Gameplay 9.8
Graphics 9.5
Sound 9.5
Value 9.8
Distributor: Microsoft
Classification:
M15+
Review Date:
May 2005
Reviewer:
Tory Favro

9.7


Forza Motorsport

Forza Motorsport is the racing game that punters have been waiting for to appear on this console. PS2 owners have had Gran Turismo to look after them since back in the day, but the Xbox has not had a rock solid title of this nature appear on the radar yet.

Claiming to be a racing simulator, you wonít find any off road action (that weíve encountered) during gameplay. A serious game with brilliant physics, Forza gives you the chance to play the title from a number of viewpoints, being Arcade, Career and Multiplayer.

Arcade is just what is says; get in the car, race it, no garage or customization necessary. To get in and get a feel for this game is just what the doctor ordered and I think that most of you will use this mode at first to simply find out how the title performs. And Perform it does!

Boasting 230 odd cars from the worldís major manufacturers, gamers can create their own garage where just about every facet of the vehicle can be modified as it could in the real world. Gamers are going to hold this title up and make comparison to Gran Turismo, but to do so is simply illogical, the games are sufficiently different enough that both are highly enjoyable with their own unique strengths.

Selecting a home region at the start of Forza will see you having to choose between different vehicles and price points. Strategy does play a role in this process when I had to choose what mods to make to the car when I was racing on a shoestring. Naturally, win a few races and all this changes quickly. I was highly impressed at the level of modification that you can do in your garage, all the way through to lowering or heightening driving levels. As you make your way through the game you will find that more money is available as are more cars that really enhance the overall racing experience.

As you would expect in a game of this caliber, every car handles differently and in a very realistic feeling way as well. Itís not just the appearance of the vehicle that changes, the whole game is treated to a makeover. The tracks are fantastic and although there is no variation in racing areas despite where you start around the world.

As much fun as the single player experience is, there is even more fun to be had online with a comprehensive set of options to have a fabulous experience. One of the items that I especially liked was the ability to download the specs of another players car and see how they had tweaked it and gotten that amazing time. Even moreso to download the replay and watch how it had panned out. Amazing stuff with real potential for expansion down the track (Geddit? Track? Hahahaha)

Graphically this title is also built to impress with some fantastic looks and features that really take advantage of the great graphics that the Xbox is capable of. Environments are given the same level of detail that youíll get with the cars and the feeling of speed is certainly brought to life. The inclusion of a driving line that appears during the game will also accentuate the experience of really getting the most out of the game as well. The driving line shows gamers how to brake into corners and what lines are best based on your speed and vehicle to get the best performance possible.

Audio in the title is appropriate although nothing to get excited about. Audio is one of those things where itís almost a case of either itís right or itís not. Everything I dealt with from an audio perspective enhanced gameplay and really immersed me into the whole experience. When you tweak the engine, it will make appropriate sounds to match the change. All things said and done, Forza is an amazing racing simulator for those who want more than an arcade experience. Itís highly recommended and a must have for any petrol head worth his or her salt.






 
 



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