Forza Motorsport 5

Common Sense Media says

Kids steer exotic cars around tracks -- with open chat.

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What parents need to know

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

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.

Violence

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

Sex
Not applicable
Language

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

 

 

Consumerism

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
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Privacy and safety concerns. The game can be played online via Xbox Live, and with its full voice support you might hear something inappropriate or offensive. The game supports real-time voice chat through the Xbox One. No one at Microsoft monitors or filters the dialogue between gamers.

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.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Science

  • momentum
  • physics
  • engineering

Hobbies

  • collecting

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • strategy
  • applying information
  • decision-making

Self-Direction

  • achieving goals
  • time management

Responsibility & Ethics

  • following codes of conduct

What Kids Can Learn

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

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Science

  • momentum
  • physics
  • engineering

Hobbies

  • collecting

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • strategy
  • applying information
  • decision-making

Self-Direction

  • achieving goals
  • time management

Responsibility & Ethics

  • following codes of conduct

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

This Learning Rating review was written by Marc Saltzman

Parents say

Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 
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. 
 
 

Families can talk 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

Platforms:Xbox One
Price:$59.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Microsoft Studios
Release date:November 22, 2013
Genre:Racing
Topics:Cars and trucks, Sports and martial arts
ESRB rating:E for Comic Mischief (Xbox One)

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Teen, 14 years old Written bySimon Österberg April 16, 2014
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3
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LEARNING

Great game

I think this is a great racing game with some pretty realistic driving simulation. Overall this game is a great game for all ages and it will be a good choice for someone who likes racing. Personally I don't like racing in real life but I still love this game. But if you want to slide around corners and use nitros you should probably buy need for speed instead.
What other families should know
Easy to play/use
Adult Written byktoyijmokjop September 5, 2014
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6
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LEARNING

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 be difficult, so if your child doesn't mind not doing good or losing in a race then its ok. You can go VERY fast in Forza 5 and sometimes you crash. The only bad thing about this is when you crash the car gets scratched and dented, but the driver isn't even hurt in a 290 mph collision, which may make kids think crashing isn't dangerous. You do have to buy cars in Forza 5, some costing up to $4,000,000, which could also teach your child to save up for things they want or need. Overall, Forza 5 is a good family game and will give your child a fun racing experience.
Adult Written byFerrariF1GT August 23, 2014
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6
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

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 the car's livery to make it look best. Just watch out for somewhat inappropriate designs!

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