Forza Motorsport 5 review round-up

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Some say that a review round-up is easily confused when confronted with a Wii U, and that the review round-up is the real power behind e-tolling. All we know is, is that there are some review scores after the jump.

The general consensus is that while Forza 5 may be a dedicated and sublime racing game that is filled with details that only a petrol-head could pick up on, the car porn on show leads to rather short cargasms. Here’s what the critics have to say.

Forza 5 (5)

Gamespot – 9

It’s far more than just a great racing sim, or a gorgeous showcase for the types of feats the Xbox One hardware is capable of. This is a game built on the romantic thrill of motorsport in all its forms, and that love for its subject matter is all but impossible to resist.

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Polygon – 9

Forza 5 is beautiful, sure, with a stunning, light-filled world of engines and tire smoke. But with the introduction of aggressive, convincing AI that makes every offline race feel like a multiplayer competition, Turn 10 has charted a course for the future of the series — and created the Xbox One’s first must-own game.

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Destructoid – 9

Beyond all of the fancy AI tech, physics calculations, or high quality visuals, what I really love aboutForza Motorsport 5 is that it’s packed full with automotive adoration. For me, the walkarounds of a collection of cars narrated by Top Gear‘s Jeremy Clarkson are just as enjoyable as any race.

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Joystiq -4/5

And if you’d just like to take it easy and have the car drive itself, that’s totally fine too. Progression in Forza 5 is too pleasant and assured to feel like a grind.

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OXM – 8

Forza 5 is often simulation racing at its best, but Turn 10 hasn’t quite rendered all its previous work obsolete. Given the reduced track and car count, and the present wobbliness of Drivatars, the game sometimes feels like it hasn’t quite burst out of its shell.

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CVG – 7

But Forza 5 is not a racing game. Not really. It’s a driving simulation that features races. Despite all the quality of the production, these chases aren’t as thrilling as those of Forza 4, let alone GRID or F1 2013. So unless you’re convinced the remarkable graphics and attention to automotive detail are absolutely worth your money, there are other racing games that play much better.

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The Escapist – 3.5/5

It’s quite possibly the best looking next-gen title. Hardcore fans will enjoy it to its full extent, but it’s fairly forgiving to newcomers as well. There’s just not a ton of middle ground, you’ll either really love it or not be interested at all.

Last Updated: November 21, 2013

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  • oVg

    No Nürburgring No sale.

    • Spathi

      No G27/G25 support, no sale!

      • oVg

        WTF? You would think that the Hardcore petrol heads are their main demographic. The ones that make their own car cockpits in their man cave, yet all that expensive SIM equipment is void because the Next Gen want to be greedy cocks.

        Why does it not work?

    • FoxOneZA

      It has Spa. I can live with that over the Snorburgring.

      • Spathi

        Now I get why you don’t like GT.

        • FoxOneZA

          No. I’m tired of taming the ring in Forz 2, 3, 4, PGR2&3.

          • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

            There is no getting tyred of the ‘Ring.

            Ha. See what I did there? ^-^

    • CypherGate

      They will DLC the shit out of this game…. FOR A PRICE!

      • FoxOneZA

        $50 for half the DLC 😉

        • CypherGate

          and the other half $50 ^_^

    • rikflh827

      my dad’s friend recently got Volkswagen Golf just by working
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  • Spathi

    The game is very pretty!!

  • TiMsTeR1033

    WOW! those visuals are simply breath taking! Unreal what they can achieve on Next gen hardware! Looks almost better than the real thing!

  • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

    This makes me sad I don’t own an Xbox One. But not enough to justify an R8000 (+-) purchase. I’ll have to stick to Gran Turismo 7 and all it’s cardboard engine notes. :((

    • Spathi

      They are working on it! In GT6, some cars will sound better already, and Kaz said that they’ll maybe patch in more improvements.

      Also, take a car like the Gallardo or the C63 in GT5, they sound amazing! It is only the older and standard cars that doesn’t sound good.

      • Skyblue

        And a ton of microtransactions, Good luck with that, GT6 has been scrapped from my list.

        • Spathi

          Did you actually go and read what that entails? You can buy credits, and only credits. There is nothing hidden behind a paywall. If someone else wants to buy credits, what does it matter? Nothing changes with regards to how credits work. It stays the same as all the GTs before this one.

          • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

            I think what Skyblue is implying is that with these microtransactions for credits, they will definitely make it that much more difficult to earn credits through gameplay, in order to coax you to pay for credits.

          • Spathi

            If that is so, then I agree, that will be super shit! I’m not sure they can make it more difficult though, GT5 takes a lot of grinding 😀 (without the seasonal events)

          • Skyblue

            Yeah those seasonal events are really cool and I spend most of my time on GT5 playing those as they’re also way more challenging.

