Cars, cars, cars and even more cars! That’s what Forza is all about, and if it wasn’t, I think we would be quite frustrated. The fans of the popular racing game always love it when a new Forza is announced, and I can see why. Being an avid fan of Forza since the 3rd instalment I couldn’t wait to try this game on Xbox One with the new controller. The new controller has touch-sensitive triggers, meaning that you can control the braking distance and acceleration a lot better than previously on the 360. This makes the game feel more realistic (unless you have a steering wheel) and a lot more exciting. The bar has been set by Turn 10 with racing games on this new generation. Other developers will have to keep up.
Forza 5 kicks off with you in a race to familiarise yourself with how the game plays (if you had forgotten that is). From here on out, it’s all down to you to earn in-game credits and buy the vehicles that you desire. Forza has always had a wide range of vehicles for you to choose from. If I knew how many was in this game, I would tell you, but there are too many to count. This is not a bad thing though. Any car enthusiast would be in heaven if they were to play Forza 5 with the amount of vehicles Turn 10 have to offer.
This game feels very similar to Forza 4 (as you would imagine) only smoother and a lot better. With it being on Xbox One, you can control your car the way you always intended, without going to fast around a corner, or going to slow into a turn. This is what the fans of every racing game have been waiting for.
The main thing that blew my mind was the way that every race is different. This is because of the amazing thought process behind the AI. Unlike previous Forza titles, you will be facing off against Drivatars. Drivatars are based off other gamers around the world. After each race, your drivatar will sync a little more, meaning that it will act like you within no time. This is amazing and I never thought gaming would ever come to this. You will come across a drivatar that will be very aggressive, meaning he will brake really late, he will crash into you and he will give you no room to pass him, unless he makes a mistake (which is likely). Other drivatars will stick to the racing line and drive like any normal person, but they will make mistakes. This is what makes Forza 5 absolutely brilliant. Here is a video to show you what I mean: this is from the Youtube Channel officialxboxmag – Forza 5 gameplay.
One of the nicer single player features has to be the voice overs from the Top Gear crew. I know we have had Jeremy Clarkson in the past doing voice overs for Forza, but this time we have the trio. As you choose an event you will hear either Jeremy Clarkson, James May, or Richard Hammond describe in great detail about the cars which are involved. This is brilliant for anybody who is interested in cars. You learn a lot from the three Top Gear presenters as you continue through the many events Forza has on offer, and if you already know a lot about cars, you can just sit back, relax and listen to these three know-it-alls go on about something you love! If that’s not enough for you, the game also features The Stig.. well kind of anyway. It’s The Stigs digital cousin. During each 8-10 race event, you will come across The Stig who will challenge you to a race. This is a nice feature that Turn 10 have included within the game.
Now onto multiplayer. Multiplayer in the past has been pretty much just pick a track, a mode, a car and you’re done. This time it’s a bit different. This time it’s a lot better, in my opinion. As you select the multiplayer option, you are greeted by a voice which tells you that “this is the multiplayer hoppers” and then you are told exactly what happens next. You will see 4 menu’s at the top of the screen which read: Monthly, League Select, Class Races and Special events.
In the Monthly column you will see things for beginners, things like RS 3 vs. 1 Series M Coupe and so on. These will change every 4 weeks as the title says.
League select allows you to choose between: Modern Sport Compacts, American Motorsport, Iconic Sports Cars and Track Toys. This gives you a wide variety of choices.
If that’s not for you then you have Class Races. You can choose from D to X class. So, you can go from racing in a Mini Cooper one race, to racing in a Lotus F1 car the next. The choice is yours and it’s amazing.
There are also special events that include drifting challenges, different class challenges and a lot more. This game offers a lot to any gamer who wants to get into this genre, or to a gamer who already loves this genre.
Turn 10 have raised the bar for any other competitor hoping to bring out a racing game on the Xbox One. The only downside to this brilliant game is the fact that the cars cost a lot of credits. Turn 10 have promised to release an update to fix this. At least they listen to the community, unlike other developers. This update is said to bring the prices of the cars down, as well as bring in new game modes. Once this happens, I’m sure everybody will be happy. If you haven’t got this game, I would definitely recommend it as it is just an amazing title. It looks amazing, and it plays amazing. Graphics are nothing without gameplay, but this has both. So go out and get this when you can. You won’t regret it.