Forza Motorsport (Original Xbox) by Microsoft

Forza Motorsport (Xbox) by Microsoft Box Art

Xbox 360 backwards Compatible

North Amercian Release Date: May 4, 2005.

Region(s) Released: North America, Europe, Japan

High Definition Resolutions Supported: 480p
Widescreen Supported (16:9): Yes
System Link Support: Yes

Average Overall Score:
9.89 / 10


"Forza Motorsport" revs up Xbox gamers who are passionate about cars and racing. "Forza Motorsport" is the ultimate car-lover’s playground, letting gamers buy, sell, trade, tune, modify and race their customized car collection. On the track, players experience an impressively accurate simulation, putting their performance-tuned creations to the test against the best the online world has to offer on Xbox Live.


Thursday, May 19, 2005

User Reviews

Score: 99
Overall User Average: 9.89 / 10 (98.9%)
Gameplay User Average: 9.56 / 10
Graphics User Average: 9.78 / 10
Sound User Average: 9.00 / 10
Date reviewed: December 4, 2005.

Overall: This game is great. It's not easy. I wouldn't recommned it if you don't know much about cars. It isn't like some other racers where you pick a car and go race.
Gameplay: Gameplay is great! A huge selection of cars and races will keep you playing for days. I've been playing for about 20 hours now and im only 35% done with career and 0% done with arcade. Multiplayer is good, only 2 players. I haven't tried live though. This game is very hard if your not too into racing games. I myself only have a few racing games and I am not very good. I picked this one up because I thought it be fun and easy. I was definatly wrong about the easy part.
Graphics: The visuals are top notch, the best looking game I have. I'd say its about as good as pgr3 graphics.
Sound: The sound is ok, thank god you can upload custom tracks. The music is pretty much all the same and gets very old. The engine and tire sounds are great, the stronger the car the stronger the engine sound. I love comparing my Porche GT3 to my little mazda pieces of shit.
Suggestions: This game is near perfect except for the game music. I would definiatly like to see a few more racing modes.

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 100 %
Sound: 80 %

Xbox Masta 4
Date reviewed: August 27, 2005.

Overall: Forza Motorsport is a very great game. Graphics are great(damage is great on here as well), sound is awesome, and there are tons and tons of cars to choose from!
Gameplay: Awesome is all I can say. It's not the easiest game in the world, and it's not the hardest. Competition can get intense when you get up higher in the racing field. A lot of times the opponets like to give you a little bump just to throw you off and take you out hard. Also I think this games more realistic. Braking times more accurate. If you don't stop around a lot of turns good enough, you'll most likely fly off the track.

With so many cars to chose from in this game there are tons of races to complete. Expect to get addicted. No matter if you are playing on one player or more it is a fun game. Hit the tracks, or do some Auto Crossing. Or hit the 1/4 mile strip. It's all there.
Graphics: I believe Forza Motorsports is at top par in the visual department. Great graphics and it is amazing. Drive through a track and the reflections of the car are actually reflecting what it is passing. It is really awesome. Also be in love with the damage it will show as well.
Sound: If you love hearing different kinds of cars, this is your game. Love hearing a turbo spool? They got it. There's all different kinds of sounds of course like it would be, but some games lack it. I'm not saying this is the best game for engine sounds, but it's still ok. I just know what a lot of cars sound like and some don't sound like they should, if this was to be as realistic as it can be.

Throwing your own music on here is always a plus in my book.
Suggestions: I can't wait if they continue to make more of this game. I will expect even better improvements, even though this game is good thus far. I would like the engine sounds to improve more, if it's a v8 and has 800+hp, let it sound like it. It doesn't seem as beefy as it should. Also some 4 cylinders that have 600+hp or what not, some still sound like they are stock with a muffler or something on it, ehh. If that improved and the graphics improved even more and so fourth. This could be one of the very best racing games. Keep it up!

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 100 %
Sound: 90 %

Date reviewed: July 10, 2005.

