Online play also requires some patience, although it does offer the potential for much better racing than the game's AI. The game allows anyone to create a lobby and put together whatever combination of options their heart desires. It makes a great approach for organized groups, but when I just want to get on and race a favorite track it's much less friendly. Browsing through lobbies to find one that looks like a good connection with a setup I like and then going through the process of connecting and getting configured to race takes far too many steps. It's a shame that so much time is wasted simply looking for a race, because once connected, Gran Turismo 6 is blissful. Polyphony's latest may be burdened by familiar shortcomings, but Gran Turismo 6 reaches its greatest heights yet as a driving simulator. Seeing the light filtering through trees as I made a pass at wide open throttle, feeling the just-right feel of the nose of my car dipping under braking to get the front tire to bite and tuck into a perfect curve—moments like these impacted me as dramatically and fondly as any Gran Turismo before it. 
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This review is based on retail PlayStation 3 code provided by the publisher. Gran Turismo 6 is now available for PS3 at retail and for download on PlayStation Network for $59.99. The game is rated E.