Despite the controversy and hate of Microsoft’s Xbox One, they still went big this year at E3 showing off some of their launch titles that fans can pick up this November. From the array of launch titles like Ryse, Forza 5, Dead Rising, and other downloadable titles, the Xbox One sure did a good job this year at E3 showcasing some of its best software line up. From the plethora of games shown off at E3, only a few caught our attention.
WINNER: Forza Motorsport 5
When Microsoft revealed that Forza 5 is a launch title, I was skeptical. Since we just recently received Horizon last year, I wasn’t sure I was ready for another Forza game. Trailers and screenshots were released and still did not catch my attention. At E3 this year, when Forza went all out with a playable demo, I must say that Forza 5 won me back and it’s something to look forward to when the Xbox One launches this November.
As someone who plays racing games, only a few racing franchises can really get me hooked and Forza is one of them. From the demo shown off at E3, I was immediately impressed due to its lifelike environments. Trailers that I saw prior to E3 didn’t give justice to the game as it doesn’t show its full capability. At the demo, I immediately saw how smooth the frame rates are. Compared to the current gen’s typical 30 frames per second, the big bump to 60 gave it a really a good performance. Combine the smooth performance with visuals that are top notch and you’ll get the best experience playing a racing game. Colors are very detailed and the accuracy of it is really vibrant making people think that the scenery behind is real, especially with its transition to daytime and nighttime races.
Gameplay wise, not much has changed as those who have played Forza 4 will easily grasp the game. The auto assist is still on but those can be turned off. When playing on the Xbox One controller, I didn’t feel much of a difference. It felt more of the same but the effect of rumble feels a little bit different. Overall, Forza 5 is a game that could potentially sell systems to those who love the previous franchise. From the demo itself, it gave me a good impression that the game will be good with all sorts of new features. If there’s one game that shows what next-gen racing is all about, Forza 5 might give you that impression.