Looks like the Xbox team had a brainwave when it came to promoting the upcoming racer – Forza Horizon 2. For this weekend only you can download and play Forza 5 from Turn 10 Studio’s on Xbox One – and additionally unlock achievements to your profile! You can download Forza 5 by visiting the Xbox Store and searching for Forza Motorsport 5 from 12:01 a.m. PDT, Thursday, Sepember 4th through to 11:59 p.m. PDT, Sunday, September 7th 2014. The logic behind it could be to get you in the racing spirit.
The Forza Motorsport 5 weekend will allow you to check out the full Forza experience with special in-game challenges, play against others online and build your achievements and Gamerscore. Throughout the weekend, you will have the chance to compete in a special multiclass endurance in-game race event, Grand Tour of Prague. Complete this endurance event and drive at least 130 miles in the race to earn a new title and badge for your Forza Motorsport 5 profile. After the weekend, you’ll have the option to purchase the game online from the Xbox Store or visit your favorite retailer and continue playing. You will also get to keep your Gamerscore and achievements earned while playing, so invite your Gold friends to play and see who has the best driving skill.
Forza 5 is a beautiful world of engines and tire smoke, a world of convincing motorsport with the introduction of Drivatar and tuned AI. If you are looking for a ‘must have’ game for your new Xbox One, this is it.
If you do decide to purchase the game after the free weekend ends, let us know in the comments below.
If you, like me and thousands of others picked up your Xbox One on Day One, then you would have been entitled some to exclusive Day One content with the games your purchased. If however like many others you purchased your content digitally, then you were left out of this extra thank you from Microsoft, Publisher and Developer alike. Fear not however, WPCentral.com have reported that Xbox users have begun to receive download codes to digitally obtain the Day One content that was left out from games such as Ryse: Son of Rome, Dead Rising 3, and Forza Motorsport 5.
All you need to do is keep an eye on your Xbox LIVE account for messages from the official Xbox LIVE gamertag.
So happy days, just as we all began to give up hope, the powers that be come through for us. Keep checking your Xbox Live account messages. And remember, don’t panic if nothing is there yet. It will take a while for the machine to get round to everyone.
Another week and another racing game put through its paces. Last week Need for Speed: Rivals proofed to be strong on the Xbox One as a top contender, but what of Forza Motorsport 5, the king of racing games? Well it finally arrived back with the launch of the Xbox One and judging by all the hype Turn10 and Microsoft generated, it sure had better be good and far exceeding than anything that has preceded it. Was all the noise in the build up to release day just PR hype or is this game as good as they say? Ladies and gentlemen, buckle your seat belts and start your engines, this is going to be a fun ride.
If like me you are a follower of the franchise, you’ll be well aware that this is undoubtedly the best racing simulator around (forget about Forza Horizon – it’s not included), it’s that much better than F1 (no, really it is). Forza Motorsport 5 features in excess of over 200 cars, a petrol heads dream and we are talking some serious motors here from classic muscle cars to icon classics and of course the new McLaren P1, which not only looked drop dead gorgeous but handled like a dream… albeit a simulated dream. Other worthy mentions in terms of vehicles include the classic McLaren M23, Ferrari 312T2 and the modern day Lotus E21 as driven by Kimi Raikkonen in the 2013 F1 Season.
Visually as you would expect Forza Motorsport 5 is polished, it has all the bells and whistles and is exceptional to behold. Especially good is the Forzavista mode which we did have a taste of in Forza 4, basically you can have a good look around the cars opening doors and bonnets etc, all very well modelled and detailed which is great if you are a dedicated petrol head who gets off on looking at these expensive vehicles, as for me I just want to get behind the wheel and do some serious racing.
The gameplay as ever doesn’t disappoint with some very impressive lighting and visual effects that really bring this whole experience to life, handling has improved and you can really notice the difference between the cars, it was great in Forza 4 but now it’s superb.
