Forza Motorsport 5

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Forza Motorsport 5
Forza 5 box art.jpg
Cover art featuring the McLaren P1 racing through Prague
Developer(s)Turn 10 Studios
Publisher(s)Microsoft Studios
Director(s)Dan Greenawalt
  • Phil Frazier
  • William Giese
  • Rhett Mathis
  • Scott Catlin
  • Elliott Lyons
  • Daniel Adent
  • Chris Tector
Composer(s)Lance Hayes
SeriesForza Motorsport
Platform(s)Xbox One
ReleaseNovember 22, 2013
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Forza Motorsport 5 is a 2013 racing video game developed by Turn 10 Studios and published by Microsoft Studios for the Xbox One.[1] The game was released on November 22, 2013 as a launch title. The game was revealed on May 21, 2013 during the Xbox One reveal event.[2] Jeremy Clarkson, who was featured in the previous installment, Forza Motorsport 4, returned to narrate alongside James May, and Richard Hammond who co-presented alongside Jeremy in Top Gear. The narration was used for the game's commentary when choosing a new event, championship, or league. It is the fifth Forza Motorsport and sixth overall installment in the Forza series.


Forza Motorsport 5 features both fictional and real-world tracks. Here the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta races at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.

The game ships with 200 cars from over 50 manufacturers[3] and 17 circuits including Spa, Bathurst, Yas Marina, and Circuit de la Sarthe. There are monthly car packs, including 10 cars each available to buy as downloadable content (DLC) for the first 8 months after the game's launch. The possibility of tracks, such as Nürburgring, being available to purchase as DLC after the game's launch was considered,[4][5] but instead Turn 10 Studios has released new tracks as free content for users, including Road America in February 2014, Long Beach in April 2014 and the Nürburgring in June 2014.[6]Silverstone Circuit and the fictional Bernese Alps racetrack, based on the Swiss Alps, were carried over from Forza Motorsport 4.[7]

At E3 2013, first-hand gameplay, new features, and cars in "Forza Vista" mode were shown.[8] Also at the event, it was revealed that for the first time in the game's history there would be open-wheel cars including the Dallara DW12 IndyCar and Formula One cars, including the McLaren M23 driven by James Hunt and the Ferrari 312T2 driven by Niki Lauda in the 1976 Formula One season.[9] The Lotus E21 driven by Kimi Räikkönen and Romain Grosjean in the 2013 Formula One Season was also revealed on November 5.[3]


Forza Motorsport 5 (Original Soundtrack)
Soundtrack album by

Lance Hayes, the award winning composer who had composed the previous two Motorsport installments, had returned to compose his final Forza soundtrack alongside English composer, John Broomhall. In contrast to its predecessors, there are no licensed songs from popular artists that play while racing, instead substituting them for the original score by Lance and John. Also, in contrast with Forza Motorsport 4 and Forza Motorsport 3, the score features an emphasis on orchestration and percussion, in addition to the ambient electronica sound established in previous entries. The soundtrack was released alongside the game itself on November 22, 2013, exclusively as a digital download.[10]

Disc 1
1."Compression"Lance Hayes4:03
2."Compression, Pt. 2"Lance Hayes2:53
3."Manila"Lance Hayes3:52
4."Manila, Pt. 2"Lance Hayes2:59
5."Samsat"Lance Hayes4:07
6."Samsat, Pt. 2"Lance Hayes3:02
7."Inline Bias"Lance Hayes3:25
8."Inline Bias, Pt. 2"Lance Hayes2:48
9."Early Completion"Lance Hayes4:03
10."Early Completion, Pt. 2"Lance Hayes2:45
11."Sablon"Lance Hayes3:38
12."Sablon, Pt. 2"Lance Hayes2:38
13."Aryne"Lance Hayes3:48
14."Aryne, Pt. 2"Lance Hayes2:41
15."Sterling Fisher"Lance Hayes4:07
16."Sterling Fisher, Pt. 2"Lance Hayes2:43
17."Coefficient"Lance Hayes3:50
18."Coefficient, Pt. 2"Lance Hayes2:40
Total length:60:02
Disc 2
1."VY"Lance Hayes4:01
2."VY, Pt. 2"Lance Hayes2:42
3."1983-84"Lance Hayes3:36
4."1983-84, Pt. 2"Lance Hayes2:33
5."Antidote"Lance Hayes3:51
6."Antidote, Pt. 2"Lance Hayes2:43
7."1313"Lance Hayes3:44
8."1313, Pt. 2"Lance Hayes2:41
9."Prototype"Lance Hayes3:54
10."Prototype, Pt. 2"Lance Hayes2:50
11."Temporal Shift"John Broomhall3:58
12."Temporal Shift, Pt. 2"John Broomhall2:36
13."Lamron"John Broomhall3:52
14."Lamron, Pt. 2"John Broomhall3:14
15."Journeyman"John Broomhall4:10
16."Journeyman, Pt. 2"John Broomhall2:55
17."Limitless"John Broomhall3:54
18."Limitless, Pt. 2"John Broomhall2:30
Total length:59:44


Forza Motorsport 5 received generally positive reviews, with aggregate review websites GameRankings and Metacritic giving a score of 79.49% and 79 out of 100, respectively. Shaun McInnis of GameSpot said the game was "built on the romantic thrill of motorsport in all its forms, and that love for its subject matter is all but impossible to resist."[19] Luke Reilly of IGN called it "an essential destination for the automobile obsessed" and "a very hard game for a revhead like myself not to love."[22] In his review for Polygon, Arthur Gies praised the game's "aggressive, convincing AI", saying it made "every offline race feel like a multiplayer competition".[24] Gies went on to say that "Turn 10 has charted a course for the future of the series — and created the Xbox One's first must-own game".[24]

However, a number of critics complained about the relative lack of content versus its predecessor, Forza Motorsport 4. Edge noted that the game "has lost some 300 cars, over 20 locations and countless tracks", losing "the variety of racing that made it great" and that it was "a launch game with all the spectacle and disappointment we’ve come to expect from launch games".[13] Matthew Kato of Game Informer called the game's revised career mode "a mistake" and that Forza Motorsport 5 "takes a big step forward only to be held back by what it has removed".[16] Writing for EGM, Ray Carsillo said that while the game "maintains the tradition of providing great control along with some stunningly realistic graphics", ultimately it was "a surprising step backward for the Forza franchise".[14]

On February 18, 2014 Microsoft announced that Forza Motorsport 5 is the fastest-selling racing game in Xbox history. More than one third of Xbox One owners have bought the game. Eurogamer estimated the sales to be around 1.3 million copies.[25] On June 16, 2014 Forza Creative Director Dan Greenawalt announced that half of all Xbox One owners have played the full version of Forza Motorsport 5.[26]


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