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Forza Motorsport Initial Experience: Opening Act Shown in Forza Monthly

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Credit: Turn 10/ Playgroud Games/ Xbox Games Studio

Forza Motorsport's initial experience was shown in this month's Forza Monthly update. Turn 10 and Playground Games were on hand to give us one final showcase before October's release date.

Forza Motorsport's release date is less than a month away and the September 2023 Forza Monthly didn't disappoint!

A new in-game system to rate how well you're driving as well as the first part of Forza Motosport's single player mode were shown today. Plus, there's a lot more to go through, so let's get into the action!

Forza Motorsport Initial Experience

We started the Forza Motorsport Career Mode with a drive in the incredible Corvette e-Ray. The hybrid supercar was preceded by a beautiful montage of some of the fastest circuits and cars available in the game.

The USA's Maple Valley sees the e-Ray being put through its paces by you in a one-lap race. The lady on the radio walks you through some of the basics like the controls and the dynamic racing line.

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Credit: Turn 10/ Playground Games/ Xbox Games Studio

You stream past other cars like they're standing still all while the graphics, sound and physics look very impressive. Based on this preview build, it's fair to say that PlayStation 5's Gran Turismo 7 has some serious competition.

We then head to Hakone, Japan as the sun sets and the cherry blossoms fall from the trees. A pit-stop for fresh tyres sees you needing to overtake the competition within just two laps.

Again, you'll fly through the pack thanks to the monstrous performance of your car. It looks like a World Endurance Championship LMP1 racer.

Car Mastery

One of the first things that was spoken about in the 2023 Forza Monthly was Forza's new Car Mastery system. Car Mastery analyses your driving and gives you a score based on how well you're driving compared to the theoretical best.

With over 500 cars and 20 circuits at launch, there are a lot of vehicles and vistas to enjoy in Forza Motorsport. Forza Motorsport Creative Director Chris Esaki detailed how this new system works.

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Credit: Turn 10/ Playground Games/ Xbox Games Studio

This won't be something you'll need to go out of your way to experience. Car Mastery will run in the background while you're racing and score you based on how well you're driving.

This also plays into the Car Building system, where you unlock new upgrade parts for cars as you drive them. So, in short, loyalty pays off when it comes to your favourite rides in Forza Motorsport.

Builder's Cup

We also got to see the Car Mastery in action in the Builder's Cup. The first event of the tournament at Grand Oak Raceway was shown, as well as choosing the car we'd be racing in, a Honda Civic Type R.

Like the two circuits we saw before, this is an original Forza circuit, but you'd never guess it with how well it's put together. We first practiced, which is a new feature for Forza Motorsport, to set our difficulty for the race.

This is a great way to ensure that the AI is set correctly before jumping into a race. Too high and the race becomes impossibly frustrating, too low and it's a contest without a challenge or real purpose.

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Next, we jumped into the race. Starting at the back of the grid, our driver battled through the field in this four-lap competition. The first dozen or so cars were easy to overtake, but the leaders were a real challenge.

These drivers stuck to the racing line very well and put up a robust defence. Still though, they were passable, but were by no means easy to overtake.

Release date & Trailer

Forza Motorsport will be released worldwide on 10th October. It'll be released on both the Xbox Series X | S and Windows PC.

If you haven't seen the official trailer for Forza Motorsport, where have you been? It's definitely got us excited for the game's full release next month!

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