• Forza Motorsport 6 - Launch Trailer: Video

If you’ve been pondering the purchase of an Xbox One, then this incredible new launch trailer for Forza Motorsport 6 should push you over the edge. In addition to looking utterly gorgeous, the new trailer shows off a good chunk of Forza 6’s car roster and a several tracks, some new to the series and some familiar to long-time Forza devotees.

With muscle cars, Formula 1 cars, rally racers and supercars, there really is something for everyone here. Forza 6 launches with more 450 cars, with many more on the way via post-launch downloadable content. Newer cars, including the 2017 Ford GT, 2016 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350R, 2016 Mazda MX-5, 2015 Tesla Model S P85D and 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S, ensure this roster is refreshingly bang up to date.

With 26 locales, 10 of which are newly built, Forza 6 also boasts the series’ largest collection of tracks. Several configurations will be available in each locale, meaning players definitely won’t be left wanting for variety. New additions include the Circuit of the Americas, Watkins Glen, Lime Rock Park and a new fictional track in Rio De Janeiro. Old favorites, like Sebring, Road America, Spa Francorchamps and the Nürburgring, will also return.

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On a side note, I played the demo last night and came away extremely impressed. After you fire it up, you’re immediately thrown into the deep end in a 2016 Ford GT at the Rio De Janeiro street course, competing against 23 other drivers. Full damage modeling ensured my GT was looking less than pristine by the end of the race, but I think I still managed to finish second or third.

The real revelation is the new wet weather racing, which you’ll experience at Sebring.

After that, the demo gives you taste of Forza 6’s career mode, which first sends you to a race at Lime Rock Park in an entry-level car of your choosing. After that you’re taken to the spectacular Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi for a taste of night racing, which is new to the series.

But, the real revelation is the new wet-weather racing, which you’ll experience at Sebring. Puddles that form both on and off the track can cause you to hydroplane, sending you into the nearest concrete wall or competitor, but learning to avoid or compensate for these puddles is a ton of fun.

The demo will also walk you through Forza 6’s new mod system. Mods are add-ons that can be applied before a race that can do everything from improving your cars performance to increasing race winnings.

There’s also a new post-race spin system, which randomly awards you with new cars or game credits. Then there are Forza 6’s special events, which in the case of the demo was a quick IndyCar race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Forza 6 will be released on September 15th, at which point we’ll have a review of the full game.

James Wolfcale
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