FORZA MOTORSPORT 5
RRP: $ 89 ( Xbox One)
IT’S time to buckle up as developer Take 10 showcases the power of the new Xbox One console with the latest in its popular racing simulator.
Forza Motorsport 5 promises larger grids, better graphics, and a persistent online presence for your racing style with the addition of a Drivatar, which challenges other players on your behalf.
All of the Forza franchise staples are present. If you enjoy tinkering, there are hundreds of ways to personalise your car’s look and performance.
Forza takes video game visuals to the next level thanks to the new console’s processing power. It’s the more subtle things that are the most impressive. Custom decals on cars are richer in detail, shadows cast by cars are softer and more lifelike, and the racing environments are treated to a wide range of realistic weather effects.
The Drivatar feature is another welcome new addition to the series. As you and your friends complete circuits in the game, yours and their diving style is automatically analysed and uploaded online.
Your Drivatar also earns you credits while you’re not playing, so it’s always interesting to see how much your virtual driver has earned in your absence.
While there is a noticeable reduction in the number of cars compared to the last game, there’s still more than 200 to jump behind the wheel of. There are also less race tracks, with just 14 available. While the famous Nurburgring circuit is sadly missing, it’s great to see Bathurst’s Mount Panorama featured. The new Prague city circuit is easily the game’s stand- out track.
With an addictive multi- player mode and Top Gear challenges, racing enthusiasts will have little to complain about in Forza 5.