A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Forza Motorsport 5 wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.
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 & Scariness
It's possible to crash your car or to cause a car to crash, but no one gets hurt.
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Some comic mischief in the dialogue sometimes refers to having clean underwear, as well as "too much testosterone" and a "pin-up girl."
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Products & Purchases
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.
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.
Is It Any Good?
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Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.