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POSTED 8/9/15


FORZA MOTORSPORT 6

Turn 10/Microsoft



It’s raining, it’s pouring, the pedal we’re flooring...

It’s cold and wet out there – and it’s glorious! Weather effects make their way to the more serious Forza sibling – albeit in a pre-programmed capacity - and they’re truly stunning. But that’s not all that’s cool.

While pretty, the fifth Forza was a huge letdown in the content department. There was stuff all of it, and if you wanted more it thrust its hand out and demanded extra cash at most every turn. Lessons have apparently been learned, for Forza 6 has ditched microtransactions. Thankfully.

It also comes with 450-plus cars and 26 real world tracks, including – parochial alert – Bathurst’s Mount Panorama. As a car nut growing up in Australia we could hoon around it in a Falcon all day. We were time-pressed, so only did so for a few hours...

The main career has a ‘Stories of Motorsport’ theme, offering five disciplines to conquer – ‘Super Street’, ‘Sport Icons’, ‘Grand Touring’, ‘Professional Racing’ and ‘Ultimate Motorsport’. Do not expect to tick these off in an afternoon of play, as like real racing it requires dedication. But probably nowhere near as much – and hey, it’s also infinitely safer!

Cues have been taken from the utterly magnificent Forza Horizon 2 other than shitty weather. Prize spins are earned (we nabbed a supercar first up – yay us), showcase events – such as taking on The Stig’s digital cousin - break the often arduous career and cars just feel more fun to drive. Mods have also been introduced.

You can dial assists to 11 or back to 0, so anybody can have fun, but hit a puddle the wrong way at any setting and you’ll be aquaplaning somewhere quickly – usually fencewards. Drivatar enthusiasm can also be massaged.

Car porn fans still get their shininess fix, with May and Hammond providing commentary. Clarkson, however, is curiously absent...

Race fans rejoice – Forza has got its groove back!

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