Forza Motorsport 5

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Kids steer exotic cars around tracks -- with open chat.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 11 reviews

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Educational Value

Forza Motorsport 5 wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

Positive Messages

This is a racing simulation that celebrates the sport, exotic cars, and healthy competition. Sometimes, driving aggressively is required to win races, so players may do things such as bump other cars to gain an edge. Also, the consequences of crashing are not represented realistically, so children could come away with an unrealistic expectation of what happens in a crash.


Positive Role Models & Representations

You don't know anything about "you" in the game -- there's no main character, backstory, or motivation -- but you race beautiful cars in beautiful locations around the globe, vying for first place in various competitions. Since driving aggressively is encouraged, this game doesn't offer great role modeling, but it is up to you as a player to determine your driving style.

Ease of Play

Seasoned racing fans will pick up this game easily, though younger or novice players may experience a bit of a learning curve. There are many assists you can enable to help you race, too.


It's possible to crash your car or to cause a car to crash, but no one gets hurt.


Some comic mischief in the dialogue sometimes refers to having clean underwear, as well as "too much testosterone" and a "pin-up girl."




The game is based on real-world cars. Plus, there are logos, signs, and banners of car companies and licensed music to listen to while racing.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Forza Motorsport 5 is a racing game that lets players drive new cars around a track and unlock new ones. The game features crashes, but the results are unrealistic, which could leave young kids with the impression that crashing isn't dangerous. The game is playable online with open chat, which can expose players to unmoderated commentary.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byktoyijmokjop September 5, 2014

This game can excite your child about cars instead of smoking or drugs.

Forza 5 is a truly wonderful game. If you are thinking about buying this game for your child there are a few things to know first. Racing games like Forza 5 can... Continue reading
Adult Written byFerrariF1GT August 23, 2014

Great livery editor

Kids can make unique designs for cars, and share them to the world. It can take some time to get used to, but once it does, kids can spend hours tinkering on t... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byMisterMagma January 31, 2017

Good game. Difficult controls.

Forza is a great game. Great graphics. Great game in general. The only problem I have is that the controls are very hard. At some points you may be holding many... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byGamersnews32 April 4, 2020

Forza Motorsport 5, pretty alright.

The fifth installment in the Forza Motorsport franchise, this game is pretty good. Controls take some getting used too and the game can be mildly frustrating. O... Continue reading

What's it about?

Racing enthusiasts are likely aware of the best-selling Forza Motorsport franchise from Microsoft Game Studios -- and now they can climb behind the wheel of FORZA MOTORSPORT 5, an exclusive Xbox One disc or digital download. As with its award-winning predecessors, this game lets you drive hundreds of exotic vehicles -- including the 2013 McLaren P1, 2012 Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4, and, for the first time, open-wheel Formula One and Indy cars -- through a number of international tracks. Sharpen your skills while racing through the meaty Career mode, or, better yet, challenge your online friends to see who can reach the finish line first.

Is it any good?

Aside from a huge number of cars you can climb into -- including the challenge of tackling open-wheel vehicles that feel very different -- Forza Motorsport 5 takes advantage of Xbox One's power to provide stunning graphics and smooth animation. The career mode is deep and fulfilling -- with artificial intelligence-controlled vehicles tough to race against -- whereas online play tests your skills against other human racers in cyberspace. There isn't much to complain about with this next-generation racing simulation other than fewer tracks than Forza Motorsport 4, and it's perhaps a little on the difficult side, but overall this is a fine racer for the Xbox One. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families might talk about how street racing is only safe in a virtual environment, such as a video game, and not in real life. Parents can explain how it can be deadly in real life and that thousands of teens die each year from reckless driving and racing. 

  • Ask your kids which kinds of cars they like the most in a racing game, and why.

Game details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love racing and fast action

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