I've always appreciated the Gran Turismo series but never *loved* it. Maybe it was my experience in GT2 of spending about 5 hours driving only to win the equivalent of a Fiat Punto. Burnout and Need for Speed would have handed me about 50 trophies or achievements in the same time. Basically the driving sim series has always felt far too clinical to me. Plus I have no interest in cars. Thousands clearly do love it though as the problems for the recently released GT5 highlight. Kotaku are reporting that overloaded server problems are not only affecting the multiplayer - as you would expect - but also the single player too.
While the "extreme online traffic congestion" lasts, users are being warned that even such basic things as moving through the game's menus can result in delays of "several minutes", as GT5 connects online not just to race against other people, but also "when starting the game and during the various screen displays in GT Mode". In an attempt to "temporarily alleviate" the problem, Sony has cut off all user access to the viewing of logs, and in many cases changes to user profiles and changes to friends lists as well.
Disconnecting and playing offline seems to be the only way round it. What about you though? Anyone here bought GT5 yet? How are you finding it?