Overall: Love this game! It is by far the best racing game out for the xbox. I guess if you can not buy the GT series, you create something just like it. I enjoy the damage factor as well.
Gameplay: Gameplay is pretty good. All vehicles that i have driven handle very similar. I have heard that with the wheel the game is amazing.
Graphics: All cars are almost perfect as to what they are in real life. Very crisp, detailed graphics. Especially when you have the component hookup.
Sound: Sound is very good as well. The engines roar when you floor the pedal. Music is just okay, but as long as i can have my own music how can i rate that as anything less than a 5?
Suggestions: more cars. It would be cool to race in every car i have owned.

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 90 %
Graphics: 100 %
Sound: 100 %

Date reviewed: June 14, 2005.

Overall: This one wil own you for a very long time. Over 230 cars to choose from, what could it be better than that?
Gameplay: When you start, you only have some cheap ones but after you winning some Credits, you have some contacts with the manufacturer so you can upgrade your cars with better speed, brake, rarety, accelerate, etc. Sure speed isnt what make you the winner, you must learn the track as well, try to brake at the right moment, accelerate when is needed is just a few trick to make you top one in the race. Too tired to race yourself? You can train a drivatar which can race for you in any race but will cause you a fee. Your car fully customizable with over 100 layers. Make it look cool enough to earn more Credits.
Graphics: The visual is looking so real. The tires, the mirrors, the back of the car is loking life-like. Even the tracks, you though it was real but itsn't.
Sound: Since i can play my own tunes, which i always doing it when playing this game. Well, isn't that i dont't like the music of the game, it's just not my type.
Suggestions: A sequel is need. :)

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 100 %
Sound: 100 %

Date reviewed: June 5, 2005.

Overall: The best racing game on xbox by far. It wouldn't even be bold to say that Forza more realistically captures the physics of driving than Gran Turismo 4. It is great how you earn more money in career mode by turning off assists and turning up the difficulty.
Gameplay: Career mode is where it is at. Xbox Live is also very much off the hook. Progession through single player is steady and the game is never too hard.
Graphics: The graphics are solid, not flashy. What is excellent is the amount of damage you can deal out to your car.
Sound: The music kinda sucks... at least you can use your ripped music. It was great that my RX-8 actually sounded like a lawnmower.

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 90 %
Sound: 80 %

The Jackal
Date reviewed: June 4, 2005.

Overall: Bottom line is this is the BEST car game made for the Xbox yet in my opinion. It's a true simulation and takes a lot of skill to master. you can't just cheat your way to the top and become the fastest. You have to pay attention to everything in the game and there's so much to the game that the replay value is great.
Gameplay: This game is amazing. I love how it's more of a simulation than just a racing game. You can't just go as fast as you can and cut across things and smash into stuff and keep going fast. You actually have to race properly. The career is very good as well because it really teaches you how to become the best. I'm also very happy how not just one game is the fastest but the game keeps it so you can only make a car so fast so it can compete closely and the game is more based on your skill than your car.
Graphics: Visually this game is unmatched. It's so smooth and theres so much customization to it and theres so many choices for cars it's amazing. The only other car racing game that compares to this is Rallisport 2 and it had no where near as much as this. So amazing.
Sound: The sound is wonderful. The engines roaring adds so much and it's awesome to see each car with its own distinct sound. The way you drive is really shown with the sounds ie. braking hard, screeching tires. It's also good to finally see another game where you can use your own soundtrack.
Suggestions: I can't suggest anything really. This game is awesome. It's too bad you can't save things to a pack though. I lost a file already. But it's for the better good... !&%$@#* cheaters.

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 100 %
Sound: 100 %

Date reviewed: June 4, 2005.

Overall: Sim racing is something the Xbox has been missing in its library of games, so Microsoft releases Forza Motorsports to fill in this huge gap and boy does the phrase better late than never come to mind. Forza hits on all cylinders, it is definately a must buy for every single Xbox owner no matter if you have Live or not. If you want intense realistic action with the best career mode in a race. And a gaming experiance with a fun factor that cannot be matched by anyone...Then go to your local store and pick up Forza Motorsports. You will not be disapointed.

Gameplay: The reality factor in this game is amazing. While your racing at 100 MPH if you get your tires of the track, your not going to be able to just steer the car right back on the track easy. This along with many other features make the realistic factor even with even the most realsitic racer you can buy. You have 3 difficulty levels you can use as well as a whole lot off assists. Depending how you have all these set determines ho wmuch money you will make in the race to use to buy more cars. And there is a RPG factor in it to. You gain levels as you gain money in the game. As you gain a level you will unlock something. Either it be a discount on a car upgrade to a new car for you to ride. The car upgrades are also just completely sweet. Its not as in depth as NFS but still holds its own and gives you plenty of options to trick your car out good. To be honest no racer has the gameplay Forxa delivers.

