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- New game modes such as single-player season mode which puts you through a completely personalized racing calendar
- Something to match every car lover's dream including more than 400 fully customizable and tunable cars from over 50 manufacturers and 100+ tracks
- Look and feel of a modern racing game built from the ground up using with the most advanced physics models.
- Gameplay rewind and auto-tuning that cater to how each individual drives and evolves with you over time.
- Auction House and Deep Tuning Garage that along with content via Xbox LIVE, allow players to express their car passion through user-generated content.
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+ Controls; intuitively configured by default
+ Car Customization; very flexible system, with most major options being a tweakable by the player
+ Racing; challenging, but adjustable levels makes this good for all levels of players
+ Graphics; really outstanding, everything from the shadowing and reflections on the cars to background landscape are beautifully rendered
+ So Many Cars; there are many brands and models of cars to choose from, more are given to you when you gain levels, can bought in game, or through the "Auction House" (paid with credits earned in the game)
- Long Load Times; two discs, really needs to be installed on the hard drive to reduce the load time
This has good replay value as well, which is a big plus!
They also have some really neat features in this game. You can paint your cars with decals, paint, stripes, Sponsors, tint, and so on. There is also a feature where you can do a "quick upgrade" for your car.
The interaction is incredible as well as the graphics. You can literally see the dents on your car or someone else's car. The graphics are so real looking that you would almost swear that it was a real video and not animation done by a computer.
The game offers lots of different cars and they grade them for you so you know how good a certain car is in regards to racing. You can also auction cars online (you can just put it up for auction and come back later to it, no need to sit and watch.) However, you do need XBox live Gold to be able to use the Auction feature or you can lose your car that you put up for the auction and not get money for it.
The down feature is the online gaming part. The boys sometimes enjoy playing against others online, but this isn't a great game for that. The interaction on that part isn't quite as good as the game itself. You can drive through cars if you go the opposite direction, or they fly over you. There are a few other features of onlining that they didn't like.
If there is one thing Microsoft does well, it is stealing. Added to the already formidable Gran Turismo-ish simulation physics and real-world feel and the in-cockpit views borrowed from Project Gotham, we now have the rewind ability from the amazing GRID. When you take the variable difficulty of Forza, correct the ridiculous braking of Forza 2 (with brakes turned to 200% I still regularly slammed into walls), and add in some brightly colored graphics and brief exciting tracks (maybe a suggestion from GRID and need for Speed Shift) to replace the drab boring tracks from Forza 2. The rewinds go a loooong way to ease the irritation of crashing at the end of the final lap I experienced so many, many times in Forza 2.
I can't say anything about the online features of the game, as I don't have an Internet connection at home. The garage and upgrade features are largely unchanged, but I am deeply grateful for the automatic upgrade/downgrade option so that I don't have to tweak a car endlessly to qualify for a race. As in the second Forza it's nice to be able to hire a driver to do the races you don't like, and the experience system for cars and drivers goes a long way to keep you playing. The new Touge events and other new styles are nice, but once again it feels like Forza is just playing catch-up to GRID (I saw the EXACT same Touge track in that game, though it is nice to see it in a more real-world light).
In yet another move to copy GRID (and a very welcome one), the A.I. cars no longer race in perfect lines, but actually overshoot corners and spin-out and wreck from time-to-time. It goes a long way to making the game feel more like a race event and less like a cold calculating simulation.
The presentation side of the game is a trade-off. While the menu interface is lovely, bright, and colorful, it also takes longer for menus, races, and events to load than any other racing game I have ever seen. I kid you not, there is actually a "Menu Loading" screen that you will see every couple of minutes. While the graphics are truly outstanding, the extensive loading is the price that you pay, and especially when you are racing a lot of short events, they can start to seem a bit much.
The game requires a very large install, so make sure you have room on your hard drive (it even comes with a second DVD full of content you need to load the first time you play). And if, like me, you don't have Internet....you are going to be irritated to find that there are track and car packs included that are download only. That right. In a move doubtless designed to highly discourage buying the game used, instead of coming with a disc loaded with extra cars and tracks, the game comes with download codes for the content.
This is a beautiful game. And you can tell by the demo that it has a much more colorful and generally fun atmosphere than the last Forza. If you like your realism, but don't like it to be punishing you will probably enjoy this game. If you enjoyed Forza and Forza 2 it's a must-buy. It is in my opinion, the best racing simulation in the world today...until Gran Turismo 5 comes out at least.