Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - TECH - Mike Wilcox Email mike@ hy­per­ac­tiveg­ames. com


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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.

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