• Dec 9, 2010
Gran Turismo 5 pileup – Click above to watch the video after the jump

Gran Turismo 5 has been billed as a hyper-realistic driving simulator. And while it's almost impossible for Polyphony Digital's golden egg to live up to six years of hype and hope (we called the game "an incomplete title"), there are plenty of gamers out there who feel the driving dynamics are second-to-none. But no matter how hard the hundreds of GT5 developers tried, perfection and pixels are still miles apart.

For instance, what happens when you're driving a Nissan GT-R really fast on a banked oval track, and as you begin to ease left, an equally fast Porsche 911 taps you on the driver-side door? In real life, there is a solid chance that you'd lose control and perhaps come to a stop with your wheels pointing skyward. In GT5, you can apparently lose control, land on a Lamborghini Gallardo and still finish the race. Want proof? Hit the jump to watch the replay of one gamer's hilarious but not-so-realistic experience. At least the Lambo slowed down once it began piggybacking an extra 4,000 pounds.

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      • 4 Years Ago

      Even airplanes do this in real life. Not bad for a console game...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Damage seems to not be working at this level, but isn't that something you have to unlock?

      Otherwise the Physics looks fairly impressive.

      Too bad they didn't try to shake off the car, if that actually worked it would have been quite impressive.
        • 4 Years Ago
        There is damage in the game, but the rules as to how to get it and how much it is visible and such are so complex that it can only be considered to be a botched feature.

        If the average person can't see the damage, is it really giving you any market advantage?
      • 4 Years Ago
      So when the two supercars done having sex, I want the love child of the GTR and Gallardo.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is the kind of imperfection that makes me like GT5 more! Sure, it doesn't make up for the poor user interface (that I'll begrudgingly get used to), the limits on customization, mediocre AI, or the current state of car damage, but it's funny and probably exceedingly rare. I've never expected any game to be perfect (even one in development for 6 years), so this is just cool.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Stop expecting perfection there is no single game out there without bugs.
        • 4 Years Ago
        This is far from a game-breaking bug. It's not even major. So at one point, someone did a crash and ended on another car? Big deal. It didn't even look that unrealistic. IRL, there would have been more damage, fluid spilling, smoke, and parts flying all over the place, but the cars would have behaved similarly.

        I work in the videogame industry and can assure you even the best physics engines out there are still far from reproducing a constantly accurate depiction of what's considered real, especially for real-time physics engines.

        If you want to expect perfection, you'll be a very disappointed individual over the course of your life.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Except that's no ordinary bug. That's a major F-up! Doesn't matter if they release a patch next week or whatever. This is a joke.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's a bug? Looks like the physics engine is working quite well considering the developers never intended for that situation to occur. Now if the cars just clipped through each other, that would be a bug. Are those videos of rockets in Halo 3 being deflected and killing players halfway across the map bugs, as well?
      • 4 Years Ago
      well, it could happen.... Look the Lambo was weighed down by the GTR. lol

        • 4 Years Ago
        Assuming that is indeed what is happening. It could be the AI just taking a crap from not knowing how to respond to what has happened to it. I've seen AI in games do some odd things when presented a strange situation. In one of the Forzas I remember I was board and crashing into other cars. I managed to severely damage the engine of another car on a banked turn, it and I rolled down the inside and I was treated with the AI not knowing what to do. It for a while tried to climb the bank and get back on track but had no where near the power left to do so, so after a little of that it just stopped and repeatedly turned its wheels left right left right left right seemingly not knowing what to do. I know I've seen other funny examples of AI freakouts but non are coming to mind at the moment.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It is a video game, and all games have their flaws, but stuff like this makes me wonder if it's really any better than Forza.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, that's hilarious... definitely a one-in-a-million crash. I have to laugh at the furious (furious I tell you!) haters and lovers commenting. It's a videogame, and one that makes you forget everything else when you're wrestling a Ferrari F40 around the Nurburgring at 10/10ths, for that I give it a thumbs up... for the wonky menus and lack of current Porsche models, well, it could use some work ;)
      • 4 Years Ago

      Well, the video shows no damage and almost no physics at all, so...

      I don't know about the inner workings of the game since I don't have it and didn't bothered looking for videos about it.

      About the bugs, lets be honest, bugs are acceptable, but in a game that's been in development for so many years you expect to have none of those. I know a situation like the one on the video is hard to reproduce during beta tests, but, anyway...

      That's the problem with games that take so long to release, time creates expectation and in the end almost everyone gets disappointed.

      Didn't mean that the game is rubbish, just expected a bit more considering the time it took to develop.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'll just snicker and boot up iRacing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed. The GT series never did anything for me. Seems like Grand Prix Legends did at least as good or better with physics and it came out over 10 years ago.

        I'm much happier with iRacing and Live for Speed. Just wish LFS had some real cars and tracks, but I guess it's a concession to have a lower price. Just want them to hurry up and come out with the S3 pack.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why is it that Every Car blog bashes GT5, but I just dont remember seeing the french Bulldog forza 3 rollover or Steering Buffer Asssist Fiasco...

      To me this looks just like, lets have fun of GT5 Because.
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