Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 76 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 55 out of 76
  2. Negative: 0 out of 76
  1. Nov 20, 2013
    100
    Forza 5 isn't a fluke. It's the product of almost a decade of refinement, evolution and an unbelievable amount of experience on Turn 10's part. In essence, this is a game without any real weaknesses.
  2. Nov 27, 2013
    94
    Forza Motorsport 5 manages to fully capture the essence of a sport where technology and passion merge in one unique blend. Technical excellence, gameplay depth, a good mix of game modes and the ability to freely explore every car with an extremely realistic rendering makes this the game to buy on Xbox One.
  3. Nov 20, 2013
    92
    The additions we've seen in this episode are worth the console upgrade, making it more entertaining and fun than ever. The improved control and the evolved AI makes it closer to the driving simulator you may be looking for.
  4. Xbox One's gamepad has never felt more comfortable. Stunning graphics and details that will blow you mind, Forza Motorsport 5 will satisfy your racing needs in the new generation.
  5. Jan 9, 2014
    90
    The tracks are an example of quality over quantity, and one could assume that a future DLC solution will address this anyway. The new Drivatar system is basically a crowd-sourced AI training system and results in a more realistic (and, at times, frustrating) racing experience. Multiple configuration options allow the challenge to be finely calibrated to any skill level. If nothing else, the visuals alone are worth the upgrade.
  6. Nov 27, 2013
    90
    Forza Motorsport 5 is a real Next-Gen simulator. With its beautiful graphics and excellent lighting effects, anybody who loves cars and speed will want this game to be their first pick on the Xbox One.
  7. Nov 22, 2013
    90
    It’s refreshing to play a racing game that doesn’t feel stale when played alone, and that’s all thanks to Drivatar keeping things fresh every time you race.
  8. Nov 22, 2013
    90
    Crisp, manic, gorgeous and invigorating at times, Forza 5 is as accomplished as ever technically. Drivatar is the only real innovation, and car numbers are lower, but it’s an incredible opening act on Xbox One.
  9. 90
    So while a handful of dings and scrapes will unquestionably set some teeth on edge, Forza Motorsport 5 remains a fantastic opening salvo in the battle of the Xbox One racers.
  10. Nov 20, 2013
    90
    The fifth lap in the Forza Motorsport series is a great start for the speed genre in Xbox One, and the first truly must-have for Microsoft's new hardware.
  11. Nov 20, 2013
    90
    Even if you’re unfamiliar with racers, the gameplay holds your hand for long enough to get you into the action without being condescending, and if you’re just a graphics tart, you have to check out Forzavista at least once.
  12. Nov 20, 2013
    90
    Forza Motorsport 5 is the best Xbox One game so far. Turn 10 has done a great job improving the already-impressive Forza Motorsport 4. The Drivatar feature works great turning the single player experience into something dynamic and always entertaining. If you love driving games you simply can't miss this one.
  13. Nov 20, 2013
    90
    The racing is what matters. And with this game, the racing is fantastic, and Turn 10 is really onto something with this Drivatar stuff. It alone gives Forza Motorsport 5 something over every other racer out there, pushing the genre forward. They've remedied the racing genre's biggest problem: scripted AI cars.
  14. Nov 20, 2013
    90
    Every moment is exhilarating, and Drivatar isn't just a buzzword but an example of what the next-gen can do.
  15. Nov 20, 2013
    90
    An outstanding improvement to an already excellent racing franchise. It's far more than just a great racing sim, or a gorgeous showcase for the types of feats the Xbox One hardware is capable of. This is a game built on the romantic thrill of motorsport in all its forms, and that love for its subject matter is all but impossible to resist.
  16. Nov 20, 2013
    90
    Forza 5 is beautiful, sure, with a stunning, light-filled world of engines and tire smoke. But with the introduction of aggressive, convincing AI that makes every offline race feel like a multiplayer competition, Turn 10 has charted a course for the future of the series — and created the Xbox One's first must-own game.
  17. Dec 4, 2013
    89
    Forza Motorsport 5 is a very satisfying racer on the Xbox One that successfully ticks all the right boxes and delivers both gameplay and graphics!
  18. Nov 20, 2013
    88
    This is the most fun I've had racing in a Forza title, and yet it's not the most complete entry in the franchise.
  19. Nov 20, 2013
    88
    Forza Motorsport 5 is what die hard fans of turn 10 deserve. Stunning visuals and great sim-like handling are the highlights of the game, but we need more tracks and cars.
  20. Nov 20, 2013
    88
    It may be lighter on girth than where we left off last generation, and still lacking much-requested features like night racing and rain, but wrestling a car through some of the world’s most legendary corners at the very limits of adhesion has never looked or felt this good on console.
  21. Nov 24, 2013
    87
    Despite infuriating DLC practices Forza remains a fantastic drive, and with some improvements, Drivatars could set a new path for competitive AI.
  22. Nov 20, 2013
    87
    Forza Motorsport 5 offers us the best car simulation and, even though it has a limited number of circuits and cars, its visual aspect makes it essential for Xbox One.
