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Genre: Racing / Driving / Rating: E - (Everyone) / up to 8 players / published by: Microsoft / Type: Racing / Release date: 2006-02-24

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      22.08.2009 18:09
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      An excellent racing simulation game with over 230 cars from 40 different manufacturers

      I bought this Xbox game ages ago for around £20.00, but this excellent driving simulation game is available for just a fiver nowadays and it can be bought through amazon.co.uk for this small price. It's an excellent game and the graphics are still impressive to this date.

      It's not so much a fun racing game but a real driving simulation. The physics are first-class and the racing is very realistic compared to other racing games. There are over 230 real cars to drive as well as many real world tracks. Cars come from over 40 manufacturers, including Ferrari, Ford, Audi, BMW, Acura, Dodge, Chevrolet, Honda, Lancia, Lotus, Mazda, Nissan, Porsche, Subaru, Mercedes, Volvo, TVR and even Pagani. The Pagani Zonda is available, which is an extremely expensive and amazing car.

      You create your own profile and then take part in different events, earning experience along the way and leveling up your driver. This feature of leveling up your driver makes it more addicting as you can only unlock more events and cars at higher levels. Events include standard races against other cars as well as timed races. You can earn the gold, silver or bronze medals and unlock cash prizes as well as gaining experience from races.

      The idea of the game is to fill your garage with all the cars and complete all the events. You can customise all your cars as well as tune them and buy new parts to improve them, such as gear for the engines, braking and handling as well as new spoilers and tires. You can add decals to the cars as well as paint them to your liking.

      The graphics are really good but not quite up to scratch with later racing games on the newer consoles. The sounds are still very good however and the controls are excellent. The triggers are used for acceleration and braking, which enables you to apply different amounts of pressure and have full control of the car - or you can buy a steering wheel for the game. Overall, it's an excellent racing simulation game and very enjoyable to play, especially if you like cars and racing.

      Thanks for reading,

      Dan ©

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      22.08.2009 17:39
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      An excellent racing experience.

      Forza Motorsport is a racing game developed by Turn 10 exclusively for the
      Microsoft Xbox.

      The game doesn't have a storyline but like Gran Turismo it consists of an Arcade mode where you can check out a few of the cars on a number of different racing circuits, and the Career mode where you can begin your in depth career from a rookie race driver to a racing legend.

      The way you progress through the career of Forza Motorsport is by levelling up your driver which opens up new race events to you and allows you to buy more of the games cars. You level up by participating in races and earning money, every bit you earn will contribute to you levelling up. You can also get bonuses from levelling up which come in the form of discounts from manufacturers.

      The cars in the game consist of 231 licensed vehicles, you can choose from the likes of Subaru, Saab, Vauxhall, TVR, Mercedes and the game even includes prestigious brands such as Ferrari and Pagani which were not offered with the competing version of Gran Turismo. The game also features extensive car tuning and you can tweak every aspect of your ride also.

      Racing is how difficult or how hard you want it to be, if you are a new driver you can turn on assists like traction control, ABS to keep you on the road, the game also has a new driving line feature which will show you the ideal racing line on the track and is green when you need to accelerate and red at braking points, once familiar with the tracks you can turn it off. Damage is included and you can really mess up some of your cars destroying body panels and scraping the paintwork along with wrecking the engine, you can turn damage on to just be cosmetic if you find yourself damaging your car too often.

      Forza Motorsport also features a Drivatar which is basically a computer which will drive your car for you but you train it so it mimics your driving style! This feature is really helpful for some of the endurance races which have you sitting there for hours! The game also has a paint feature where you can customize the look of your car and add shapes and decals to it, I am not much of an artist but if you go on Xbox Live you will be astonished at what some people have done.

      Graphics are superb, some of the best on the system with highly accurate cars and supremely detailed tracks to race around, the damage model is the highlight though.

      Forza Motorsport is an excellent racing game for the Xbox, petrol heads Gran Turismo is not your only option any more!

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      28.10.2008 01:31
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      A must have game for any motorsport fan. You won't be dissappointed.

