Gran Turismo 5 and Forza Motorsport 3 will be compared, it's inevitable. Frankly us mortal gamers will have a hard time of it according to Kazunori Yamauchi and Phil Spencer.
GT's Yamauchi-san declares that number 5 looks visually "better than reality," that real life has nothing on it. Microsoft's Phil Spencer calls Forza 3 the "only racing sim" coming out this gen.
"Look at Forza shipping next month: the definitive racing sim this generation. You could say it’s the only racing sim that’s shipping this generation," Spencer told .
"In a way, it’s kind of a given that it’s going to look better than reality," Yamauchi-san told .
"The thing about reality is that the criteria for looking ‘real’ are actually a lot stricter and volatile than you’d expect: the way the sun shines, reflects off something, the way it lights scenery – we seldom have the opportunity to see what we consider ‘reality’ under the best and most aesthetically pleasing conditions." Yes it's confirmed, real-life does suck visually.
"Every time we go out to the circuit and take photos of cars, we get that same impression again," he continued. "When you see a race on television, compared to a race in a game, you realise that the reality isn’t as shiny or pleasant as the game. However, these ‘best conditions’ do indeed exist. They happen every once in a while."
"Maybe, once a year, you’ll be watching a race on TV, or you’ll be outside, and a cloud will move in an ideal direction, and the sun will shine down at a perfect angle, and maybe just for a moment you’ll have this beautiful scene right in front of you."
So we can expect the only racing simulator videogame this generation soon in Forza 3, and then expect to have our optical nerves explode in euphoria from that other racing videogame (featuring simulation like attributes) in Gran Turismo 5 next year. We know where we stand finally.