It's been revealed that one of the seven new tracks to feature in Gran Turismo 6 will be the US Willow Springs circuit, a track that is not often seen in racing games.
It's surprising, to be honest, as Willow Springs has a lot of racing pedigree. Founded in 1952, Willow Springs is heralded as one of the most challenging and diverse tracks in the US with its rapid elevation changes and high speed sections. It's also notable for being the very track that Tom Cruise showed off his driving prowess on by driving a Red Bull F1 car for 24 laps, reaching a top speed of 181 MPH.
The Willow Springs circuit was on-show at the E3 Gran Turismo 6 demo. Naturally, we asked our cameraman to record it in action:
Again, it's clear that Polyphony have done a commendable job replicating the scale of the desert circuit as they squeeze every last juice out of the ageing PS3.
We also get a first glimpse at GT6's replays, and we're relieved to see that Polyphony haven't overlooked their importance unlike many contemporary racing games. Indeed, GT6's TV-style replay camera angles look great, and do a terrific job of capturing the track action with cinematic flair, with a great mix of drive-by and follow cameras focusing on the car as well as overhead shots that showcase the layout of the track and do it justice.
Those tyres on the Lotus are really not suited to the extremely wet track, lol.
Surely SMS can kit it out with some wet weather rubber?
I'll look forward to it and for once I'm not bothered wether its DLC or not because in terms of racing sims, Assetto Corsa is definitely more friendly on your pocket - free multiplayer etc. I hope that doesn't change when it leaves early access.
Its nice to see that they're not using lens flare, it really annoys me when its used in cockpit view because cockpit view is often for a more realistic driving experience yet it can be ruined by lens flare which is an effect only present on lenses (unsurprisingly). *ehem* Next Car Game *ehem*.
Yes this certainly has huge potential and mixing bikes with cars could be a good thing in terms of investment. Bike games have often been a mixed bag in terms of reception, so perhaps we'll see some bikes in GT7 and then if that works out, a full blown Tourist Trophy 2 further down the line.
I'm not going to get my hopes up because there have been too many rumors for far to long. But after GT6 the only thing that would make me buy another GT title would be the addition of bikes (and a good selection of those at that).
In regards to Tourist Trophy, that game still holds up today. Not perfect (bikes a tad to floatly) but over all it gave me the closest sense of how it feels to...