Back in my sophomore year in college, my roommate and I would stay up until all hours of the night playing Gran Turismo 3 for the PS2. Our strategy often utilized the fact that getting hit by other cars never resulted in damage, and when applied correctly, could allow for a nice boost ahead of your competitors. Also, during this time my roommate talked about the future of PlayStation technology, theorizing that eventually we would have a “HeadStation” that was basically a bucket full of liquid-metal that you would put on top of your head, and you would play games directly in your brain as you waited for the system to lay its eggs.
Those were the days.
Now you too can have sleep-deprived conversations about the future of video games, because today the European PlayStation blog announced that Gran Turismo 5 for HeadStation PlayStation 3 would be getting a free DLC update on October 11, called Spec 2.0.
The post quotes game creator Kazunori Yamauchi, who gave some details about what gamers can expect in the update:
“The coming Gran Turismo 5 Spec 2 update is an update that contains the feedback from the users playing GT5 online every day. We have added cars such as the newest NASCAR race cars, but many of the updates are those that improve usability and expand the field of game play. I believed from the initial release of Gran Turismo 5 that it would be the users that would make the game grow thereafter, and we added things like interior views for the standard models because there was a lot of request for it from our users. You could say that this update is the shape and form of GT5 that was created through the opinions of our fans.”
Want more? Got more. Here’s the full list of new stuff in the update as reported on a Eurogamer post:
- Simplified interior view added to all standard cars
- User control of the weather change feature
- Added a setting sheet feature allowing you to save multiple car settings
- Spec 2.0 opening movie
- Improved UI response and usability
- Replay fast forward/rewind
- Mid-race save feature for endurance races
- Expanded online lounge features (narrowing down car types, shuffle races)
- Expansion of the B-Spec remote race you can play from GT.com (a graph display now shows changes in race rankings)
- Expanded photo travel features – you can now take photos of cars together with your avatar
- Added a NASCAR Pit Scene stage to Photo Travel
- Added eleven 2011 model NASCAR cars
- Added the Nissan GT-R N24 Shulze Motor Sport
- Improved physics and AI
- Support for the Logitec G25/G27 Steering wheel