Tuesday, 03 October 2017 17:41

REVIEW: Forza Motorsport 7 (Xbox One)

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Forza Motorsport has always been a showcase game for the Xbox, and Forza Motorsport 7 is no different. And while the Xbox One X isn’t quite here yet, this is by far the most stunning racing game ever seen on a console.

Now, come November when the Xbox One X is released, the amazing visuals will only get better with 100GB worth of 4K textures. But for now, we do have HDR support on the Xbox One S, which makes a huge difference to the game's visuals assuming you've got your Xbox One S hooked up to the HDR compatible TV.

In Forza Motorsport 7, the new dynamic weather effects take things to a whole new level in this game. As you race, the track can transition from a glorious sunshine day to a sudden downpour of rain, and it’s a thing of beauty to witness. The attention to detail goes even further. As the rain pools on the track, puddles will form off your racing line, and if you happen to drive through some pooled water, the car will actually respond accordingly. But fear not, Forza’s good old rewind feature is always on-hand to save the day if you happen to lose control.

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So how many cars does Forza 7 have to offer? Well, if you thought Forza 6 offered a ton of cars counting in at around 450, the car roster this time around has been expanded to a massive 700 vehicles. And just like the rest of the game, each car is rendered in detail, both inside and out. Not only has Turn 10 increased the number of cars you can race in, but have also increased the number of tracks you can race on as well to a huge 32 locations, including the Nürburgring and an all-new track that’s set in Dubai.

As for the single player campaign, Turn 10 have changed things up a little from previous Forza Motorsport tites. This time around, the game is broken up into six series of “Championships”. Each championship has multiple mini-series, each consisting of several races, along with some one-off showcase events. Turn 10 have even tweaked the placing system. This time points are earned over the course of each race with a winner decided at the series’ close. These points are called ‘SP’ and are added towards your overall championship points. Earn enough “SP” and you’ll earn yourself a sweet trophy, as well as the ability to move on to the next championship.

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A similar progression system can be found within the cars which are divided into tiers. Buying or unlocking cars within each tier will also earn you points. Collect enough cars within each division will unlock the next tier level. So pretty much everything you do in Forza Motorsport 7 has you building towards that new car, your next championship or even just a ton of free loot. You’ll always be earning something as you play.

So how does Forza Motorsport 7 play? Well right off the bat, it does a great job of bringing the high end, high stakes racing feel to all types of players by offering them options to improve. Things like assists can now be turned on or off mid-race. This is perfect for those that just want to test the waters with tougher race settings but aren’t stuck them them if they don’t work out for you. The cars all feel amazing, responding perfectly to your every move.

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Something that has returned from previous games are “Mods”. Mods encourage you to drive with a certain assist on or off or offer you bonus credits or XP in each race. As well as mods, Turn 10 has implemented their own loot crate system. In these loot crates you can obtain cars, mods or driver items, all of which has different rarities. You can earn crates by leveling up, or they can be purchased using in game currency.

As for online, while i've never been a huge fan of playing racing games online, the few games I did play seemed pretty stable. At times you'll still get those moment where cars would dart around the track as if they are teleporting, but nothing to severe that puts you off forcing you to veer off track to avoid them. Right now there are only public multiplayer lobbies, but Turn 10 has said that leagues will be coming soon. And for those wanting to play some local co-op or head to head races with friends, split screen racing is still included, so race on.

So is Forza Motorsport 7 much different from the predecessor? That’s easy, Yes!! Turn 10 has once again set the visual bar high in Forza Motorsport 7. With around 700 cars to collect, 32 tracks and a game that looks, sounds and the feels absolutely perfect on the Xbox One S, it’s a no brainer. And for anyone picking up an Xbox One X, there’s no doubt this will be one title you’re going to want to purchase.

Additional Info

  • Review Score: 5.0 / 5.0
  • Release Date: Out Now
  • Platform: PC, XBOX ONE
  • Developer: Turn 10 Studios
  • Publisher: Microsoft Studios
  • Genre: Multiplayer, Racing, Simulation