Forza Motorsport 5 is the 6th game in the Forza series since it launched in 2005. It is was one of the most highly anticipated games of the Xbox One’s launch. As usual, the game follows the premise that you’re a career driver competing in different competitions to earn credits and unlock different cars.
Turn 10 has delivered an unparalleled visual and sound experience. Step into the driver’s seat, take off and hear the sound of the motor roar as you see the track pass you by. The only thing that’s missing is the smell of burning fuel and the heat of the sun. Seriously, Forza 5 is a huge improvement over the 360 iterations. The car models and the tracks look a lot more realistic than they did on the 360. The lighting in particular is a huge step up as a shadows look better than ever.
Forza 5 brings forth beautiful graphics and seamless racing mechanics with an amazing soundtrack that brings the cars to life. Tie this in with some commentary from the hit British TV show Top Gear and you’re just scraping the top of what Forza 5 is.
With Drivatars working from the cloud every opponent you race uses the racing style of a real life player. This makes every race unique and every opponent different. It continues with the classic Forza mechanics such as drive assist lines and assisted breaking making it possible to tame even the most ferocious of cars.
Forza 5 lacks a lot of cars and there are not many tracks to race on making it a step backwards in regards to content. This is coupled with micro-transactions that should be renamed macro-transactions, because of the sheer price of them and the content held within.
With a game already lacking content to then remove some cars from the list and add them as a DLC on launch day is ridiculous. It is double dipping into the consumer’s pockets and has left me with a sour taste in my mouth for the franchise.
One of the best things that Forza 5 Motorsport does is it’s use of the new Haptic feedback in the Xbox One controller. It really gives you an extra sense of control when you’re using your favourite car on the track. It adds another level of immersion and was one of the best things about the game on the Xbox One.