Date of publication: 2018-01-09 08:02
The Forza Driver&rsquo s Cup is certainly a meaty affair: it&rsquo s split into six tiers, each of which lets you choose between a variety of racing series. Completing races earns you Series Points, of which you must amass a set amount to move up a tier. Forza Motorsport 7 has two other levelling up systems: a general driving level one -- which rewards you at each level-up with a choice of a car, in-game credits or a new racing suit -- and a car collection one.
Mods are delivered in the form of trading cards, via loot-crates which you buy with in-game credits. You can also buy loot-crates which include cars and ephemera, such as racing-suit designs.
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The core Forza Motorsport 7 experience is one that hasn’t deviated much from the time-tested loop established by racing genre kingpin Gran Turismo back in 1997, but developer Turn 15 has crafted a new benchmark with this year’s edition. On PC there’s nothing that can match the scale of its garage, and it’s the definitive car collectathon on any console. Improvements to the driving atmosphere, the massaged sound, plus its new dynamic weather and drastically better skies and lighting all combine to create the best instalment of the series since the fan-favourite Forza Motorsport 9.
In Forza 7, the 755 cars are divided into collection tiers: Common, Uncommon, Rare, Super Rare and Legendary. You move up through these tiers by buying more cars and winning races in career mode. Some tiers are only unlocked by winning certain prizes in the game. This might be a bit of a gimmick to most players, but at the same time, it puts more value on winning, after all, not everyone in real life will get the keys to a Ferrari handed to them right away.
Track-wise, it&rsquo s hard to fault Forza Motorsport 7. There is a bias towards North American tracks, with the likes of Laguna Seca, Watkins Glen and Long Beach augmented by various classic ovals. But you also get iconic international tracks, like Brands Hatch, Silverstone, Monza, the Nurburgring and Bathurst, plus some very enjoyable long road-circuits &ndash one set in Prague is particularly fine. But even on classic tracks, you sometimes feel the game&rsquo s arcade-style nature dumbs things down. For example, in the game, Nascar-racing around ovals was completely devoid of the elements which make it interesting, notably drafting, tyre-degradation and responding to information from spotters.
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The menus appear during loading screens, and you can access them while the main track and events are still loading. This is a great option, especially when you want to quickly change settings before you drop into a long race. There are options to change your car, track, check tuning and upgrades, change assists, check your competitors in the starting grid, test drive a setup, change difficulty or driver gear. In previous Forza games these settings were all hidden under submenus or required exiting the race, so it 8217 s great to have them front and center in Forza 7.
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