I'm new to Forza: How does it differ from other car games?
Forza is notable for its realistic depiction of real cars, tracks, lighting, and handling, running at 60 frames per second at the current best console resolution. Since the beginning of the series in 2005, Turn 10's goal has been to "turn gamers into car lovers and car lovers into gamers." Partner content such as Top Gear and Hoonigan celebrates car culture in addition to the focus on motorsport competition. The car roster is diverse with production cars and race cars across many body types and manufacturers from pre-WWII to modern day. Customization is a key feature of Forza, allowing players to tune and upgrade the performance of their cars and use the Livery Editor to create unique paint designs. The game contains both solo and multiplayer features and allows players to choose their path in career mode. Instead of pre-programmed A.I., Forza uses the cloud to create and constantly update Drivatars - a unique virtual representation of each player's driving style - and puts them in your game as opponents. Unlike some other car games, there are no playable characters, and Forza games do not depict police, crime, or weapons.
How is Forza Motorsport 7 different from Forza Motorsport 6 or the Forza Horizon series?
Forza Motorsport racing takes place on closed circuit tarmac tracks at real world locations (Le Mans, Daytona, etc), unlike the open world of the Forza Horizon series. Motorsport and Horizon games share the same physics and lighting engine (ForzaTech) and often incorporate features introduced in previous games. FH3 features such as the Auction House (last seen in the Motorsport series in FM4), Drone Mode, wide body kits, Forza Edition cars, and Forzathon are included in FM7. FM7 is the first full game in the Motorsport series to be playable on Windows 10 PCs (via Play Anywhere) with developer attention to peripheral support and display options for PC players. New to this series is Dynamic Weather and skies, more focus on animating and personalizing the driver with a wide array of racing suits, and the introduction of Dubai as the featured environment. Suzuka, Mugello, and Maple Valley tracks return, last seen in FM4. An improved penalty system targets track cutting, and tuning can be done while waiting for multiplayer races to load. FM7 has the largest car roster in the franchise's history, with more cars at launch (700) than FM4 had after all DLC additions.
Is Forza Motorsport 7 suitable for my child?
Forza games are designed to be playable by a range of skill levels, and offer driving assists that allow inexperienced players to jump in and drive, and harder difficulty settings to challenge experienced racing game players. 100% completion time that may take up to 100 hours. FM7 is rated E for Everyone by the ESRB (and PEGI 3 in Europe). Xbox's Code of Conduct prohibits car designs that contain vulgarity but some may be visible before they are reported and removed. In online multiplayer, players may be exposed to unrestrained audio chat from other players, but they can be muted.
What is the minimum I need to play Forza Motorsport 7? Do I need a steering wheel and the Xbox One X?
You do not need to own or have played previous Forza games in order to play FM7. The Standard version of the game costs $60 and is available for any in the Xbox One family of consoles or on Windows 10 PCs (digital only; console not required) with the required performance and storage requirements. Game features are the same on the original Xbox One as the Xbox One X, with HDR and 4K benefits available from the One S and One X respectively. FM7 is not available for the Xbox 360 or other brand consoles, and is not available from Steam. Other than a monitor the only other equipment requirement is a compatible controller ("gamepad"), which is included with retail console packages or available separately for use with PCs. Peripherals such as steering wheels, pedals, and shifters are not required. Kinect and a headset are not required but will enhance the playing experience for streaming and multiplayer mode. An Xbox Live account is required to sign in on the console and PC. A paid Xbox Live Gold membership is required for multiplayer on the console but not required for multiplayer on the PC. Only one copy of the game on a console with Gold membership is necessary for guests on that console to play the game and have access to downloadable content add-ons. In-app purchases are not required to complete the game. See the Support topic in this thread for discussion about physical and visual impairment, and the Hardware section for discussion of technical issues.
(Written by Manteomax)