Hands-on: Forza Motorsport 7 review

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Forza Motorsport 7 is headed to Xbox One and PC later this year, and is a confirmed Xbox One X launch title featuring impressive [email protected] support. Microsoft claims that Forza 7 is the best-looking game in the series to date – and we must admit, we agree.

We spent some time with Forza Motorsport 7 at Gamescom 2017, and here’s what we thought. 

Forza Motorsport 7 UK release date and pre-orders

Forza Motorsport 7 is due to be released in the UK on 3 October 2017, and is headed to Xbox One and PC (sorry PS4 users!).

If you want to pre-order the game right now, you can head to GAME to reserve your copy for the Xbox One. You’ve got two options – the Standard Edition which costs £41.99, or the Ultimate Edition which costs £79.99 and comes with a 1:43 scale model of the new cover car, the 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS. 

For those that want to pre-order Forza Motorsport 7 on PC, your best bet is to head directly to the Windows Store. Like with the Xbox One, the PC variant is also available in standard (£49.99) and ultimate edition (£79.99), although the scale model is exclusive to pre-orders at GAME.

Forza Motorsport 7 preview

Forza Motorsport 7 aims to take the hugely popular series and make it more impressive than ever, and we think the developers have succeeded in doing so. Let’s give you a little background before we delve into the juicy details.

Along with the hugely popular multiplayer that still sees over 5m monthly players on Forza Motorsport 6, Forza 7 includes a single-player campaign titled Forza Drivers Club.

It’s a motorsport-inspired campaign broken down into 6 championships with over 700 cars available to use. Within each championship, there are a range of series’ for you to choose from, each with a different style or class of car.

There’s a focus on diversity – if you want to drive high-end supercars, you can, but if you want to drive standard cars, you can do that too. And Forza rewards you for playing the campaign, in the form of exclusive gear and cars that are unlocked as you progress through the championships.

Another change is the ability to customise your in-game avatar with a range of costumes, from standard racing suits to a stylish little polo-and-jumper combo. It provides more of a personal experience, and also helps you to stick out a little bit in a sea of other online drivers when competing.

But that’s enough about the Forza Motorsport 7 campaign. It’s time to talk about what everybody wants to know: how it looks, and how it performs.

Forza Motorsport 7 is the one of the most visually breathtaking games we’ve ever come across, especially when run on the Xbox One X at [email protected]

It’s hard to put into words just how gorgeous the game is – and not only the cars, but the environments, weather system and even the tracks themselves. You can see every little detail perfectly, and is as close to looking like ‘real life’ that we’ve ever seen.

Taking to the Nürburgring, we saw the impressive weather system and graphics first-hand. The race starts rather overcast, but within minutes it turns into a torrential downpour, creating puddles on the track.

It effects steering as it would in real life, and makes the experience much more intense – suddenly you’re worrying about much more than getting the fastest speed.

But it’s the little things that make the difference in Forza Motorsport 7, like the rain droplets on-screen (and on your car) moving depending on the G-Force of the car at any given time, and the individual bits of gravel on the track. The more you look, the more you see, and we can’t get enough of it. 

It’s a similar story on the Dubai-based track, although you’ll come across mini sand-storms and sand being swept across the road as you drive by. In true Forza fashion, the sand particles will react as you drive through/past them.

And we haven’t even mentioned how stunning the cars look.

As with the environments, the attention to detail is impressive. Along with looking exactly like they do in real life, the developers spent time analysing individual parts of each of the 700+ cars available in Forza Motorsport 7. Why? If any part of your car would rattle or shake when driving in real life, you bet it’ll happen in-game too.

Forza Motorsport 7 may look like a game for pro racing gamers, but the wide range of assists available means that even those that haven’t played a racing game before can have a decent chance at winning races.

The handling is superb; the cars react exactly how you want them to, even when using a controller rather than a steering wheel, a challenge for some racing game developers.

And while it isn’t a new feature in Forza Motorsport 7, we love the rewind functionality offered in the game. While fans of racing sims may not like the feature, it gives those of us who aren’t pro drivers a chance to retake corners or fix any mistake we make during the race.

There’s nothing more frustrating than holding pole position for most of the race, just to take a corner a little fast and spin out. With the rewind functionality, you get a second chance at taking the corner, and actually helps as you’ll learn how to take the corner better. Practice makes perfect, after all.

It’s when all this comes together that you get the full Forza Motorsport 7 package. Stunning environments, realistic weather systems, gorgeous and incredibly accurate car models and a thoroughly enjoyable racing experience.

It’s hands-down one of our favourite racing games to date, and we cannot wait until it comes out in October so we can get back behind the wheel once again.

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