Forza Motorsports 5 represents a big leap for Microsoft, Turn 10 studios and sim racing games in general. With the release of Forza 5 on the Xbox One, racing games have now entered “the next generation.”
That term and what it means can be argued for hours, but essentially the increased power offered by Xbox One means the newest Forza looks better and features better physics than most any other racing game.
We were able to snag a new Xbox One and a copy of Forza 5 to see if the updated visuals and enhanced features really did make a difference. We have given it several weeks of play to make sure we had a chance to sample Multiplayer, look for major bugs and even try out some of the DLC .
Is Forza Motorsports 5 worth the cost of a new Xbox One? Do the new features warrant an upgrade over Forza 4 or the newly released Gran Turismo 6?
Click past the jump to find out just what we learned.
Let’s not talk about the seemingly countless delays of the fifth installment of the famed driving simulator Gran Turismo because it is sure just to irritate the crap out of us. Instead, we would like to look forward (again) to the release during the next coming months. Of course, the wait will be made a lot easier for UK gamers as they have an opportunity that is sure to quench their appetite - momentarily at least. T3 Magazine and GT5 have teamed up in a collaboration that will see hardcore GT fans treated as VIPs for a night, complete with the opportunity to play the new game in all its glory.
Of course all the best bits will be present; racing bucket seats equipped with steering wheels and gear levers, full HD sound and pictures, as well as the new 3D format, which should be quite interesting to say the least. As is the norm with gatherings of this nature, there will be a host of prizes up for grabs to the fastest driver, with the first 100 people to arrive receiving free goodie bags. All you need do is quote “T3 VIP night” and it’s all yours – pretty easy huh? Those attending will also be privy to exclusive tech demos, and preview the all new T3 iPad app.
To be a part of this momentous occasion, all you need do is email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line ’Selfridges VIP’ to get your name added to the list, but you better do it quick because the event takes place this Thursday, October 21st. Best of all its TOTALLY FREE! This is only open for guests in the UK. Lucky bastards.
Of course, for those of us that do not live in the UK, we can take comfort in knowing that the game is at least in a stage that allows for it to be played. Maybe we’ll get to sink our teeth into GT5 sooner than we think!
If there’s one redeeming factor that has made this long arduous wait for Gran Turismo 5 a little more bearable, it’s that the game’s developers are continuously adding new features to the game.
The latest feature added to GT5’s supposed across-the-board racing experience is the inclusion of three different track configurations for the Nurburgring Nordschleife. That’s the Green Hell in three different lay-outs - the classic Nordschleife circuit, the 24 Hours of Nurbugring layout, and the Grand Prix course - giving us more than enough configurations to test our wares on one of the world’s most famous - and hardest - racing circuits. Sounds tasty.
Scalextric was one of those really old school games that we kind of miss playing every now and then. Fortunately, the iPad - or at least Apple - seems to have taken a liking to the game too. So much so that they’ve taken the Scalextric concept and to the digital age with the new iPad game app, the PadRacer.
The unique thing about the PadRacer is that you’re going to need more than just an iPad to play it. Playable by up to four players, the PadRacer has a unique controller system in the shape of either an iPhone or an iTouch, where you’re responsible for the movements of your car by using the two handheld device’s gyroscopic motion sensor.
From the looks of the video, the PadRacer seems like a fun game to play, although you’re going to need to shell out $5 to download the game. And a minimum of $500 for the iPad. And whatever the iPhone or iTouch is going for these days. This is turning out to be a little more expensive than previously calculated...
At this point, we’ve just about stopped pining and hoping for the release of Gran Turismo 5. We don’t know when it’s going to be and the people at Sony, outside of the team that makes the games, are none the wiser. So we’re moving on with our video gaming lives and looking into another game that’s slowly moving its way in its developmental stage: Test Drive Unlimited 2.
While it’s not the same cut-and-dry, pedal-to-the-metal car racing video game that most of its contemporaries are, Test Drive Unlimited 2 is like The Sims meets Gran Turismo, where, as Atari describes it, "players define their online persona through unparalleled customization of their avatars and vehicles, and the acquisition of property, clothing and other accoutrements of a luxurious international lifestyle".
Nothing wrong there; as a matter of fact, the concept of the video game is like living the lifestyle us auto journalists dream of having in the real world. Fancy cars, top-dollar clothing, lavish homes, and a beefed-up social life all contribute to making TDU2 a game that we should all be looking out for.
And since Gran Turismo 5 is going to be released God-knows-when, Test Drive Unlimited 2 just may be what the doctor ordered to get us out of this vide game funk.
It’s been a while since we last gave an update on the unicorn of all video games, Gran Turismo 5. After a growing number of delays that rival that of a false-starting race car, Kazunori Yamauchi - the man behind the game - has finally given us an idea regarding the state of the fifth installment of the Gran Turismo franchise.
"Gran Turismo 5 is about 90 percent finished," Yamauchi said in an interview with Inside Line.
We really don’t know what to make of this considering that Yamauchi has consistently blown smoke up our posteriors in the past with all the release dates and subsequent delays of the highly-touted racing game.
Yamauchi said that the delays came as a result of the game still being in the developmental stage and said that developers can’t release it until it "satisfied everyone’s wishes and then exceeded them."
That’s all well and good Mr. Yamauchi, but we sure would like it if you - or your people - cut back on announcing the new release dates you’ve been suggesting in the past. By our last count, each and every one of those dates have already passed and there are still no signs of GT5 anywhere we look.
Here’s to hoping that the next time a date is announced, it ends up being the real deal.