Forza 5 review round-up: Critics rate Xbox One's flagship racer

All the review scores in one place

In our Forza 5 review we said Turn 10's latest is "not a racing game. Not really. It's a driving simulation that features races".

"Despite all the quality of the production, these chases aren't as thrilling as those of Forza 4, let alone GRID or F1 2013. So unless you're convinced the remarkable graphics and attention to automotive detail are absolutely worth your money, there are other racing games that play much better."

Other publications have also offered their two-cents on the game and, as always, we've gathered up as many of these reviews as we could find for a round-up. Take a look at the reception for the Xbox One's flagship racing game below:

  • CVG: 7/10 - Impossibly smooth and good-looking, it's just a shame it doesn't play as well as Forza 4.
  • GamesRadar: 4/5 - Forza Motorsport 5 is admirable in its pursuit of solving a tough problem. Having effectively perfected the console driving simulator years ago, Turn 10 was left with the option of driving in circles with a same-y annualized release, or peeling out of that cul-de-sac and onto the open road. With Forza 5, it chose to compromise in certain areas in an attempt to create something unique and fresh. It's not entirely successful, as the sometimes-negligible improvements to the gameplay can't quite make up for the sting of losing so many fan-favorite cars and tracks. But what is included is still terrific, and in some cases better than ever.
  • Eurogamer: 7/10 - Ignore the nonsense, though, and it can still be electrifying. Take an Audi R18 e-tron away from the messy drone of the career and set about beating a Rivals hot lap time around Spa and it's sublime: the diesel engine roars stealthily, the sun streaming through the Ardennes' thick forest. With Forza Motorsport 5, Turn 10's created a driving experience both accessible and beautiful - but it's been stripped back to make Xbox One's launch, and augmented with a host of ugly extras that only serve Microsoft's bid to make a few dollars more.
  • Polygon: 9/10 - Forza 5 is beautiful, sure, with a stunning, light-filled world of engines and tire smoke. But with the introduction of aggressive, convincing AI that makes every offline race feel like a multiplayer competition, Turn 10 has charted a course for the future of the series - and created the Xbox One's first must-own game.
  • Joystiq: 4/5 - I do another run through the calming Bernese alps, this time in a pitch-black Nissan GT-R. I catch a glimpse of Xav's alter ego once more, gripping my controller tight in preparation for his all-metal attack. Or is it anticipation? I gently ease off the acceleration, wait, wait, wait and give him just a tap on the side, sending him into a barrier. Now I am one with my cloud people.
  • OXM: 8/10 - Forza 5 is a very welcome introduction to Xbox One that sometimes feels like an upgrade to Forza 4, rather than the breakaway hit it could be.
  • IGN: 8.8/10 - Forza 5 is gorgeous and smooth as butter, and its utterly enchanting handling makes it a joy to drive hard, but this game is more than just a rock solid technical titan for the Xbox One. It's an essential destination for the automobile obsessed. It may be lighter on girth than where we left off last generation, and still lacking much-requested features like night racing and rain, but wrestling a car through some of the world's most legendary corners at the very limits of adhesion has never looked or felt this good on console. As a result Forza 5 is a very hard game for a revhead like myself not to love.
  • VideoGamer: 9/10 - . The classical music adds unnecessary pretension and a disjointed sense of calm. Equally, every crash sounds identical, cheapening their intensity, and the lack of night races and dynamic weather is inexcusable, especially when racers on the previous generation offer both. Despite these problems, nothing takes away from what is a great game. Every moment is exhilarating, and Drivatar isn't just a buzzword but an example of what the next-gen can do.
  • GameSpot: 9/10 - Forza Motorsport 5 [is] an outstanding improvement to an already excellent racing franchise. It's far more than just a great racing sim, or a gorgeous showcase for the types of feats the Xbox One hardware is capable of. This is a game built on the romantic thrill of motorsport in all its forms, and that love for its subject matter is all but impossible to resist.
  • Destructoid: 9/10 - But, at the end of the day, the racing is what matters. And with this game, the racing is fantastic, and Turn 10 is really onto something with this Drivatar stuff. It alone gives Forza Motorsport 5 something over every other racer out there, pushing the genre forward. They've remedied the racing genre's biggest problem: scripted AI cars. For this, Turn 10 deserves high praise.
  • EGM Now: 6.5 - Forza Motorsport 5's Career mode is a shell of its former self, giving little reason for players to keep coming back. Couple this with a dismal launch lineup of cars and tracks, and this is a surprising step backward for the Forza franchise as it helps kick off Microsoft's next-gen console.
  • Xbox 360 Achievement: 80/100 - Bearing the weight of Xbox One's launch day racing hopes entirely on its own, Forza Motorsport 5 is a more than worthy addition to the storied racing franchise's history, and a strong first crack at next-gen. However, it's a game that's so in love with its own style that it forgot to bring the substance. Drivatar is a brilliant innovation, but where's the weather, night racing and improved damage model? Turn 10 has a lot of room to improve with the next Forza Motorsport game. For now, Forza Motorsport 5 will do.
  • Digital Spy: 4/5 - As a visual spectacle and with some interesting innovations, Forza Motorsport 5 makes up for its lack of content, racing to the front of the pack in a strong Xbox One launch lineup.
  • AusGamers: 8.6/10 - Forza Motorsport 5 is a technical marvel and a truly next-gen experience. Drivatar technology needs to be implemented into every game as soon as possible, and people looking for a fantastic looking driving game need look no further. Still, thanks to a pointless need to streamline the experience Turn 10 has robbed the game of some of its heart. It seems that for all their focus on recreating how a person drives, they lost sight of why.
  • NowGamer: 8.0/10 - Technically impressive, but limited on new ideas. Drivatar is the closest to innovation Forza 5 comes, but needs more depth to be worthwhile.