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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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