When Forza first made its appearance on the Xbox One in 2013 with Forza 5, I was left with a bad taste for the Motorsport series which was a shame after the great games on the Xbox 360. With the release of Forza Motorsport 2 it made me a fan of Forza again, and it ended up being one of the best games I played in 2014. When I heard Forza 6 was coming out this year I was hesitant, but was willing to give it a chance due to Forza Horizon 2.
Forza Horizon 2 deserves all the credit in the world for what it has done for the Forza franchise. It freshened up the series that was strictly known as a racing simulator, and gave it a new identity. What Forza Horizon 2 did in particular, it brought a whole array of new features to the Forza franchise that wasn’t seen in the Motorsport series that the fans of the series wanted. Somehow features like a weather system was not in the Motorsport games ever, and to me that’s quite ridiculous for the so called “racing sim” but finally in Forza 6 there is a weather system and night tracks.
Yes Forza Motorsport finally has rain which has been a highly requested feature by fans for many years. After playing through the tracks with rain, I couldn’t ever go back to a Forza game without it. Just adding a simple feature like rain has added a whole different challenge to races that Motorsport never had before. Rain and the puddles that form will cause your car to be much more difficult to handle especially during turns, and at one point I even flipped my car due to going too fast around a corner were a puddle had formed. I enjoyed studying each track that had a rain option, and gradually turning off certain assists to experience the full challenge of a rain track. I just still can’t believe it took this long to get this simple but great addition to the Motorsport series.
Another feature that has finally made its way to Forza 6 is select tracks now have an option of having the race at night. It’s a nice feature to have but doesn’t change the game much other than visually, but nothing in the way of gameplay like the addition of rain. I was really impressed that Turn 10 Studios implemented what was so great about Forza Horizon 2, and added it to Forza Motorsport 6 to really give the Motorsport series that extra kick it needed after the disappointing release of Forza 5.
Although it is great to finally get these features they are sadly quite limited. The rain never changes so it can’t range from light, normal to heavy rain. It’s a shame because heavy rain in particular would have been a great feature as heavy rain would have made cars even more of nightmare to handle, but there would have been the challenge of visibility whilst driving. Rain also never appears during a night track for some reason, and unfortunately there are quite a lot of tracks that don’t have an option for both night and rain versions of the tracks.
In Forza 6’s Career mode you play though the stories of motorsport which are split in to five different categories, Super Street, Sport Icons, Grand Touring, Professional Racing, and Ultimate Motorsport. Each volume has to be unlocked in that order with qualifiers needing to be won to start the first volume. Inside each volume is series that you can compete in using the cars that are expected for each volume, so in the first volume for example you start with the cheap and not so great cars for the race series you can join.
In Career mode you have two levels which is your driver level and your affinity level. Upon levelling up your driver level, you will be rewarded with spin of the prize board.. wait that sounds familiar doesn’t it? That’s because it’s another feature that has been added from Forza Horizon 2 to Forza 6. If you are not familiar with the prize board there are credit amounts, mod packs and a range of different cars that can be won, you spin the wheel and find out what your prize is.
If you are getting a little tired of competing in these long series of races you can have a break by playing some of the showcase events that Forza 6 have on offer. There are a wide range of different showcases to choose from like the Top Gear Showcase section has the option to play BMW M4 Bowling, or you can try out classic events in the Moments In Motorsport section. There are over a 100 different showcase events to choose from so there’s always that extra challenge in career mode there for you, or that different style of gameplay if circuit racing is getting a little tiresome. Showcase events are perfect for giving you that little breather from career mode, think of them as side missions.
Forza 6 also has a brand new feature called mods which can give the player a little extra bonus. You have three mods slots to fill, and each mod comes in card format and in packs (Think Ultimate Team in EA Sports games) These mod cards range from all kind of different perks for your upcoming races if applied. I’ve seen mods like extra braking, more car power, additional credits for passes, more XP, further grid starting position, and much more mods can be used for your races.
Like Ultimate Team mod packs come in different prices with the pricer ones offering “super rare mods” the prices range from 12,000 credits for the worst pack to 300,000 credits for the best pack. No these aren’t microtransactions, and can only be bought using in game credits. It’s a nice little additional feature to the series that add a little extra entertainment to a race or more reward if you choose a credit/XP booster mod.
It’s also great to see that the on disc content is much better than the shockingly low amount of content that Forza 5 offered. With just 14 tracks and over 200 cars to use it left many fans like myself angry, but with Forza 6 there are over 450 cars to use and 26 tracks to choose from with some having night or rain options. I hope Forza 5 was the first and last time we will ever see that low of a number for cars and tracks.
The Final Verdict
Forza Motorsport 6 is all about making things right after Forza Motorsport 5 was disappointment to many fans. The use of popular features in Forza Horizon 2 to make Forza 6 feel fresh was a great idea that also finally gave us the much wanted rain/night tracks that we’ve asked for many year. Although limited it’s still great to have it. I feel like Forza 6 is taking the right steps towards bringing the Motorsport series back to the glory days of the Xbox 360, and with Forza 6 it’s almost surpassing those days.
+Forza 6 takes the best features in Forza Horizon 2 to make a much better Motorsport game
+Visually stunning game that runs at an extremely smooth 60fps
+Much more content compared to Forza 5
-Although the new features are great there are a lot of limits to them