Jack McAuslan ’16
7.5 out of 10
The last few Forza titles have displayed a constructive pattern: Each new game sported more cars, more tracks and better graphics.
Forza games are racing simulating games for Xbox.
At least one of these is true for “Forza 5”.
The graphics are simply amazing.
They are so realistic that it is truly difficult to imagine a better looking racing game.
Colors are vibrant, paint glistens, tire smoke fills the screen and it all feels very real.
The gameplay, like in other Forza games, is fantastic.
The range of difficulty is huge.
If you adjust the settings right, every car will have a waggly tail and brakes that, if pressed on too hard, will lock and skid.
This is a fun challenge to try, but can get very frustrating when you keep hitting the rewind button.
If you are not so experienced you can set cars to be so easy to drive that the race becomes relaxing.
Also, for the first time Formula One cars are available to drive.
Unfortunately, only one of them is modern, where as the other two are old enough to be in museums.
The new drivatar system allows a computer, which has studied your own driving habits, to drive in races against other drivatars while you are not playing the game.
If your drivatar does well, credits will be earned.
“Forza 5” does have quite a few drawbacks though.
There are hardly any tracks, and there are less cars than in other Forza games.
It is a next generation game, it should be packed with great content.
The career mode is also extremely restrictive because certain races have to be entered with a certain class of car.
Previous Forza games allowed the player to enter races with cars that are completely unfair yet fulfill the players dreams.
With the career you are forced to buy only the cars you need, but not the ones you want. It is also not possible to sell cars.
It is possible to remove a car, which gets the car out of your garage, but no credits are earned.
“Forza 5,” with stunning gameplay and looks, is in need of quite a lot more content and the ability to sell cars.