Rush to your Xbox One because the Forza Motorsport 6 demo is available today! The series has evolved over the past 10 years and this sixth instalment promises to be one for the true Forza fans. Over 450 cars, globally recognised track, simulated weather and the opportunity to race at night. Whilst Forza Horizon 2 brought the latter, on a “Motorsport” series game where things are much less arcade-like, it presents an all-new challenge. After eagerly awaiting the download to finish, I launched FM6.
Your first stint behind the wheel is in the games cover car, the 2017 Ford GT. We are actually getting up close and personal with the new GT in real life this week at Salon Privé, so be sure to look out for that! Back in the virtual world beautifully modelled cars lined up on the grid. By default in this race all assists are on meaning that just about anyone with thumbs can pick up and play. As the lights went out and the exotic scenery or Rio began to blur, the GT raised its rear wing and put that turbocharged V6 to use. The supercar itself is a masterpiece of design and as the intelligent AI found space, I began to pick off the stragglers. If you are experienced in racing games this opening race shouldn’t be an issue.
Moving on to more challenging tracks it became clear that the level of detail in this game expands far beyond the cars themselves. There are road imperfection, high and low grip areas of the track, gradients, all things that come into play when you alter the setting to their most realistic. Add a downpour of rain and standing water changes the race completely. Whilst beads of rain roll down the bodywork you must now find alternative racing lines. Tyre temperatures and pressures are continuously changing. My first mistake came at Yas Marina F1 track at night when the car realistically rotated after I hit the brakes with two wheels on a slippery curb. I spun off and into some tyres that flew into the air. Whilst I wasn’t happy that I had crashed, it was nothing short of impressive just how detailed the simulation of that whole event was.
This is the Forza Motorsport game hardcore fans have been waiting for, and with new elements to the career it feels refreshingly new. I can not wait to play Forza Motorsport 6 when it hits stores 15/09/2015. Come back for our full review.