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Gran Turismo 5’s Functionality Update 2.0: It’s Already Brilliant

Gran Turismo 5’s Functionality Update 2.0: It’s Already Brilliant

I’ve spouted on about this before, but the Gran Turismo 5 Functionality Update 2.0 really does push it to a whole new level – GT5 shows the way updates should be done.

Sure, it’s taken about five billion patches and you could argue that a lot of functionality should have been in the game from day one, but hush down – I’m defensive of my baby. What’s happened since release is that GT5 has been updated to a monster of a racing game, and all for totally free.

No 59p charges for new cars, no £1.79 for new tracks, no money at all for glorified patches masquerading as ‘DLC’. It’s all been free.

And these aren’t insignificant updates we’re talking about – the Functionality Update 2.0 doesn’t just have a catchy name: it has real, new features. Inside car views available on all standard cars, new NASCAR straight-line-behemoths, the ability to save during endurance races and other additional features. Oh, and shorter loading times.

Some things you would expect from a patch, some things you would expect from £7.99 DLC. But it’s free.

These incremental (free) updates to GT5 have proven over the last year that, while it may have been released a bit early, it wasn’t a ‘fire and forget’ thing by Polyphony Digital. The game will continue to get updates and continue to be refreshed for the foreseeable future, and I for one absolutely love this fact. It’s the way all updates should be done.

But then, I am a sucker for not paying for things.

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  • Scrum

    I wholly agree, I’m really glad Polyphony are bringing the game up to where they think it should be. 😀

  • I must say that I am impressed by this 2.0 update. Forza 4 will be awesome, but even I will admit, it lacks the depth of Gran Turismo 5.

    As long as Forza Motorsport has a “Rewind” (back) button, it will always be a casual racer.

  • Oh, and how about printing this magazine in the US as well. You would get 5X the subscriptions and newsstand sales.

    Don’t you want more magazine sales?

    PS: could you please include a UK -> USA english legend in the magazine? “The game is bullocks!” What does that mean?!?! Good, bad or ugly.

  • After all, the British spread English (culture) and Toilet Paper (civility) across the entire world during their existence. The impact that your small country has had over the course of modern history is phenomenal, yet what of gaming literature?

    How about spreading the PLAY magazine now?!?!

    Have you ever seen that sad, pathetic PS3 magazine we get here in the US? OMG. Half the page size, half the number of pages, full of adverts. More like “PlayStation: The Official Pamphlet”. Meanwhile, you lovable Brits hog the only awesome PlayStation magazine all to yourselves. It’s practically criminal!

    Are you telling me that your lazy French sales staff cannot find a printer in the US to save on the shipping?

  • And if you printed it here in the States for US subscriptions and consumption, I wouldn’t be getting the latest issue of PLAY at the Barnes & Noble bookstore with the headline “Resistance 2 out next month!”.


  • One suggestion, though. You might want to remove the Soccer reviews and comments from the US version of PLAY.

    Soccer here is as popular as Cauliflower Eating Contests or France or the Flu.


    Same two teams keep winning each year since 2004. Seriously? Time for the salary cap in the UK in Soccer……

  • Ian Dransfield

    We are but a small, independent publisher in the south of England – to make a bespoke US edition of the mag would be beyond our editorial reach.

    However, you can get the mag for iPad, iPhone and those iDevice thingys through iTunes and I think (don’t quote me on this) it removes the whole waiting period thing. You miss out on the wonderful DVD and epic book, but you still get the fine wordage from our… fine selves.

    P.S. It’s ‘bollocks’ 😉

    P.P.S. We’re not removing football from the mag. Ever.