So Forza has come up in a load of threads but there’s not an active Forza thread yet to discuss the game, prepare for FM7, and generally hate on rammers for basically ruining the online experience for everyone (the last time I properly engaged with the online racing was back in the FH1 and FM4 era).
So Motorsport 7 is coming up soon and I’m pretty excited by the changes being made. VW and Porsche are back at launch day, part of a roster of 700 cars over a range of vehicle types that all come with the base game and make the expensive vehicle DLC look like terrible value (for an extra 42 cars) - still amazed they don’t do a season pass that also includes any expansions/new tracks or even try the DriveClub model of giving the new tracks away for free to keep the community active and more eager to buy the car packs). Auctions etc finally go back into FM since leaving after FM4 with a new focus in the game on being able to collect a huge garage (the opposite of the measly progression they walked back after trying in FM5); the career progression is completely reworked into racing cups; and at least some classic tracks are back (Mugello, Suzuka, & Maple Valley) with the Jebel Hafeet Mountain Road joining them (I still want a reimagined Fujimi Kaido hill climb but at least there is something coming to fit that slot). All of it kept more dynamic by changing weather and conditions (something I’ve really missed in games that don’t include it now).
But I really think the thing that could make FM7 an amazing game, if they get it right, is working out automatic penalties (hopefully feeding into matchmaking tiers) for bad sportsmanship. The eSports side is looking at enabling actual stewards, which is cool but clearly doesn’t scale to normal players. But even an automated system that can flag people lapped and not offering a fair overtaking, definitely flagging intentional rammers causing spins and ruining corners - that sort of thing could go a long way to making the racing actually somewhat like racing. Rather than… well, here’s how a typical lobby goes even with some serious team racers in it:
Are you excited, would rather stick to FH3 (new assists coming to FM7 may make it a better game to just cruse in), something else caught your eye, or do you just want to wax about previous entries in the series?