Preview: Forza Motorsport 5

for2If you’ve ever wanted to test drive a Lamborghini or Ferrari (and who hasn’t?), Forza Motorsport 5 puts that dream within reach. Even if you’re not a racing fan, it’s hard not to drool over the sleek, sexy curves of Forza 5’s cars. The Xbox One hasn’t even been released yet, and already, Forza 5’s graphics are so gorgeous that it makes you wonder what’s in store for the console’s future titles.

Forza 5 lets you drive hundreds (yes, hundreds!) of supercars around some of the most beautiful tracks in the world. For sure, most people who pick up the game will be eager to compete with friends, and you won’t be disappointed there. The game features Smart Match matchmaking to pair you up with players of similar skill level, and dedicated servers ensure that your race will run as smooth as silk from the starting line all the way to the finish flag.

If you don’t have any racing buddies, don’t worry–Forza’s new Drivatar system fills in for them. Drivatar operates on cloud technology by studying the way you drive. It will then create random opponents for you that are designed to outperform your strengths and exploit your weaknesses. This system challenges you to improve with every race you play. Forza 5 also offers a custom racing campaign for each car, so no two races in single-player mode will be the same.

Forza 5 promises realistic physics for the most true-to-life racing experience you’ll find on any console. Every turn, brake, and drift is perfectly programmed for each car. This is the perfect game for players who hate arcade-style driving controls and instead prefer precision and realism.

As expected for such a pretty game, Forza 5 displays in 1080p resolution at 60 frames a second. You’ll see details never before available in a racing game, like truly accurate paint scratches, car damage, and road wear. You’ll even be able to see forza 5the fine stitching on a car’s leather seats.

Forza Motorsport 5 has already won 14 awards, including Best Racing Game from Gamescom, plus Best of E3 2013 from Gamespot, Destructoid, and Digital Spy.

If you pre-ordered the Day One edition of Xbox One, you’re all set to get a digital copy of Forza 5 for free.

You can still pre-order the Day One edition of Forza Motorsport 5–this includes a special Day One Car Pack. The pack comes with three free cars: the 2011 Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera, 2010 Audi TT RS Coupe, and the 2013 Ford Focus ST. The Day One edition is priced at $59.99, which is the same as the regular edition.

For true racing lovers, there’s Forza Motorsport 5 Limited Edition. This beautiful package comes with the aforementioned Day One Car Pack, plus a SteelBook Blu-ray case, window decal sheet, 1,250 car tokens for vehicle purchases (valued at $10), limited edition packaging, and VIP membership. Your VIP membership includes double XP gain, secret gifts, and an all-access pass to exclusive multiplayer events. If you don’t want to cough up $80 just for VIP, the membership will be available for purchase separately when the game releases, and will cost $20.

To compare Forza 5 editions on Amazon, click here. Both editions are still currently in stock, but stock will likely run low as the Xbox One launch date nears. The game will be released on November 22, 2013, which is also the release date of the One.whe

Forza 5 is also designed to work with the Thrustmaster TX Racing Wheel Ferrari 458 Italia Edition. This handsome racing wheel boasts metal gas and brake pedals and super-responsive steering for the ultimate realistic racing experience. The wheel will also work with future Xbox One racing games. To read more about it and other Xbox One accessories, read “Essential Xbox One Accessories.” Or to check out the TX Racing Wheel on Amazon, click here.

Game Info

GAME NAME: Forza Motorsport 5


PUBLISHER(S): Microsoft Studios


GENRE(S): Sim racing

RELEASE DATE(S): November 22, 2013


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