Parents' Guide to

Gran Turismo 5

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Extraordinarily fun racing sim is deep but unrealistic.

Game PlayStation 3 2010
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 12+

One of the best high-definition racing games around.

Gran Turismo 5 is undoubtedly the best one out to date, because of it's new high definition graphics, realistic design and settings, and the new array of high octane performance vehicles to choose from. Consumerism is one of the biggest concerns, because all the vehicles come from legit brands that are seen around the world. Also, the concept of the cars receiving damage and sustaining car crashes is NOT like how the cars are in real life, because in Gran Turismo 5, cars only receive minor to moderate damage such as scratches and dents, even in cataclysmic situations, and the drivers come out completely unharmed. From the basic knowledge of myself, everyone, even children, should understand that if someone drove a car in REAL LIFE and sustained that much damage and turbulence - they will die from the injuries and explosions inflicted. So, this game may not be a good choice for the younger crowd because they might get the wrong impression displayed by the game play. If they completely understand both fictional and non-fictional concepts, then they should be fine.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much consumerism
age 2+

Consumerism complaints?

I haven't played it, but I have to comment on this consumerism thing. I can't believe people are getting worked up over billboards with advertising on them inside the game. If you're going to be like that, you may as well not let your children outside.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7):
Kids say (15):

Gran Turismo 5 was well worth the wait for a number of reasons: tight handling, accurate physics, a huge number of cars, outstanding graphics (including 3D support) and ambitious online support. The game houses more than 20 track locations in total, but variations of those tracks (such as mirror mode) bring the number closer to 70. Fans of this best-selling franchise can also expect mechanical and minor external car damage, night racing, and for the first time in the series, NASCAR, Super GT, and World Rally Championship licenses are in the game. Truly, all the bases are covered here. Kudos to Polyphony Digital for delivering a fun, deep, and stunning racing experience that's well worth the wait.

Online interaction: This game supports open voice chat with other players, opening the door for players to be exposed to coarse language and inappropriate conversations. It also makes possible the sharing of personal information.

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