  23. Dec 1, 2013
    86
    Forza Motorsport 5 is the highest expression of digital motorsport, but also is a "pretty slim" game, to put it mildly. It will improve with time and perhaps with the addition of the Nürburgring or other contents for enthusiasts.
  24. Nov 20, 2013
    86
    A technical marvel and a truly next-gen experience. Drivatar technology needs to be implemented into every game as soon as possible, and people looking for a fantastic looking driving game need look no further. Still, thanks to a pointless need to streamline the experience Turn 10 has robbed the game of some of its heart. It seems that for all their focus on recreating how a person drives, they lost sight of why.
  25. Dec 10, 2013
    85
    With a few fixes to its economy and more free tracks in a future update, Forza 5 will grow into one of the best racing games ever made. It’s beautiful, it shows off the designs of vehicles in a way that’s never been done before, and the Top Gear license is used to enhance the experience. If you’re a casual racing fan who finds themselves overwhelmed easily, Forza 5 is your huckleberry.
  26. Nov 26, 2013
    85
    We thought we would be astonished by Forza Motorsport 5, but Turn 10 only filled the requirement boxes forgetting that the goal was to make a car sim that could be a system seller. We won't say that game could have been made on Xbox 360 but we were expecting a revolution not just a nice looking game. On the bright side, we have to mention Drivatar which is born to be a classic in future games, and the gameplay, still at it's best in terms of precision. Turn 10 seems a bit sleepy on this title, not a crime but beware.
  27. 85
    In the end this game could have indeed been a bit more, but what is there is damn good and driving fans will be impressed that is for sure. Make no bones about it, Forza Motorsport 5 should be a game that you should definitely consider when buying your shiny new Xbox One.
  28. Nov 20, 2013
    85
    The inclusion of Drivatars also helped keep my attention.
  29. May 11, 2014
    83
    Forza Motorsport 5 is not a bad racing game per se, but it feels kinda downgraded from the expansive Forza games of Xbox 360. The graphics are fancy, but that doesn't quite compensate the (relative) lack of cars and tracks. [Feb 2014]
  30. Nov 20, 2013
    83
    Forza Motorsport 5 has grown along with the new Microsoft console, and it is perfect for the launch of the new console. The feeling is that Turn 10 could do more, but even so the racing game by Dan Greenwalt and his team stimulates his enthusiasts.
  31. Jan 23, 2014
    80
    Forza 5 has that "next-gen" feeling written all over it, but still seems a bit rushed and definitely smaller than the previous game. If you can overcome the infamous "microtransactions" it's sure you will enjoy a perfectly balanced racer.
  32. 80
    It’s a hurried product and it shows, but the game still manages to reach the top of its class. A flagship title of the next-gen console, it’ll grip you both with its visuals and the gameplay. [Issue#238]
  33. Jan 20, 2014
    80
    Highly addictive and entertaining races, as always, get over to Xbox One in this fifth installment, which is a bit leaner than the fourth one, but its beautiful car models along with its innovating controls are making up for it abundantly. It's only a shame by reason of its financing politics.
  34. Jan 7, 2014
    80
    Beyond that, this serves as a solid, fun-feeling sim-ish racing game with hundreds of well-modeled cars, innovative AI, and some great tracks.
  35. Dec 17, 2013
    80
    The previous title in this series is still to many the most complete racing simulator ever made, but Forza 5 exceeds it in several ways - not enough to displace it, but enough to fully merit its place on the Forza podium. [Issue#142, p.84]
  36. Dec 5, 2013
    80
    Forza Motorsport 5 is an ode to motorsport. Car lovers can drool over many detailed and dashing rides, that sound and drive greatly. It holds players back with a number of cars locked behind micro transactions though, as well as not having enough tracks.
  37. Dec 5, 2013
    80
    Whoever hasn't fallen in love with cars yet, will be after playing Forza Motorsport 5. It's incredibly beautiful and races like a dream. The used business model that leans on micro transactions has many consequences for the distribution and availability of the content though.
  38. Dec 4, 2013
    80
    Forza Motorsport 5 is a gorgeous racing game that continues the tradition of Turn10’s excellent attention to detail and style. I am not a fan of the way they are handling the progression system, and hope they can tweak it over time to be a bit more realistic.
  39. Nov 28, 2013
    80
    Forza 5 is as spectacular and solid as ever, but you can't ignore the fact that there's a clear content cutback from the previous game.
  40. Nov 27, 2013
    80
    Drivatars prove to be a winning addition to the franchise, ensuring every race is thrilling. Stepping into the virtual cockpit of these spectacularly detailed cars, Forza 5 is a love letter for car enthusiasts. It's a shame, really, that most players will never be able to see everything the game has to offer.
  41. Nov 26, 2013
    80
    Forza 5 does not really keeps all its promises (reduced content compared to Forza 4, no weather conditions, night racing or pit stops, visually downgraded compared to what we had seen at E3...), but it is still the strongest game for this Xbox One launch. A safe bet for all racing fans, they will find a great game they will play for a loooong time.
