Forza Motorsport 5 Makes You Drool in Awe

Forza Motorsport 5 blew me away.

If you are a connoisseur of old-school European, iconic classics, US muscle and Italian supercars, then Forza Motorsport 5 is the game for you.

Released on November 22, 2013 for the Xbox One, by Turn 10 Studios, Forza Motorsport 5 delivers a car lover's dream.

Limited Edition Copy (the copy I had to have)

The game has, at release, 200 cars from 50 manufacturers and 14 circuits including Spa, Bathurst, Yas Marina and Circuit de la Sarthe. There will be monthly car packs, including ten cars, each available to buy as downloadable content (DLC) during the first 12 months after launch.

Forza Motorsport 5 is a racing simulator that offers single-player, split-screen and an online multiplayer experience. It is also hailed as one of the best in its genre.

This is a game that gets you excited before you even start. The onslaught of vehicles from the affordable sedans, World-famous F1, GT, touring cars and even the hardcore open-wheelers like the ludicrous Ariel Atom V8.

The best place to drool like a fool over these bad boys is in the Forzavista mode. Here is where you can see every single inch of detail on these beauties. I was in awe being able to get so close to the perfection of these manmade marvels.

The tracks are astonishing. Every sense of reality is captured from lighting and shadows, to the feeling in the triggers of the Xbox One controller as you hit the road. Every attention to detail is captured flawlessly. The audio is fantastic. BBC's hit UK show Top Gear hosts add that extra icing on the cake, as if this game needed any more icing.

This is an absolute phenomenal game that isn't just gorgeous to look at but also to play.

Our Rating
Forza Motorsport 5 blew me away.

Featured Columnist

Venisia is a public relations professional, video game industry contractor, published author, freelance entertainment journalist, copy editor, a co-organizer of the Latinx Games Festival, and a member of the Latinx in Gaming and the Puerto Rico Game Developers (PRGD) community. Her passion is video games. She loves the adrenaline rush from a multiplayer match and understands the frustrations of a brand-new raid. Venisia finds immense value in gaming especially in the realm of mental health.

Published Jan. 14th 2014
  • gabfran
    My brother loves this game too. I like Gran Turismo but Forza is sweet.
  • Venisia Gonzalez
    Featured Columnist
    You both have good taste.
  • Fathoms_4209
    Featured Columnist
    Oh, it's a great game. But from a racing purist's standpoint, the only true realism and complexity of driving can be found in Gran Turismo.

    Thing is, anybody can play Forza. Unless you're willing to actually learn how to drive, you won't get far in GT...and that's why I consider one to be a simulator and the other to be a pseudo-simulator. Fantastic, yes. But for the car and driving fanatics, Microsoft's effort just feels like a gussied-up Need for Speed.
  • Rothalack
    Master O' Bugs
    I see what you mean, it definitely feels more arcade then simulator. It is so far ahead of Need for Speed though. Need for Speed is always one of those games to just go be as ridiculous as possible and slam into as many things as you can, Forza I think does a good job of encouraging you not to do so, not as much as GT, but close.

    I can't wait to see what GT can do with the next-gens plus this extra time they have now to learn how to develop for the platforms. I really hope GT can give Forza a run for their money, but I just don't know if GT will ever pay attention to as many other details that Forza does, like the car detail, crowd and race track detail.
  • Fathoms_4209
    Featured Columnist
    The vehicle and track detail has always been better in GT. You're forgetting that Forza 5 is on new hardware while GT6 is only on the PS3. Wait until we can compare Forza 5 to GT7 on the PS4.

    In terms of detail, GT has the only detail racing enthusiasts care about and all told, it's not about GT giving Forza a run for the money; it's precisely the other way around.
  • Venisia Gonzalez
    Featured Columnist
    I'm such a huge fan of Forza, though I enjoy Gran Turismo. I think the attention to detail in Forza exceeds GT but that's me. I do agree it'll be an interesting comparison when both games can be seen on the next-gens.

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