Racing games are a genre that often needs to build on the foundations of their predecessor and often reinvent the wheel (no pun intended) to innovate. With Forza Motorsport (and its sister franchise, Horizon), Microsoft has had one of the most iconic racing franchises within its first-party offerings over the past few years. With the seventh installment in this monster of a franchise, has Turn 10 managed to keep the fire alive?
Starting up it’s already very apparent how different the game is in comparison to the sixth installment. Featuring a newer and sleekly redesigned main menu, the devs took us through a small walkthrough of the new systems and events that compose the career mode. Featuring an all-new career mode based on motorsports, Forza Motorsport 7’s campaign structure is a lot more refined, featuring tons of different events that aren’t just diverse, but also customisable in length. Players will be able to extend their races to their liking, gaining extra rewards as an effect. The game takes a bit of inspiration from Horizon 3 in this regard, in which the game creates a great mix of variety and freedom, giving players a career mode that should last even the most experienced players quite a while. Players will gain points based on their positions during each race, with all of the points of each race adding up to the player’s total in the championship, mirroring the point-system of actual motorsports, with the use of mods (or lack thereof) influencing the amount of credits and XP that the player receives for each individual race. On top of this, traditional multiplayer events and Leagues obviously make their return to the mix as well, promising a large amount of content, only strengthened by the massive selection of cars and tracks.
Before the race started, a large new feature that will probably not be noticed by many, which is the integration of the pre-race menu into the actual loading screen, pretty much creating an instant transition to the event itself as we were done setting all our preferences for the upcoming race, after which, Autovista made a surprise appearance as the studio moves the feature into the forefront of actual events, giving players the opportunity to check out their ride beforehand without having to go to the main menu at all.