  42. Nov 22, 2013
    80
    With a couple of hundred cars and just 14 circuits, each with their own variations, Forza 5 is a notable cutback in terms of content. Newcomers such as the legendary Spa Francorchamps and Bathurst, Australia are both thrilling, but the appearance of familiar stalwarts like Sebring, Indianapolis and Laguna Seca means that it won't be long before you've seen all the tracks that Forza 5 has to offer.
  43. Nov 21, 2013
    80
    Forza Motorsport 5 is great game but it still missing some really important features like the rain, or night races. A bit of an incomplete title to be honest, but still one of the best racing games on consoles.
  44. Nov 20, 2013
    80
    With Forza 5, it chose to compromise in certain areas in an attempt to create something unique and fresh. It’s not entirely successful, as the sometimes-negligible improvements to the gameplay can’t quite make up for the sting of losing so many fan-favorite cars and tracks. But what is included is still terrific, and in some cases better than ever.
  45. Nov 20, 2013
    80
    The number of cars has also been greatly reduced, clocking in around the 200 mark. As only a casual petrolhead, this isn't something that bothered me personally, but it's unlikely to be well received by hardcore fans.
  46. 80
    Forza 5 is often simulation racing at its best, but Turn 10 hasn't quite rendered all its previous work obsolete. Given the reduced track and car count, and the present wobbliness of Drivatars, the game sometimes feels like it hasn't quite burst out of its shell. As a launch game, though, it's a wonderful achievement.
  47. Nov 20, 2013
    80
    One of the best comedic diversions in Forza 5 is a trip through the Top Gear test track, this time set to a tongue-in-cheek London simulation mode. Some say that some variant of the Stig is also represented somewhere in the game ... though it's probably too nice to be his Drivatar.
  48. Nov 20, 2013
    80
    Technically impressive, but limited on new ideas. Drivatar is the closest to innovation Forza 5 comes, but needs more depth to be worthwhile.
  49. Nov 20, 2013
    80
    Drivatar is a brilliant innovation, but where's the weather, night racing and improved damage model? Turn 10 has a lot of room to improve with the next Forza Motorsport game. For now, Forza Motorsport 5 will do.
  50. Dec 3, 2013
    79
    If you’ve got a next-gen console and you’re into racing simulators, it’s your only choice - and it’s far from a bad one. Just don’t expect it to be the “next step” or any kind of evolution of the genre.
  51. Nov 28, 2013
    79
    When it comes to driving physics and the core elements of simulation this is the game to beat. But in terms of content, the dysfunctional AI-revolution and microtransactions right from the start I rather go back to Forza 4 or wait for Gran Turismo 6.
  52. Dec 23, 2013
    75
    Forza Motorsport 5 is a decent racer. Turn 10 does a lot of good things in their first game for the next-gen consoles, like the handling of the cars and variety in game modes. Unfortunately they miss the mark in game content - like tracks and cars - and modes like the multiplayer are disappointing. This is a pity, because it leaves a stain on an otherwise amusing race game.
  53. Nov 25, 2013
    75
    Forza Motorsport 5 is a great game hindered by a lack of content – the offering of cars and tracks here is simply too skimpy. The Drivatar system impresses though, and is a rare game feature worthy of its own silly portmanteau.
  54. Nov 20, 2013
    75
    If you thrive on variety, your patience with Forza 5 will wear thin in ten hours or so… and the idea that DLC may fill out the experience sometime in the future isn’t very comforting. That’s tragic, because Forza 5 is one of the most gorgeous and best-feeling racers I’ve ever played.
  55. I came away wishing it had been something more. I was hoping for a racing simulation that didn’t just look next-generation, but also felt next-generation in the way it played. Which is to say I’d have preferred Turn 10 spent as much effort innovating the career mode as it did perfecting the way the game’s cars look and handle.
  56. Dec 19, 2013
    73
    Impossibly smooth and good-looking, it's just a shame it doesn't play as well as Forza 4. [Jan 2014, p.58]
  57. Dec 16, 2013
    71
    Forza 5 will do as a holdover racing game for now, but for all the bombast that next-gen brings, the game is awfully stagnant, and its lack of competition has never been more apparent.
  58. Sep 12, 2014
    70
    Forza Motorsport 5 is an entertaining but bland experience. On one hand it impresses on the track with good visuals and fantastic handling. On the other hand it lacks content and the career mode is very dull outside of the races.
  59. 70
    Looks lovely, drives great but feels more like a Forza Light.
  60. Jan 16, 2014
    70
    Forza Motorsport 5 is a technical triumph, offering up incredible achievement in both precision and realistic graphics good enough to show off your new Xbox One. Unfortunately a few baffling design decisions ultimately hold it back from feeling truly next-gen, making Forza Motorsport 5 a good racer, but certainly not built for everyone.
  61. Dec 30, 2013
    70
    Forza Motorsport 5 is quite simply car porn running at 1080p, 60fps. Visually stunning and without a rival on the next gen stage.
  62. Dec 29, 2013
    70
