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Latest Information Regarding Gran Turismo 5 for Gamescom 2010 (1/6)

This is the latest information regarding "Gran Turismo 5", announced at Europe's largest game show, Gamescom held at Köln, Germany, on August 18.

1. GT LIFE - A-spec / B-spec -
Choose your "Life", as a Driver or Racing Team Director

The "Gran Turismo Mode" that everyone has enjoyed in the previous versions of the series, has undergone major renovations to be reborn in "Gran Turismo 5" as "GT LIFE".

Even in the new "GT LIFE", the basic flow of clearing license tests, participating in races to win and collect rewards, and purchasing more expensive and faster cars to take on higher level races to clear the game - has not changed. But in this game, how you "live" is greatly divided in two directions.

Live as a Racing Driver in A spec

In the A spec mode, you are a racing driver. Getting behind the wheel yourself, you will hone your driving skill, and challenge one race after another. This is the facet of "Gran Turismo 5", as the driving simulator we are all familiar with..

In A-spec mode, you are the driver that participates in races.
"Cockpit Views" that totally recreate the interior and instruments of a car, have been prepared for over 200 cars.
You can also choose a third person view of you car from behind in A-spec mode.
Live as a Racing Team Director in B Spec

In the B spec mode, you are the director of a racing team. You will not be driving yourself, but will be nurturing an AI (Artificial Intelligence) driver, and aim for victory by giving directions to the driver during races.

The B spec mode which first appeared in "Gran Turismo 4" has evolved into the next dimension, creating another facet of "Gran Turismo 5" that you could call a "Racing RPG".

The AI driver who appears in the B spec mode will have an ability gauge, condition, and personality, which will change as they participate in numerous races. Depending on the condition of the driver, they may not always listen to your directions as the team director. You will need to have another type of sincerity much different then when you are behind the wheel yourself.

The "Main View" in B spec mode where things like the turn of events in the race, the condition of the car, damage, and tire status can be monitored.
The "Full View" in B spec mode where the focus is on the live image from the race.
The "Live Time View" where you can view the best laptimes and times of each sector set by the drivers in B spec mode.
Play to Match Your Lifestyle

The contents of the races that need to be cleared in both A spec and B spec are mostly the same. If you clear one or the other, the game will reach the same ending. And of course you can clear both.

In "Gran Turismo 5", you can interact with the game equally as a driver or a racing team director. So you can enjoy "Life" in a way that matches your skill or lifestyle.