Fast cars, tight turns, and white knuckled action – these are a few of the things that make Forza Motorsport 3 great. The folks at Turn 10 really put their foot in this one. The racing simulator has never looked better and the new features guarantee that even the most novice racing game player can feel like a pro. And for the more creative among us, there’s a rich creation mode that will suck you in for hours at a time.
A+ - Forza is absolutely stunning. The locales where you get to race are breathtaking. From the mountains to the trees, it’s as pretty as a postcard. But let’s keep it real, all that means squat if the cars are ugly. Thankfully, when it was time to start creating the car models, Turn 10 went directly to the horse’s mouth – namely the engineers who helped design and build the actual product and the racing teams that drive and maintain them. The result is a collection of over 400 perfect HD quality recreations of the hottest cars on the market including Bugatti, Audi, and Ferrari. The attention to detail was so serious that even the consoles were painstakingly and lovingly recreated to give as real an experience as possible. I won’t lie every time I got a new car; I spent at least five minutes looking at the different angles, taking in the near photo-realistic beauty of my latest edition.
A – It’s great to have a nice looking chassis, but how does it drive? The answer is beautifully. While I’m still working my way through the massive car collection, I can say with total confidence that no two cars drive the same. This is especially true once you start customizing your latest ride. You can upgrade everything and I mean everything. If you’re a racing game aficionado you can manually make your changes or just hit auto-upgrade and let the game do the work for you. Driving is a real pleasure and very accessible.
If you’re just getting your racing legs, you can utilize the auto-assist system. Auto-assist lets you turn on auto-braking, traction control, and automatic transmission to name a few. And on the off chance that you make a mistake and crash into the wall, just hit the rewind button and correct your mistake. It makes you feel like a pro which gives you the motivation to rack up those million points and buy that Buggati Veyron.
In single player action, you play through a career mode which has over 200 different events to play through, so the game never feels stale. Events are broken up over a two week period with the culmination being the championship race. Each event is broken out into a series of races. As you progress farther into the game, the length of each race increases which can be a little tedious once you start hitting those endurance races. As far as multiplayer, it is unequivocally sweet, but I’ll give you the play by play in an upcoming article.
Another component of gameplay is the livery editor. The editor is a modder’s playground. Here you can create high quality decals or paint jobs and sell them to other racers on Xbox Live for in-game currency that can be used to by a new car or some more art in the game. Remember how I said you could tune your car manually? If you don’t have the auto know-how to transform your run-of-the-mill vehicle into supercar hell on wheels, you can also purchase custom tuning kits created by your more advanced driving brethren. The experience is immersive in its self with some people forgoing driving altogether in favor of creating quality art and tuning sets.
Overall Forza Motorsport 3 is a fun, engaging experience that has something for everyone. I really like how accessibility was incorporated into the game. Many times, when a game tries to be accessible to all gamer levels, they dumb the game down so much that hardcore gamers blow through ridiculously easy levels making for an empty experience. Not so with Forza. This is a game that forged that difficult to balance between complexity and simplicity. It has a high replay quotient and I would recommend it to any of my friends and family that want a great racing game. Forza gets a solid A.
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