Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Future Of Film
The 100 Greatest Video Games
Robin Williams: The Big Interview
Kevin Feige:
My Movie Life

The Marvel supremo's pick of the flicks
Want To Be An Empire Journalist?
Find out how here
Reviews
STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
Unmissable 5 Stars
Excellent 4 Stars
Good 3 Stars
Poor 2 Stars
Tragic 1 Star

PACKSHOT
Forza Motorsport 5

GAME DETAILS
Released
26 November 2013
Format
Xbox One
Developer
Turn 10

LATEST GAME REVIEWS
Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited
4 Star Empire Rating
Sims 4, The
2 Star Empire Rating
Destiny
4 Star Empire Rating
Tales Of Xillia 2
3 Star Empire Rating
Metro Redux
4 Star Empire Rating



5 STAR REVIEWS
Last Of Us Remastered, The
5 Star Empire Rating
Mario Kart 8
5 Star Empire Rating
Titanfall
5 Star Empire Rating
Dark Souls II
5 Star Empire Rating
Forza Motorsport 5
5 Star Empire Rating

Forza Motorsport 5


submit to reddit

Forza Motorsport 5 (2013)
Review
From shaky beginnings, Microsoft’s exclusive driving franchise has improved steadily over the years, now providing an answer to the question: “Why should I fork out £429 on an Xbox One?” From the moment it opens, with Jeremy Clarkson intoning a paean to the fetishism of all things four-wheeled, you’re left in no doubt that next-generation gaming has arrived, thanks to jaw-dropping visual fidelity and some very tricksy lighting effects.

But it isn’t just eye-candy. It’s massive and meaty, with countless racing series to enter, the world’s finest tracks (from the Top Gear test track, adorned with obstacles based on a tourist’s idea of London, to Spa, via Bathurst, Le Mans and so on) and machinery that can only be described as automotive porn – it starts you off in a McLaren P1, and you can even have a go in James Hunt’s old McLaren F1 car. It’s beautifully structured, with an XP system that rewards turning off driver aids, eschewing rewinds and finishing high up in race series, but doesn’t demand that you win everything. And the computer-controlled drivers are a revelation – they actually make mistakes.

Then there’s your Drivatar. Hiding behind its horrific nomenclature is a great idea: Forza Motorsport 5 learns your driving style and then sends a virtual version of you out to race other real people online, earning you extra XP. Of course, you can race other people’s Drivatars, bringing bragging rights even if they aren’t online, or just dive into a huge multiplayer setup which caters for all abilities.

Forza Motorsport 5 isn’t perfect. Cheekily, it invites you to purchase cars you can’t quite afford using real money, which is a bit rich given that it costs £50, plus the small matter of requiring an Xbox One and Xbox Live subscription. And it often goes overboard with the lens flare. But if you fancy a beautifully made, satisfyingly substantial game that demonstrates what the Xbox One is all about, make sure you pick up a copy of Forza Motorsport 5.


Reviewed by Steve Boxer

Write Your Review
To write your review please login or register.

SPECIAL FEATURE
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time EMPIRE READERS' POLL: THE 301 GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME
You turned out in your hundreds and thousands, and here are the results... Browse the full list


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
The Future Of Film: The Streaming Services Will Be Major Studios
(Or how Hollywood will have to start worrying about Netflix)

The Empire Podcast #129: Liam Neeson Interview
Plus Max Irons, Sam Claflin, Douglas Booth, Holliday Grainger and Jessica Brown Findlay drop by to talk The Riot Club

The Future Of Film: We'll Be Watching Films In Virtual Reality
Immerse cinema aims to become the must-have experience for the filmgoers of the future

The Future Of Film: Cinema Will Cross The Uncanny Valley
The future of VFX, from believable digital humans to underwater mocap

The Future Of Film: There Will Be Another Indie Golden Age
Independent producers are growing from micro-budgets to something a lot bigger

Empire's Epic Interstellar Subscribers' Cover
The countdown begins to Christopher Nolan's sci-fi masterpiece

Shut Up, World! Gary Busey Is Talking!
Strap yourselves in and meet a true Hollywood original.

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 6 Issues Of Empire For Only £15!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 6 issues of Empire for just £15!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)