With Forza Motorsport 3 pulling down high review scores and racing fans forced to wait until next year for Gran Turismo 5 , one might think GT creator Kazunori Yamauchi would be a little rattled, or at least anxious to prove his creation is superior.
But that has never been the man's style, and his recent words prove he's both calm and respectful; he's not losing sleep or biting his fingernails while examining the competition from all angles, but he's aware of it. Basically, he wants to get an overview of something like Forza 3 but rather than making quick comparisons to GT5, he simply looks at it as an interested developer would view a similarly ambitious project. Here's what Yamauchi had to say to NowGamer :
"Well, of course, I keep my eye on them from a distance. My observations tend to more often than not centre on, 'Oh, so they're concentrating extra hard on this', or 'oh, so they're not worried about that', or 'they've really got a lot of passion for that'. All my observations are first-impression sort of things. I don't look at the games in too much detail. Just a one-glance observation is good enough. I think about what they're trying to do, how much time they're spending, how they're going about putting the game together, how do they feel about the game as they're making it… that sort of thing."
It's always interesting to learn about how developers check out the competition, but we're certainly not detecting any nervousness in Yamauchi's words. There's no doubt that Forza is well worth the time of any racing enthusiast, but there's also no need to worry about GT5. That too will be an amazing – perhaps even a redefining – driving simulator.
Related Game(s): Gran Turismo 5