Average User Score: 5.8Nov 27, 2013I really don't know why all the "professional" reviewers are being so harsh on this game. I just completed it and had a blast doing so. First of all gorgeous, GORGEOUS game. I mean really breathtaking. One of the best if not THE best looking game I have seen. Sound-wise is great too, voice acting is very natural, music is epic and appropriately atmospheric. Story is not the greatest I've seen but it's not bad either. It's there to keep you moving forward and give you purpose and it does it's job. Combat system can be a bit repetitive but not more-so than in any other game from this genre and it's very meaty and "powerfull". You can feel the impact and momentum behind your strikes and executions (of which there are LOTS but you need to unlock them as you level up) make you feel like a real badass. Don't make the mistake I made where after leveling up I was only improving my attributes at the beginning only to find out much later on that you can unlock new executions as well:).
The game is quite easy so if you want a challenge go for a higher difficulty straight away. It's also not very long (not too short either mind you just slightly below average I'd say) so upping the difficulty will squeeze some more time out of this title. There is multi-player but it's nothing too memorable. You'll play for a couple of hours (a couple more if you have a good buddy with you) and you'll be done with it. It's certainly not a game that will make you come back and play for hours on end.
You have to consider if paying full price for a game you finish in 8-10 (maybe up to 15 if you find multi-player enjoyable) hours is something you can afford. If yes then you will probably have good time with it (I certainly did), but if not you can easily wait for a bargain later on. I bet in 6 months time this will still look just as good and for half the price this already good game should be even better:)… Expand
Average User Score: 5.5Nov 27, 2013I am so seriously tired of games in which the first thing you see when you get to play is micro-transactions and DLC. Seriously I paid 50 GBP for this game and everything that was created during the development time I should have access to because I paid for it. Here? You get 5 car packs (10 cars each with some of the best cars in the game that were simply cut out from the full version) to pay for on day one, you can boost leveling your profile by buying tokens to use for buying cars and booster packs that make you level faster..... seriously Turn 10? This is the last Forza game I pre-ordered. With the next one I'll just wait a few weeks for some reviews and opinions and if it's anything like this I will say my goodbyes to this series.
All that aside everything else is fantastic. Graphics are not a massive leap over 360 but a noticeable improvement. Cars look great and sound great and are very detailed. You can have a close look at every single car with Forzavista you can get in, listen to the engine sound, look at the interior and listen to TopGear crew give you some background and history for every model. Driving is phenomenal and very intuitive. You can "feel" your car and you notice the difference when changing for a different one. One thing I did not like is the impulse triggers which is the new feature for XOne pad triggers that vibrate when you accelerate or brake. Some people like them, some don't but they drove me nuts and there is no option to turn off just the trigger vibrations so I had to disable them all together. Another thing that didn't feel right to me was music. I guess it's just my taste but orchestral and epic, action movie-like soundtrack don't belong in a driving game. There's definitely less content than in Forza 4 but it's by no means a small game. It's still huge, just not as huge as before:)
I give it 4/10 as there's a lot of fun to be had but because of it's horrible business model I absolutely discourage people from buying it. It's really frightening that this is happening in the very first games for a brand new system. I really hope developers will reconsider their decisions, otherwise we have a dark times ahead of us where even a full price AAA titles are riddled with intrusive microtransactions.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.4Oct 25, 2013This game blew my mind when I first joined it in closed beta 2 years ago. Since then it was getting better and better only to become the masterpiece it is now. If you like hack'n slash "diablostyle" games there's no excuse for you if you don't try this. Deep and complex without being too complicated. Unique currency system takes a while to get used to but after some time you'll start wrapping your head around it and see how great it is. Character customization is unlike anything you've ever seen in this genre. The leveling system is very much like Final Fantasy X you traverse massive (and I mean MASSIVE!!!) skill tree and unlock one node every level. Abilities work like in Final Fantasy VII you have gems with abilities and support gem which by themselves do nothing but like in FFVII if you find equipment with linked slots you can link them with active skills to change (sometimes drastically) how they work. Story is great very gritty and dark. Crafting is complex and useful you can craft some of the best items in the game by yourself. One thing you should know though it's hard as nails. And that's a good thing:D Developers at Grinding Gear Games implemented awesome Free-To-Play model (pay-to win bullcrap) so it costs you knothing to try it out. You may be in for the ride of your life:)… Expand