So the Forza Motorsport 7 demo is out and…
This feels like a series that used to be mainstream popular but is now not the hottest ticket and in a sub-genre that’s also contracting. Games like Forza Horizon, modern Need for Speed, and even The Crew are providing similar (towards the arcade end/assists always on) semi-sim handling with an open world wrapper rather than making it about the circuits. Then you’ve got more sim-friendly series making a push on PC and even things like Project Cars taking over from Shift, now slicing ever so slightly closer to sim than semi-sim. (I recently went back to the Shift and TOCA games and the former does not hold up that well - good on the team that made those games for finding solid footing with PCars.)
I’ve been having quite a lot of fun with the FM7 demo and these three tracks / fixed cars on PC. The FM7 system to auto-upgrade all the vehicles in a standard race to be about your equal is an interesting choice that’s going to be different for upgrading your car purely to jump into another class or because you feel it needs the handling tweaks - certainly something I’d kinda pushed at in earlier games (upgrading only where I wanted it, while staying inside the budget to just come under the class limit) but now I feel like I’ll be free to upgrade exactly where I feel the car needs it and my opposition will all join me at whatever line I want to draw.
Is anyone else playing the demo or looking forward to the full game? It seems like there’s probably not enough interest here to get a car club for Waypoint community going but if other Forza drivers want to friend me (to turn up on leaderboards) then I’m Shivoa on Live.
Edit: Hang on, car clubs not confirmed for the game? This is not sounding like a great thing to be missing after they worked so well on the 360 and finally came back for FH3. Wow, I really hope they realise that this would be something to at least patch into the game (as it sounds like a lot of the online stuff won’t make launch or possibly even the XB1X patch) to make sure it keeps a strong community going.