Lets start with the graphics... Replays and the entrance video both have the best graphics ive ever seen on a racing game, however when I got into a race I found the graphics to be, next gen but not revolutionary. Granted the gameplay graphics are great but they arent as good as everyone is saying, the gameplay graphics in PGR4 are far superior, especially when the weather effects are running but as the review title suggests graphics aren't everything. Now onto gameplay, although realistic they may be realistic is nothing without feedback, even a tap in Forza 2 can send a car spinning however in Gran Turismo Prologue it seems almost impossible to spin your car, even if its rear wheel drive. In both forza 2 and PGR4 there are other modes and activities you can do other than racing, and although great some racing games can be they can all become boring at times just racing, and therefore the extra modes and activities keep the game fresh for me and I never get bored. Below are the other activities open to you
Forza 2 - Drifting, Creating artistic designs on your cars
PGR4 - Cat & Mouse, Bulldog, New Tourist Mode
At the moment there are no racing games for PS3 with any real difference than just racing which it desperately needs. Hopefully when GT5 is released players will find other things to do on the game online. The closest any game has come to a 'difference' is motorstorm which I must say is an all round fun game. There are 2 bits of praise that sets it apart from the rest, although I dont think it will be a selling point and thats that the cockpit view is the best Ive seen in a game to date, in the fact that its the clearest view ive had from any racing cockpit view on any game, this does not mean Im saying its graphically the best because its not its just the most 'usable' cockpit view to date. The second point of praise is the ability to drive a formula 1 car, which may actually be a good enough selling point for prologue, so that players get to see if they have got the physics right for it. I for one cant wait to find out but at 2,000,000 credits your gonna have to race for a while to get it.
My review as a summary...
Great FMV graphics
Good Gameplay Graphics
Most usable cockpit view of any racing game to date
F1 Ferrari available to race
No damage (is that really realistic?)
You just bounce off walls (Is this also realistic?)
Prologue doesn't allow car upgrading
Without upgrades, this game has no variety
Just buy car race, buy new car race, etc. gameplay
Nothing to do but race
For £20 this is not worth it atall
Even though this is just to show what GT5 is going to be able to do, I would have thought they would have included car upgrading of some kind. Instead there are just a few pre-tuned cars and thats it. This is probably the biggest dissapointment. The gameplay graphics for GT5 Prologue are great but not as great as they are in replays or FMV's. All in all this game only allows you to buy cars and race with the added bonus of 16 player online.
If you have an xbox 360, get forza 2 or pgr4 or both and wait for GT5. If you only have a PS3, still wait for GT5 as this game is not worth £20 (if you can call it a game). Motorstorm is highly recommended for PS3 owners and in hindsight I would not have wasted £20 on Prologue and waited until 2009 when the full game is released. Please try to ignore the no. of people who find this review helpful as they all probably say they didnt. I dont understand how even GT fanboy's could say this game is worth £20.
Thanks for reading! :)