Recently at an Xbox One X event, I got to spend a few hours with Forza Motorsport 7 on the Xbox One X. It was clear to me that these two products were destined to launch together as they perfectly compliment each other.
Forza Motorsport runs in native 4K with HDR enabled at 60FPS. Whilst these numbers might not mean a whole lot, the game looks absolutely fantastic to put it simply. Straight off the bat, the improved visuals can be noticed by observing your driver (who can now be seen outside if the car). There’s just as much detail (if not more) than the actual cars themselves. There’s a bunch of customisability for your driver too. Everything from gender, to their helmet to the clothes they’re wearing. Forza Motorsport 7 really allows you to become the driver. There’s a sense of getting attached to your driver through the extended customisability and this is important as you feel like you can take full ownership of this character.
Forza has always looked great but the Xbox One X takes it to a whole new level. Whilst the HDR makes the colour and lighting in the game absolutely pop, there’s a lot of little design techniques that make the game look much more realistic and feel more immersive. For instance, cars and their individual parts (windscreen wipers, mirrors etc) will completely shake in the wind as you fly arounds courses. Speaking of weather, Sky tech has been taken a step further in Forza Motorsport 7 to dynamically light both the courses and your cars. The dynamic weather in the game ensures that no two races will ever be the same visually. I definitely noticed this in the few hours of play time that I had with game. One second the track would be sunny before it would start to cloud over and begin raining. Puddles would them form on the track making it much more slippery.
Beyond this, it’s said that cars will render in much higher detail on the Xbox One X. Photogrammatery has also been used to ensure that the locations look as realistic as possible. This technique uses 4k reference photos to build photorealistic environments. The stand out for me was definitely Dubai, which I can honestly say is right up there with one of the most realistic locations that I’ve experienced in a video game. I’d constantly crash or drive off course trying to take in the stunning locations that Forza Motorsport 7 has to offer.
Mehdi wrote in his preview from Gamescom that Forza Motorsport 7 was Microsoft’s killer game of 2017 and I tend to agree. I’m not the biggest racing sim fan, but I could see myself enjoying this game just due to the fact that it might just be the best looking console game on the market when paired with the Xbox One X. Racing fans will be absolutely spoiled with the insane realism, increased customisation and stunning graphics that Forza Motorsport 7 has to offer.
Forza Motorsport 7 is out on October 3rd on Xbox One, Xbox One X and Windows 10. The Xbox One X will release on November 7th.