Forza Motorsport 7 is now available as an Xbox Play Anywhere title for the Xbox One and Windows 10 family of PCs, and if you’re a fan of the franchise, or racing games in general, this isn’t a game you should miss out on. In our review below we showcase gameplay footage to compliment our review, which is in both video and written forms. You’ll be able to see the visual fidelity, as well as various bits of gameplay and footage of the game’s menu system. If you don’t have the time to read or watch the full review, then just head down to the review summary box to get my quick and easy take on the game’s viability as a must-play title in 2017.
Forza 7 Video Review
Hey now Forza franchise fantastic, Matt Heywood here to review the latest iteration of the franchise, Forza Motorsports 7 from Turn 10.
Let’s get the obvious out of the way first. This game is a gem to look at and play, but the visuals will smack you in the face thanks to their fidelity and frame rate. The game will look its best on 4K ready PCs and eventually the Xbox One X, but even on the One S, thanks to its HDR support, this racing title stands out in the graphics department.
Everything from the cars to the tracks is brought to life with digital flair and perfection. There really are no complaints about how this game looks, or even sounds, as it also features great sound design that brings the cars and tracks to life
Forza 7’s gameplay is also a high point and gets very addicting fast, and I wouldn’t call myself a die hard racing game fan in the least. In fact, the last racing game to hook me into its digital crack was Gran Turismo 3 for the PS2, so I’ve spent 16 years mostly avoiding the pure racing game genre.
What has made Forza 7 so fun for me is that thanks to the ability to toggle every assist feature, you can craft a racing experience that best suits your desires. I just want to race with my finger on the gas and not have to worry about much else, so I can achieve that experience with assists. Others that may want a more true-to-life experience can set the assists off, so the challenge of driving at high speeds and navigating insane turns becomes great.
You can also set the skill level of the Drivatars you will race against too, so even if you go with a fully assisted racing setup, you can still challenge yourself by increasing the driver skill level.
In Forza 7 you have multiple modes to explore that should quench all of your racing game thirsts. There’s the single-player Driver’s Cup, which features 6 tiers of tournaments with multiple car-themed tournaments contained within them. Completing each tournament and tier unlocks new cars to use, as well as in-game credits to spend on mods and driver gear.
I’ve enjoyed this mode the most because of the variety of race conditions and cars you get to explore thanks to the settings of each individual race. It’s also a great way to get to know the game and its tracks, so you can be prepared for live competition in the multiplayer mode.
Forza 7 also offers a Free Play mode, which is exactly as it sounds. There’s also a Rivals mode, which pits you and your online Drivatar rivals in different scenarios to see who can post the best time. These are fun to see how you stack up against similarly skilled drivers from around the web.
The multiplayer mode then offers open competition against up to 23 other online racers. There are multiple lobbies to choose from, all with their own specific rules and conditions.
I enjoyed the multiplayer mode because of the competitive feel it provides, but getting into a game can take a bit of time, which is kind of a bummer. You have to almost always wait in a lobby while the previous race finishes, so at times you may be twirling your thumbs for 5-10 minutes before you can even race. Now once you get into a lobby your set as long as you stay in it, but getting right to racing isn’t as fast as you’d like in Forza 7. I understand why you have to wait, but it would have been nice to see which lobbies were already racing versus which lobbies were ready for new players to join for an upcoming race.
Forza 7 is without a doubt a must-play racing game in 2017, and it’s easily one of the best looking games to release this year and generation. On consoles at least. The crazy thing is that it will only look better once the free 4K console version is released this November for the Xbox One X.
Graphics can only take a gaming experience so far though, so I’m happy to report without pause that Forza 7 is packed full of masterfully tuned gameplay performances that players of all skill levels can enjoy. You do not have to be a real life mechanic or race car driver to have a blast with this game thanks to the assists, which is why I have enjoyed my time with it so much. It’s just a fantastic racing title that can make anyone feel the rush of zipping around an iconic race track as if they were actually driving a real car on the real life course.
Forza 7 easily earns itself a 9.5 out of 10 review score. If you love the genre or the franchise, you should definitely pick this game up.
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Review Statement: The author of this review was provided an Xbox One code by the publisher for the purposes of this review.