|System: Xbox One, PC|
|Dev: Turn 10 Studios|
|Pub: Microsoft Studios|
|Release: October 3, 2017|
|Players: 1-2 Player|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p||Content is generally suitable for all ages.|
As in past Forza games, the controls allow you to tweak the driving experience, from a more arcade like feel to a full-on simulation. There are plenty of Assists to fiddle with, letting you adjust the brakes, steering, stability and traction, and the rewind feature, among other things. I expected to be rewarded with credit bonuses by using fewer assists, like in Forza Horizon 3, but it appears going full skill is just for bragging rights and personal preference. Adjusting the A.I. difficulty, however, does come with increased income, should you win of course.
The tracks and dynamic weather are one of Forza Motorsport 7’s biggest highlights, as beautifully detailed as the cars themselves. Courses from across the globe are varied, outlined with pine and maple tree forests in some, arid desert sand dunes in others, tropical seaside resorts in yet others, and over two dozen more, each displaying a unique vista. Pair the landscapes with random weather elements, and each race could yield unexpected challenges. A storm could blow in suddenly, creating puddles and hindering traction, forcing you to adjust your speed and corner your turns more gingerly. The low hanging, fast moving clouds are so captivating, you may find yourself in a barrier due to the distraction. I was particularly awed by the races that occur just before dusk or dawn, as the transitions between dark and light were truly stunning. The oddly shaped character models and their rigid animations were the only graphical elements that lacked the realism found in the rest of the game.
Forza Motorsport 7 still has features that didn’t make the deadline. Forzathon events, multiplayer Leagues, and the Auction House and Marketplace are currently listed as “Coming Soon”. However, what is already packed in is plenty of meat to digest, and no feature feels tacked on or a novelty. With a long and flexible solo campaign, quick multiplayer setups (including couch co-op), fun challenges, and lots ways to tweak your ride, wardrobe, and income, Turn 10 Studios continues to perfect their skill with another entry in one of the best racing series in the industry.
Senior Contributing Writer