      I had been told Forza Motorsport was a brilliant game for the XBOX, and as a fan of racing games, this knowledge was a big part in the descision making process for me to get the initial console. When I did, I was so pleased I had listened as I believed to have found one of the best, if not the best, game for the XBOX to date. This amazing racing sim starts you off at the bottom and works your way through a lengthy series of leagues and championships, getting harder each time, with better and more exotic opposition, along with harder tracks and longer races as you progress throughout the game. Real cars and real tracks add to making this the best racing game on the market and you will certainly be entertained for hours upon end trying to battle through, leveling up your driver skill, which in turn unlocks more bonuses and gets discount on upgrades found in the Forza garage.
      The only possible let down could be the graphics, but on its arrival on the gaming scene, this was a leader in its class.
      A must have game for any motorsport fan. You won't be dissappointed.

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        03.09.2008 21:42
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        great game

        Well i suppose all i can say about this game is that it is the best driving game i have ever been on its just so realistic to all the other car games i have been on. some of the best points about this game has to be first of all the graphics they are just amazing they have done such a great job with the details of the cars and tracks which gives you a more and better realistic driving experience.

        Second of all has to be the career mode yes it takes along time to do well for some maybe others maybe not but i think this is a great aspect of the game i have been on this game for past five days none stop so get prepared to stay up late because once you start progressing through the career mode you wont want to leave the computer as you will be dying to see what cars are to be unlocked next.

        Last but not least it also gives you the option to have the proper driving line to be taken on the tracks as this is a really big help as it tells you when to slow down brake hard and to accellerate.

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          18.07.2007 23:57
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          Good Buy!

          Forza Motorsport is the Xbox equivelant of Gran Turismo on the Playstation. It does have a wide range of cars real cards and some very good tracks. Looks very good and plays well. The career mode is vast and will keep you busy for a long time, it is a real challenge to complete and the computer controlled cars are quite clever but it just doesnt have the feel of Gran Turismo. Where in Gran Turismo you get the feeling of entering the 'Gran Turismo world' in Forza you dont get that. This is an excellent game, probably the best driving sim on the Xbox worth buying but dont expect to love it like Gran Turismo.

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            09.06.2007 13:33
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            Good game that eventually gets a bit tiresome and repititive

            Forza Motorsport looked a brilliant title when it came out and as I am a fan of driving games I just had to have it, I found a good deal where I got a racing wheel and the game for £25 just after the game had been released so I decided to snap it up straight away. The game is not just a normal car game, it is a proper driving sim much like the Gran Turismo series on Playstation. Although I got the wheel with the game I don't really use it much as it's difficult to control the car with, I think it's down yo the racing wheel being pretty bad and the game being pretty hard. If you own this game or want it just stick to the tried and tested S controller as this is the best way to control the driving in the game.

            Forza is massive, there are more than 230 cars in the game from 60 different car manufacturers although there is a smaller selection of tracks. Even though there are a small selection of tracks it doesn't really matter as there is a lot of variation in each track in the game, there are real tracks as well as made up ones but they are all different and they all challenge you 'the racer' in varying ways. Each track is individual and will offer a variety of challenges whether it be a plain old oval track or a track with lots of tight twists and turns or even a track with long sweeping bends, whatever it is the track will challenge you because the game is a proper driving simulation, theres no arcade racing here, this is real stuff.

            If your up for playing a challenging driving game then Forza is the one, it's as hard as it gets, infact it's challenging enough if you use the helping parameters such as driving line and abs brakes you'll still find it a challenge to drive, theres no roaring into corners and braking at the last second, you have to brake properly if you want to stay on the road. For the hardcore race fans you can even turn off auto shifting and drive the cars in manual, if you want to earn 100% bonus money you have to turn the game up to it's full difficulty meaning you have to turn off all the parameters. In Forza there is a racing line shown at all times and although this can be turned off I don't recommend you do this unless you want to crash, well you should at least use it to learn the track before turning it off as it turns red when you need to brake to show you how th track should be driven. Once you have learnt how to drive correctly it might be alright to turn the racing line off, it may feel a bit weird at first but you'll find it much more rewarding than being told where to brake.

