Reviews are finally out for Forza 5. At the time of writing this post it was "metacriticing" at 82, which is not bad at all, but given the history of Forza, the average is lower then I expected. Yes I know Metacritic has it's detractors and that it can be a flawed tool, but it's something out there that people do referencee. Anyhow, don't get me wrong, I love the series, and will pick up Forza 5 FOR SURE, but looking at some of the "summaries" of each review, it's an interesting read indeed. Most do complain about the number of tracks (we all know how many were axed) and the much smaller number of cars. Out of all the summaries I read (can't read full reviews as work 'filters' all the gaming sites for me) this one from Edge was quite blunt:
There’s no way to sell unused cars back to the AI or to other players, no bespoke onscreen speedometers, no test driving a car before purchase, no kid-friendly Kinect steering or Kinect support in Forzavista, no opportunity to load a circuit-specific tuning setup before a career race, no exiting from a race series without loading up the next track, no unicorn cars, no ‘reasonably priced car’, no auction house, no storefront, and no surprise, really.
It really does seem like there is a lot cut out of Forza 5 this time around. Sure, its the first Next-Gen 'sim-oriented' racing title out there, but it makes me wonder if indeed was a good idea to make it a launch title. You know that Sony was somewhat smart to release GT6 on the PS3, and then wait and release a bigger, more comprehensive sim-racer for the PS4 that it truly what people will be hoping for (large # or cars, tracks, features, etc). I wonder what would have happened if Forza 5 was released sometime in 2014. I know we can all "theorize" about it, but given the content that was cut this time around, it's something worth thinking.
It is truly my hope that Turn 10 rewards the Forza faithful with more then just car packs. Atlhough they don't owe me, as a Forza supporter anything per se, I do hope to see more tracks down the road to give this game longer life and more diversity in what we race on as the months go by. I want to see it's continued success after launch with DLC support, and I truly think this will require more then just car packs, as new racing locations will be not only needed, but greatly appreciated. I am not being selfish here, as I want success for Turn 10 and the continued success of a racing series that I have loved since the OG Xbox days.
On a side note, I do keep in contact with a staffer at Playground Games (Forza Horizon) and he hinted they are in the midst of doing something too. God I only hope it's Forza Horizon 2 as I LOVED the first game. Have to wait for awhile though for any announcement and he predicts E3 as the time to tell.
Anyhow, that is my 2 1/2 cents at this time.
Edited by The Outcast - 11/20/13 at 8:10am