    With limited content that is painfully slow to unlock, not to mention issues with AI and multiplayer, Forza 5 scrapes by as [a] decent launch title thanks to its immaculate presentation. [Feb 2014, p.70]
  63. Dec 9, 2013
    70
    Forza Motorsport 5 is a truly great game burdened with very bad marketing choices. It has an excellent driving model and superb graphics, but lack of some basic elements and the publisher's greed, that makes gamers pay lots of extra money for something that should be free, are really serious flaws. In case this extra content is made available for free, I will happily modify my opinion.
  64. Nov 27, 2013
    70
    While Forza Motorsport 5 is a strong launch-day title for Xbox One, it has more style than substance and serves better as a foundation for future next-gen Forza Motorsport titles than the limited sampler that it really is.
  65. Nov 20, 2013
    70
    An excellent driving game but one sullied by cheapskate microtransactions. a lack of tracks, and the dubious worth of the Drivatar technology.
  66. A fantastic driving game for fans of the genre, but it takes almost no chances. It’s content to drive a straight line, which is a little disappointing given that we’re now supposed to be at the dawn of a new era of gaming. If anything, last year’s Forza Horizon – which featured an open world and a storyline on top of the series’ usual car fetishism – was a much bolder and more exciting game. In retrospect, it might have been the better showcase for the next generation.
  67. Nov 20, 2013
    70
    There’s no way to sell unused cars back to the AI or to other players, no bespoke onscreen speedometers, no test driving a car before purchase, no kid-friendly Kinect steering or Kinect support in Forzavista, no opportunity to load a circuit-specific tuning setup before a career race, no exiting from a race series without loading up the next track, no unicorn cars, no ‘reasonably priced car’, no auction house, no storefront, and no surprise, really.
  68. Nov 20, 2013
    70
    It's quite possibly the best looking next-gen title. Hardcore fans will enjoy it to its full extent, but it's fairly forgiving to newcomers as well. There's just not a ton of middle ground, you'll either really love it or not be interested at all.
  69. Nov 20, 2013
    70
    With Forza Motorsport 5, Turn 10's created a driving experience both accessible and beautiful - but it's been stripped back to make Xbox One's launch, and augmented with a host of ugly extras that only serve Microsoft's bid to make a few dollars more.
  70. Nov 22, 2013
    68
    On one hand, the cars have never looked better, but on the other hand, there are a lot fewer cars than before, and fewer locations to zoom about in. And in a game in a genre that relies heavily on repetition, having fewer cars and tracks than your predecessor is a poor showing, especially at the start of a generation.
  71. Dec 17, 2013
    65
    So much of the experience is locked off due to an inbalanced in-game economy and even more has just been cut entirely. Forza 5 was just good enough enough to keep me from going back to Forza 4: the addition of drivatars and the desire to compete for slots on the global leader board in particular just managed to keep me invested.
  72. Nov 20, 2013
    65
    Forza Motorsport 5’s Career mode is a shell of its former self, giving little reason for players to keep coming back. Couple this with a dismal launch lineup of cars and tracks, and this is a surprising step backward for the Forza franchise as it helps kick off Microsoft’s next-gen console.
  73. Feb 10, 2014
    60
    It’s hard to give new Forza a balanced rating. It has a great driving model, innovative gamepad controls, drivatars, point awarding system acknowledging the fact that even the best drivers don’t win all the time, and Full HD visuals so detailed that even the indicators on the dashboards work. It could have been a 9/10. But on the other hand we have small choice of cars and tracks, tons of microtransactions and long loading times. [02/2014, p.50]
  74. Dec 18, 2013
    60
    The end result is, that not through lack of effort, Forza 5 turns out to be the first true regression the series has seen since its inception.
  75. Dec 9, 2013
    60
    Forza Motorsport 5 is fantastic in its best moments, but the game is lacking in content and feels unfinished overall. This full price game is also riddled with and harshly balanced around micro transactions.
  76. Dec 5, 2013
    60
    Forza Motorsport 5 becomes a game that is outstanding in specific, limited situations, but overall, it's kind of a drag.
User Score
5.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 999 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Nov 22, 2013
    4
    This game is a rip off. It costs more than Forza 4 did at launch but has half the content. Cars and tracks have been removed and there are noThis game is a rip off. It costs more than Forza 4 did at launch but has half the content. Cars and tracks have been removed and there are no weather effects. Its doesn't even have the Nurburgring! The missing cars and tracks will no doubt be purchasable later, making the game even more expensive. Very disappointing for a supposed system seller title. Full Review »
  2. Nov 27, 2013
    4
    Turn 10 and Microsoft are charging $60 $80 for Forza 5, depending on the version you get. However, despite the full price tag, they areTurn 10 and Microsoft are charging $60 $80 for Forza 5, depending on the version you get. However, despite the full price tag, they are treating this like a "free-to-play" game. As it aggressively pushes for microtransactions.

