With Gran Turismo 5 confirmed for November 24, pre-orders are spiking and the rumor is that Polyphony Digital's new masterpiece will become the best-selling PlayStation 3 title thus far.

Thing is, if you go back in time four years and ask an early PS3 adopter why he bought Sony's new machine, the name "Gran Turismo 5" has a good chance of escaping his mouth at some point. It has been hyped and talked about ever since the release of the PS3 and let's not forget that GT is one of the most popular game franchises in history. Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec gave the PS2 one of its first big boosts in 2001 – that hardware bundle was a massive seller – and GT4 broke more sales records. So perhaps it stands to reason that the new GT, which has even higher expectations surrounding it, will once again top sales charts. Several retailers are predicting big numbers for the game, including ShopTo.net , and it's quite possible that GT5 could sell more than a few million copies. Can it go past the likes of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots ? Who knows? Time will tell.

And don't bother to bring Call of Duty into the discussion. We know the world is shooter-crazy but besides that, CoD is a multiplatform title available to a lot more people than GT5.

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556pineapple
556pineapple
9 years ago

I wouldn't doubt that this game will break sales records for a PS3 exclusive. It is, as was said, a huge reason many people bought a PS3, myself included. Too bad it took so long for it to come out, but it's coming now, so that doesn't really matter anymore. Just one more week!

iPwn_3G
iPwn_3G
9 years ago

I do not know if it will be the best selling game so far. It may be the Best Game Ever to come to the PS3, but I know a lot of people that do not like Gran Turismo or any racing game for that matter. I have no doubt it will sell very well and that it will be the best racing experience to date.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

I'm gonna say…yes.

TheCrazyMerc
TheCrazyMerc
9 years ago

I think so…Theres to many people who can't see what other Games have to offer rather than CoD. All I hear all the time is "Hay, What about that CoD…" and I'm sick and tired of it, I just hope GT5 can top GOTY, just like Uncharted 2. Its gonna be really tough since theres Halo Reach and Black Ops. But I believe PD has made one of the best Racing series out there!


Last edited by TheCrazyMerc on 11/17/2010 12:00:18 AM

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

I seriously doubt Black Ops and Halo Reach even have a chance at GOTY. They are more of the same mediocre junk that just doesn't deserve GOTY. it will either be Mario Galaxy 2, Red Dead Redemption or one of the many PS3 exclusives we got this year.

Zorigo
Zorigo
9 years ago

jawknee, problem is, theyll be contenders for GOTY because they sold like hot cakes… seriously, i can tell you itll be on the list. the casual gamers will vote for it and be like, oh yeah, its better than GT5…

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Goodness, once again, sales don't matter! Uncharted 2 was only about a million out the door and it won GOTY last year. I don't mean to be rude but really, people need to stop with the Sales= Quality or a Win. It simply does not.

Besides, your contradicting yourself. Most casuals don't pay attention to game awards so why would they be voting?

Again, don't mean to be rude but sales matter little in the over all scope of things. uncharted 2 proved that.


Last edited by Jawknee on 11/17/2010 10:57:37 AM

bentl78
bentl78
9 years ago

hum.. preorders on vgchartz wasnt that high though, i read a couple days ago, i was expecting it to be higher

Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

considering the game hasn't had a firm release date forever, I'd expect people, like myself, have held off on doing anything pre-order.

Nerull
Nerull
9 years ago

Like myself, just bought today. I don't preorder often, certainly not for something thats in the future-scape of TBA.

Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

I think globally, yes. The great thing about a game like GT is that it's 100% marketable in every major region. Cars from Europe, Japan and the U.S. are offered in stunning detail and precision. It's multi-cultural friendly like that.

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
9 years ago

Don't forget 'bout the quality.

GT's quality is second to none. And Ben said gamers still reward quality, no?

Kowhoho
Kowhoho
9 years ago

No comparison. GT or bust. 🙂

Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

oh yeah, quality means something for sure. But better yet, the source content means it's interesting to the big 3 gaming regions. Unlike some games "cough* CoD *cough* Madden

GT5 is compelling in a way that many games aren't


Last edited by Temjin001 on 11/16/2010 10:24:19 PM

godsman
godsman
9 years ago

Completely agree. Gran Turismo is the only series that stands the best chance to sell the most copies in all regions.
Franchise sales:

USA/ Europe/ Japan
COD/other shooters: Well Well Poor
Final Fantasy: Good Good Well
Soccer games: Ok Well Good
Other Racing games: Ok Well Poor

Gran Turismo: Well Well Well

If Gran Turismo can't break sales record than no one can….


