Forza Motorsport 3

Forza Motorsport 3 Review for Xbox 360

On: Xbox 360

Racing sequel from Turn 10.

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10Out of 10
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The car handling feels perfect
The car handling feels perfect

The car handling feels perfect

Outside of the Season mode there's the expected quick race and time trial modes, complete with leaderboards, viewable replays and downloadable ghost data so you can see where the best players are shaving vital milliseconds off of their lap times. Even if the career mode isn't keeping your attention, which is unlikely, you could spend a lifetime competing for the top times on the leaderboards. Community has been one of Turn 10's focuses, and it's paid off. It's hard to say for sure how Forza profiles, an auction house for cars and designs, and user rated pictures and replays will be taken to by Forza players, but the tools are there for gamers to spend an awful lot of time away from the driving seat.

Customisation and the lengths people would go to in order to create unique car designs surprised a lot of people in Forza 2, and there's every chance that this time the community will make bigger and better things. I couldn't even write my name on the side of a car without it looking like a child's crayon scrawling, but that doesn't really matter. I can interact with other users who are talented in that area (able to paint hugely elaborate designs onto vehicles that are real works of art) and use my hard-earned credits for a unique design of my own. Brand new is the video editing suite, allowing users to create their own masterpieces and share them with the world. It won't be for everyone, but the option is there if you want it.

Of course, on top of the leaderboards, store and community features there's a competitive eight-player online multiplayer mode. You can choose between circuit, oval, drag (straight races where gear changes are crucial), road racing and drift (earn points by drifting through corners), as well as more party-like modes including PGR classic Cat and Mouse, Tag and Elimination. There are a ton of tweakable options so you can set races up exactly as you want, with whatever restrictions you prefer, be it on car class, upgrades or racing assists. I should point out that extensive testing of the online performance hasn't been possible, but the races I've taken part in have all been lag free and great fun.

It almost seems like a forgotten part of the game, considering the core racing is so great, but Forza 3 looks brilliant. Sure, some of the circuits are a bit bland, but the more creative tracks are full of stunning scenery and beautiful sweeping corners. It all runs at a rock solid, silky smooth 60 frames per second too, giving the game an edge over many of its competitors. There's a little aliasing, which gives the game a rough look, but it's minor and will only be off-putting to the most anal graphics snobs. Visual car damage might also be an issue for some, with the damage model used here nowhere near as dynamic as that found in the likes of Burnout Paradise or DIRT 2, but combined with the realistic physics it's good enough to create some highly realistic looking crashes.

Some of the courses are stunning

Some of the courses are stunning

If I'm being picky load times could be better, but assuming you've installed both game discs (1.9GB of data on disc 2 contains extra cars and tracks - can be split into 4 chunks if you don't have enough space but you need a hard drive) to your hard drive the waiting is far from unbearable. Audio work throughout is excellent, though, with on-track sound effects putting you right into the action, while in-menu voice over work does its job superbly. The included soundtrack (indie, electro, drum and bass, and heavy rock) fits with the game's sleek style, but if it's not your thing there's always custom soundtrack support.

Forza 3 doesn't do anything that's never been done before, but everything it does do has been executed to such a high standard that it's hard to find faults - and even those are minor in the grand scheme of things. Never before has there been such a content-packed racing game, playable for people of all skill levels, that feels this good. That's the key. On the track, no matter what car you're in, it feels right. You're not wondering if the controls are too twitchy or if you should tweak some options in the menu. You're 100 per cent focused on nailing every corner, out-breaking an opponent and taking him on the inside and just having a good time. Turn 10 has created a sim racer that goes far beyond the genre's usual hardcore boundaries. It's made a racing game to be enjoyed by just about anyone.

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@renegade

Played shift and it was not my cuppa tea TBH Played at a friends which saved me buying it.

Forza 3 demo to me was much better for the type of racer i like.

But my friend preferd shift.

