Forza Motorsport 7 E3 2017 Impressions
I probably fall under the more casual side or racing fans having had trouble getting into any racing games until I came across Forza a few years back. Before that I had enjoyed karting games and PGR, but with Forza there really is no comparison. The blend of fine tuning with pristine graphics really puts it over all the competitors. It's also incredibly accessible and just fun to play while at the same time keeping that sense of realism. There just seems to be that perfect balance and with Forza Motorsport 7 I can see them once again reaching those heights and then exceeding them.
At E3 I was able to try out two distinct races to get a look at how the 4k 60fps version of the game was running. It's obviously stunning, but the true quality won't be shown until we get to see this on larger screens as the one I tried was rather small. That being said, those visuals continue to hold true and the game has never looked better. The quality of the realism really can't be matched by any other racing game and I was impressed with the small selection of the game I was able to play.
The first track I raced upon was the Dubai Circuit of the Emirates track which features a desert area and rolling sand. It was gorgeous with the dynamic lighting and a welcomed part for the track roster. The second and more impressive for me was the Nurbergring in Germany. What made this more interesting was that I turned the rain up and got to see the new dynamic weather in effect. Gone are the days of trees standing still in the heavy downpour and now we have realistic conditions. There might be times where it only rains on one part of the track or heavy conditions throughout. This switches randomly while playing so you never know the condition of the area before stepping into it or even while racing.
It's in-depth and feels natural to what a real driver might be faced with. This further helps to build upon the legacy of Forza pushing the boundaries of car games and it's just a bigger game than ever before. There are more cars, tracks and content for what I imagine will be a solid next entry to the series. If there's one game I expect to shine above all others for the launch of the Xbox One X, it'll be Forza Motorsport 7. Few other cars games come close to the quality of this game and with the push to 4K they'll all be falling behind.
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