Last edited by godsman on 11/16/2010 11:13:18 PM

Bandit1
Bandit1
9 years ago

I really hope it sells well, it deserves it. This game is going to be so good.

Nickjcal
Nickjcal
9 years ago

The thing that sold me on this game was the rally racing. Looks great. I've never seen a racing game with nascar rally and sim put together. Plus a bajillion other things haha

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
9 years ago

I love rally in ANY game….
GT's rally though is the funnest rally of them all. Not even Dirt has that FEEL with rally racing found in the GT games.

The tracks themselves just look and drive so well.

BeezleDrop
BeezleDrop
9 years ago

That makes three of us! I have been anticipating the 1080p rally racing for 5-6 years. Now, so when I'm nice and stuffed on Thanksgiving I'll be tearing up the dirt tracks.

mexgeo86
mexgeo86
9 years ago

At the extreme worst case scenario I expect to see 1-2 million units sold on day 1. Best case scenario, the sky is the limit. Given that Prologue moved over 4 million units, it shouldn't be difficult for GT5 to pass 5 million and thus becoming the current best selling ps3 title (effin MW2).

8 days!

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

I hope the sales actually pay for what it must have cost to develop this sucker. I know the US gets like ZERO bundles but they'd be insane not to bundle this since many xbot holdouts still exist that were waiting for this game just to get a PS3.

Kowhoho
Kowhoho
9 years ago

Prologue sold more than 4 million across digital and physical releases, and GT PSP is over 1.5 million so those titles may well have paid off a lot of the dev costs for the real deal!

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
9 years ago

It really isn't as simple as "it must sell 4 million on its first year."

GT has every car brand in its game, yeah…guess what that means. Just like car companies pay TV stations to market their cars, they pay games like GT some money to market their cars.

Never mind the tire and car oil companies like Penzoil, Firestone, etc.

Of course sales help too.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

MAkes you wonder if the devs get any of that promotional money from the sponsors or if it all goes to the publisher.

Kowhoho
Kowhoho
9 years ago

It will cross 10 million lifetime. Believe it.

It won't beat its predecessors but this series has LEGS. It will sell well over a long period of time. Not to mention it's releasing right in the middle of the Black Friday madness. Worldwide first week numbers could exceed 3 million easily.

I would also suspect that the hardware boost it recieves will rocket it above the competition for the rest of the year with the possible exception of the Wii.

godsman
godsman
9 years ago

I have a gut feeling that damn Sony is gonna repeat history and underestimate the sales of PS3 on Black Friday like last year. I can't imagine the madness when there's not enough GT5 on stock for the rest of Black Friday sales.

Kowhoho
Kowhoho
9 years ago

I'm not usually a racing fan or even a simulator junkie, but I'm very tempted to purchase this for the sheer technical marvel in itself. 🙂

marcusfrommo
marcusfrommo
9 years ago

Is there even a demo of it on the ps3? Or at the store for that matter, other than gamestop. Me, i'm not getting the racing game yet, cause i'm kinda broke. Why was the move control taken out?

Administrator, anyone, please, thanks.

NoSmokingBandit
NoSmokingBandit
9 years ago

There was a very early build last winter with just one track i think and a nissan of some sort. I didnt bother with it because i want to wait for the full game so it can really blow me away all at once.

Some Best Buys have demos in their store, though i imagine it wont be easy to get a chance to play it until after the 24th.

I think Move was taken out because GT5 is the kind of game you buy a wheel for instead of shoehorning Move into it. You can get a DFGT for a few dollars on ebay and it is worth every penny.


Last edited by NoSmokingBandit on 11/16/2010 10:24:28 PM

godsman
godsman
9 years ago

So do we still get head tracking by the PSeye as an option?


Last edited by godsman on 11/16/2010 11:20:13 PM

Nerull
Nerull
9 years ago

I remember that demo, very underwhelming.
Hope its aged like a fine wine, course it didn't help that it was a nissan, without an opponent.
Not much to do on that little track.

NoSmokingBandit
NoSmokingBandit
9 years ago

Simply put, yes. I can't wait to get my hands on it.

Any idea when you'll get a review copy or what the embargo details are, Ben?

frylock25
frylock25
9 years ago

Arnold told me the other day he would be doing the review for gt5. im pretty sure that Ben will play gt5 and let us know what he thinks though. But you might hear from Arnold first

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
9 years ago

GT fans are serious fans and I expect them to get the best racer to date.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Race fans are rabid, they scare me.

rogers71
rogers71
9 years ago

You are very correct World. And now throw in Nascar and you get the most rabid race fans involved in the series.

