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 Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
Subscribe To Empire!
Get 12 issues from just £25
Must-Have Movie Collectibles
Bid on some classic memorabilia
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
Resident Evil Remake HD
3 Star Empire Rating
Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD ReMIX
4 Star Empire Rating
Elite: Dangerous
5 Star Empire Rating
Lara Croft And The Temple of Osiris
3 Star Empire Rating
World Of Warcraft: Warlords Of Draenor
5 Star Empire Rating



5 STAR REVIEWS
Elite: Dangerous
5 Star Empire Rating
World Of Warcraft: Warlords Of Draenor
5 Star Empire Rating
Super Smash Bros. Wii U
5 Star Empire Rating
Grand Theft Auto V Reissue
5 Star Empire Rating
Dragon Age: Inquisition
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.


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Joaquin Phoenix Talks Inherent Vice
Plus co-stars Josh Brolin and Katherine Waterston

Stephen Daldry Talks Trash
The Billy Elliot man on his Rio carnival and training as a clown

Colin Firth And Taron Egerton Talk Kingsman: The Secret Service
Plus Samuel L. Jackson on bad-guy duties

A Brief History Of The Ring
Everything you need to know about the J-horror reboot

The X-Men TV Series: 10 Possible Plotlines
Mutants on a budget? We suggest some ideas for Fox’s new franchise extension

10 Kid-Friendly Marvel Comics That Could Be The Next Big Hero 6
Walt Disney Animation Studios have a lot to play with elsewhere in the Marvelverse

20 Sitcom Spin-Offs That Were Doomed To Fail
From Joey to Ally and back again…

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Only £25!

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 12 issues of Empire for just £25!
Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month 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)