The virtual world finally looks better than the real one!
Ever since the dawn of gaming, racing simulation has been one for a niche audience. Precision is the key to success here. With the advancement in technology, we have seen games like Drive Club, Gran Turismo and Project Cars give a very realistic feel to racing games. Today we have with us Forza Motorsport 6 – a Xbox One exclusive. Does this simulator shine as a Microsoft exclusive gem or is the shimmer a mere lacklustre?
Let’s get one thing out of the way. I’m not a big fan of simulation games. My favourite racing game has to be Burnout simply because you can drive a car at outrageous speeds, destroy your enemies and perform unrealistic stunts which is why Criterion Games’ NFS Hot Pursuit is also one of my favourites. Playing Forza Motorsport 6 for quite some time now I have to say that my experience with simulated driving games has changed. Why, you ask? Well, read on!
To begin with, the scale of the game is massive. You have a library of more than 450 cars. Each car is carefully recreated and customisable in the game. So if you thought you’d never see your favourite sports car in real life, I’d recommend you play Forza 6 on a big screen LED TV. Another immersive fact about the game is the cockpit view. It is well recreated and even though I don’t appreciate the cockpit view from a gameplay perspective, I found myself hopping in the cockpit for a quick view every now and then. There is also full damage on the cars, so every time you hit the wall at a turn, and the mirror flies away, you may want to rewind and rectify your mistake.
Speaking of rewind, yes the mode is here and it’s as welcome as it was in the previous games. Make a mistake; hit the “Y” button and retry – just like the previous Prince of Persia games.
Coming to the tracks in the game, there are twenty-six world-famous locales including Daytona, Le Mans, and more. Each location is a recreation of its real-life counterpart. Add racing in the rain and in the night, and you are in for a treat. Sticking with racing in the rain, I saw the game back at E3 2015 and despite looking awesome I had my apprehensions about how it would affect gameplay but I was proven wrong. Playing in rainy weather adds whole new dynamics to the controls. It was a pain playing in the rains, rather it was challenging. But for those of you that welcome a challenge will not only get a challenge but will get one that looks beautiful.
Moving to multiplayer, sure, it’s there. But this is India and I have a bad Internet connection. Thankfully, the developers of the game have included old school 2-player split-screen racing which is awesome. The last time I had this much fun playing multiplayer on a console was Contra back in the 90’s. The controls in split-screen multiplayer are smooth and surprisingly, the game doesn’t jitter at all. It runs smooth and split-screen gaming is a lot of fun.
Coming back to the single player career mode it’s very linear and controlled. If Forza Horizon 2 gave you a free open world to explore and find race events, Forza Motorsport 6 is very linear and controlled. You have a series of menus to navigate to begin a race and once you’ve gotten the hang of it, its pretty intuitive. I personally prefer this linear progression to the open world.
Coming to the difficulty of Forza Motorsport 6, it’s still easy for newcomers and challenging enough for veterans. There is an incentive in terms of points for upping the difficulty. There are also mods that help you enhance your ride in a race and I suggest you to delve deep into the world of mods if you want to push your ride to its limit.
With the library of cars varying from everyday cars to supercars, there’s enough to keep fans hooked to play “that one more race”.
We played Forza Motorsport 6 on a 55-inch OLED curved TV so when we say the game looks gorgeous, you’d better believe us. People all around the office stopped by to awe at the graphics of the game. The car models are photorealistic, the animation of the rain hitting your windscreen is breathtaking and the tracks themselves are true to life. Even the shadows cast by natural or floodlights look amazing. This is one of the few games that showcases the power of the Xbox One.
The announcer is annoying. But that’s just me. Coming to the cars, the best is when you hear 24-cars revving their engines at the start of a race. Every car has a distinct sound, be it drifting or speeding on a straight road, the sound is epic.
There is only one flaw with the game. If your Internet connection is slow, multiplayer will take a long time to load. Apart from that the game is a must have if you enjoy racing simulators. The graphics are great, gameplay is solid and split-screen multiplayer ensures you don’t have to take turns in racing. If you own an Xbox One and want to show-off a library of system exclusives, then this game should definitely be a part of the list.
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Sameer "Psycho Mantis" Mitha
I live for gaming and technology is my muse. When I am not busy playing with gadgets or video games I delve into the world of fantasy novels.