Graphics: The graphics in Forza are beautifully done. Everything is very colorful, but not to colorful where it would be bad. The cars are identical to there real life counterparts. The world you race in is also gorgeously done. No racing game on the market has better looking tracks than Forza motorsports. And if you have a HDTV your in for a good treat, becouse this game is on the cutting edge of make gaming look exactly like reality. The menus are well done, easy to read and understand. The only thing that keeps this category from getting a perfect 10 is that it is only 30 FPS, and it could still be better.

Sound: The sounds in Forza can only be appreciated with 5.1 dolby surround sound. With the surround sound cranked you wont find a better and more realisticly sounding racer on the market today. The sounds of the big V-8's to the turbo charged Eclipse sound just as they should. The screeching tires as you take a corner is right on. Even if you dont have surround sound and you listen through your TV, its still pretty darn good. The soundtrack that comes with the game is what keeps it from getting a perfect 10 becouse it is pretty limited and repetitive. But behold one reason we all have Xbox's is for custom soundtracks which this game fully supports. The custom soundtracks play in the race, menu screens, even the loading screens, and you can switch soundtracks with just a easy push of the button..

Suggestions: Absolutely awesome. Thank you thank you thank you.

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 90 %
Sound: 90 %

Date reviewed: May 24, 2005.

Overall: Excellent simulator... This game is not like Project Gotham... the physics and telemetry is VERY real. Damage can be turned on or off - game difficulty makes the calculations determining the purse for placing in races MUCH more lucrative.

Campaign mode will start with a run-of-the-mill car from a particular region... wins = CASH, buy upgrades, new cars, win cars and gain strategic partnerships with manufacturers and aftermarket companies... the level of customization is amazing.

If you tune your car too much, you get bumped up in classes to be matched with tougher opponents - winning can lead to more money, leading to more cars, leading to more wins, the head-spinning cycle continues. Only certain cars and classes can race in some races and venues.
Gameplay: I started driving like it was Project Gotham and couldn't stay on the track - it's a SIMULATOR, not a game, per se... to the casual gamer, the difficulty controlling these cars may be a turn-off. I honestly almost took my game back to EB Games after crashing for 2 hours straight.

Once I started driving like it was actually a car and not a 400hp bumper car, my times improved and I started really appreciating the game.

Not only do the cars have different feels to them (and are tunable) but the tracks themselves are subject to ambient temperature and, of course, weather effects... tracks can "speed up" and "slow down" with temperature.

Like a car, it takes a few laps to "warm up" your skills. Force feedback steering is about the only major improvement that could be made to this awesome game.

The different play styles offer lots of interesting ways to enjoy this game (arcade, H2H, campaign, tuner, etc.).

You don't need to race every race in a circuit - you can train an AI driver to drive in your style and send them off to go win (or at least try to win) races for you.

Tune your car, take it to the test track and check out the fruits of your labors and get everything dialed-in. You can compare cars in your garage to each other, you can even benchmark performance to see how mods effect performance overall.

Online play is very cool with lots of features - you can trade cars, parts, and sell stuff to your XBL buddies.
Graphics: The rich graphics are often overlooked as you're white-knuckle drifting around turns or going wheel-to-wheel, but the level of customization you can apply to your car(s) is amazing. Layering graphics, adding bolt-ons or performance mods give you a completely custom experience...

HUD controls are largely customizable, and you can even turn on tellemetry and driving coach visuals to train you to drive better.
Sound: Great sound - different engines have distinct sounds... add a supercharger and your engine gets the respective whine... turbos spool up, cars backfire... it's great.
Suggestions: Excellent game!

Force feedback steering wheel would be great!

The ability to add new cars to the "library" over XBL would really increase the appeal of this game. There are a TON of cars in the library, but there are always odd cars that can't get into the production release in time, or new cars introduced to the public.

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 90 %
Graphics: 100 %
Sound: 100 %

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