XBOX ONE Forza Motorsport 7

Last updated date: August 29, 2019

DWYM Score
8.6

XBOX ONE Forza Motorsport 7

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 72 expert reviews, the XBOX ONE XBOX ONE Forza Motorsport 7 placed 5th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note September 20, 2019:
Checkout The Best Racing Game for a detailed review of all the top racing games.

Expert Summarized Score
8.7
7 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.7
433 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Features a gigantic garage of fully-customizable cars from a wide range of manufacturers, plenty of additional car packs for separate purchase, and stunning 4K graphics. You'll always be able to find other players to race against over Xbox Live.
- BestReviews
April 1, 2019 | Full review
Unparalleled car selection. Dozens of tracks. Looks gorgeous. Driving is as tight and focused as ever. Single player encourages players to experiment with new cars. Showcase races delivery plenty of extra variety
- Digital Trends
October 4, 2017 | Full review
The first key to Forza 7’s success is the control. The cars all feel ultra-assured, responding perfectly and predictably to control inputs, and allowing just the right amount of abuse. Sure-footed, careful cornering transitions seamlessly into a slide, breaks into an acre-long drift, and eventually hangs sideways before giving up on traction altogether
- Games Radar
October 2, 2017 | Full review
Forza offers an accessible and satisfying experience in which almost anyone can get around a track and enjoy themselves thanks to the huge variety of assist options. There's a real skill gap still present though. Forza has always been designed to be quicker for those who know their car, know the track and can drive with fewer assists (especially the usage of manual and no ABS). Rewarding the user for challenging them self but also being accessible to many casual players is something not many track racers achieve at all.
- Keen Gamer
October 3, 2017 | Full review
Forza Horizon 4 dreams big in a way racing games rarely do anymore.
- Tom's Guide
April 11, 2019 | Full review
Fantastically approachable, great to play on a controller and very adaptable for all needs and requirements. Huge selection of cars to choose from which all look, sound and feel different to each other. Excellent visuals for the most part. Specifically the look of the cars and the backdrops of each environment. Extensive career mode as well as a host of other content to keep you engaged
- WCCF Tech
October 6, 2017 | Full review
Forza Motorsport 7 takes this to the next level. The races that have you driving at dawn offer some of the most amazing visuals I have seen in a console game. The dawn lighting, mist effects, and range of colours are absolutely stunning.
- Xbox Enthusiasts
October 2, 2017 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Although the VIP and Car Pass add-ons are primarily for people who think 700 cars isn't enough, these add-ons are fairly pricy.
- BestReviews
April 1, 2019 | Full review
Twangy country-rock doesn't fit the look. Potential for scummy microtransactions
- Digital Trends
October 4, 2017 | Full review
With some long-ish load times and still-underwhelming visual damage in major crashes, one day it will be bettered, though it’s unlikely we’ll see that happen in this console generation.
- Games Radar
October 2, 2017 | Full review
Forza 7's multiplayer, as it stands at least, is poor at best.
- Keen Gamer
October 3, 2017 | Full review
Confusing progression system
- Tom's Guide
April 11, 2019 | Full review
Invasive loot boxes take away a previous feature in the game for gambling-style microtransactions. The new collector level ties into this by locking you out of higher tier cars until you've wasted credits on lower tier ones. Limited selection of 'environments' (tracks) with a number of them being limited to select conditions
- WCCF Tech
October 6, 2017 | Full review
Audio glitch on restart of console
- Xbox Enthusiasts
October 2, 2017 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

THE ULTIMATE RACING EXPERIENCE. BUILT FOR 4K. The best-selling racing franchise on any platform this generation. Experience the thrill of motorsport at the limit with the most comprehensive, beautiful and authentic racing game ever made. Enjoy gorgeous graphics at 60fps and true 4K resolution in HDR. Collect and race more than 700 cars. Challenge yourself across 30 famous destinations and 200 ribbons, where race conditions can change every lap and every race.

Overall Product Rankings

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1. XBOX ONE Forza Horizon 4
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 7
XBOX ONE Forza Horizon 2
2. XBOX ONE Forza Horizon 2
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 5
XBOX 360 Need For Speed Rivals
3. XBOX 360 Need For Speed Rivals
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 9
XBOX ONE Project Cars 2
4. XBOX ONE Project Cars 2
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 5
XBOX ONE Forza Motorsport 7
5. XBOX ONE Forza Motorsport 7
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 7
XBOX ONE Forza Motorsport 5
6. XBOX ONE Forza Motorsport 5
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 7
XBOX ONE DiRT 4
7. XBOX ONE DiRT 4
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 5
XBOX ONE Forza Motorsport 6
8. XBOX ONE Forza Motorsport 6
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 6
XBOX ONE ONRUSH
9. XBOX ONE ONRUSH
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 6
PS4 DriveClub
10. PS4 DriveClub
Overall Score: 7.8
Expert Reviews: 8

An Overview On Racing Games

There’s no doubt that you’ve seen car commercials where the car moves at top speed through mountain roads or races through the desert. As the commercial ends, tiny print at the bottom of the screen appears: “Do not attempt.” 

