For a long time in gaming there have been two track racing car games that you can play, the Forza series or the Gran Toursimo series. The Gran Tourismo series have been around for a lot longer and so have a lot od die-hard fans. Gran Tourismo is exclusive for the Playstation and Forza is exclusive for the Xbox making them even bigger rivals in that sense. However, over the past few years Forza has risen to be the king of racing with an incredible few games coming out. Forza 4 set a new benchmark when it came to car graphics and level of detail. Forza Horizon and Horizon 2 saw Forza take the cars off road and into a sunny festival setting which felt like the perfect type of car racing theme. However, Forza 5 let down the series a lot with what felt like a game that was moving more towards modern times with in-app purchases, a slower progression system, the ability to buy more car packs than ever and giving players the smallest car list ever. Some questioned whether this was the end of Forza Motorsport and whether Turn10 games would focus on the Horizon series instead. However, they came back with Forza 6 and it looks to be the best Forza ever if not the best racing game ever. Here’s why…
The Car List is Huge
The car list in Forza Motorsport 6 is not only absolutely huge, but it’s the biggest in any Forza yet. This is surely a response to one of the main criticisms of the last Forza that the car list was one of the smallest ever on a Forza game. In Forza 6, you can expect to have the ability to race in over 450 different cars featuring some incredible modern cars such as the 2015 Tesla Model S, the McLaren 650s Coupe and the Jaguar F-Type, in fact you’ll be able to race over 30 cars from 2015 alone. There’s also some old classic cars thrown in for good measure which is what we love about Forza. We love spending hundreds of thousands of pounds on the old Aston Martin DB5.
Turn10 really wanted to give players plenty of cars to play around with this year including a lot of their own takes on cars with their special Forza race editions which include altered internals of cars and obviously different decors on the outside. Obviously, they will offer DLC with additional car packs that will allow you to drive more cars. We just hope that because of the bigger initial car list this year that the DLCs won’t be as common as most of the cars they want in the game, come with the game.
You Can Race In The Rain and The Dark
Something that Forza 6 has been missing for quite some time now is the ability to race in different weather conditions. Forza 5 was made beautiful by the fact that sun was more realistic than ever with how it blinded you through the window screen and how it lit up the road on reflective sections. It was beautiful, no doubting. However, a weather state more beautiful than sun in games definitely has the be rain. Rain brings out incredible lighting which really brings games to life. Forza 6 features not only rain which will bounce off your window screen, react to your window wipers result in puddles and more but it also features night-time racing. When considering how beautiful previous Forza games have bee, just imagine racing beautiful sports cars with their lights on through puddles in pouring rain.
On top of the beauty, these new game modes will also open up the potential for new gameplay mechanics resulting in cars handling differently under wet conditions, visibility being reduced in heavier rain and so much more. So with the introduction of just one simple feature, Forza has added more beauty and a whole new gameplay mechanic for players and drivers to tackle.
It’ll Run Like A Dream
Some may question ‘well surely with all this rain coming down and lights beaming all over the place, we’ll see a performance drop?’. You’d be very much wrong to assume so. One of the reasons Forza has consistently felt like such a solid game is that it has run at 60 frames per second on whichever Xbox console it’s on. This year’s Forza is no exception. Yes, you’ll have races at night in the pouring rain with up to 24 cars on the track and it will run at full 1080p, 60 frames per second. For any car fan that is a dream of a game that will not only make the gameplay feel smoother but will certainly make the game feel far more immersive and realistic.
So does Forza 6 sound like a game that’s going to interest you? With the bigger than ever car list, the new night and rain conditions and the fact that despite all these new features the game will still run at 60 frames per second, 1080p on your Xbox One? It’s a game that is sure to excite all Forza fans and many racing fans. Can’t wait until September 15th!