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Forza Motorsport Week in Review 9-11-15

Brian Ekberg
Friday, September 11, 2015

What a week! All at once it’s been fun, frightening, exhilarating, exhausting and amazingly unique! But then, what would you expect when this is the week that Forza Motorsport 6 has begun to roll out to the world on Xbox One? If you have the Ultimate Edition of Forza Motorsport 6 then you’ve probably been playing the game already – ah, the privileges of early access!

 

If that isn’t you, fear not! Yes, there’s still a few days more before Forza 6 goes on sale around the world, starting on September 15, but we’ve got plenty of stuff happening here on FM.net/Forza Hub and elsewhere to hopefully keep you busy until the big release. Between a 12-hour marathon of Forza 6, a ton of reviews hitting the Web earlier in the week, and the experiences of Forza 6 early-access players, I think it’s safe to say that the Forza 6 fever is at an all-time high. So, with that in mind, let’s dive into a busy Week in Review.

 

Selected Forza Motosport 6 photo from WindsweptDragon

 

What the World is Saying

The reviews began arriving earlier in the week and the message is clear: the media loves Forza Motorsport 6! Here’s a selection of some of our favorite quotes from the glut of awesome reviews this week:

 

Descructoid

For me though, it was enough to outright bring me back into the racing fold. I found myself racing for hours, racking up credits, ferociously buying new cars to add to my garage, and cursing at my friend's Drivatars. Forza 6 is the new king of simulation racing.

 

Ars Technica

The game's wet race simulations are exceedingly convincing, and I write that as someone who has driven in a lot of wet races and who enjoys racing in the rain. The selection of cars is eclectic, and they look gorgeous, particularly in ForzaVista mode, as do the tracks, both new and revamped. If you like cars or racing games and you own an Xbox One, you should buy this game.

 

Heavy

Take everything you already knew about the Forza franchise — its impressive list of cars, tracks and the attention to detail — and multiply it by 4 or 5. There’s your general feeling to prepare you for Forza Motorsport 6.

 

IGN

Like a big bucket of Hot Wheels brought to life, Forza Motorsport 6 is first-order car porn for the automobile obsessed but remains an accessible and exciting racer for those who just want to drive fast in something red with a horse logo on it. It’s spinning its wheels in a few areas but what’s here is undoubtedly some of the finest racing you can find on console and easily worth the upgrade from Forza 5.

 

US Gamer

The real magic of Forza 6 is that it transports you into what feels like a real racing environment. It just looks and sounds so convincing, and drives so incredibly realistically that it delivers a genuine white-knuckle experience. Whether it's finessing an oscillating muscle car around a tight corner, or driving a wound-up Indycar around Daytona at full chat, Forza 6 offers a smorgasbord of racing that few other games can compete with. With an expansive and interesting Career mode and the bonus Showcases, its massive Rivals mode, Leagues, and free play mode that enables you to race whatever and however you want, Forza 6 is broad, deep and utterly, utterly brilliant.

 

Selected Forza Motosport 6 photo from Seps1974

 

12-Hour Marathon

We celebrated the early-access release of Forza 6 yesterday with a marathon 12-hour session of the game on our official Twitch channel. During the show, we interviewed a host of Turn 10 luminaries, including Dan Greenawalt, Bill Giese, Aaron Brooks, Nick Wiswell, Matt Collins, and Elliott Lyons; and we had a special lunch-time guest appearance by Johniwanna, turning hot laps for a couple of hours to give me a much-needed lunch break.

 

While I loved playing the game for an extended period of time, it was the interviews that I loved the most. Getting to spend some extended time with each of the guests was great, and I hope those of you who watched the show learned a little bit about the time and care these talented people (as well as all the others here at Turn 10) take when making Forza 6, a game that truly is a labor of love for all of us. From talking in-depth with Dan about how Drivatars work to going deep into car physics with Aaron, there was a lot of great information for hardcore Forza fans to dig their teeth into.

 

If you missed the show live, you can watch it in its entirety over at our Twitch channel (note that there is some occasional instances of NSFW language… gird yourself accordingly).

