I didn't necessarily come right out and say it in yesterday's post, but at the time I wrote it I was still feeling optimistic about Gran Turismo 5. I had legitimate issues with how the game was letting me progress, and how inadequate I felt about picking an appropriate vehicle, but I also knew that I hadn't really given the game a truly fair shake - I knew what I did not know, so to speak.
And so last night I spent another hour with it. I did some of the Special Events; I raced some go-karts, some NASCARs, and did some time trials on the Nurburgring with an old BMW. I raised my level from 2 to 7, and raised my bank account from $6000 to over $100,000.
And you know what? For all of its positive qualities, GT5 is downright aggravating. It's obnoxious and arrogant. It's emasculating and frustrating. I turned the game off because I didn't want to break my controller in half, and because I didn't want to go to bed angry. A driving game should not make you angry.
I am still in the beginning areas of the career mode, and I will apparently remain unable to participate in at least half the races available to me because I have no idea what kind of car I should be driving - and, indeed, there are a few events in this beginner tier that require cars that I don't even have access to. This makes no sense. The information that the game gives out on each car might as well be copied and pasted from the sales brochure; it doesn't actually tell me anything objectively. The used car market does not offer any information as to what cars are available for a given event, and the process of backing out from the market to the event itself is laborious because it takes between 5-10 seconds to load each menu. One could argue that I could alleviate this problem by going to the desired event and writing down the necessary requirements with a pen on a piece of paper, but I would counter-argue by saying that I'm playing a fucking driving game and writing shit down should not enter into the equation. It's one thing to write something down if I'm playing an adventure game and I need to solve a puzzle or remember where something is. But when I put in GT5, it should be obvious that all I want to do is get in a car and drive.
This could be a long winter.