Forza Motorsport 7 is the tenth Forza-branded title in Turn 10’s history, and comes a year after the release of Forza Horizon 3. Unlike the more arcade like Horizon games, the Forza Motorsport series focuses on more on true realism and car physics, while keeping all the gameplay on pre-set tracks that are either developed from scratch or taken from real life.
The seventh time around, Turn 10 has added a whole bunch of new features to separate the new game from Forza Motorsport 6. Things like 4K video, customization of the drivers, 32 tracks, dynamic weather, and over 700 drivable cars are all included in the new game.
The graphics are probably the update as we noticed most. The game is stunning. It’s a step above Forza Motorsport 6, using the in-game sunlight and reflections to immerse you fully into the driver’s seat. The cars looked prettier than ever, and with the game’s “Forzavista” mode, you can experience them up close and in-detail.
The sound is also worth mentioning, since Forza always seems to nail it when it comes to engine and cabin noise, while competitors sometimes sound a little vacuum-y. Sitting inside the cockpit of Ken’s Focus RS RX, for instance, sounded exactly as it did in its Gymkhana 9 on-board footage, right down to the shifting and gear whine.
At the launch of Forza Motorsport 7, the multiplayer is limited to five or six different sections, each with a selection of about a dozen cars to choose from. The most fun lobby is the “Welcome to Forza” section, simply becausewe get only one car to choose from: a Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo. That meant the only differentiation was skill level, which resulted in some seriously fun wheel-to-wheel action.
Another game mode, titled “Track Toys,” pits you against a bunch of people in cars like the Lotus 2-Eleven, BAC Mono, and Ariel Atom. If you know your car control, you’ll dominate the lobby. The single player campaign gives you hours worth of challenges and race series events, all involving different genres of Motorsport and eras of racing.