Forza Motorsport 7: XBox One Review
Developed by Turn 10 Studios
Platform: XBox One
The Forza motoring series is fast becoming a mark of quality on the XBox.
An exclusive series which really does bring out the best of the racing game simulator in general, the latest iteration is no exception to that rule.
The tenth release in the series has managed to amp up the quality of what appears on your screen with some state of the art graphics and also some pretty sweet gameplay.
While the Forza Horizon series has always been about the arcade feel with its Outrun-esque racing, Forza Motorsport has always appealed to the purist, and while that's a good thing, it's always been smart enough to ensure the game doesn't feel elitist and is open to all.
This time, with its over 700 cars and over 30 race environments, complete with dynamic weather, the game's clearly about continuing to ramp up the size and scope. It's also the first title to have 4K resolution (something untested in this review) but clearly for the upcoming XBox One X console.
Perhaps the biggest change to the series, and one of the most controversial in the gaming world in general, is the addition of loot crates and the currency issue. With no way to really garner what your money's going on this feels like perhaps the bizarrest touch for the game that's rarely put a foot wrong on the track in previous games.
Ultimately though, what Forza Motorsport does is what it's always done - it delivers a powerhouse of a simulation game.
Even if they've added trucks to the racing this time, what comes across is this is one of the best simulated racing games bar none.
It looks beautiful and as the rain drops flutter past on your screen as the weather starts to turn, this game has everything right in terms of gameplay.
Drivatars make mistakes as well and can hand you the race without realising - it feels like fallible humans behind the wheels of the cars rather than AI (something which is incredible when considered).
Car handling is smooth too - everything Turn 10 Studios has done this time has been about improving the game for players - and it resolutely shows.
Campaigning through the races and playing with everything to race for is nothing short of compelling - and while the market place for racing games may be feeling a little crowded at this time of the year with Project Cars 2, the upcoming GT Sport, Forza Motorsport 7 absolutely deserves its pole position.