I have had this game preordered since May. I cannot wait for next wednesday. Throw in the fact that I have Wednesday – Monday off for Thanksgiving and I will be a GT5 fool. I may even put the controller down to have some turkey. HA

godsman
godsman
9 years ago

I think an understatement is that GT5 can sell 2-3 million just on day 1. It has much more legs than any other games to grow to 8-10 million.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Don't get turkey grease on your controller.

main_event05
main_event05
9 years ago

Don't eat turkey and drive.
**Turkey may cause drowsiness

DemonNeno
DemonNeno
9 years ago

I'd say a few million right off the bat. Gran turismo isn't a game. It's a racing syndicate. living without a project car to abuse, this is it for me. And I'm absolutely positive there are plenty of gamers who make gt games a hobby it's cheaper and… well, it mostly keeps me sane! Hah…

I cann live with a wheel, shifter and pedals in my living room that can take me for a sliding stroll on leguna seca…

NoSmokingBandit
NoSmokingBandit
9 years ago

We (meaning my dad and i) have a project car and i still can't live without GT! We've been working on his 63 Falcon for a while, its a gorgeous car. 302 bored 30 over, C4 trans (auto, but still fun), Mustang 2 front end, 9" rear mini-tubbed with 10" tires on the back (might put something wider on later, we havent decided yet), 2×3" full tube frame the entire length of the car… Its just awesome. It runs great and looks good enough (needs paint bad), but we always find something we can work on with it.

Gt5 lets me do all that work without destroying my bank account!


Last edited by NoSmokingBandit on 11/16/2010 10:23:08 PM

DemonNeno
DemonNeno
9 years ago

That sounds awesome! I love falcons! Although I am generally fond of Fords, most of my favorite cars of the 60's were middle of the decade GMs. Although, the Falcon and 68 Cougar are definitely the the coolest, IMO.

It's a shame the engine compartment on Falcons is so narrow, with the launch of the "Hurricane" officially happening, that would be one hell of a cool 5.0 to slip beneath the hood!

GT5 is most definitely an necessary addition to any gearheads gaming library, no exceptions about it! Gaming with a controller may be the general consumers means of racing, but god does it change the gameplay having a wheel! If i wasn't so tight on space in our living room, I'd build a racing bucket out of a Summit Racing seat with sliding rails and the whole deal. haha.. Ahh..

Anyway, shoot some pics my way!

NoSmokingBandit
NoSmokingBandit
9 years ago

Actually our falcon is quite roomy under the hood. The mustang 2 front end has the shocks placed farther apart so we dont have the shock towers taking up valuable space. Theres so much room in it that the 302 looks tiny!
The next project is ram air. We have everything ready to go but the stupid distributor is the size of a small country and takes up too much room next to the air filter. Once we get a smaller distributor we'll have some awesome ram air action going on.

I have a DFGT, which i consider to be the cheapest acceptable wheel. I cant stand anything but a Logitech, they just get everything right it seems. I may get a g25 in the future, but thats a lot of money to spend on a wheel…


Last edited by NoSmokingBandit on 11/17/2010 5:18:39 PM

DemonNeno
DemonNeno
9 years ago

Nice, dude! what distributor are you running? Maybe it's efi time with a stout procharger! He he… The best part about the front mounted distributor is the ability to set your motor back further against the firewall without having to worry about crappy space to reach it (sbc guys would love it in gen 3 f bodies), but yeah, it sucks when it's in your way..

I have the same wheel, too. I just can't afford the g27 as much as I wish I could! I agree, though, logitech is awesome. I've relied on them with my z 5300 speakers, tons of keyboards and mice for myself and builds I've sold. Their customer service hasn't always been there for me, but I've rarely had to even worry about it.

Alienange
Alienange
9 years ago

I'm pretty sure it can outsell UC2 and MGS4. I mean come ON. If it didn't, wouldn't that be considered an epic fail? This is GT we're talking about here.

Hezzron
Hezzron
9 years ago

GT3 sold close to 15 million. GT4 sold about 10 and a half million. GT5 Prologue sold about 4 million. See the trend?

GT5 needs all the GT3 sheep to show up.

Snaaaake
Snaaaake
9 years ago

I wonder why GT4 sold A LOT less than GT3.

AntDC
AntDC
9 years ago

I'd say it was because it was released late in the PS2s lifeline, GT3 was released when the PS2 really started to boom in EUR and US in '01.

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
9 years ago

Hezron –

It is important to compare GT5P to other Prologues. and not the full GT games.

You might be surprised to see just how good GT5P did.

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
9 years ago

Not sure if GT5 can get the numbers to do it, but it would certainly be a great if GT5 could "open can of whoop-a$$" by knocking kotex's bloated ego down a notch or two.


Last edited by BikerSaint on 11/16/2010 10:59:09 PM