|System: X360||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Turn 10 Studios||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Microsoft||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Oct. 27, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-2 (8 Online)||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Another aspect of Forza 3 that makes it feel more accessible is the inclusion of a rewind function, similar to last year's GRID. However, instead of only offering a set number of rewinds or implementing them at specific points, Forza 3 features a complete rewind system that allows you to rewind as far back as you want, even to the beginning of a race. So, if for instance you see that you are about to finish second, you can rewind back two or three laps to take a better turn and then go for the number one spot. The rewind system works very well, especially for those who are just getting into the nuanced world of simulation racing, and it is also a great way for practiced users to perfect their driving techniques.
One area that has not been watered down to appeal to the casual sect is the customization. Forza 3 allows you to customize every aspect of your vehicle from the drivetrain to the tire width. Although the intricate upgrade system may seem a little alien to a casual player trying to get into Forza, the game does provide detailed vehicle status bars that will help newer players decide whether to widen their tires or add a rear spoiler to get the most out of their car.
Once you have built up your garage, perfected your precision driving, and tricked out all of your favorite cars, it is time to take your race online. Forza 3 brings all the heat and intensity of the single-player mode to the online arena. Forza 3 features plenty of online race modes including simple single, elimination, and timed races, more niche drag and drift challenges, and, just for fun, three variations on the classic game of tag. You can also create a custom race, complete with individual rules and scoring mechanism. And of course, Forza 3 keeps the online livery system that was the defining feature of its predecessor. There is plenty to do in Forza 3's multiplayer, and the amount of races and customization options will surely meet the needs of even the most enthusiastic online player.
The world of professional racing is all about competition. It should come as no surprise then that the world of automotive video gaming is also all about competition as well. Ever since Forza Motorsport launched onto the Xbox in 2005, a war has been brewing between automotive fans: Forza vs. Gran Turismo. With the release of Forza Motorsport 3, it seems like that war is finally coming to a head, with fans on either side claiming victory prior to either's release. However, simply proclaiming a winner doesn't really do justice to either side. Both of these franchises have incredible simulation mechanics, and since Gran Turismo 5 will not see a 2009 release, Forza 3 is easily the best and most complete console racer currently available. Will Gran Turismo 5 change all that? There's no way to know at this point in time. But for 2009, it seems that Forza 3 has emerged as the automotive title of the year, and it is one that all simulation fans will enjoy.
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor