Conclusion: All in all, Forza 5 is a beautiful game, with plenty of achievements to unlock, cars to buy and badges to collect. Whilst it may be lacking in cars and tracks, it is an impressive showcase of what the Xbox One can achieve. Ultimately, if you’re a fan of Forza, you’ll buy this. If you’re a fan of racing games, you’ll buy this. If you’re neither of the above, it’s probably not for you.
Excerpt: I can’t tell you how many hours I spent playing Forza Horizon. Even today it still remains one of my top five racing games of all time, so I was understandably excited (but not surprised) when Forza Motorsport 5 was announced as an Xbox One launch title. Turn 10 has always pushed the hardware envelope for their games and I was eager to see what they could do with some real next-gen power under the hood.
Excerpt: There's something about the racing genre that holds a special place in the gaming world. There's no story to push you forward. There's no allocating skill points to improve your character. There's no intricate series of button combinations to remember to execute an on-screen move. There's just you, your car and the unadulterated thrill of being able to drive in the most visceral way possible without suffering any real-world consequences.
Excerpt: . While the PC games often model physics and tracks more accurately, they don't have the budgets of the big-name console games for the licensing of hundreds of cars, and there's no distinct control advantage if you have a steering wheel that works just as well on Xbox 360 as it does on PC.
Excerpt: Over the last five years, my favorite sim racing series has definitely been Forza Motorsport . While the PC games often model physics and tracks more accurately, they don't have the budgets of the big-name console games for the licensing of hundreds of cars, and there's no distinct control advantage if you have a steering wheel that works just as well on Xbox 360 as it does on PC. But Forza Motorsport 5 is a little different.
Excerpt: Forza Motorsport 5 is the third of the three exclusive launch titles currently available for the Xbox One. Along with Ryse: Son of Rome , Forza Motorsport 5 pushes the limits of the Xbox One to produce some of the highest quality graphics seen on any video game console ever. Luckily for racing games fans, Forza Motorsport 5 also produces some very entertaining gameplay scenarios, while casual racing fans will enjoy the assists and other customized options that make the...
Summary: Forza 5 features the same fantastic driving model and assists-laden difficulty curve that has earned the series so many accolades, but this time out, they have been joined by numerous questionable design decisions. The new Drivatar system is one of the more intriguing additions, taking the behavior of other racers via cloud uploads and downloads for a more realistic driving experience that evolves over time.
Conclusion: You can expect Forza 5 to be traded in for a bigger, better model in two years’ time but for now enjoy a competent, visually-beautiful, perfect balance between good old fashioned fun and a nice challenge for the Forza faithful.