Forza (series)

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Forza Motorsport series logo
Genres Racing
Developers Turn 10 Studios
Playground Games
Sumo Digital
Publishers Microsoft Studios
Platforms Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows 10
Platform of origin Xbox
First release Forza Motorsport
May 3, 2005
Latest release Forza Horizon 3
September 27, 2016

Forza (Italian for "Force" /ˈfɔərtzɑː/) is a popular and critically acclaimed series of racing video games for Xbox consoles and Microsoft Windows published by Microsoft Studios. The franchise is currently divided into two series, the original Forza Motorsport series developed by Turn 10 Studios and the open world-focused Forza Horizon series mainly developed by Playground Games.

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 2010, the Forza games have sold over 10 million copies[2] since the release of Forza Motorsport in May 2005.


Aggregate review scores
As of September 20, 2016.
Game Metacritic
Forza Motorsport (Xbox) 92[3]
Forza Motorsport 2 (X360) 90[4]
Forza Motorsport 3 (X360) 92[5]
Forza Motorsport 4 (X360) 91[6]
Forza Horizon (X360) 85[7]
Forza Motorsport 5 (XONE) 79[8]
Forza Horizon 2 (XONE) 86[9]
Forza Motorsport 6 (XONE) 87[10]
Forza Horizon 3 (XONE) 91[11]
(PC) 86[12]

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 the first sequel to Forza Motorsport and the first Xbox 360 title in the series. The Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless Racing Wheel was developed alongside Forza Motorsport 2 and is designed to work with the game. Prior to the game's release, Microsoft launched Forza Motorsport Showdown, a four-part TV miniseries on Speed. The show was produced by Bud Brutsman and hosted by Lee Reherman.[13]

Forza Motorsport 3 (2009)[edit]

Main article: Forza Motorsport 3

Forza Motorsport 3 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.

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 players 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 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 the U.S. state of Colorado. 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 features 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 barns that contain treasure cars.

Forza Motorsport 5 (2013)[edit]

Main article: Forza Motorsport 5

Forza Motorsport 5 is the first Xbox One Forza game, the fifth in the Motorsport series, and the sixth game in the Forza series. The game expanded on the Top Gear partnership by having Richard Hammond and James May provide commentary alongside Clarkson. The game was first confirmed by the Sebull of Microsoft France.[14] The game was released on November 22, 2013.[15]

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 Xbox One game was developed by Horizon developer Playground Games, with assistance by Turn 10 Studios. The 360 version was developed by Sumo Digital.[16] The Xbox One version introduced a dynamic weather system to the series. An expansion, Forza Horizon 2: Storm Island, was released on December 16, 2014. A cross-promotional standalone expansion called Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious was released in March 2015 for the Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The expansion's plot is to collect ten cars by using specially modified cars in different events to get them.

By handing the development of Horizon to Playground Games 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.”[14]

Forza Motorsport 6 (2015)[edit]

Main article: Forza Motorsport 6

Forza Motorsport 6 was officially announced at the North American International Auto Show on January 12, 2015. As part of a development agreement with Ford Motor Company, Turn 10 Studios was given direct access to the design team for the 2017 Ford GT supercar, which is the game's cover vehicle. The game was released on September 15, 2015 for Xbox One.

A Windows 10 version of the game, called Apex, was released on May 5, 2016. On September 6, 2016 it came out of beta. The game declares its debut on the Windows platform and the franchise's overall continuation on both the PC and Xbox platforms.

Forza Horizon 3 (2016)[edit]

Main article: Forza Horizon 3

On June 13, 2016, Microsoft announced Forza Horizon 3 for Windows 10 and Xbox One.[17] The game is set in Australia, and has the player represented in the game as the host of the Horizon Festival itself.


  1. ^ "Forza vs. Gran Turismo: A War of Words". Retrieved April 2, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Gran Turismo sales run over Forza". Retrieved February 4, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Forza Motorsport Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved September 20, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Forza Motorsport 2 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved September 20, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Forza Motorsport 3 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved September 20, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Forza Motorsport 4 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved September 20, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Forza Horizon Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved September 20, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Forza Motorsport 5 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved September 20, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Forza Horizon 2 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved September 20, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Forza Motorsport 6 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved September 20, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Forza Horizon 3 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved September 20, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Forza Horizon 3 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved September 20, 2016. 
  13. ^ Goldstein, Hilary (October 31, 2006). "Forza 2 Gains Speed". IGN. Ziff Davis. Retrieved September 19, 2015. 
  14. ^ a b Jessey. "Forza Motorsport 5 Coming 2013; Horizon and Motorsport Are "2 Different Games"". 
  15. ^ "Forza Motorsport 5 Is Coming!". 
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  17. ^ Slive, Marty (13 June 2016). "E3: 2016: Forza Horizon 3 Revealed, Release Date Announced". IGN. Ziff Davis. Retrieved 13 June 2016. 

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