For years way back since the original Playstation Gran Turismo has been a game that shocked and amazed with its outstanding graphics and great gameplay. Microsoft have took notice of one of Sony's killer apps. So to go directly in competition with Sony's racer us X-Box owners have Forza Motorsport. One of the first things you'll notice about Forza is the forgiving handling which is welcomed compared to Gran Turismo's hard handling. Forza has a selection of 200+ cars on offer ranging from manufacturers from Ferrari to Nissan ans Acura to Ford about every manufacturer you could think of is in there. In Forza Motorsport you have 3 game modes Arcade Mode where you take on arcade races but they do have a purpose just like the career races. The Career Mode is the core of the game and mush like Gran Turismo Mode on GT4. You will go about entering races for credits in Amateur, proffesional, point-to-point, championship and endurance races. The system is based on credits so the more credits you earn the more you have to spend on upgrading your current crop of cars. The Career Mode is split into various serieses so say your in a Mazda Miata series you have four or so races win them all and you win a car. The car custmisation is great you can fit turbos, rims, reduce the weight of your car even create your own decals and take it to X-Box Live. The game however does have its flaws the music for a start is rubbish. Thankfully you can rip custom soundtarcks to your hardrive. The lack of tracks is very noticeable you will be racing the same course over and over again. The lack of depth may also dissapoint you. Graphics 9 Top notch although GT4 looks better and it's got less graphics power. Sound 4 All the engine sounds are there but the music is awful. Gameplay 9 Forza excels in this area and is a lot more forgiving than Gran Tursmo which is welcomed. Lifespan 10 An enourmous Career Mode and X-Box Live enabled this will keep you going for months. Forza Motorsport is indeed the answer to Gran Turismo. If you want an authentic racing sim on your X-Box look no futher. 9/10. Thanks for reading. John Mitchell.
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