Review by Blazing_Paladin
"An Advancement in Racing Simulation"
Forza 3 is an amazing racing game, from the stellar graphics to the flawless driving controls, along with (to my knowledge) one of the largest amounts of cars to choose from, ever. It has all the aspects of a perfect title, with some small flaws.
Gameplay - 8/10
The core of the game. The racing in this game runs along flawlessly as you watch your car advance past the opposition (or as you fall behind). All of the seven other cars that you face have very good AI; they will try to make you crash at the start, sometimes succeeding in causing you to crash, which is where the first fault lies. They will sometimes crash you too early; so you have to try to catch up (hard in some of the races) or restart. You do not lose anything for restarting, but it gets annoying the fifth or sixth time. Another fault is the difficulty curve. The Easy difficulty is, quite that, easy. You blow past the competition with very little difficulty, and with all the assists on it almost feels like they're holding your hand. But. turn the difficulty up to, say, Hard, the computer will do everything in its power to stop you. And they WILL succeed. The Medium difficulty is definitely in the middle; the AI is proficient while your assists are limited. The jump from each difficulty is indeed a bit steep, though.
Graphics - 10/10
This is, undoubtedly, one of the best looking games in a very long time. It runs along at an amazingly smooth frame rate (60 frames per second IIRC) while allowing you to see the amazing detail put in the game, from the damage to the logos on the track walls. And. there's the decals. You can see them at an amazingly clear resolution, even on an SDTV. That shiny new X-Wing Countach you bought? Stare at it in amazing detail even on an SDTV.
Sound - 10/10
Forza Motorsport 3's entire sound database is a remarkable thing to hear, from the stellar soundtrack to the sounds of the engine and the trippy elevator music in the menus, Forza 3 is a masterpiece of sound. The sounds of the raceway are all there; from the tires skidding to the brakes doing their thing and the engine howling, it is a pleasure to hear.
Replayability - 10/10
The game doesn't end after the 6th year. The races keep coming, but that's not all. After all is said and done, there's still a helluva lot of stuff to do. Between buying the car of your dreams and finishing all the achievements, there is a nearly infinite amount of stuff to do. Even moreso if your are one of the many graphic artists that can make an amazing piece of art such as the aforementioned X Wing Countach. You can go for hours making brilliant pieces of machinery that can range from Castle Crashers TVRs to Guitar Hero Bugattis and Racing Decal, well, pretty much anything.
Final Recommendation/Overall Score - 9/10
Overall, Forza Motorsport 3 is an amazing game with obvious attention to detail and making the game as realistic as possible, which it does a damn good job of. The minor flaws barely weigh down the experience at all; it is still a stupendous game. Don't rent it. buy it, and make sure there's a good amount of hard drive space for the content on the second disc. You won't regret it.
Reviewer's Rating: 4.5 - Outstanding
Originally Posted: 11/30/09
Game Release: Forza Motorsport 3 (US, 10/27/09)
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