Clothes maketh fans

Driver gear is the new way to ex­press your­self

Games Master - - Forza Motorsport 7 -

For a decade now, Forza has al­lowed you to edit your car’s liv­ery, paint­ing it and plas­ter­ing on de­cals to stamp your own per­son­al­ity on your mo­tor and the game. But Forza 7 goes even fur­ther, let­ting you cus­tomise your driver’s look, too. While you don’t get to ac­tu­ally de­sign your own hel­met (some­thing that will surely come in Forza 8), you do get to win new hel­mets, over­alls, and even ban­danas to make your driver look cool/dif­fer­ent/scary. Some of th­ese out­fits are op­tional prizes from reach­ing XP mile­stones, while oth­ers can be found in Prize Crates, which can be bought with your hard-earned cred­its and con­tain semi-ran­dom items.

Be warned, though, the se­lec­tion of driver gear gets in­creas­ingly bizarre as you get fur­ther into the rare items. It starts off in­nocu­ously enough, with ca­reer-themed over­alls (kit your­self out as a chef, farmer, welder, or even golfer), camo pat­terns, race­track-branded out­fits, and even pop cul­ture ref­er­ences (we es­pe­cially like the Day Of The Dead kit). But a full-set cos­tume like the ‘Spa Day’ getup is noth­ing to do with the leg­endary Bel­gian cir­cuit. It’s a bathrobe and a hel­met with cu­cum­ber cir­cles over the vi­sor. Un­in­ten­tion­ally hor­ri­fy­ing. Speak­ing of which, some­one has made the 1994 F1 Wil­liams liv­ery and pasted it over the 1990 F1 Fer­rari. If ever there was an un­canny val­ley for cars, we’ve just found it. It’s also in­ter­est­ing to see cig­a­rette ad­ver­tis­ing brazenly used on such user-cre­ated liv­er­ies. Shouldn’t it be cen­sored like it is in games like F1 2017?

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