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'Forza Motorsport 7' has more than just 4K to offer Xbox racers

'Forza Motorsport 7' has more than just 4K to offer Xbox racers
From Engadget - June 15, 2017

Driving in the wet was even more impressive. As a field of 20+ GT race cars took on the Nurburgring F1 track, a rainstorm began and progressively increased throughout the laps. Puddles formed, lightning flashed and dealing with the weather made it impossible to anticipate what might be around the next bend. That's going to help keep things fresh for players who have logged hundreds, if not thousands, of hours in various car sims, for whom even the selection of cars and tracks -- the team says that, with over 30 environments, this is the largest track list in a Forza game ever -- will wear off relatively quickly. If you are wondering about the AI, it did not appear to be any different from previous games, although I was playing on low- to medium-difficulty levels.

The team also mentioned that the handling model has been improved, although I think experienced players will find it very familiar. With the emphasis on environment, even track temperatures can change during a race, which will affect the car's handling and grip. I did not get a chance to try it out with a racing wheel, but naturally, FM7 supports that kind of setup as well -- in fact, on PC, Turn 10 says it will support every fan-requested wheel, including PlayStation accessories.

For less-aspirational gamers, do not worry, there are changes in store that wo not require a new TV. The damage modeling is also getting an update so that now your cars can have pieces become loose and rattle, based on the same physics engine that powers everything else. Higher-quality textures, shades and lighting mean the graphics should look better even if you do not have a 4K TV to play it on.

All Forza players will be able to appreciate the revamped campaign system. I was not able to test it out in the E3 demo, but Turn 10 Creative Director Bill Giese explained how Forza Motorsport 7 will introduce The Forza Driver's Cup, with a "motorsport-inspired" points system that adds up your rewards after every race, allowing you to unlock cars or customizations for your driver avatar -- of which there are tons, celebrating the fact that in this game, your driver is spending more time out of the car. There are now six major championships with their own varieties of cars and classes.

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