Written by: Jon Scarr
The third entry in the Forza Motorsport franchise on the Xbox One is here, Forza Motorsport 7. Built from the ground up to showcase off the stunning power of the Xbox One X, Turn 10 Studios has done a superb job all around with the game. Read these Forza Motorsport 7 Tips and Tricks.
While Forza 7 might not be as revolutionary as Forza 6 was. It returns to the franchises’ racing roots with exhilarating racing events and has managed to tweak near perfect gameplay to make the game accessible for all.
If you are looking for a racing sim with a ton of vehicles, then Forza Motorsport 7 has you covered. The game comes with 700 vehicles for you to choose from. You’ll find cars from Ferrari, Porsche, and Ford just to name a few.
Not only are some of the latest and greatest cars included but also you’ll have the choice from choosing from a wide variety of classic cars too. Heck, there are even trucks and all-terrain vehicles that you can choose from. The level of detail that Turn 10 Studios is known for shines through again in Forza 7. Not only did the nail the aesthetic look of each and every vehicle in the game, but also the sounds of every vehicle’s engine are faithfully reproduced.
As with previous games, there are base vehicles that are available from the get go and others you will have to unlock. To unlock all of the cars, it’s not just a simple as earning the money from racing and buying them. You have to have a certain amount of vehicles in your collection before buying certain cars. So, this means that while you may have the money to buy that 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS, you might have to have the 1984 Opel Manta 400 in your collection before you can do so.
There are 30 circuits with multiple layouts to race on. These range from real-world iconic locations to fictitious layouts such as Rio De Janeiro and Dubai. The Mugello and Maple Valley circuits make a return from pre-Xbox One Forza days. The remaining tracks are ones you’ll have raced on in Forza 7 but now with different weather effects and nighttime racing.
Forza 7’s career mode has been revamped with some great improvements. The Forza Drivers Cup is an actual championship where your progress depends solely on your performance in each and every race.
There are six individual championships that are made up of a combination of race series and showcase events. Depending on how well you do, the greater the amount of series points you will earn. However, you’ll need a specific amount of points to unlock the next championship.
At first I was a little put off by this, but it grew on me. Though it might sound like its grindy, by adding this requirement, it add a competitive boost to the single player mode. Now, settling for third place might result in you not making it to the next championship.
One of the biggest strengths of the Forza Motorsport series, has been its easy to pickup and play controls. The handling of the vehicles is fairly realistic, and is not overly complicated by any means as some of the other racing sim games are.
Forza 7 offers a variety of assists that help new comers and the not so hardcore racing sim drivers enjoy the game. The friction assist helps make off-road and wet tracks not as dangerous, so you wont be slipping and sliding all over the place. Drivatars make their return, but this time you can choose how aggressive you want them to be. Crank it all the way up, and they will block and weave to stop you from getting by.
As with previous games in the series, each of the vehicles in Forza 7 have a different and unique feel when racing. However, this time more so than ever. For example, the brand-new Porsche 911 GT2 RS, the Mercedes Racing Truck, and the Nissan GT-R race car, all have very different feelings. The GT-R is built for weight reduction and feels intense to drive during a storm.
Loot boxes are a hot topic in the game world at the moment. While Forza 7 does include loot boxes in the game, you buy them using in-game credits and not real world money. The loot boxes contain car mods, extra bounty for achieving certain things, or double credits.
The car mods can be game changers, since they allow you to enhance the performance of your car. It’s important to note that some rewards require you to step up your game and make you race harder than ever. Here is a little secret, if you install the Forza Hub app on your Xbox One, you can earn credits just for logging in!
It’s no secret that Forza Motorsport 7 was built to help showcase the abilities of Microsoft’s new Xbox One X. With flashy 4K HDR visuals and 60fps gameplay, the Xbox One X puts on a show and then some. It’s one of the best looking games to show off your shiny new Xbox One X to friends.
However, what hasn’t been talked about much is how Forza 7 looks and plays on the standard Xbox One. Having played on both the Xbox One X and the Xbox One, I can honestly say that Forza 7 looks beautiful on both systems. Turn 10 Studios did a fantastic job in making this the best looking Forza game yet. Though, I must admit that what impressed me the most is the dynamic weather.
The weather conditions can change throughout a race via the game’s dynamic weather conditions. The thunderstorms and rain are some of the most magnificent effects that I have seen in a racing game. From the lighting effects to the sound of the storm, everything is virtually perfect.
Some may argue over the past several years that the Forza Motorsports series has become less competitive due to its appeal to more casual gamers. I believe that Turn 10 have done a great job in providing a perfect balance with Forza 7. The improved handling model, new assists, and a wide range of peripheral support go along way in showing that Turn 10 is dedicated to making this the best Forza Motorsport game ever.
If you are looking for local couch competitive play, you’ll be happy to know that Forza 7 supports split-screen multiplayer. With over 4.8 million monthly active users in the Forza Motorsport community, Forza 7 brings them all together. As an Xbox Play Anywhere game, regardless if you are on Xbox One, Xbox One X or Windows 10 PC you can compete against each other with cross-platform play.
Turn 10 wanted to make Forza 7 one of the ultimate racing esports, and it looks like they are on the right track to doing so. Forza 7 includes new spectating modes, mixer integration, and new leagues. While the leagues aren’t yet open, if Forza 6’s leagues were any indication, then we are in for a treat.
Just this past summer, the Forza eSports racing cranked up with heat with the season 3 grand final of the Forza Porsche Cup. Read all about it here.
Here are some tips and tricks to take your game to the next level in Forza Motorsport 7:
While Forza Motorsport 7 might not be a revolutionary racing experience, it is one of the best games in its genre. It’s clearly the best looking, and most comprehensive Forza title to date that appeals to a wide range of gamers. Though some may not like the introduction of the loot box system into Forza 7, it only uses in-game currency and there is no indication that real world money will ever be implemented to purchase items.
If you love racing sims and the Forza franchise, then Forza Motorsport 7 is a must buy. On the other hand, if you are a beginner or casual gamer looking to get into the Forza series, Forza 7 is the perfect place to start.
Platform: Xbox One
Developer: Turn 10
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
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