Gran Turismo 5 review average hits 87 on Metacritic

Polyphony's racer topped by Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit

Gran Turismo 5 review scores have been rolling in since this morning when the game itself hit shop shelves, and while verdicts are generally positive there's a definite split in opinion.

You may have expected Polyphony's much-hyped racer to nab perfect scores across the board but its Metacritic average currently sits at 87.

Some worship the plastic the game's stored on. Destructoid gave it a perfect 10, saying: "The level of care taken by the people at Polyphony Digital shines in every aspect of this title, and this makes for a racing game that truly has no parallel. Gran Turismo 5 is a massive love letter to those that love cars. This is their dream videogame."

Game Informer's 9/10 review is also full of praise. "I wasn't blown away by every aspect of the game, but overall it's easy to see the sheer amount of effort and craftsmanship that went into the game. This is a racing experience that racing fans should not miss."

But IGN goes for 8.5/10 with an interesting verdict, calling it "a 10/10 simulator wrapped up in a 5/10 game", praising its "brilliance on the track", but noting a "lack of polish" off it.

Joystiq also has reserved feelings about the game's obsession with the technical side of racing: "GT5 is like walking in on a group of physicists discussing string theory and asking who wants to go toss around a ball for a bit. You're looking to have fun; they're only interested in studying the math behind how it bounces."

The 87 review score average pulls Sony's flagship racer way down the list of top PS3 review scores - seemingly a common score for many of this generation's top racers (Dirt 2, Grid, WipEout HD and Burnout Paradise all score 87 averages). The only racer higher on the list is EA's NFS: Hot Pursuit (88).

Microsoft's Forza Motorsport 3 scored an average of 92.

A full round up of the game's review scores is here, and check out CVG's Gran Turismo 5 review for our verdict on the ups and downs of Kazunori Yamauchi's five-year project.

[ SOURCE: Gran Turismo 5 on Metacritic ]