So it come down to personal opinion nothing more.
Posted 00:41 on 10 October 2009

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El-Dev

2 main gripes with this game; 1) the curbs/rumble strips have too much impact on your speed and; 2) why is nearly every prize car red? I f*cking hate red cars.
Posted 22:06 on 05 November 2009
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El-Dev

When installing the 2nd disc do you just have to wait at the screen which says "Insert Disc 2"? It's taking quite a while and it sounds like my 360 is about to take off.
Posted 14:32 on 23 October 2009
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GeNeCyDe1993

Thanks :)
Posted 22:23 on 22 October 2009
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xboxlive@ GeNeCyDe1993

Yep it as got the rewind time.
Posted 17:05 on 22 October 2009
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GeNeCyDe1993

Does it support the feature where you can rewind time on it?
Posted 16:53 on 22 October 2009
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xboxlive

Get your free 3 cars: http://forums.forzamotorsport.net/bl...-giveaway.aspx
Posted 10:16 on 17 October 2009
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xboxlive

Only a few more day to go,till this hits the shops.
I dont think il be picking it up on the day it comes out,but not long afther."Got other games to finish first"
Posted 12:39 on 13 October 2009
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Schiff

wow, 10! Amazing!
Posted 21:42 on 10 October 2009
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renegade@ CrustyJockStrap

I think Shift does one thing iv not had in a racer since Grid, Fun. And me and my dad often see Eye to Eye on racing games, and we are both of the feeling that while GT's Driving Mechanics are probably better, Shift just well it is so fun! :D

But yeh it is all about taste etc :P so if you prefer it that fair play, Iv not palyed it nor will I or can i, Im going off Videos and the fact Gt and Forza are in the same boat .
Posted 00:44 on 10 October 2009
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CrustyJockStrap

@renegade

Played shift and it was not my cuppa tea TBH Played at a friends which saved me buying it.

Forza 3 demo to me was much better for the type of racer i like.

But my friend preferd shift.

So it come down to personal opinion nothing more.
Posted 00:41 on 10 October 2009
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renegade

Ok problem, I been watching some Videos, the game looks good and all.

But After playing Shift the cockpit view or Forza and GT *unless 5 changes a lot* are put to shame, the damage on Shift is a lot better as well the sound etc.

So when you say the best racing game of the year, you may be telling porkers, racing sim? maybe, racing game no.

Both Dirt 2 and Shift look better, the backgrounds for one on Dirt are amazing :D

I cant really speak for the Gameplay before one of you *lee* gets all high an mighty etc, but shift rocks!
Posted 00:16 on 10 October 2009
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Mr_Ninjutsu@ Karlius

:) I do understand your point mate. I am currently trying to write down a design document on a reinvention of what seems to be a very generic genre nowadays. I am surprised now have done this yet tbh.

And if i do this write and pitch it write to my tutor who works for EA, although it's unlikely EA would publish the game because of their favoured genre, i think it could be awesome.
Posted 12:45 on 09 October 2009
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Karlius

Thats ok Tom I didn't think it was! As a budding Videogame Designer i'd hope you'd of understood my point. So didn't think it was you at all. :) More than likely that monkey that had a pop at Lee!
Posted 12:43 on 09 October 2009
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Mr_Ninjutsu@ Karlius

I can assure you that it was nto me.
Posted 12:18 on 09 October 2009
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cuthberto@ CheekyLee

Well said cheeky. What difference does it make to you whether a game gets a 9 or a 10 anyway? A 9 means a game is bloody brilliant. A 10 means it's maybe a bit bloody brillianter. You're not going to think "Hang on, it only got a 9, so I'm not buying that", or "I wasn't going to bother with it if it got a 9 but it got a 10 so I can buy it now".
Posted 12:09 on 09 October 2009

Game Stats

Technical Specs
Forza Motorsport 3
10
Out of 10
Forza Motorsport 3
  • Looks superb
  • Community features are excellent
  • Handling feels great
  • Highly customisable
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Release Date: 23/10/2009
Platform: Xbox 360
Developer: Turn 10
Publisher: Microsoft
Genre: Racing
No. Players: 1-8
Rating: PEGI 3+
Site Rank: 58
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