Forza Motorsport 3 Review
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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.

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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.

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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.

By Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.7
Graphics
Cars look beautiful and crash physics are amazing. Tracks sometimes lack detail.
4.5
Control
Control varies widely depending on your racing style. Racing on different difficulty levels provides a uniquely tailored control scheme, which is a great fit for the game's intended wide audience.
3.9
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Generic background music is barely noticeable but vehicle sounds are great.
4.8
Play Value
With a plethora of online modes, more than 100 tracks and 400 cars, there is plenty to see and do in Forza 3.
4.6
Overall Rating - Must Buy
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • The look and feel of a modern racing game: "Forza Motorsport 3" is the definitive racing game. The appreciation of the automobile in "Forza Motorsport 3" is due in large part to the team's attention to detail. This is why automotive engineers from manufacturers like Audi and champion race teams like Peugeot as well as experienced computer graphics specialists from across Microsoft Corp. have all teamed up with Turn 10 to make "Forza Motorsport 3" the most beautiful and realistic racing game ever made.
  • It's easy to go for a spin: "Forza Motorsport 3" redefines the racing genre. Simulation games can be too hard for some players. "Forza Motorsport 3" rises above the distinction between simulation and arcade games. Using a myriad of cutting-edge driving and gameplay assists such as auto-braking, gameplay rewind and auto-tuning, "Forza Motorsport 3" delivers an experience where everyone can have fun behind the wheel, regardless of your skill and dexterity.
  • Express your car passion: User-generated content and Xbox LIVE. Painters and tuners will once again be able to showcase creativity through the celebrated Livery Editor, Auction House and deep tuning garage in "Forza Motorsport 3." The car is literally the artistic canvas as some of the world's most creative car painters and designers find new layers of depth and freedom to create shocking visual masterpieces before sharing them with others over Xbox LIVE
  • Play your way: New game modes. "Forza Motorsport 3" is an epic racing game featuring more content and more ways to play than any racing title today. An innovative single-player season mode puts you through a completely personalized racing calendar that includes more than 200 different events, including Circuit, Oval, Drag, Drift and Timed Events. No two calendars are the same; they react to the cars you love and the races you enjoy most.


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