I was going to buy this game as soon as it came out, but my Xbox took a crap and I had to buy a new one, so in lieu of dropping $150 on gaming gear, I decided to rent it instead of dropping another $50 the same day. I think I might’ve made the right choice.
I loved SegaGT 2002. I know it wasn’t very well received, but I thought it was great. It had its flaws, sure. There were essentially only about 5 different tracks, and you got the best car about 40% of the way through the game, making the rest a cakewalk, but it was fun.
With Forza, I feel like they spent so much time making it ultra-realistic (and don’t get me wrong, I do appreciate that) that they forgot to make it fun.
There is no linear progression that I can see so far, except “levels” that you reach at certain earnings milestones. The races are very tightly restricted by what car you’re driving. I bought a Lotus Elise (a favorite of mine in real life) only to find out that I was only eligible for one race in it, and it was so much faster than the other cars that it wasn’t even fun.
I think all cars should be able to enter all races in the Championship/“meat and potatoes” mode of a game, no matter how realistic they’re trying to be. Not so I can blow away a bunch of Civics and Imprezzas with my Ferrari, but just so I don’t have to guess how useful a car is going to be when I buy it. The exception should be cars built specifically for racing and special events like “Eclipse vs. Integra” or “Roadster Challenge”. These, IMO, should be bonus races outside of the regular career mode wherein you can win special prizes.
Another thing that I believe would help add to the “fun” of the game, would be to have a race announcer, qualifying and/or cutscenes (I know cutscenes are annoying but if they were skippable and only on important races I feel they would add to the intensity of the race) or some sort of build-up for important races, and maybe for the more serious races have a crew-chief talking to you over a headset (do they do that in these kinds of races in real life? I know almost nothing about them.)
All-in-all, I think it’s a fun game that plays well and looks excellent, and I might play it for an hour or two a week if I bought it, but there’s no “hook” in it for me. I don’t yet see any goals or license tests or big events that I have to work towards to keep me playing consistently.
Is anyone else playing?