Perhaps the game’s most impressive revolution is the introduction of Drivatar, a cloud-based system that digitally recreates your driving style to populate other player’s games with your Forza driver; Drivatar. Racing against your friends’ Drivatars is fun and can really apply the pressure as you try to beat your best mate from down the road… even whilst he is at work and your slacking on the sofa. You’ll see things previously impossible to create with computerised AI. Human errors, poor judgement calls and random acts of aggression all make the track a much more dynamic and dangerous place to be, which in turn makes the racing feel truly on the cusp of next gen.
Whilst still talking about AI, at the right difficulty setting, each race transforms from a mad rush to first then a lonely trek to the finish to a competitive, exciting, interesting, and involving experience. The lead will change several times, cars will get damaged, and you’ll find yourself reacting like a real driver, waiting for the right moment to pass.
It’s hard to put into words how much better this is than previous simulation models where the player’s super modified car simply tore past the AI and then spent the rest of the race effectively hot lapping. Somehow, Turn 10 have managed to bring the fun back to a genre that seemed to be all about numbers, statistics, and polygons.
With over 200 cars to choose from, there should be plenty of courses ready to pick, right? Wrong. There are just 14 circuits (each with their own variations) to pick from in Forza 5. This is a massive and notable cutback in terms of content when compared to 400 cars and dozens of courses as found in Forza 4. Newcomers such as the legendary Spa Francorchamps and Bathurst, Australia are both thrilling circuits, but the appearance of familiar stalwarts like Sebring, Indianapolis and Laguna Seca means that it won’t be long before you’ve seen all the tracks that Forza 5 has to offer. It won’t be long… as in a few hours.
This isn’t to say Forza 5 isn’t a sizeable game however as to be fair the variety of the garage alone makes it compelling for any car enthusiast. Everything is represented in Forza 5 from sports and touring, to prototype and formula cars, Forza 5 introduces more and more disciplines to the games. Then there’s the BBC Top Gear content featuring Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond. Although not particularly deep, their commentary when choosing a new event, championship, or league still introduces some history to the proceedings. And of course there is then the car customisation that offers the opportunity for hours of artistic brilliance and tuning tinkering.
However annoying it may be that Forza 5 is small in comparison to previous titles in the franchise it shouldn’t put players off what is otherwise an extremely solid release. The new haptic feedback and overall controller design provide a much better experience than in previous games, with gear changes, tire slip, and road surface changes all well communicated via the new rumble triggers. On top of that, the analogue sticks are a lot more precise and allow for greater finesse when turning into corners. A large amount of work has been done with Calspan to further the research into tire behaviour modelling and it shows.
The sound is excellent in Forza 5, each engine resonates through the room a with incredible realism, screeching tyres and background noises reverberate around you as you struggle to keep your metal beast on the track.
Forza Motorsport 5 is another triumph of car mania with superb graphics, stunning vehicles and excellent sound; it’s almost everything we wanted albeit the shortage of tracks did add a little disappointment to the affair. Forza 5 is a beautiful world of engines and tire smoke, a world of convincing motorsport with the introduction of Drivatar and tuned AI. If you are looking for a ‘must have’ game for your new Xbox One, this is it.
Each and every week Turn 10 Studios and Microsoft are revealing new cars that we’ll be playing in Forza Motorsport 5. With now just 44 days until release, meet the 2011 Ferrari 599 GTO and 2011 Koenigsegg Agera.
2011 Ferrari 599 GTO
Gran turismo omologata–it means “certified for grand touring racing” in Italian, and Ferrari doesn’t use that designation lightly. When the 599 GTB went in for the GTO treatment, they had only to look to the decidedly not-street-legal 599XX version for inspiration. The result is a lighter, more powerful 599 that carries on Ferrari’s long tradition of using racing to pioneer technology for road cars.
