After being lost in the menu systems for the first 10 levels I figured it might be a good idea for everyone to post some tips on how to manage the early game for any new players giving it a go. Here's some of my thoughts.
- Much like an RPG, specialization seems to win out over diversity. You should probably focus on gearing up 3 cars (A small Japanese roadster like a Miata, an American Muscle classic and either a Mini or French hatchback would be my suggestions). That should give you enough depth to compete in most races.
- Tuned cars have a vast advantage over the stock cars you'll normally race against. Focus on the cheap add-ons like exhausts and air filters first, then move up the chain with engine and turbo kits.
- Do not blow your money on an expensive, high horsepower car early in the game. You will not be able to use it in any of the races making it essentially useless. I made the mistake of suping up a WRX and while I adore the car, am finding it hard to find races to compete in with it. You can really screw yourself over in this game by spending money in the wrong place too early.
- Turn the assists off. I know you prefer playing the game with a little help, but you're actually really hurting yourself in GT5 more so than other games. When you concentrate on the line and not the road or the cars in front of you, you are going to crash a whole lot more because you don't focus on the brake lights of other drivers. Since the game doesn't have a rewind feature, it's better to play it safe and steady.
- Complete the special events whenever you can, they more often than not provide the cars for you and you'll be able to use that cash to focus on your main cars for the actual races.
- If you're someone that only enjoys cockpit view like I do, then only focus on premium cars. They're the ones with the "P" next to their type and are also the cars available from the dealers.
- You'll get gifted cars for completing all gold in most events. I'd focus on only going for gold in the actual races in the beginning. The license events are extremely difficult and you really aren't hurt too much by finishing those at the bronze level. You'll earn more experience and CR faster by finishing the relatively easy A-Spec events in your first dozen hours.
- B-Spec is a good way to earn CR passively. Go grab a sode or something, put your driver in a nice ride and come back in 10 minutes. If you're keeping A-Spec above B-spec, you should always have great cars for your driver. B-Spec also opens up some great rides.
For those surprised that I like driving games, you should have known better. I like just about anything with a long learning curve.