Forza Motorsport 6 – Review
Well the time has come, Forza Motorsport 6 is one of Turn 10 & Microsoft Studio’s big title releases for this year.
Forza Motorsport 6 and 2015 marks the 10th Anniversary of the Forza franchise. I’m going to open with a quote a taken from Turn 10 & Microsoft “You’re about to experience the biggest game in Forza history“. Believe me there not lying. Running at a native 1080p at 60fps the game looks stunning, with crisp sharp graphics and car and screeching tire sounds to blow you away.
Forza Motorsport 6 has lots to explore throughout the game. Starting at the home screen of Forza Motorsport 6, its bright, colourful, and easy to read and navigate. which I find a improvement on Forza Motorsport 5, as I found Forza Motorsport 5 menus clunky and slow.
Locations & Tracks
Turn 10 have spent a lot of time recreating all 26 iconic tracks from around the world, via laser scanned images so you get to feel every bump, corner kerb and elevation changes, with the have help from top racing drivers. Turn 10 give you the best racing experience possible. Forza Motorsport 6 brings the thrill of wheel to wheel racing to life, with state of the art vehicle simulation. The new vehicle simulation makes every car feel and drive like it would if you were driving the real thing, with that in mind you now have two new elements to test your driving skill and knowledge. The addition of night and wet weather racing does test you. Several locations all have their own separate versions of them in night and wet conditions. Forza Motorsport 6 has Six new locations to visit: Brands Hatch, Circuit of the Americas, Daytona, Lime Rock Park, Monza and Watkins Glen make their Forza debut, Rio de Janeiro makes it come back from Forza 1 and Indianapolis was recreated after a 2014 renovation of the track. Hockenheimring and Sonoma also make a return from Forza 4
Wet Weather Racing
The all new wet weather system in Forza Motorsport 6 is outstanding with the added realism of 3D puddles, that can be advantageous to you or be your worst nightmare. You can really feel the difference in the speeds as not only do you have to try and stay ahead of your opponents, All at the same time as trying to keep your car on the track as well. Also in wet weather if you venture on the grassy area’s. You will find it’s more difficult than it would be in dry conditions. The only thing that lets it down is the ability for the weather to change. you choose the track in the menu. If you choose the wet option, that’s the entire race will be wet, for it become more real for me It would be nice to have the transition of a drying track after a heavy downpour of rain as this can test the player skill again. As not all part of racing tracks dry out as quick as other parts, the tracks can end up with a half dry and half wet circuit.
The new night racing feature in Forza Motorsport 6 is defiantly another skill challenger. As every track is different at night and Turn 10 have managed add the feel of claustrophobia to racing at night. Even learning the tracks in day time won’t really gain much of a benefit as you can only see as far as your headlights shine, and some if not all parts of some tracks can be pitch black, as they have no flood lights to light up the track. but there is chances to see the smallest of details to help pinpoint reference to corners or overtaking opportunities. I have raced several night races now and i’m really impressed as for example as I have mentioned above, if you race on Daytona oval its fully lit with flood lights. where as some of the smaller tracks don’t have any flood lighting at all.
Career, Free Play & Cars
Forza Motorsport 6 offers a 70+ hours of career mode, The career mode tells the story of Motorsport history as you progress through your chosen career path. With different car types for the categories of races available, all the car type are commentated on by Automotive Journalists James May & Richard Hammond famously known for BBC TV Top Gear. And I would highly recommend more than one play-through on career mode.
As you play through the career mode you will invited to Invitational Showcase events, for example racing Top Gear’s, The Stig’s Digital cousin. These are optional, but come with some good payouts Forza credits or prize wise.
Forza Motorsport 6 includes 460 Forzavista™ Cars, From all top car manufacturers from classics to modern day great, Forza Motorsport 6 Car list impressive, boasting the fact it has twice as many as any other racing simulation game on this generation of console. All the cars have fully opening doors and working cockpits, take a walk round the cars in the Forzavista™ option and admire your ever growing car collection. All the cars can be damaged, customized and tuned.
The damage to the cars outer body seems to be lacking as I have done a several races where I have rolled the car, hit a barrier head on, and run into other cars and no body work has fell off as of yet. unlike other racing game offer. The body panels have several dents, scratches and windows cracked. Under the body work, a lot more happens, you can damage the brakes, aerodynamics, suspension, gearbox, and engine failure by crashing into walls and other car resulting in a very slow moving car and the end of your race!
If your driving in single player, you will be put up against 24-player racers using Forza’s Drivatar™ system. You can change the aggressiveness and difficulty of the Drivatar™ system via the Assist option before the start of the race. sometimes you will be prompted before some races to increase the Drivatar™ difficulty as it may be too low for the type of track you are on.
Turn 10 and Microsoft Studios have focused more on customization in Forza Motorsport 6 to make all your cars, liveries, options and even the Forzavista™ car viewing area can be fully custom, to make it more personal to you. I like these feature as it puts you fully in control of the game and how you want it to feel. Other racing games on this generation of consoles don’t offer this amount of customization or lack some the features Forza Motorsport 6 offer.
Online multiplayer has seven game types to choose from with up to 24 racing players:
- Exotic Showdown – Choose from 3 exotic GT cars
- Introductory Racing – C Class: Race in a controlled environment, with no collisions, so you can focus on your race
- D Class – Take to the track in a D class category car
- A Class: – Take the track in a A Class category car
- Unlimited Drift – Build your perfect drift car with no restrictions
- RWD Unlimited Drag – Drag racing for Rear Wheel drive cars
- Tag (Virus) – Infect all the other racers to win
As well as the online multiplayer, Forza Motorsport 6 has scheduled league plays with a variety of different car classes to compete in. These would have to checked on a regular basis to see what league is live.
Rivals is still a big thing for Turn 10 & Forza franchise, the ability to be the best is still there in Forza Motorsport 6 as there is a 15 types of game-play modes to be the best at, and to become a rival of another player or to beat your rival in set challenges. The 15 games type have sub events and can vary from 1 to 130 events to compete in. So there’s a lot to do if you want to be one of the best.
You can test drive any of the cars you own in your garage on all 26 locations via the Test Drive option, this handy for any hardcore racer who has spent minutes to hours upgrading a car and want to try it out on the tracks to get the optimum set up.
Forza Motorsport 6 is released in the UK the 18th of September and is available in several versions and prices:
Standard Edition: £49.99
Deluxe Edition: £65.99
Ultimate Edition: £81.99 (with early access on the 10th September)
With the additional DLC coming as well Forza Motorsport 6 , Turn 10 plan to expand the already large collection of cars already in the base game. I can see Forza heading towards game of the year! I’m impressed with what Turn 10 and Microsoft Studios have pulled out of the bag.
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