Following the formula of the legendary 250 GTO of the 1960s, this hotter version of Ferrari’s halo car puts a 6-liter V12 out front that delivers a tarmac-blistering 670 horsepower, making the 599 GTO not only the most powerful Ferrari road car ever, but also the fastest. That’s not just the fastest to 60 miles per hour; it also means that by cutting more than 200 pounds from the GTB and optimizing every system—from the instantly adjustable magnetic suspension system to the lightweight carbon ceramic brakes—it will fly around Ferrari’s private Fiorano test track a full second quicker than the wickedly fast Enzo.
With lessons learned from Ferrari’s F1 program, the 599 GTO’s optimized aerodynamics ensure that the 599 GTO can achieve a top speed of 208 miles per hour, and yet the intelligent suspension and the stability and traction control systems mean that the GTO won’t bite the hand that shifts. With only 599 examples ever produced, the flagship Ferrari is as rare as it is fast.
2011 Koenigsegg Agera
The Veyron may be (slightly) faster, but the Agera has to be the most interesting of the current breed of hypercar. It certainly has the requisite manic power numbers courtesy of a 940 horsepower twin-turbo 5-liter V8. With a top speed of greater than 260 mph and a sub-three-second 0-60 mph time, no one can deny its performance. But Christian von Koenigsegg’s genius is in making his cars boldly distinctive, and while the CCX and its derivatives are definitely that, the Agera is a further evolution of the theme.
From every angle the new composite body (draped over a variant of the CCX’s incredibly stiff chassis) is fascinating, and it also provides improved downforce. For example, those halo-shaped taillights surround heat-extracting vents to help cool the engine. And the wheels are specially designed as vortex generators, cooling the brakes and increasing downforce. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Koenigsegg without some special details like the wraparound windshield, distinctive cockpit, and the ghost on the engine cover. Ghost? Yes, it’s a tribute to a Swedish air force squadron that previously occupied Koenigsegg’s Ängelholm facility and used the ghost as their emblem.
Microsoft and Turn 10 Studios has detailed the release of the special edition’s of Forza Motorsport 5, with the new Limited Edition and Day One Edition, both which are now available for pre-order from participating retailers.
Forza Motorsport 5 Limited Edition Includes
Only the Limited Edition will receive a custom Steelbook case, a decal sheet featuring “Forza Motorsport 5”, “Xbox One”, and Audi window decals, and 1,250 car tokens that will allow Limited Edition owners instant access to any car in the game. Additionally it features multiple car packs, VIP membership privileges, and packed-in content, the “Forza Motorsport 5” Limited Edition is the ultimate package for “Forza Motorsport 5” fans.
The “Forza Motorsport 5” Limited Edition features the all-new 2014 Audi RS7 Sportback on the cover and includes the following digital content:
Limited Edition Car Pack – This five-car pack features new cars that are already destined for legendary status. Each car in the “Forza Motorsport 5” Limited Edition Car Pack will feature a Limited Edition livery and will be tuned to the top of its respective class. The cars in the “Forza Motorsport 5” Limited Edition Car Pack include: 2011 Audi RS3 Sportback, 2012 Aston Martin Vanquish, 2013 Ford M Shelby Mustang GT500, 2013 SRT Viper GTS, and the 2013 McLaren P1. The successor to McLaren’s legendary F1, the McLaren P1 is an automotive highlight reel: technological innovation, gorgeous contours, and pure, unapologetic performance. Epic, legendary, astounding – words tend to fail when describing this car’s limitless potential.
VIP Membership – “Forza Motorsport 5” VIPs enjoy exclusive benefits, including 2x player reward acceleration, access to exclusive multiplayer events, an exclusive in-game player card badge, and in-game gifts from the “Forza” community team. VIPs will also have access to the “Forza Motorsport 5” VIP Car Pack, featuring five amazing cars only available to VIP members, including: 1965 Shelby Cobra 427 S/C, 1987 RUF CTR Yellowbird, 1991 Mazda #55 787B, 2011 Ford F150 SVT Raptor and a 2011 Bugatti Veyron Super Sport – Even among hypercars, the Veyron Super Sport stands alone. After all, this is the car that currently holds the Guinness record for “World’s Fastest Car” at speeds approaching 270 mph.
