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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What 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.
What's it about?
FORZA MOTORSPORT 7 is a realistic racing simulation for the Xbox One and Windows PC platform. You'll climb behind the wheel of more than 700 authentically re-created vehicles -- including the largest collection of Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and Porsches to date -- and explore more than 30 different real-world locations from around the globe. Along with competing against human or computer-controlled drivers, players can earn up to 200 ribbons for competing in events in varying conditions. This time around, the game's "ForzaTech" engine delivers up to 60 frames-per-second action (for smooth performance), support for 4K TVs (four times the resolution of high-definition), and High Dynamic Range (HDR) for better contrast, brightness, and color. The game features multiple solo and multiplayer, including split-screen play for local competitions on the same TV, an online Forza Racing Championship Esports league, spectator modes, and more.
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about street racing. Can you see why this is only safe in a virtual environment, like a video game? How could this become dangerous or even deadly if you try this in real life?
Talk about competition. Why is it important to be a good loser? Why is it just as important to be a good winner? And why is it important to have fun regardless of whether you win or lose?
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