This is a crosspost, I thought I'd post it here since more guys here seem to be interested. There's a little rant included.
GT5 now has a launch date - 2nd November 2010 and a number of new features have been announced about the title as well as some new previews.
Some of the features now include 3D, head tracking, damage, social network style online gaming, weather modeling and realtime daylight (I think?), Nascar, rally, 1000 cars including 200 premium and 800 remodeled from the previous titles. There are a number of other features including some nice improvements over anything any driving/race simulator has previously offered but nothing truly groundbreaking in my opinion. You can see more here Latest Information on Gran Turismo 5 Uncovered - News - gran-turismo.com
Here comes the rant. Of course what we are all interested in how it compares to Forza III so I decided to go look for hands on reports and reviews from people who have demoed it at E3. What I found was the typical fanboi arguments from both sides, to be fair I was surprised to see that the Forza forum actually seemed interested and a little excited by the release but generally speaking the fanbois from both camps are out in force and none of them are informed enough about GT5 to make a fair comparison. It shits me that guys on both sides are fighting about which one is better based on a incomplete feature list with ridiculous claims of "groundbreaking" and "GT5 is a simulator, Forza is more like arcade driving in comparison" from the Sony crowd and claims that Forza 3 is still better (in every way is practically implied) than the unreleased GT5. A bunch of douchbags on both sides IMO.
Anyway my reaction is it looks pretty and they have some nice new features, I am really excited about the Top Gear track and what I have seen so far seems to imply that damage will be modeled accurately. I'm hoping accidents will have an accurate and devastating effect on handling which would result in the threat of an accident making for a much more realistic driving experience. There are a number of things to get excited about but I am a bit disappointed and worried that the release might miss the mark. To me realistic driving physics and in depth Forza style modifications are the two most important features. It looks like GT5 will have incredible driving physics and the detail and some new features will provide great immersion when driving but what I fear is that the ability to modify your vehicle will fall far short of Forza and unless there is a massive gap in the driving experience which I doubt I don't think I will want to play GT5 over Forza.
It's far too early to call, only playing both will decide it and we don't know all the features at this time but right now I fear that Polyphony has not learned the lesson that game play > pretty and that the ability to swap engines and modify a car like you could in real life is a major part of an accurate simulated driving experience. Here's hoping that a future announcement before November surprises us with new improved modifications.
I was going to buy a PS3 for GT5 specifically, about 3 years ago... then I got a 360 instead, and I'm gonna hold off on a ps3 until I know gt5 is actually decent...