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Forza Motorsport 7 demo review

Forza Motorsport 7 is coming at the end of the month on Xbox, but there’s a free demo available today that allows you to get a taste of what to expect in the full version of the game. We downloaded it and took a look, and here’s what we thought.

The weather

One of the biggest changes to the game over the previous version is the dynamic weather. In Forza Motorsport 6, the weather was fixed throughout the race. That means if it was sunny at the start of the race, it’d be sunny at the end of the race. The same applies for the rain.

There’s a demo race involving a race-prepared Nissan GTR that takes place at the Nürburgring Grand Prix circuit that involves dynamic weather. The rain accumulates fast — perhaps too fast for real life — but it changes throughout the race.

The added touch of lightning is fantastic, and it visually looks stunning.

The interface

The menus are redesigned for Forza Motorsport 7, and we generally like the changes. What we like is that you can adjust driver settings and assists while the race is loading, so you don’t have to sit there and wait, and wait, and wait for the race track to load.

The graphics

This is one of the most beautiful racing simulators we’ve driven. While there are only a few cars available for the demo, including the cover car GT2 RS from Porsche, they are meticulously detailed inside and out.

On the Dubai street course they have set up with the Porsche, the sand looks incredible. It sits on the track in spots and blows through the air.

The downsides

The demo is incredibly short. You get a taste of what to expect, but don’t expect to earn points, achievements, or anything that can be applied to the final version of the game. You’re stuck with a couple of races and a couple of drivers to get a feel for it.

That’s not a bad thing, per se, but it does whet our appetite for the final version of the game.

Speaking of the final version of the game, if you pre-order the Ultimate edition you’ll get early access, otherwise it’ll be available on October 3rd, 2017. It’s a 95 gigabyte download for the digital version, but the disc version still requires 50 gigabytes of space in addition to the 45 gigs on the disc. It’s a big game.

Overall we like what we see, though we’d like a bit more gameplay in the meantime. No matter, we’ll get to play the full version soon enough.

Forza Motorsport 7 demo

Editor's Rating


A good teaser of what's to come, but we'd like a bit more gameplay to hold us over.

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About Chad Kirchner

Chad Kirchner is the Editor-in-Chief of Future Motoring, along with the main host and producer of the Future Motoring podcast. In addition to his work here, he's a freelance automotive journalist for outlets around the world.

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