 

Selected Forza Motosport 6 photo from i r will77

 

Drive to Win

Who wants to go to Australia to watch the Bathurst 1000? A handful of lucky Forza fans the world over will get to do just that with our recently announced “Forza Drive to Win” contest,  happening in Forza 6 even as we speak. All you need to do is set a time in the “Xbox One Bathurst Challenge” Rivals event (found in the Community Monthly section of Rivals) and you’re set! You can check out the full rules for more details on entry eligibility and prizing but, in the meantime, good luck!

 

Forza Motorsport 6 Support

We’ve been doing our best to keep track of issues that some players are experiencing with Forza Motorsport 6 since early access began. As always, you can tune into the Forza Forums to get the very latest updates but I wanted to acknowledge a handful of the most pressing issues here, as well as to point out a couple of features that some players have questions about:

 

Early Access Not Launching
A small number of players have run into an issue where they could not launch the early access version of Forza 6 once it was unlocked. Players who delete their pre-order package and reinstall the game should be able to play the game afterwards. It’s frustrating to have to re-download the game, especially a game as big as Forza 6 but, once you’ve done this, the game should launch as expected. For more on this issue, see this thread in the Forza Forums.

 

Posting Content to Xbox One Feeds

We've seen some questions regarding early access players not being able to post FM6 content (achievements, screenshots, etc.) on Xbox One feeds. This feature will not be available until September 15 and the general release of Forza Motorsport 6.

 

Selected Forza Motosport 6 photo from G Rom

 

Ford GT Achievement
As many of you know, those who played the Forza Motorsport 6 demo will receive the 2017 Ford GT in the full version of Forza 6. Many players have asked why, after receiving their Ford GT for playing the demo, they did not automatically earn the “Cover Car” achievement for owning the Ford GT. This is because, in order to lock the achievement, you must purchase the car from the game. Having the game gifted to you from the demo will not satisfy the requirements to unlock the achievement; you must purchase the car. Note that players who purchase cars in Forza 6 can sell them back for 50 percent of their full value.

 

Hardcore Leaderboard
This issue came up last night during the 12-hour livestream. Some players have been asking how they get a time posted to the “Hardcore” leaderboard in a Rivals event. In order to have your time posted to this leaderboard you need to have ALL assists turned off, including driving line. Plus you need to be using manual with clutch to shift gears. One small detail: provided the prior conditions are met, times set with either Normal or Simulation steering will count on the Hardcore leaderboard.

 

Selected Forza Motosport 6 photo from ben98gt

 

Multiplayer Match Issues
If you’re having multiplayer matchmaking issues, let us know! A great place to start is in this thread on the Forza Forums.

 

We’ll be keeping our eyes out for more issues so we can get them logged, investigated, and fixed as quickly as possible, so please don’t hesitate to let us know if you have question or a concern about your Forza 6 experience!

 

History of Forza

Most of you are pretty intimately familiar with the history of Forza. If you’re new to the series, or just looking for a refresher, check out this 11-minute journey through the history of everyone’s favorite racing game, hosted by Xbox’s own AceyBongos:

 

 

Be sure and stay to the end of the video for some shout outs to some of the biggest names in the Forza community as well!

 

Fanatec ClubSport Wheel Rim GT

Looking for a new racing wheel to go with your shiny new copy of Forza Motorsport 6? You’ve got lots of options available to you, including a newly released wheel from Fanatec: the ClubSport Wheel Rim GT. Designed for use on Xbox One, this wheel is the real deal and with a diameter of 330mm it has the same dimensions as professional wheels used in GT racecars. The ClubSport Steering Wheel GT “Forza Motorsport” will be available as a wheel rim or in combination with the Universal hub for Xbox One which is pre-configured for the Fanatec wheel. Starting at $99.95 USD, the ClubSport Steering Wheel GT “Forza Motorsport” will be available on September 15 in Europe, USA, Australia, and Japan. For more on this wheel and other Fanatec racing products, check out the Fanatec Web site.

 

 

OK, another busy week behind us, but perhaps the best week of all is coming soon, because next week Forza 6 will be available to the world! We’ll be on top of things all week long, including some livestream shows celebrating the worldwide launch of the game. Look for our U.S. launch day stream on Tuesday beginning at 1 p.m. Pacific and Yours Truly will be streaming on Friday, likely playing with our UK friends who will be getting the game that day.

 

If you’re an early access owner, I’ll see you online this weekend. For everyone else, see you on the track next week!