I was on the fence about whether Xbox One X made any sense until I played Forza Motorsport 7. The game has, hands-down, the best graphics of any game I’ve seen, and it’s only going to look better on Microsoft’s upgraded console in November.
Forza Motorsport 7, releasing on Xbox One and PC today for those who pre-ordered the ultimate edition, is the newest version of Turn 10 Studios excellent racing sim. It returns, for all editions, on October 3rd, with a variety of new tricks up its sleeve. Chief among them are the gorgeous dynamic weather and all new Driver Gear.
During the opening sequences players are led through a beautiful lap that begins with a storm and ends with sunlight bursting through the clouds as you cross the finish line – hopefully in first place — and this shows off the beautiful weather system that really has to be seen to be believed.
Playing the game in cockpit view, from the perspective of the driver, is a revelation in realism that had me slamming into side rails more than once as I was distracted by things like a ferris-wheel’s lights glowing through the fog or puddles forming across the track. The light and reflection effects on windshields are mesmerizing and I can’t wait to see what they look like on a high-end computer monitor.
Forza Motorsport 7 not only supports 60 FPS and HDR on Xbox One S — with a free upgrade for Xbox One X owners in November — it’s also one of Microsoft’s Play Anywhere titles, so buying the digital version unlocks a free copy on Windows 10 PCs.
The tutorial races had me starting from the default chase view and I caught myself admiring the silver Porsche I was driving for half a lap before I made the switch to my preferred inside-view. I didn’t get the opportunity to play it with a steering wheel setup, sadly, but it was incredibly responsive to my Xbox One controller and, as always, the vibration feedback was fantastic.
The game gets more than just the graphics right, but I’m not going to shut up about them. I’ve played Forza since the early days (when Gran Turismo was still relevant) and I’ve watched it try and push the edge on graphics, but there’s always been a sense of “almost” in each iteration. Forza 7 changes that, because this year it blows away everything else out there, visually.
The game play is tight and it feels…