Day One Car Pack – A three-car pack featuring special liveries and custom tuned cars that is also included with the Day One Edition of the game at launch.
Forza Motorsport 5 Day One Edition
“Forza Motorsport 5” fans will also have the option to pre-order the “Forza Motorsport 5” Day One Edition, featuring the Day One Car Pack and special Day One commemorative packaging with artwork that matches the Xbox One Day One console design.
Day One Car Pack – This three-car pack features amazing cars from Lamborghini, Audi, and Ford; each with a Day One-themed livery and custom tuning package created by the experts at Turn 10. The Day One Car Pack includes the following cars:
2010 Audi TT RS Coupe – Stuffed stem to stern with modern tech, the TT RS is the first TT model to carry Audi’s famed RS badge – a distinction that’s earned on the track from the moment you step on the gas.
2013 Ford Focus ST — Debuting with the same 247-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged EcoBoost engine from the much larger Ford Explorer SUV, the new Ford Focus ST packs a serious punch
2011 Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera – Like great sculpture, the Superleggera’s chiseled form is carefully considered for maximum impact. That’s where the similarities end, however, because this work of art is best appreciated when it’s moving at top speed.
The Day One edition of “Forza Motorsport 5” is now available for pre-order at participating retailers. Please check your retailer for pricing details.
Microsoft’s ever-so-successful racing franchise, Forza is readying up to become a launch title for Xbox One this November. Developers’ Turn 10 Studios has confirmed to IGN that a mandatory one time connection to Xbox LIVE is necessary before gameplay with their upcoming Forza 5. Before going all gamer-bitch, keep in mind that the Xbox One was initially designed to be an ‘always online’ console so now with the new changes to Xbox One’s DRM Policies some games have had to make changes to allow offline play.
Another reason the Day-One download from Xbox LIVE is necessary is that the game will not be complete at launch. In other words, the game you buy on the disc will be incomplete and will require the rest of it to be downloaded from Xbox LIVE.
“So when you first boot up the game, we’re going to ask you to log in,” Turn 10 explained to IGN “And when you log in you’re going to get the Drivatars and you’re also going to get a whole bunch of content: tracks and cars. Our production schedule is such that we are putting them in as late as possible and that means making them free as downloadable content on Day One…”
“We’re not making a launch game. We’re making Forza 5, at launch.”
Microsoft and Turn 10 Studios, announced during E3 2013 that open-wheel cars will be making their series debut in Forza Motorsport 5 for Xbox One. This means that for the first time, Forza racing fans will be able to drive open-wheel cars that include both current and historic grand prix racing cars.
“Including open-wheel cars in ‘Forza Motorsport 5’ brings ‘Forza’ fans a whole new world of racing action,” said Alan Hartman, studio manager for Turn 10 Studios. “Players will be able to drive these incredible cars on a collection of world-famous race circuits as well as our Prague city track, which we debuted this week at E3. In addition, the brand new graphics engine in “Forza Motorsport 5,” powered by the Xbox One, will let ‘Forza’ players get closer than ever to these amazing cars and to really build an appreciation for these masterpieces of race engineering.”
Another first is that Forza Motorsport 5 will also feature Formula 1 cars, including the 1976 McLaren M23 and the 1976 Ferrari 312-2 cars driven by Niki Lauda and James Hunt, respectively, during the 1976 F1 Season. These cars will be available as a free download to all Forza Motorsport 5 players at launch.
Although the Microsoft Xbox One console was shown to the world a mere few days ago, if you’ve been left wondering what the game cases will look like – then the likely assumption is that it should be like most other media in blu-ray casing?
Well, you might have guessed correctly as Amazon.de has full-on-case-leaked Forza Motorsport 5 for the Xbox One as shown below – and since you’re here, why not check out the Forza 5 Announcement Trailer above?