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Gran Turismo 5 ‘Bad AI Hurts the Experience’

by William Schwartz

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The first impressions of Gran Turismo 5 have started to trickle in via internet and print sources. One of the first is from the Official PlayStation Magazine, reviewed as a six page feature ” The Truth about Gran Turismo 5 ” has finally been revealed. All in all, the gaming magazine had good things to say about the upcoming racer but one thing that was blatantly pointed out was the computer driver AI and how it was neglected in favor of graphics and content.

Curious to test my virtual opponents’ skill, I slam on the anchors and my immediate followers waste little time in powering past. But just as things are looking promising, carnage ensues.  The author continues: “Even though my car is easily avoidable, parked on the side of a wide straight, I watch the rear view hoping the next batch of rapidly approaching cars do the smart thing and veer around. They don’t, and in that fraction of a second, the impact reverberates beyond the DualShock3.

Gran Turismo 5’s AI remains a long way short of passing the Turing Test.  although the review concludes: “unquestionably the most complete Gran Turismo experience to date. All those years waiting have been worth it.”

We all knew it wasn’t going to be perfect.  But bad AI can have a real detrimental effect on a racing game especially if the gamer has no plans of taking the game online.  Our review of Gt5 will be up sometime between now and Christmas.

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