Thursday, October 8

Forza 3 Review

Forza Motorsport 3 is an exemplary racing game. It's beautiful, the controls are spot-on, the career mode is satisfying, and the multiplayer component is awesome. But there's still room to grow. The visuals could be even better, the career mode sags at times, and there needs to be at least one more option for AI difficulty. Even with those concerns, Forza 3 is a big step forward for sim racing games. Turn 10 has thrown down the gauntlet and it will be a real challenge for Polyphony Digital to deliver a superior racer with Gran Turismo 5. After all, this is the best racing game of this generation. Good luck topping it.

IGN Ratings for Forza Motorsport 3 (X360)
Rating Description
out of 10
9.5 Presentation
A simple, but easy-to-use menu system, loads of options, and a British narrator. Score!
9.0 Graphics
Some great car models and it runs smoothly for the most part. The lighting isn't perfect, and neither are some of the damage effects.
9.0 Sound
The cars sound great, the crashes are okay, and the music is weak.
9.5 Gameplay
A fantastic racing game with superb controls. The only issues are the limited difficulty range and that the career mode gets tedious towards the end.
10 Lasting Appeal
A deep and engrossing career mode matched by highly customizable multiplayer.
(out of 10 / not an average)



Forza Motorsport 3 may display graphics so beautiful it makes your eyes bleed. It may be so scalable from accessible to hardcore that everyone from your grandma to Michael Schumacher could enjoy it. It may have super-slick presentation values and an unparalleled love for all things car-related, but it somehow falls short of feeling like a classic. It’s exactly the sum of its parts, which is not something to slam when you think how great the parts are. Everything about this game is great, no doubt, from the leveling system to the ability to buy user-created vinyls, to the quick upgrade system. And despite a few flaws, Forza Motorsport 3 is still jam-packed with awesomeness.

Should be adjustable to anyone’s skill level. Anyone.

Damn near perfect if it wasn’t for those lousy visual damage models.

The music is listenable, but the sound effects are sublime.

What will you spend more time on: racing, tuning or painting?

It may seem like the same game, but its broad accessibility makes it more than that.

Overall Score NOT an average


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