Published on November 7th, 2017 | by James Wright
Forza Motorsport 7 Xbox One X Review
Summary: Forza Motorsport 7 on the Xbox One X is true 4K racing perfection!
4K racing perfection!
OMG! I thought Forza Motorsport 7 looked amazing on the standard Xbox One, however when you see it on the Xbox One X, it takes the graphics to an entirely new level. This includes native 4K and a very impressive 60 frames per second plus HDR for truer and more realistic colours. The end result is a stunning racer on this new console that is one of the most smoothest racers I’ve ever played at this resolution.
Add is around 700 cars such as the BMW Z4 to the Alfa Romeo P3 and the majestic MacLaren F1 plus a wealth of playable locations from around the world, including some very sturdy gaming mechanics and Forza Motorsport 7 delivers on every single level. So if you’re a racing fan, Forza Motorsport 7 hits the highs and even if you’re not a racing fan, you seriously need to check out this title on the Xbox One X because the developers ensure that everyone is welcome.
“Every driver has a story to tell. Of their first race, their first race car,”
Sure Forza Motorsport 7 is a racing simulation, however there are plenty of tweaks and difficulty settings to ensure a fun yet challenging experience no matter what your racing skill is. Needless to say, developers Turn 10 have really upped the ante for Forza with lots of different gaming modes plus a very engaging championship series to help put you into the role of professional racing car driver. Add in trophies and achievements to help spice things up, including in-game currency which is used to purchase new vehicles and Forza Motorsport 7 will keep you invested in this game for a considerable amount of time. Oh, you can even customise your racer from various decades and even elements of pop culture plus gender as well!
The career mode is the Forza Driver’s Cup which includes six different championships with a plethora of races and showcase events to keep things fresh for the gamer. XP is also used to help ‘level’ your character and I also like how you can choose your rewards that includes a new car, a cheaper car through the store or in-game credits. This is probably the heart and soul of Forza 7 and also showcases the mechanics behind the title.
Furthermore, the controls are well mapped on the Xbox One X controller with just enough vibration to know what your car is doing in the virtual racing world. For the first few races, I was blinded by the beautiful environments and when you get into the ‘zone’, you’ll also appreciate the sense of speed that Turn 10 have incorporated into the game. So when you’re racing at high speeds, it actually feels like you are moving very fast and more importantly, each of the cars classes handles slightly differently in terms of controls, not to mention the traction of the tyres. Although I’ve been racing in the virtual world for 20+ years, the game does offer various in-game assists and the ability to fine-tune your car.
If you take the game online, you’ll be rewarded with a different experience of Forza Motorsport 7 and although you can eventually judge the AI in the game, real players thrown another spanner into the works. I also like how you can create your own private races for friends which does make the game a little more contained given the scope of what is available. Those wanting to showcase their racing prowess, Leagues is available and for something a little more classic, the game even supports split screen.
Drivatars also return in this incarnation of Forza which attempts to mimic real-players. That is, if you piss them off, they will get a lot more aggressive in the game, even pushing you into walls. Another new feature of Forza Motorsport 7 is the inclusion of trucks that not only feel very heavy while racing them but trying to navigate them in the world really makes you keep your ‘foot’ on the brakes. Lastly if you loved collecting Matchbox Cars when you were a kid, this game just turns that collecting into a virtual one because my garage is packed with some beautiful vehicles.
As mentioned and when it comes to graphics, Forza Motorsport 7 looks stunning on the Xbox One X and although the cars are perfectly rendered, it’s the whole package where this game shines, especially with 4K and HDR plus a very smooth 60 frames per second. The backgrounds are extremely detailed and the illusion of driving is an impressive experience, especially the sense of speed.
Furthermore, each track looks quite distinct such as the beauty of Japan’s Suzuka to desert speedways of Dubai. Then you have its dynamic weather system that changes as it would in the real world. For example, it might be a nice sunny day when you start, however a storm might be brewing halfway through the race which changes how you play the game.
Sun, night, rain and mist are just a few of the other challenges that you may face in the game but for me, it was the realistic rain effects that requires you to slow down, unless you want to spin out and crash. Speaking of damage, I loved the subtleties of the little dents to something more substantial. Audio also supports Dolby Atmos and this is one racer that needs a decent sound system or headphones to create that true immersive experience. It’s almost like the cars are racing through your lounge room.
If you’re an Xbox One X owner and need the definitive racer of 2017, Forza Motorsport 7 is that game. Not only does it look amazing (okay… it’s a work of art) but it plays extremely well on this console. Add in more cars then you can poke a stick at, detailed and realistic tracks plus online play and Forza Motorsport 7 on the Xbox One X should be your racing destination for years to come which boasts almost perfect gameplay.