Most of us would never try to drift around an airplane runway at night, but why should stunt drivers have all the fun? Racing video games can give you the same thrills and chills without the risk.

Today’s titles have unbelievable graphics that make you feel like you’re right there, speeding through gorgeous settings featuring British castles or rolling Irish hills. Realistic, dynamic weather and thoughtful soundtracks add an extra layer of shine on the latest games. 

There are two major sub-genres of racing games, and most players prefer one or the other. Simulation racers are designed to be as realistic as possible. The cars respond with physics that mimic real-life driving in an open-world setting. (Open world means that you’re not limited by a closed racetrack. You can drive off-road and you’ll never hit a wall where the graphics end.) Some people find these games more difficult to play, but diehard car and racing fans love them. The Forza Horizon series has some of the most popular simulation racing games

Arcade-style racing games put less emphasis on realistic controls and focus on creating the most enjoyable race possible for a general audience. You’re usually confined to a track, but the games are loaded with extras like weapons, boosters and ramps for trick jumps. The controls are usually easier to pick up. The Mario Kart series is one example of arcade-style games. 

Some games straddle the line between simulation and arcades, with ramps, missions and off-road activities hidden throughout an open-world environment. They usually have unlockable levels and fun extras to keep you playing. 

Both simulation games and arcade games have more options for cars, drivers and customization than ever before. You can choose from hundreds of vehicles, like Ferraris, Audis and Beamers. Online playing expands your gaming world, connecting you with friends and challenging players across the globe.

Now that you’ve got a solid grasp of racing games, zip on over to our Tips & Advice section to help you choose the perfect one.

DWYM Fun Fact

Racing games, or “racers,” have come a long way since they were first introduced in the 1970s.  The first car-based racing game was Atari’s “Gran Trak 10,” released in 1974. It was a single-player, black-and-white game where users raced a car around a dotted racetrack. 

The graphics weren’t much to look at, but players were wowed by the game’s included steering wheel, gear shift and pedals. You earned points by passing through certain parts of the course, and you played against a countdown timer. A black box in the center of the course represented an oil slick.

Despite the rudimentary graphics and sound effects, “Gran Trak 10” was tough to master. Spinning out and crashing into the side of the track were almost inevitable. The game was still an arcade favorite, and some lucky players across the globe still have the full arcade boxes as collectibles.

The Racing Game Buying Guide

  • First off, consider what gaming system you use before you buy. Most games are built to run on multiple systems, but there can be subtle differences between the controls and features from console to console. Make sure that you’re okay with any user differences on your console. 
  • Next, you’ll want to think about whether you’re looking for an arcade racer or a simulation racer. If you want to pull off high jumps, drifts and other tricks while you attack your fellow racers, look for an arcade racer. If you’re more concerned with realistic driving in gorgeous outdoor settings, a simulation racer is the right pick. 
  • The controls in some games are easier to pick up than in others. In general, arcade-style games have simpler controls and are friendlier to general interest players or kids. Simulation-style games rely on accurate physics, so their controls will be closer to an actual driving experience. They’re better for older players or serious racing game junkies.
  • Customization options abound in modern racing games. Some games let you modify every detail of a car down to the lug nut, while others just let you switch colors or models. Drivers can also be modified, or you can choose from a roster of professional racers. Pick a game with plenty of modification possibilities if that’s something you really want.
  • Today’s racing games offer far more than laps around a track. Face-off races, where you challenge other players online, can create a new challenge every time. You can also play against your old times in some games, or earn new cars or abilities if you master tricks or beat off-road challenges. Choose a game the type of add-ons that will keep you playing.
  • Racers take place almost entirely online. The type of server that each game has will affect how quickly it loads and how well it performs. For the fastest experience, look for a game that has a dedicated server. That means that the server is only used for gameplay and doesn’t waste bandwidth on other things like connected e-commerce stores. 
  • The speed of your home internet will also factor into how quickly your game loads and how smooth your experience is. Check out how much bandwidth each game requires and make sure your current Internet plan matches.