- It's like GT5 Lite, but still kind of expensive. The real, full Gran Turismo 5 is due out Holiday 2008, at best, so to please the legion of GT fans (or cash in shamelessly, depending on your point of view), Sony CEJ just released Gran Turismo 5: Prologue in Japan. Obligatory stats: 37 cars, 5 tracks, $40 via Japanese PSN or about $50 if you import a disk (PS3 is region-free, so guess your way through the menus and you can play with little difficulty).
That's a lot of cash for something that makes no claim of being a full game. Prologue offers a series of tiered events, time trials, an arcade mode, and a taste of GT5-features-to-come, such as an RSS-like automotive news feed (in Japanese, but interesting nonetheless) and GT TV, a video content hub that could grow into something really cool. And on December 25th, the online multiplayer goes live. We're expecting support for 16 players, with the usual leaderboards and hopefully some other trimmings, but we won't really know until next week.
Unsurprisingly, Prologue looks and feels pretty great (look under the video tab above to see it in action), but at this point improvements to the series are limited, though a 'professional' setting option aimed at the hardcore increases the game's realism and rewards deft throttle control. Prologue currently has no US...