Forza 6 is one of the most popular racing games of the latest console generation. Our goal is to provide an objective review of what makes this game works.
|Type of game:||Racing|
|Developer:||Turn 10 Studios|
|Total Play Time:||33.5 hours|
|System Requirements:||CPU: Intel Core i3-4170 @ 3.7 Ghz
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GT 740 Radeon R7 250X
RAM: 8 GB
OS: Windows 10 64-bit version 1511
HDD Space: 30 GB
Console: Xbox One Ps4
|Price Range||Free on PC, Console:$29.99|
The World of Forza 6
The best way to review a game like Forza 6 is to look at each piece objectively. The game is well rated and we’ll attempt to figure out why. Below, we’ll examine the atmosphere of the game, the main characters, the storyline, and even the DLC.
Atmosphere & Location
At its heart, Forza is a game about atmosphere. It’s a very realistic take on the world of racing, which the developers have taken to mean really modeling all aspects of the experience. It’s not just beautiful cars in beautiful places – it’s a sense of speed and danger every time a car starts on a track. It’s a thrilling experience, but still one that’s deftly tied to the world of a real sport.
The game makes the most of the globe-trotting nature of racing as a sport to show off some unique locations. Some tracks make NASCAR fans feel at home, while others send players racing through the European countryside. Everything about the game is modeled with a sense of love and detail that’s hard to find in most games that depend so heavily on a sense of speed.
The game borrows heavily from a number of different sources. While the previous Forza games are largely the bedrock, it’s easy to see that Forza has lifted a few details from some of the better Gran Turismo games as well. The game also owes quite a bit to programs like Top Gear, which comes through in Forza 6 as a sense of joy while driving. This game is, in many ways, a distillation of all the best parts of racing culture.
The main character of Forza 6 is a nameless, faceless driver. From what one can tell, the driver is a man – though in a bulky racing suit, it’s somewhat difficult to tell. You aren’t given any information about this driver, not even a name. This is done on purpose, of course – the driver is meant to be the avatar of the player. This isn’t a game of character growth, it’s a game of speed.
That doesn’t, however, mean that there’s not characters in the game. Instead of people or aliens, the real characters are the cars. Beautifully rendered and programmed, these vehicles are the stars of the game. Each individual vehicle handles slightly different and players will come to love and loathe some of the cars. It doesn’t take much time to learn the difference between the classes when you’re ready to start racing.
If the Forza series has had a running main idea, it’s the idea of the car as a character. Much the same as an MMO has classes meant for certain challenges, these racing games have cars that fill the same roles. You’ll quickly learn which cars to pick for long straightaways and which are meant for narrow roads.
In addition to the cars, there are the tracks themselves. These tracks are largely based on real-world racing hot-spots, including some of the most famous tracks in the world. If the cars are the player characters, the tracks are both the NPCs and the enemies. Players come to know each track quite well, learning to anticipate turns and tricks. At the same time, there’s a palpable sense of relief when one finally conquers some of the harder tracks in the game.
Even without a main character, Forza 6 still has personality. Your racer is your avatar on the track and your cars are everything you need to bring home victory.
Given that Forza 6 is a racing game, there’s not much of a story here. Instead, what players experience is a career – one that is thankfully devoid of any kind of dramatic twists and turns. Instead, the story of Forza 6 is a really a story of growing as a racer. You’ll tend to start out with slower, less flashy cars and work your way up to some of the truly legendary masters of the road.
There are a few different “story” modes for this game. The main career mode is called ‘Stories of Motorsport’, but don’t expect it to tell a gripping tale. Rather than providing a narrative, it divides a racer’s career into several chapters that feature different types of racing. Each race is slightly harder than the last, but the rewards tend to grow at an equal pace.
There is also a more traditional career mode in which players tackle several different types of races using different classes of cars. Again, the story here isn’t one of beating a rival or saving the princess, but merely one of shaving a few seconds off of a best time. As such, it’s a great example of story coming out of the individual player’s experience.
If there is a through-line connecting everything, it’s probably the player’s garage. As you gain more experience and more money, you’ll collect cars. These vehicles are the best examples of the player’s progress in the game, as they tend to reflect pricier name brands and better construction as the game goes on. The goal of the game remains being able to place first in all of the tracks, though.
Forza 6’s lack of a story could turn off some players, but it preserves a pure racing experience. It might lack flash, but it more than makes up for it in racing action.
DLC & Expansion Packs
One of the very reasonable criticisms of Forza 6 is that the game has a ridiculous amount of DLC. There are well over 100 downloadable cars for the game, many of which come attached to either a monthly car pass, a special edition of the game, or a special promotion. If you want to get everything for the game, your best bet is to buy the Ultimate Edition of Forza 6 and then to pick and choose from what’s left out of that edition.
It’s not necessarily recommended you seek out every car pack, though. The Porsche and NASCAR Expansions both bring dozens of cars and a few new tracks, so they’re worth buying. As for the rest, though, it’s really up to personal taste. No one pack is inherently better than the others – it’s all really a matter of personal taste. Note, though, that the Car Pass doesn’t include the bulk of the DLC vehicles, so you may want to hold off on purchasing that subscription even if it does have a few cars you like.
Forza 6 is the best game in the series so far. From the selection of cars and tracks to the stunning graphics, it’s legitimately still one of the best racing games available. While it might straddle the line between simulation and arcade racing a bit uncomfortably for some players, it is nonetheless the gold standard for console racing at the moment. If it was not for the somewhat aggressive DLC scheme, it would be as close to perfection as a racing title is likely to get.
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