and glitches at launch and a bigger focus on online play and micro transactions. Eurogamer praised the "vast, sprawling compendium of cars" and the "staggering tracklist", with GamesRadar praising the graphics and realism. Polygon liked the variety of gameplay, while IGN said it was "a marked improvement on GT5". Hardcore Gamer commented that it was "surprisingly addictive" with "huge lasting appeal", and "arguably remains the gold standard of the genre". When Destructoid made a head to head comparison with the next-generation title Forza 5, Gran Turismo came out on top by a wide margin.[42] When USGamer carried out a similar 3-way test, they concluded that "I’ve had both these games for weeks, but it’s Gran Turismo 6 that’s keeping me up late at night. Much as I like Forza 5, Gran Turismo just has more going for it... The way Gran Turismo articulates different car types and handling characteristics is phenomenal, and its sheer variety of cars, tracks, racing formats and minigame challenges makes it hugely entertaining to play."[43]

For the week of launch in Japan, after two days of sales, Gran Turismo 6 had 204,784 physical sales - the game in second place had 117,432 sales for the whole week.[44] These sales helped almost to double the sales of the PS3 console compared to the previous week.[45] Among the Famitsu 2013 Top 100, a listing of the top 100 Japanese retail software sales for the year of 2013 from data collected by Famitsu's parent company Enterbrain, the game ranked number 24, with 282,686 physical retail sales within Japan.[46] The game was the bestseller in France, Germany, Norway,[47] Finland[48] and New Zealand,[49] number 2 in Australia and Italy,[50] number 3 in the UK[51] Sweden[52] Denmark[53] and Greece,[54] and number 4 in Spain[55] and South Africa.[56] It was the 42nd highest selling game of 2013 across all formats in the UK, with it also being the biggest selling single-format racing title of the year.[57] The game fared less well in North America, just making the top ten.[58] The game was still in the top ten of the European PSN download sales chart at the end of February 2014.[59]

Celebrity endorsements[edit]

Four-time Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel appears in the game, as well as Mario Andretti's 1948 Hudson Hornet. NASCAR champion Matt Kenseth drives one of the new cars to the game. The game also features replica helmets and overalls worn by drivers such as Tony Stewart, Ayrton Senna, Jimmie Johnson, Petter Solberg and Mikko Hirvonen. Jay Leno helped the producers to include his 1000 horsepower Oldsmobile Toronado in the game.[60]

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