Forza Motorsport (series)

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Forza Motorsport
Forza Motorsport logo.png
Genres Racing
Developers Turn 10 Studios
Playground Games
Sumo Digital
Publishers Microsoft Studios
Platforms Xbox
Xbox 360
Xbox One
Platform of origin Xbox
First release Forza Motorsport
May 3, 2005
Latest release Forza Horizon 2
September 30, 2014
Official website http://forzamotorsport.net

Forza Motorsport (Italian for "Force", commonly referred to as Forza /ˈfɔərtzɑː/) is a popular and critically acclaimed series of racing video games for the Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. It is developed by Turn 10 Studios and published by Microsoft Studios.

Forza seeks to emulate the performance and handling characteristics of a large number of real-life production, modified and racing cars. Forza is often seen as Microsoft's answer to Gran Turismo for the PlayStation systems.[1]

As of February 2013, the Forza games have sold over 10 million copies[2] since the release of Forza Motorsport in May 2005.

Games[edit]

Aggregate review scores
As of December 17, 2013.
Game GameRankings Metacritic
Forza Motorsport 93.05%[3] 92[4]
Forza Motorsport 2 89.98%[5] 90[6]
Forza Motorsport 3 92.26%[7] 92[8]
Forza Motorsport 4 90.66%[9] 91[10]
Forza Horizon 86.19%[11] 85[12]
Forza Motorsport 5 79.49%[13] 79[13]
Forza Horizon 2 87.47%[14] 86[15]

Main series (2005-present)[edit]

Forza Motorsport (2005)[edit]

Main article: Forza Motorsport

Forza Motorsport was released in 2005 and is the first installment in the Forza Motorsport series, a series that has continued on Microsoft's current systems, the Xbox 360 and the Xbox One.

Forza Motorsport 2 (2007)[edit]

Main article: Forza Motorsport 2

Forza Motorsport 2 is a realistic racing simulator on the Xbox 360, the sequel to Forza Motorsport which was released for the Xbox in 2005. The Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless Racing Wheel was developed alongside Forza Motorsport 2 and is designed to work with the game.

Forza Motorsport 3 (2009)[edit]

Main article: Forza Motorsport 3

The game includes more than 400 customizable cars (More than 500 cars in the Ultimate Collection version) from 50 manufacturers and more than 100 race track variations with the ability to race up to eight cars on track at a time. These cars vary from production cars to race cars such as those from the American Le Mans Series.

The cover art features a North American spec Audi R8, and is the first time the featured car is not a racing or tuned car.

Forza Motorsport 4 (2011)[edit]

Main article: Forza Motorsport 4

For Forza Motorsport 4, Turn 10 Studios partnered with BBC's Top Gear (and its American counterpart) to get Jeremy Clarkson, among other Top Gear hosts, to do voices for descriptions, race titles, and the new Autovista mode, which allows you to explore a certain selection of cars in great detail. The game is also the first in the franchise to utilize the Kinect sensor.

Forza Motorsport 5 (2013)[edit]

Main article: Forza Motorsport 5

Forza Motorsport 5 is a Simulator racing video game, the fifth in the Motorsport series, and the sixth game in the Forza series. The game was first confirmed by the Sebull of Microsoft France.[16] The game was released on November 22, 2013, exclusively for Xbox One.[17]

Horizon series (2012-present)[edit]

Forza Horizon (2012)[edit]

Main article: Forza Horizon

Forza Horizon is the first open-road spin off game based around a fictitious festival called the Horizon Festival, set in Colorado, USA. The game incorporates many different gameplay aspects from previous Forza Motorsport titles, like the large variety of cars, realistic physics and high definition graphics. The aim is to progress through the game by means of obtaining "Wristbands" by driving fast, destroying property, winning races and other driving antics. Horizon is set to feature the physics of Forza Motorsport 4, which have been optimised to work on the 65 variants of terrain said to be present in the game. Players can drive off-road in select areas, while others are limited by guardrails or other means.

Horizon allows the player to "mod up" the car that is selected from the garage by changing numerous features both internally and externally on a car. One can also obtain cars by winning races with random drivers on the street, by winning larger competitive races, and by finding sheds that contain treasure cars.

Forza Horizon 2 (2014)[edit]

Main article: Forza Horizon 2

On September 30, 2014, Forza Horizon 2 was released in North America for the Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The game was developed by Playground Games, with assistance by Turn 10 Studios. The 360 version was developed by Sumo Digital.[18]

Future[edit]

By handing the development of Horizon to Playground Games –- a developer composed of talents from a range of studios: TOCA, GRID, Codemasters -– it seems that Microsoft aims to have a new Forza title released every year, "without making the sacrifices that are commonly seen in yearly franchises handled by one developer. It also seems that the Forza Horizon and Forza Motorsport series will continue as a bi-yearly series, meaning that if a Forza Horizon game comes out, then the next year, a Forza Motorsport game will come out, and then a Horizon game next year, and so on.”[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Forza vs. Gran Turismo: A War of Words". GTplanet.com. Retrieved 2011-04-02. 
  2. ^ "Gran Turismo sales run over Forza". Play.tm. Retrieved 2011-02-04. 
  3. ^ "Forza Motorsport Reviews". GameRankings. Retrieved January 15, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Forza Motorsport Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved January 15, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Forza Motorsport 2 Reviews". GameRankings. Retrieved January 15, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Forza Motorsport 2 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved January 15, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Forza Motorsport 3 Reviews". GameRankings. Retrieved January 15, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Forza Motorsport 3 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved January 15, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Forza Motorsport 4 Reviews". GameRankings. Retrieved January 15, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Forza Motorsport 4 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved January 15, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Forza Horizon Reviews". GameRankings. Retrieved May 22, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Forza Horizon Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved May 22, 2013. 
  13. ^ a b "Forza Motorsport 5 Reviews". GameRankings. Retrieved September 27, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Forza Horizon 2 Reviews". GameRankings. Retrieved September 27, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Forza Horizon 2 Reviews". GameRankings. Retrieved September 27, 2014. 
  16. ^ a b "Forza Motorsport 5 Coming 2013; Horizon and Motorsport Are "2 Different Games"".  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  17. ^ "Forza Motorsport 5 Is Coming!". 
  18. ^ http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/04/16/ign-first-forza-horizon--announced

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