So now that GT5 is out, I have some things I wanted your opinions on.
As I understand it, GT5 was treated like a joke within the gaming media, not because of the content (and as shown with Prologue, was very impressive), but because of the game being practically ready years before, and that the rest of the time was spent either adding more cars, more polish, and the dynamic weather system. Now for the latter, I can understand since it would seem to add an extra element to the core physics of the game. But for the cars itself, I see that as being superfluous as that is something that could be done as DLC packs.
It seemed that the interest wasn't that great, up until the announcement of a set release date.
But now that the game is out, and some of the sales numbers are out, the reviews have come in, and in general seem to be quite positive about the game, but feel that some of the core mechanics while solid, are no longer trailblazing, but otherwise a great fan service.
However venturing into some forums, there seems to be some angry fans fuming over the 'lack of promotion' for GT5 beyond the game reviews. I personally think that a good review serves as good promotion, but apparently they want more. Of particular note is the anger that comes when it gets compared to Forza 3.
G4tv in my opinion have probably done quite a bit of GT5 featurettes doing video comparisons with Forza 3 and allowing the fans to view for themselves how they compare. There seemed to have been paranoid views that claim the videos are deliberately done to discredit GT5. There also seems to be this paranoid notion that continues on that them and some other gaming media are out against GT5, and want them to fail (and then further accusation of XBox 360 bias).
It's one thing showing previews for particular games, but post release promotion makes you lose that sense of journalistic integrity as you are no longer considered objective. Its also one thing to have a personal preference with regards to games and systems, but to promote in the name of the media outlet is absurd.