I almost feel as if I have only been playing racing games these past few weeks with Project CARS 2, Forza Motorsport 7, and GT sport headlining the genre for Q4. With so many racing games on the market, it has become a challenge to define yourself in the saturated libraries of games. As much as I wanted to wait until the Xbox One X to fully review Forza Motorsport 7, I thought it needed the attention it so craves. Turn 10 Studios have created a stunning racer that might be bloated with unnecessary menus and a questionable loot box system, but the game is a true Forza experience that takes simulation racing to a whole new level.
There is no matching Forza Motorsport 7's car roster this year as it has over 700 cars included in its garage. That is a pretty impressive number if you ask me and it is no doubt a big step up from last year's Horizon 3 that had 350. When it comes to Forza 7's features in the game it is a case of been there and done that. Its dynamic weather system is nothing new, and its visuals are striking, but without the Xbox One X, the current model for Forza 7 simply slips into the spot with the other racers of 2017. That is to say that the game is not going to stay there as I have played it on the Xbox One X and it was simply gorgeous in motion. It is a pity that we have to wait so long to experience this 4K glory, but I am sure it will be worth it.
Forza Motorsport 7 continues to deliver a great driving game and it shows commitment to further improve on the series year after year. The car roster being the biggest has some surprises for all car fans in it. EVerything from the classic 90's wagons, to the awesome concept cars of 2017 are included in the roster. There are some names missing like Lexus and Toyota, but with a list of cars so long you will have more than enough to choose from. If you think that they are just skins then think again as every car comes to life on the track and every detail and every piece of equipment feels alive in your hands.
Window wipers making a noise as you drive through the intense rain, and the hundreds, if not thousands of different engine sounds all have to be heard to be appreciated. I am not a racing fanatic, but I could appreciate a grown of a V8 engine and pop of an exhaust. I often play racing games with the view above the car as I always believed that the outside of the car is best seen in the game but Forza Motorsport 7 changed all that and transported me into every car to marvel in every piece of detail. The stitching on the steering wheel, the nobs and buttons on the radio, and even the way the sound is muzzled through the closed windows looked and sounded authentic.
The beauty of Forza 7 lies in everything, to be honest. The environments are top notch, and the lighting effects are stunning in every condition. There is no doubt a lot of work going on behind the scenes to make sure this looks unique, and it took a while for me to stop looking at the sheer beauty of the game and focus on the actual road. I always a appreciate when a combination of beautiful things come together and Forza a7 has a few of these.
Racing in Forza Motorsport 7 is yet another polished and perfected experience. Using a controller, I had very little issues controlling the car and mastering the handling, feedback, and of course the steering. It feels unchanged since the last Forza simulation which was number six, and I don't see any issue with that. Follow-through points keep you on track, and the obvious arrows to make sure you don't overdo anything are useful until you master the game's mechanics.
What makes Forza Motorsport 7 so great is that it kind of feels and plays out like a simulation racer but without sacrificing the game's casual racing experience for overcomplicated realism. Project CARS 2, unfortunately, was extremely realistic and made the experience much harder than I thought, overall bringing down the game for me. Forza 7 is on that fine line, but luckily it does not cross it. Sure, there is lots of training involved to master the race, but it is not half as complicated as what I experienced in Project CARS 2.
Forza Motorsport 7 is also not shy of its game modes and one of the best-revamped modes is the career. Instead of being all over the show with different races to do and decisions to make in terms of your next race, the career mode is much more focused and streamlined this time. The new Forza Driver's Cup will keep you in the game as you strive to win it and boast about it at the same time, and the various options for each race let you manage them better as you can adjust the laps, AI difficulty and much more. If you are not in the mood to sit through a specific race and want it done and dusted, then with a simple tweak in settings you will be able to change certain things to speed the race up.
Forza Motorsport 7 can also be as complicated as you want it to be. I, for one, just enjoyed racing around in the career mode and using pre-set cars with default tune-ups, but the sheer amount of customization is overwhelming, but not necessarily a must. You can purchase cars with all the parts you need to customize them to your heart's content, or you can just stick to the basic customization options as seen in the past games too. Body Kits, first introduced in Forza Horizon 3, have also made their way to the latest game too.
We also have the online modes and of course the free race mode that lets you create your own race event and go wild. While it lacks the detailed settings from Project CARS 2, it is a nice way to create a race and take your favourite car with you, and after a few hours, you will have a good hundred of them to choose from.
We then have the worst part about Forza Motorsport 7 which is the loot boxes. The game features prize crates that contain cars, skins, mods and other things. Sure, these are not necessary and cost quite a lot of credits to buy, but it kind of puts the game into the same boat as the other loot box titles on the market and I for one instantly lost respect for it when I experienced the urge to buy these boxes for the first time.
Forza Motorsport 7 is a true racer that will soon be in true 4K and I will probably visit it again when that time comes. Its sheer amount of cars, great attention to detail, and the ability to make it a simulator without kicking out those who prefer arcade racers gets a thumbs up from me. If you are on Xbox or PC and you are looking for a great racer, then look no further.
Available On: Xbox One, Windows 10 | Played On: Xbox One | Release Date: 3 October 2017 | RRP: R999