    You might hear a lot of players say "Oh, you don't need to buy tokens!" And they're right, you don't NEED to, but the game has been designed from the ground up to milk extra cash out of you.

    Proof:
    - The storefront is gone
    - The auction house is gone
    - Gifting cars to your friends is gone
    - Sharing your cars in a Club is gone
    - Earning cars as level rewards is gone
    - Affinity bonuses don't get you free parts anymore
    - You can't sell cars back for money anymore
    - You can't sell parts back for money anymore

    The end result of these changes is this:
    Getting new cars is a LOT more time consuming. Earning enough money to buy and upgrade multiple exotic cars requires excessive grinding... or buying tokens of course.

    Forza 5 throws out so many of the things that made previous Forza titles great so that they can milk their loyal customers as much as possible. It's like a slap in the face to someone like me, who has been loyal to the franchise for eight whole years.

    Skip this entry. With any luck Forza 6 will avoid these downfalls.
    Full Review »
  3. Nov 22, 2013
    6
    This review is coming from someone who loved Forza 2-4, and purchased all the dlc for the 3 and 4. Forza 4 is probably my favorite consoleThis review is coming from someone who loved Forza 2-4, and purchased all the dlc for the 3 and 4. Forza 4 is probably my favorite console game of it's generation.

    Forza 5 looks pretty good and sounds great, it is a lot of fun while it lasts. The problem is, it lacking in content and replayablility.

    1/2 the tracks and 1/3 or the cars as Forza 4, and the paid day one dlc available in the marketplace is almost all recycled and updated cars from 4. 60 car dlc pass costs $50, versus $30 in Forza 4. Many models exhibit the same inaccuracies as in Forza 2/3/4, so the mistakes were carried over and assets reused.

    The biggest downside to Forza 5 is you get constantly prompted to use "tokens" to purchase things in game, which you of course buy for real Prompted before and after each race to purchase double xp, and prompted before purchasing anything using your in game earned through races. I hate seeing free to play game mechanics in Forza, this is a $60 AAA title, not a facebook/phone game.

    You no longer win cars when completing series, cars can't be sold back to the game like in previous installments, and the user to user auction house is gone as well. Once you buy a car, it is yours unless you want to delete for no credits. The game was designed to get players to buy as many cars as possible using real lie money instead of in game credits.

    In addition, the Limited collectors edition offered gamers "1,250 tokens(9.99 value) that will allow Limited Edition owners instant access to any car in the game." Only problem is that some cars in the game cost 10,000 tokens.

    Overall, this is a step back far the Forza franchise. While it's a definite visual improvement over 4 and is fun to play, the limited content and constant money grubbing really sours the experience for Forza fans. I'd encourage anyone who wants to play it to not buy any dlc and purchase the game used, so the studio is not rewarded for the dlc/microtransaction push and has to reconsider for their next release.
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