Forza Motorsport 5
Microsoft’s premier racing franchise makes the jump to the next-gen as Forza Motorsport 5 debuts on the Xbox One.
The cinematic racing title has been built from the ground up for the Xbox One and takes full advantage of the console’s new graphics engine to deliver next-gen 1080p resolution graphics running at 60 frames per second.
Forza Motorsport 5 lives up to its next-gen billing with a host of new features designed to enhance realism for driving fans. It’s built on the new Xbox One graphics engine, which is able to recreate thousands of physically based materials at a level never before possible.
This results in an unrivalled level of detail for players. From light tunnels reflecting off their car’s paint, to the noticeably hand-stitched leather interior, gamers will instantly notice the finer details of Forza Motorsport 5.
But this heightened detail means a new level of responsibility and consequences for players. A high-resolution damage modelling system recreates every little bump or scrape on a cars exterior, so players will need to take their corners tighter in order to keep their vehicle pristine.
Racers will now feel like their driving on realistic tracks that responds to genuine racing conditions. Roads will accumulate tire rubber as racers make their way around, while debris from crashes will build up as the race progresses.
But it’s not just the track itself that’s had a facelift as courses now come alive as part of a living, busy world. Crowds of fans will now line the walls surrounding the race, helicopters will fly overhead to capture every moment, and even the ambient sounds of race day all combine for a realistic experience.
ON THE RIGHT TRACK
The advanced technology of Xbox One is put to use in Forza Motorsport 5 through Kinect and the Xbox Cloud.
One of the biggest new features in the game is Drivatar, which recognises and learns a player’s racing tendencies and saves them to the Cloud. Gamers will never race alone as opponents are based on the racing traits of their friends and other Forza 5 players around the world.
The Forza multiplayer experience continues in this entry and is built on the Xbox One’s Smart Match technology and dedicated servers.
Players will be able to racer against others selected by similar skill levels and play styles, and will even be able to keep driving as they wait for their next race.
A British icon returns in Forza Motorsport 5 as the Silverstone Circuit is available to gamers. Featuring the track’s post-2010 updated layout for the first time, the track was built purposely to provide the most accurate rendering in any game to date.
Also flying the British flag in the game is the exclusiveTop Gear content. Hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are all on hand to deliver their automotive insights, while a digital version of driving-extraordinaire, The Stig, offers up a variety of unique car challenges.
Forza Motorsport 5 boasts the biggest and most diverse line-up of cars ever seen within the franchise. Racers are handed the keys to hundred of next-gen vehicles: from classic sports cars to today’s flashiest racers. For the first time in the series, players will also be able to get behind the wheel of open-wheel race cars.
Visuals aren’t the game’s only features to be updated for the Xbox One. Forza Motorsport 5 offers a host of modes for petrol heads to test out their fuel-injected beauties.
Another returning feature is Forzavista, which provides motoring enthusiasts the opportunity to get up-close-and-personal with every car in the game in the comfort of their very own showroom. Vehicles are showcased in hyper-realistic detail and lets players apply new paint designs.