          • FoxOneZA

            You lost me at Kaz said after the mess up that is GT5.

      • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

        I had GT5. It was utterly insulting! Forza and NFS got the engine notes right. And that’s a major factor in enjoyment.

        • Spathi

          Then we’re playing different games.

  • oVg

    iI do not care that the cup holder in each car now has 50million polygons.
    I want TRACKS, fun tracks, long fictional tracks. Not 4000 Nissan Skylines.

    Project Gotham Racing for the win.

    • Spathi

      10km x 10km (at least) track creator coming to GT6. You can drive around in real life and import the track to the track creator! WHOOOOT! Going to be awesome!

      I also want long driving tracks, not necessarily racing tracks.

      • Captain GUZ

        For real? that’s amazing

        • Spathi

          “Course Maker

          This feature, available at a later stage through an update, will allow you to create your own custom tracks that can be driven in the game. Additionally, in another update we will add the possibility to generate a track by capturing the GPS coordinate data of a mobile app while you are driving that course. This GPS-generated tracks will be available in the game as playable content.”

          • Captain GUZ

            So I could GPS track my route home from work and then see how fast I could do it in a super car! Frikken aswsome

          • Spathi

            In theory yes 😀 We’ll see how the game handles that however…

          • Captain GUZ

            The game will properly think Jbay is on a dirt road or something

    • CypherGate

      I heard that there is a new PGR being made. Not sure if thats just a rumour.

    • FoxOneZA

      Y UUUU NOOOO PLAY FORZA HORIZON!!!!

      • Spathi

        He has taste.

        • FoxOneZA

          Y UUUUU LiCK YOUR GAMES!!!!

          • Spathi

            I only smell them 😀

  • Lardus-Resident Perve

    Got a hands on at Rage. Graphics looked amazing, and the triggers rumbling when you accidentally go off the road are a nice touch. Ok ok, 50%+ of the lap was off road. Not a big fan of racing games so I won’t get it even if I decide on XBone next year, but great looing game.

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Looing? So you’d play it on the toilet? 😉

      • Lardus-Resident Perve

        Then it might turn out pretty k.a.k hey 😛
        LoL spelling errors.

  • Rock789

    This is a game that SERIOUSLY tempts me… Man, I love the Forza series and would love to own this! Car porn indeed…

    • CypherGate

      I love the Forza series as well, but it is kind of a blunder knowing how much of the game is reduced compared to Forza 4. I mean… with each new iteration shouldnt they build on that instead of release less content? The other issue i have currently is this DLC business that you going to pay almost a full games price. I know they going to DLC the hell out of this game to maximise profits and the sad part is… We will most probably pay it because we want a full game like this so bad.

      • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

        In my experience with Forza, I never bought all the DLC. Usually wait till all the DLC packs are out, and pick and choose which of the packs or individual cars/tracks I wanted. Still expensive though.

        • CypherGate

          Yeah still quite expensive. Unless they release a collectors edition with all DLC included, but then again who would really want to wait that long till one is available when you want to the game now.

          • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

            That’s textbook marketing 😉

          • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

            I think if you have a long enough backlog, then waiting wouldn’t be much of a problem.

  • Deano

    A decent launch title 🙂

    Go Xbox one!

  • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

    Racing games should move on like this:

    Have these tracks, but also include the option for open world free-roam. Basically combine this and Horizon. But keep the sim physics.

    They can’t not have the resources now.

    • Spathi

      In 2010 Kaz said he was looking at an open world for GT. Hopefully one day in GT7 we will be able to enjoy it. Don’t know if you ever played Test Drive? When activating the “hardcore” physics mode, it was really enjoyable!

      • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

        Had it on PC which ran like sh1t but I loved it! Test Drive 2 was worse of a letdown than GT5

        • Spathi

          Have you played GT5 in the past year if I may ask? They game has improved a lot in since release.

          • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

            I traded it after a week since release. Developer’s loss. Improving a game is always very good, but personally I felt the game was not finished in the first place, and that is not acceptable.

          • Spathi

            True. It was released too early! But I’m glad they did something about it.

  • MacDoodle

    Almost makes me want a bone

  • FoxOneZA

    Who here thinks that the X1 exclusives will pwn the PS4 exclusives by next Monday? It just takes one good game to get the ball rolling 😉

    • Spathi

      *chirp* *chirp* ….. *chirp* *chirp*

  • Gareth L

    For sale: one left nut.

  • Mabenito

    Too lazy to real all the reviews, but does it have day-to-night, rain-to-dry simulation?

    • Spathi

      Nope

  • Deano

    As much negative press that Xbox one gets on here and some places on the net, im glad to be hearing that Xbox pre-orders may be closer to PS4 than many expected 🙂

    Boom!

  • Forza Motorsport game series as close as possible to a real sport. I appreciate it for Forza.

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