            To progress in Forza it's all about getting enough money to level up, you have a target to get to and once you get to that level new stuff will be unlocked and you can win new cars and new parts become available to buy for your cars. Of course as you unlock new races things become tougher, as the cars get faster the racing gets more competitive as you can imagine, especially in the GT classes where all the cars are of a similar standard. Each car is rated on a scale of 1-10 in different areas, acceleration, top speed, handling and rarity. The better a car is at these the higher the cars class. There are several different classes within the game and cars of the same class usually race against each other especially as the game progresses but in the beginning the rules are not so strict on races and you can use really good cars to progress further in the game.

            As well as progressing in the game it is fun to create a new look for your car, you can design all the decals on your car and make it look really good if your talented at designing things, if your not it doesn't really matter but it's fun to create your own car design anyway. Some people have gone to some extreme lengths and even managed to come up with star wars and halo designs on their cars and it looks really cool.

            The only real problem with the game is that it just becomes tiresome, It just simply gets repetitive and even slightly boring, I think this is due to the shear size of the game, there are so many races to compete and things get a little bit samey although the game is a lot of fun in the beginning. In terms of races there are series where you have to complete in several races on the trot, normal races where just have to do one race at a time and long distance races where you have to race for ages round a track, it usually takes about 30 minutes for the long races, I think it's a good idea but it hurts your thumbs to play for so long and as the game is hard anyway it requires ultra concentration and these races are just unnecessary and dull.

            In Forza the graphics are awesome, probably some of the best you will see on an original xbox, the car models all look great, the damage modeling is excellent and when your car hits the wall the car shows it very well, as well as the cars looking great the tracks do to, they are all well designed with nice looking skys and backgrounds. The actual road has a lot of detail, things such as skid marks and gravel patches all add to the realism of the game. If your after a good looking racing game this will certainly do the job

            As well as graphics the sound is a key part of Forza, all the cars sound realistic and if you change the camera angle when racing the car will sound different just like in real life. For instance if you have the camera inside the car the cars engine noise will be louder and you will hear the screeching of tires more clearly you but if you have a distant camera angle you will have a reduced sound level thats not as intense. There is also music in the game and you can put your own custom soundtrack on the game. I would recommend doing this as the music that comes with the game is naff.

            There are several different game modes in Forza, there is the career that will take up most of your time an arcade mode where you can win new cars for your career and a multiplayer mode where you can have up to 4 racers driving at once. Also you can compete in one off time trials and drag races if you want to. As well as this racing can be done online over xbox live and you can play your live career on here to try and get yourself some money for your offline career. Also you can join a team and race in it if you want to. All the various modes are good and will keep you going forever because there is so many of them.

            I have to say the game is a little to hard for my liking and this is definitely not a game for a novice driver. If your a good at other xbox driving games it doesn't really make much difference as this a realistic sim not an arcadey PGR 2 style racer. The only real thing I can compare this too is the Gran Turismo series and if you like that and are good at it I would recommend this, it's not the most enjoyable racer but it certainly is a decent game. It's a shame it's so hard because the graphics are stunning and the AI is good.

            The game can be picked up for next to nothing on amazon.co.uk or play.com or if you like ebay.co.uk there are several copies being sold on there. It's well worth a look as there is just so much content in this game and I would certainly recommend it considering you can pick up a copy for as little as £10

            Thanks For Reading :-)

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              11.06.2006 23:47
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              Good, good, good... Umm, great?

              Well, what more can I say? This is genuinely what so many other games claim to be. This is (as far as xbox technology goes) the best raicng simulator there is. Very challenging and very real. It's also easy to operate and control using the fairly intuitive options consoles.

              It's possible to drive round a track in a modified Lotus elise and think, "Yep, i've got too much power here, i'll go and detune the engine slightly so I don't spin the wheels so much coming out of the corners", then go and do it, come back and feel the difference. Or alternatively, drive round one track in four different cars of more or less equal performance and feel the differences in handling between the different manufacturers, and see the difference in tenths of a second on the clock. If you've ever seen 'Top Gear' (on TV) you'll have heard how they describe the differences between TVR, Porsche, Aston Martin and Lotus handling, for example; well in Forza you can actually see and feel what they mean.

