If there's one thing I've learned from Forza 6 it's that I'm a terrible virtual driver, quite the difference from my excellent driving skills in real life. Thankfully, as with anything in life, the more you play, the better you become. Of course it helps that developer Turn 10 has filled out the menus with so many options to tweak your ride, so that even those that are absolutely hopeless can't fail to at least finish a race.
Forza 6 is a game which is not only packed with options to tweak the countless number of cars you'll accumulate along the way, but is also padded out with numerous game modes, from a fully fleshed out campaign, to an extensive multiplayer with head to head and time trials, as well as a new online league. It's amazing then that so much detail has been put into the racing itself, with every car looking stunning and each track and the environments surrounding them all looking so real that you'll swear you are watching them through a window.
>One of the most impressive parts of the racing is the different weather and track conditions that you will encounter. Racing through Prague will see you speeding around cobbled streets which have a tramline running along them, something which tests your suspension to the limits.The weather, meanwhile, can be very tricky to negotiate, as on very wet days puddles will play havoc with your cornering and visibility makes judging the road ahead tricky. Everything about the look and feel of the game is very impressive, which makes the 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second that the game runs at, all worthwhile.
Accompanying you on your journey is a female narrator, who explains all the new features as you come across them, while also guiding you on how to tweak your car, should you be finding the races a little tricky. This is quite handy to begin with, if only for the fact that she talks you through the latest features of the game. For instance, she'll inform you that you can use mods to give your performance a boost, allowing you to claim extra rewards for being faithful to a certain manufacturer or even claim a higher placing on the starting grid. Other mods will give you more grip on certain circuits or even a speed boost for the race of your choice. I was a little worried that the mods would become Microsoft's way of getting you to pay a little extra, but not only do you win these mods, but if you want to pay then it'll be by using in-game credits and not real cash.
As mentioned, there are plenty of ways for the game to help you out during a race, with the assists menu allowing you to tweak the difficulty of the Drivatar racers, while also giving you the option to fiddle with steering, brakes, line assists and more. After a few races and tweaks of the assists, even I found myself out at the front of the pack and taking corners like a pro, so this really is a game for everyone, no matter your virtual racing experience.
Forza 6 really is a car lovers dream. Thanks to the Forza Vista, you can explore and tweak each of the cars you own, giving them new paint jobs and modifications, before heading into the showroom and admiring your work. You'll also find out interesting facts about the manufacturer each time you buy a new vehicle.
As with Forza Horizon 2, cash and cars can be won via the lucky spin each time you level up or you can buy new vehicles when you accumulate enough credits. Generally you can buy what ever vehicle you want, before being offered the chance of covering it with either a standard colour or a community made skin. Play the game enough and before you know it you'll soon have a garage full of the cars of your dreams. What's not to love about that.
There are just so many options when it comes to racing that you are spoiled for choice, I've already mentioned the inclusion of multiplayer, leagues and the extensive career mode. But you'll also be faced with special showcase events, stunning night racing and even split screen play. With 26 tracks, some new, some old, as well as wet weather racing and around 460 cars in all, Forza 6 really packs a punch when it comes to the value of what's on the disc.
But what about Top Gear? After all, it's been pretty much a feature of the game for a while now. Well, you'll be pleased to know that both James May and Richard Hammond are both on hand to talk you through the collection of cars on offer, as well as helping you through the challenges on the included Top Gear Test Track. You can even go head to head with The Stig. Good luck with that one.
If you own an Xbox One and love cars then Forza 6 really is a no-brainer. Its features are far too extensive to list, as are the sheer amount of cars and game modes included. All you really need to know is that this is a stunningly beautiful game that drives even better than it looks.
We'll see you on the starting grid.
Words by Joe Anderson.
Twitter: @_wotta | PSN/XBLA: wotta
(Version Tested: Xbox One)
+ Looks amazing
+ Drivatars make racing fun and competitive
+ Loads of tweaks available to enable anyone to be competitive
+ New Nighttime and Weather Effects look great
- Options could be a bit daunting if you've never played before