- I was well and truly stuck about a third of the way through the A Class races in Gran Turismo 5 Prologue. When you're starting in last place and playing catch up with an equally powerful car, making just one mistake means you're toast - especially on a speedway-style circuit.
I'd all but given up on the thought of beating the game until Logitech told me they were sending over a Driving Force GT. It probably won't come as a shock when I tell you that Gran Turismo 5 Prologue comes alive when it's played with a force-feedback wheel.
The jump between a Sixaxis and the Driving Force GT is of a similar magnitude to the jump between the 8-way digital joysticks of the 16-bit era and the dual-analogs of recent years. You can feel the car lose traction, and intuitively wrestle the back end into submission.
All of a sudden I could actually compete. Not only could I reliably take someone under heavy brakes, I could gently guide a car around the High Speed Ring without losing traction on the corners and losing valuable speed. A couple of hours later I'd beaten the game and was going back through the B and C Class races taking first place where my prior best was second or third.
The step up in realism and immersion this wheel provides is amazing, especially for those of you who've...