The year 2010 will go down in history as a great year, but not because of Healthcare Reform.  I’m talking about Grand Turismo 5, the king of all driving games.  Finally there is word that it will be released in October, after years of delays and broken promises, and for a gearhead this release date is epic.

If you have played GT4, then you know that this new edition will be amazing.  Just watching the trailer makes me crazy.  The graphics are stunning and hard to believe, and the game play is unbelievably realistic.  The lighting makes the game different from the other popular games like Grand Theft Auto, using white light instead of the usual orangy tinged sunlight.  The tracks and locations are amazingly accurate right down to the buildings and road texture.  The whole thing has a sharper appearance than before, and the cars are just stunning.

Expect to experience some of the best cars in the world in some of the most spectacular racetracks from around the globe.  The list of vehicles reads like a who’s who of great automotive designs and includes the Ferrari 458 Italia and the California, the Lamborghini Gallardo and Countach, a Lotus Evora, the Mercedes Benz SLS AMG, a Tesla Roadster, a Bugatti Veyron and even a Koenigsegg CCXR.  The tracks will be very accurate; in fact everything about the cars will be very close to real life from the sounds of the engines to the feel of understeer around a corner.  In fact, they are so accurate that Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson was almost able to recreate a GT4 Laguna Seca track time in real life.  And speaking of Top Gear, the Stig’s famous home track will be included, so you can be “The Star in a Reasonably Priced Car”.

There may be some unexpected things in the new game, including interior shots of the cars.  NASCAR will also make its debut adding some new tracks and cars to the mix including the Indianapolis Speedway, Daytona and the Texas Motor Speedway.  Even the rally tracks will be more diverse, and I was able to spot a Lancia Delta Integrale and Lancia Stratos in the trailer, plus I hear there are rumors of a Touring Car Championship.

Now, if you were one of the people who bought GT5 Prologue, then some of this may not be new.  But I didn’t buy it, because I thought it was better to wait for the full game.  Needless to say, I missed out on some great driving and didn’t realize the wait would be so long.  If you have never played the game, check out the trailer because I am pretty sure you will want to get your hands on it.  This is the Holy Grail of driving simulators, and this version will be absolutely mind blowing.

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Article courtesy of Chris Raymond