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on 9 May 2011
I have been gaming on a PC for years, the last console I really played on was a PS2, and I had a serious Gran Tourismo addiction. In fact, I only played gran tourismo and final fantasy before I went back to my PC.
I have a wii, but the rubbish graphics drive me away and I leave it for the wife to burn fat with.
So now, here I am with a new hobby of Forza and its fun!
Xbox live makes this far better than the PS2 driving action I used to do. When you complete a race, you get a leader board position. Now, this position is from every xbox live account who has done that car class and race, making a races mean more, as every one can see how good you are (or bad!). Its nice to beat a million other players on this board, but still, there are always more above you, driving you to race harder...........................
The driving is spot on, understeer, oversteer, wheel spin, and other mechanics are handled with realism. The handling of cars in the game can be tweaked to perfection, taking a lot of skill and knowledge to get just right. If this doesn't float your boat, there is a online auction house where you can buy a car setup that some one else has tuned up. The cars also, as in real life, handle differently and you can see the best cars for a track from the leaderboard where all the best laptimes tend to be done by the same car for that track.
The online racing is fun, I keep making an online private party to race my mates and have a hoot. You can turn off the collisions to stop being rammed into the sand, you can turn on damage and have a destruction derby race. We are currently playing tag, where you try and keep the "it". Its so funny being in a high powered car and driving the wrong way around the track to smash into your mate head on as he is it! Racing against each other is fun, you can go for position or race against each other for best lap time.
Now, my PC is a ninja machine and I am finding it hard to come to terms with how blocky some of the graphics are in Forza on the 360. It is not terrible, but I was let down by it, while my mate says they are awesome. I am being picky though, and it doesn't stop me from playing the game until the wee hours of the morning.
The only thing that gets to me about this game is that it doesn't encourage you to stick with a car to earn money and buy a new one to do higher rated races. I suppose it makes the game career mode quicker and faster paced, but I liked being stuck with a car and having to tune it up to earn the money to buy an even faster car that happened in Gran Tourismo. To be honest, that is the only difference I can see between this and GT3 (apart from the graphics and multiplayer). This game gives you cars every 2 seconds it seems like!
Even the online auction house buying is fun, getting into bidding wars to buy some tuned up beast for just a few credits or making your own car stickers to sell.
The cars get a rating depending on what upgrades you do, so to get into a class you need up to 600 points, for example, but to do this bang on is tricky. If you bang on the biggest engine upgrage with a big exhaust, you don't have the budget to upgrade the suspension and braking on a lot of cars, so again, the huge span of the game adds another feature of just stretching out the biggest hp and handling setup from your points budget.
The sound is awesome, my 5.1 tv surround sound setup drove my 4 year old to bed early as I thundered around in a V8 monster as it was so loud, and when a car gets to the side of you, it makes you jump. I don't get to play on my big tv with the 5.1 stereo that often, but forza is an excuse to banish the wife out of the house.
Its fun, and when you get bored, there is always something else to do. 5 stars all the way, bring on Forza 4 with its Kinect control......................