Forza Motorsport 3
Yes, comparisons have been made to Gran
Turismo, however Forza Motorsport 3 is now it's own game and
really gives XBox 360 users not only the most realistic driving
experience to date but gameplay and graphics to boot. Raaaacing!
As with the previous games in the series,
Forza Motorsport 3 is a racing simulation and if you're looking for
arcade Need for Speed style of racing, I would still recommend
that you check it out because the driving is pure bliss and works well
with both a wheel and the 360 controller.
Boasting a plethora of gaming options and a
"truck load" of real world cars, Forza Motorsport 3 is a true driving
experience and unlike the original, the fun factor has considerably
increased by tenfold, including the polygons!
Like the other games in this series,
players are awarded money which can be used to purchase additional
vehicles and those who like tweaking their rides will be in
customisation heaven. The tuning optimisation of Forza 3 is quite
unparalleled and as you upgrade engines and tires in order to win that
next race. Even for a non tuner like myself, this game makes it easy.
Another cool thing about the title is that while you race, it even shows
you part of your car which is damaged.
However the star of the game are the
amazing choice of real-world vehicles which range around 400 and include
cars like the Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupe ACR, Ford Mustang GT-500KR and my
favourite, the Subaru Impreza WRX STI. Add in a wide gamut of real-world
tracks and exotic locales and its easy to get lost in the driving spirit
of this game.
As opposed to the PlayStation 3, another big seller for Forza 3 is the
online abilities of the title that contains a great online community.
Best of all, the various online modes available is quite unparalleled to
any other game at the moment that contains everything from traditional
racing to drag racing and even some left out of centre gameplay modes
such as "Tag" which is quite fun, albeit a little frustrating if you get
some good players. The developers have even given the player some great
customisation features for creating their own nline races which goes
well their community orientation.
The control system on the 360 controller
works well and even though its a racing simulation, it's one game that
is easy to pick up and start playing. Even the inside view is quite easy
to play, especially if you have a wheel. The cars handle quite
differently and with the tuning options, you can basically keep on
playing with your own car for quite some time. Although with so many
cars available, it's hard not to upgrade to something more impressive in
the speed and handling department.
Graphically, the title is a decent
improvement over its predecessor and this game has some great looking
car models and textures. Although not as impressive as the recently
released DiRT 2, Forza 3 is still a good looking game for this genre.
The damage modelling of the cars is rather realistic and they move with
a real world grace. The only disappointing aspect of the graphics are
the generic looking backgrounds which seem a little dull when compared
to the good looking car models.
In single-player mode, it's all about customisation and racing.
Depending on what level you play, the AI of the game can be quite
difficult to overcome. That's the problem with racing games is that the
opponents are either too good or too bad and no one has successfully
created a balance because even the professional drivers in the
real-world make mistakes, however Forza 3 drivers generally don't.
Of course, if you mess up a race, you the
ability go back in time and "rewind" the race a few seconds in order to
get out of the error you just made. A problem with this feature is you
can use it anytime you like which of course does interfere with the
general gameplay if you use it too much.
In conclusion, the developers have added a
few new twists and spins to the franchise, especially in terms of
customisation and online modes. For now, Forza 3 is easily the most
impressive and realistic racing simulation on any console and its online
community as mentioned before is unparalleled. With a sturdy gaming
engine, good graphics and hundreds of different cars to choose from,
this is one game you should investigate if you have the time because
boy, will you need it!
Top features include the following:
• Where dreams are driven: The cars and tracks.
Featuring the latest and greatest production offerings as well as the
world’s fastest and most exotic street cars, “Forza Motorsport 3” offers
more than 400 fully customizable and tunable cars from over 50 of the
world’s leading manufacturers. Whether your passion is classic American
muscle cars, European roadsters, purpose-built race cars or high-tech
Asian imports, “Forza Motorsport 3” puts you in the cockpit of the cars
In addition to the return of world-famous tracks from previous “Forza
Motorsport” games, including Suzuka, Nürburgring Nordschleife and the
Sebring International Raceway, “Forza Motorsport 3” invites you to
conquer the corners on more than 100 tracks, including some of the most
beautiful road courses in the world. New environments like the gorgeous
mountainous Montserrat region in Spain, the rugged Amalfi Coast in Italy
and the American Southwest are presented in such majestic detail that
you might find yourself pulling over just to take it all in.
• The look and feel of a modern racing game: “Forza
Motorsport 3” is the definitive racing game. The appreciation of the
automobile in “Forza Motorsport 3” is due in large part to the team’s
attention to detail. This is why automotive engineers from manufacturers
like Audi and champion race teams like Peugeot as well as experienced
computer graphics specialists from across Microsoft Corp. have all
teamed up with Turn 10 to make “Forza Motorsport 3” the most beautiful
and realistic racing game ever made. All 400-plus cars in the game have
been built with more than 10 times the amount of polygons as “Forza
Motorsport 2.” This includes painstakingly researched cockpits and
interiors for every vehicle. But realism isn’t just about pretty
graphics. Turn 10 takes realism to new heights, leading the industry
with the most advanced physics model, artificial intelligence and damage
calculations. Whether it’s the differences in how each car handles
through the corners, how the engines sound at top speed or how different
tires and upgrades impact your car’s performance, you’ll find yourself
leaning into your turns as if you were really behind the wheel of your
• It’s easy to go for a spin: “Forza Motorsport 3”
redefines the racing genre. Simulation games can be too hard for some
players. “Forza Motorsport 3” rises above the distinction between
simulation and arcade games. Using a myriad of cutting-edge driving and
gameplay assists such as auto-braking, gameplay rewind and auto-tuning,
“Forza Motorsport 3” delivers an experience where everyone can have fun
behind the wheel, regardless of your skill and dexterity. Whether you’re
a newcomer or a seasoned racing game pro, “Forza Motorsport 3” caters to
how you drive and evolves with you over time as your skills increase.
• Express your car passion: User-generated content and
Xbox LIVE. Painters and tuners will once again be able to showcase
creativity through the celebrated Livery Editor, Auction House and deep
tuning garage in “Forza Motorsport 3.” The car is literally the artistic
canvas as some of the world’s most creative car painters and designers
find new layers of depth and freedom to create shocking visual
masterpieces before sharing them with others over Xbox LIVE.* Each car
in “Forza Motorsport 3” is fully upgradable, allowing gear heads to take
on the challenge of turning a Honda Civic into a supercar killer. New
Xbox LIVE Leaderboards celebrate not only the greatest racers but also
the most prolific car tuners and painters in the community.
• Play your way: New game modes. “Forza Motorsport 3”
is an epic racing game featuring more content and more ways to play than
any racing title today. An innovative single-player season mode puts you
through a completely personalized racing calendar that includes more
than 200 different events, including Circuit, Oval, Drag, Drift and
Timed Events. No two calendars are the same; they react to the cars you
love and the races you enjoy most. In addition, the online multiplayer
mode* gains an all-new game rules editor. This gives players a
never-ending variety of ways to play with friends. Whether you’re a
speedster, dragster, drifter, painter, tuner or just a lover of cars,
“Forza Motorsport 3” is the definitive racing game for you.