A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Celebrates sport, exotic cars, healthy competition.
Positive Role Models
You don't know anything about "you" in the game -- no main character, backstory, motivation -- but you race beautiful cars in beautiful locations around the globe, competing for first place in various competitions. For first time in series, gamers can customize their drivers with all-new Driver Gear feature, with more than 300 features to unlock.
Ease of Play
Seasoned racing fans will pick up this game easily, though younger, novice players may have a bit of a learning curve. Many assists you can enable to help you race, too.
Violence & Scariness
Car crashes aren't graphic or disturbing, no one gets hurt.
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Products & Purchases
Based on real-world cars. Plus, there are logos (e.g., Sunoco, Red Bull, etc.), signs, banners of car companies, licensed music to listen to while racing.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Forza Motorsport 7 is a racing simulator. Technically, there isn't any offensive content included in the game, since the focus is on racing new cars around a track and unlocking new ones. There are some car crashes that can occur, but it's not disturbing or graphic, and no one is shown to be hurt. There are plenty of logos that are to be found on race cars and tracks. Parents should be aware that online races are unmonitored, potentially exposing kids to inappropriate content.
Is It Any Good?
This driving simulation is easily the best racing game of the year thus far, thanks to its tight, responsive handling, multiple modes, and exceptional production quality. Xbox gamers who bought 2015's Forza Motorsport 6 will also find a huge leap froward in the way the game looks and plays. Car collecting remains a key element in Forza Motorsport 7, where gamers will aim to win races to unlock better and better (and more diverse) vehicles. Called "Forza Driver's Cup," the career mode is more than meaty, with a smart progression system spread out over six major championships -- with its high-end sports cars, NASCAR, trophy trucks, American muscle cars, JDM (Japanese domestic market) classics, and so on. As you might expect, the vehicles handle very differently (Mini Cooper vs. Lamborghini, anyone?) especially when coupled with the kinds of races you're embarking on, track difficulty, and weather conditions (such as rain). In fact, while there are 32 different tracks -- including Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and Prague in the Czech Republic, to name a few, there are more than 120 different track combinations/layouts to race on (such as weather, time of day, and so on).
For the first time, you can also unlock Driver Gear -- to customize the way your driver looks (helmets, jumpsuits), for some pre- and post-race scenes -- along with fun car mods (modifications) as part of the randomized "Prize Crates" you'll earn. Bottom line: Whether you're playing by yourself against the AI, against someone beside you, or online, there's a ton of depth and breadth to take advantage of in this game. Add some outstanding graphics, hundreds of unlockable vehicles, and tight controls, and you'll find that developer Turn 10 has done a fantastic job with this family-friendly racing sim.
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