Hi guys at Forza,
I bought an XBox One purely because I had worked through all the previous titles on the Xbox 360. First I was a little peeved to find out that to enjoy “One” graphics I would need to buy a $4000 tv. I did not. I was still excited to start a new quest on Career mode and dabble in the never before tried world of multiplayer.
The Career was so laughably easy , throwing prizes galore at any achievement that before long it was completed and I had a garage of 500 plus vehicles and very few challenges to try them in. I could of course set up a race in free play, but that was just bonkers. It seems that there is very little in the game for people to take a car as it is delivered and race it.
To be competitive you would have to waste huge swathes of daylight fiddling and fettling creating a car that looked like a Ferrari but had little in common with the vehicle that was made special by Italians and then changed into a kit car by just about everyone just to be able to compete.
I am in my 40’s and have loved racing games since the first gen Gran Turismo and Project Gotham. For a brief while it seemed that nothing was impossible and great things could happen. I am a petrol head and always enjoyed racing games. I dont spend days and days obsessing but when i get home sometimes i want to switch on and take part in a race and get a little buzz from it.
So I tried Multiplayer…how have we got to 7 from 4 and still not employed any basic track courtesy rules and penalties. There are two sets of Multiplayers, the ones who dont go out and spend days fiddling and tuning and getting really grumpy if anyone even as much as scratches their pride and joy, or twelve year olds who just want to crash into everyone all the time. So you created a ghost series , which is just racing around a track on your own…
After countless updates we have seen a huge raft of awesome vehicles, some get the privilege of being in a single circuit Rival event and then end up in the ever burgeoning garage , maybe to be bought out once in a blue moon because if you want to do multiplayer and win their are about 10 vehicles in the game that are able to compete.
Not one change or update has been made to the career, no new challenges , no new series (its possible because it keeps happening in Horizon 4, but not 3 anymore because thats old hat now!!!)
And then more drifting, a sport which, on the whole is a niche for a small group of people, and i respect they may enjoy it. The drag is still experimental, the multiplayer is dire and the career just doesnt have enough to use 10% of the garage.
Horizon 4 is for drifting and playing tag in the carpark , its the sandbox , its the cash cow. Why cant Forza 7 be for petrol heads, with new offline and online challenges that give a sense of someone giving a damn.
If anything Forza 7 has made me bloody determined to be able to complete Project Cars, being that I have a life I have not converted my lounge into a racing car and still believe in the controller , which again , quite disappointingly works more intuitively with Project Cars, the vibration is crisper and gives a sense of acceleration and braking that Forza misses by a mile. The cars dont just wallow, they all have different feel and pace.
Please Forza clear the decks, go back to what made the game great, stop me and many others from going to the competition for our kicks. I dont want to have Forza as a game I pick up once a month when it has been updated and then leave it again.
I love the detail, the cars, the imagination when it comes to some of the truly awesome special vehicles, now give me some way of driving them as they were meant to be driven …as they are and fairly.
Last note…a better tier and scoring system that tracks overall events etc would also be awesome, some way of monthly pitting yourselves against your friends whether on or offline would be really great.