Oct 6, 2009

Forza Motorsport 3 Demo Impressions

By Andrew Green

I spent a little time with the Forza Motorsport 3 demo this afternoon. While the full game will not be out until October 27th, XBLA Gold members are currently able to download a demo to have an early taste. I took 3 of the 5 cars in the demo out for a spin. My impressions of the 1.2 gigs of racing action within!

What I took away from my time with the Forza 3 demo was a feeling of being catered to. You see, I'm not what you would call competent when it comes to most racing games. I've spent a lot more time with Burnout Paradise than Gran Turismo. Forza 3 looks like it is trying to bridge the gap between the hardcore and arcade racer crowds. The game offers numerous options designed to ease you into the world of "realistic" racing, including a braking line, auto-braking and even a rewind option that winds the action back 15 seconds or so, letting you make a graceful turn rather than your initial head-on crash into a barrier.

If the thought of so much assistance turns you off, rest assured that all of these features can be disabled to offer a more difficult experience. This kind of adjustable difficulty is something I like seeing in games, why lock out any one particular crowd when you don't have to, right?

As for the graphics, the cars models are looking impressive, though I saw a mere 5 out of hundreds that will be in the final game. I always enjoy when a demo goes out of the way to remind you that this is NOT representative of the final product, usually in the form of little blubs of information at the bottom. It all comes back to that feeling of being given whatever you want. More cars? Done. Suck at driving? Fixed. You like leaderboards? Covered. Carmen Electra at your side, cheering you on? Can't help you there pal.

Give it a look and see what you think! I'd love to hear from some of the more knowledgeable racing fans out there on how they think the series is shaping up. Or you know, if you just want to write "GT5 RULEZ!!1!" in the comments, do what you have to.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am a long time GT fan, and I am waiting for GT5 to come out eagerly. But I have tried the Forza Demo and without most of the assits and its just as good, I am definatly getting this game.

Anonymous said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aX4YsdOh-i8&feature=related

Nope Forza is good but gt 5 is a class above

Anonymous said...

GT5 SUCKS!!! ENOUGH SAID.

Anonymous said...

all ps3 owners should hold their breath until gt5 comes out...

Anonymous said...

forza 3 demo is not that great and I dont see it representing the game in the best of light, just like forza 2 demo when that came out. Yet the full game of FM2 was very good and I expect to have a similar experience with fm3.. Personally though, I think polyphony digital will be able to create something far more special with the full GT5 when it releases next year.

Clinton said...

The Forza 3 demo didn't wow me. It was about the same reaction I had to the Forza 2 demo. Random one-off races don't do it for me: I need to sink my teeth into a career mode to really enjoy a racing sim.

But it was head & shoulders better than the NFS: Shift demo... I felt like I was driving a sloppy piece of garlic bread in that game.

GTrapesForza said...

Lol GT5 is going to rape Forza in every aspect. Lets not even compare graphics, because it's really not even comparable. The Gran Turismo series has and always will be the #1 racing sim series.

Anonymous said...

Accept the fact that the GT series STILL doesn't have vehicle damage. I don't see how you can call any game that doesn't penalize you for hitting a wall at 150MPH a sim.

Anonymous said...

"Accept the fact that the GT series STILL doesn't have vehicle damage. I don't see how you can call any game that doesn't penalize you for hitting a wall at 150MPH a sim."

Erm - GT doesn't have damage?

http://www.psxextreme.com/ps3-news/5894.html

Perhaps it's not for all cars, but... it's still got damage. And I wouldn't be at all surprised if it surpasses expectation too.

GTrapesForza said...

"Accept the fact that the GT series STILL doesn't have vehicle damage. I don't see how you can call any game that doesn't penalize you for hitting a wall at 150MPH a sim."

No damage, are you kidding? The guy above posted the link. It will have damage and it's going to be the most realistic damage you've ever seen. And before anybody says anything about the Tokyo Gameshow damage video, that was just a teaser/experiment, it was confirmed by Yamauchi that Polyphony has and is upgrading their damage engine and he says to expect "perfection" on the damage. http://www.pushsquare.com/7117/kazunori-yamauchi-promises-perfection-for-gran-turismo-5s-damage-system/. So I'll take his word on it. It will have damage, dynamic weather changes, WRC, NASCAR (even thought I don't really care of NASCAR), 950+ cars, day/night racing etc. Forza 3 shouldn't even be compared to what GT5 is going to be. It's hilarious some people try to compare practically a demo that is over a year old (GT5: Prologue) to Forza 3. But just go ahead and keep comparing them 2, because when GT5 comes out you're not going be able to compare GT5 and Forza 3, cause GT5 is going to smoke it in every way imaginable.

Anonymous said...

Forza 3 demo kinda sucked. It is unresponsive, and you don't get any pump of adrenaline close to the one you get in nfs shift.

Anonymous said...

haha gtrapesforza is a dumbass faggot lol

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