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UPDATE: I’m not sure where VG247 or indeed some of the readers downloaded the demo from but I have it on good authority that GT Academy is not on the US PlayStation Store. Bugger.
Fans of Polyphony Digital’s Gran Turismo series have been scrabbling to their PS3s, logging on to PSN to get themselves a bit of GT5 action with the latest time trial demo (released today in America and Thursday for Europe). What may come as a surprise is its size – a mere 219mb! Is it possible that Polyphony have squeezed all the physics and graphics of a single track, plus its car, into such a small package? Well no. VG247 posted a video of their attempts to achieve the best lap which shows how very detailed the car and handling are, but how bland everything else is. So that’s their secret, take away all non-essential textures. Far enough but not the best tactic when it comes to gloating. Nevertheless, it’s all about the handling which does look very good indeed – if not a little too good. Polyphony appear to be straddling that fine line between realism and fun which should hopefully result in a very pleasant experience. Look out for the GT Academy demo this Thursday on PSN.