We say ‘racing simulator’ for it is more about the racing than the pure car-porn driving simulation found on rival Sony’s PlayStation 3 with Gran Turismo 6. There is a touch more larrikin about the Forza franchise.
This is borne out with the extended addition of the Top Gear team, including Digital Stig, some whacky fun at the Top Gear track and the three iconic lads themselves introducing each league race category.
Hearing Jeremy Clarkson, James May or Richard Hammond talk up the next series of races in their own tongue-in-cheek homage wit is a fantastic way to build the enthusiasm for the racing to come.
On offer are numerous race events, but whilst there is the periphery with F1 and Rally for example, the emphasis is on super/hyper-car sedan racing on well-known circuits. In fact the rally series never ventures beyond the tarmac.
Speaking of locations, you can almost count the number of circuits on your hands, and you can complete the count by removing a shoe and sock. The fourteen real-world tracks do include variants, but it won’t take too long to come to grips with their layouts.
The lighting and visual effects are stupendous though, you will wish that one tuning option the race-cars have is a sun-visor as the afternoon sun fills the windscreen and lens-flare bounces around the cockpit.
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