              Other drivers have genuine AI too, which can be modified up or down to suit. On the standard setting they are at about 'experienced Forza player level' so don't be surprised if you finish at the back for a while, just as you would in any sport. You'll win in the end.

              There are different game types in Forza. You can race in arcade games (any car any track, against AI opponents), Time Trial (same thing but against the clock), long road stages (not on a track), and two types of Career mode, where you start at the bottom and race for money in set championships, and buy, sell and modify your own cars. Thankfully, it's not really on the rails, i.e. you have most control of what sort of championships you race in and when.

              Not really a game for people who just want to whizz round the track hitting the barriers. It does take a couple of hours practice to learn how to handle the cars, and it's worth altering the main camera view from 'flying behind the car' to 'sitting in driver's seat' mode.

              Basically, streets beyond anything else for the xbox, and it certainly puts Toca 3 in the shade.

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              08.04.2006 21:19
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              The best racing game for the X-Box

              I was always a big fan of the Gran Tourismo series of games for the Playstation and after buying Need for Speed for the X-Box I was left feeling robbed, lonely in fact that I didn't have a racing game that was just that - a racing game. That was until I picked up a copy of Forza Motorsport for £12.99 second hand in Game. A first hand copy still sells for in excess of £30.

              Mirror, signal and go go go. Forza Motorsport is a racing game. Select your car, play with it in the garage, upgrade parts and then you are ready to race.

              The more races you win, the more cash you attain making further upgrades available. You also have the ability to win cars by completing a series of races which you can then sell. There are in excess of 100 cars to choose from.

              Graphics

              The graphics are smooth and fluid, even when travelling at high speeds the detail of the backgrounds races along without a break in the picture. The cars themselves are very detailed, you can change paint colours, add wings, fins and sponsor logos to personalise.

              One thing that really appeals to me is that when you crash instead of having an indestructible car it actual dents, the chasis may crack, wings show damage, windows smash - awesome!

              Audio

              Fit a turbo to your car and listen to it whistle - guaranteed to get every boy racer aroused. Gun the engine and listen to it roar and screech around corners. When crashing you hear the crunch of metal on safety barriers and the smashing of windows. They are so lifelike you will think someone has decided to put a brick through your living room window.

              Gameplay

              Getting to grips with the controls takes minutes rather than hours. Forza Motorsport is one of those games where you can't go around the track constantly accelerating. There is a skill to the driving and knowing the potential of your car. If you soup your car up too much you'll struggle to control it at tight corners - I find the fact that cars have something of an upknown upgrade threshold exciting - seeing how far I can push it until the car is basically undrivable!!

              Shelf Life

              I have owned Forza Motorsport for months and still have come nowhere near completing the endless selection of competitions and tracks - I still find myself going back to the first easiest track just to fire my petrol fuelled bullet around the course for cheap laughs - This is a game you will return to time and time again and the two player head to head makes playing against friends extra competative.

              Good Points

              Great graphics
              Realistic sound effects
              Upgrade basic of cars into supercharged monsters
              Crashes result in loss of performance
              Plenty of tracks
              Awesome range of cars
              Decent range of difficulty levels

              Bad Points

              None whatsoever, this game knocks the spots off the competition and is much much better than any other pure racing game available for the X-Box.

              This is a must have for every petrol head with an X-Box. Go and buy this now - You'll find that you lose your social life and days of your life building the fastest, meanest car your imagination and garage can handle.

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              Racing sim from Microsoft, targeted at gamers who are passionate about cars and racing. Own, customize, and race your favorite cars in the most technologically advanced and realistic driving sim yet. Use race earnings to buy upgrades and aftermarket parts, so you can transform real production cars into high-performance racers. On the track, experience an impressively accurate simulation, while putting your performance-tuned creations to the test against the online gaming world on Xbox Live. Features car models from more than 60 top car manufacturers, customization via decals and team paint-schemes, and vehicle tuning that really affects performance. Supports Xbox Live online play.