A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Careful, clean racing is the surest path to victory, but players can benefit from causing rivals to crash.
Violence & Scariness
There are car crashes, but they are mild by racing game standards (cars do not explode)..
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
One cut-scene shows a woman in revealing clothes pawing a car.
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Products & Purchases
Money is one of the primary rewards for winning races, and can be spent on supplies from actual manufacturers. Lots of ads on some tracks.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the game may be too complex for younger players. It also has a thick materialistic atmosphere: Not only are players inundated with car-related advertising, but they are encouraged to shop for upgrades.Also, one introductory video briefly features a scantily clad woman suggestively caressing a car.
Is It Any Good?
In terms of presentation, Forza is good but somewhat below the Xbox's capabilities. Cars sound impressive but look plain, and some lighting effects are choppy. The environments and backgrounds likewise get the job done, though they do present a ton of racing-related (Toyo tires, Bosch spark plugs) and some non-racing-related (Levi's, Toys R Us) advertising in the form of billboards and stores. The game music is generic rock; although it is passable, players may want to use the Xbox's ability to rip CDs to compile their own speedster soundtracks.
Overall, any racing fan or gamer curious about racing will probably find themselves sucked into Forza Motorsport's nearly bottomless racing depths. Combined with spot-on but sometimes unforgiving physics, these depths will reward patient and committed racers, but may leave younger players or arcade fans frustrated.
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