When it comes to simulation racing, Forza 7 doesn’t fool around. The serious nature of racing can be a hurdle for some, but we’ve come up with some great tips to ease you into the Forza experience, so you get the most out of your game.
One of the first things you should do after booting up Forza for the first time is check out the driver settings. You can do this from the main menu or before a race. In here you’ll find settings for things like ABS, traction control and other driving-related settings.
Driver Assists are important for a number of reasons, most notably because they drastically alter how your car will perform on the track. What each one does is easily found by hovering over the option and we can’t stress enough how important it is to read over the available information and select which options you want to have active or not.
Keep in mind, unlike the other Forza games, you will not receive a money bonus for racing with assists off. Whether you play with max assists or none, the reward isn’t monetary and is only for your own satisfaction.
The other form of difficulty setting in Forza is based in the Drivatar difficulty. This adjusts how the other racers in your game will perform. Left alone, they will be fairly clunky and not much of a threat to most players.
Note: adjusting the Drivatar will directly affect how much money you earn in Forza 7. Unlike previous games, this is the only way to increase credits earned per race without using special ‘Mod cards’.
By adjusting this setting up or down, the other racers will corner better, brake and accelerate more appropriately and generally race at a higher level. It’s also important to keep in mind that difficulty will naturally go up as you start racing in faster cars, so be careful not to make the game impossibly hard by cranking up the Drivatar difficulty on top of it.
When it comes to buying new cars, there can be a lot of options and varying stats. Horsepower, torque, weight, stopping power, you get the picture. With all these considerations, it can often be tough to find what’s simply going to be the best.
For newer players, this decision can be made simple. Look out for and only purchase 4 Wheel / All Wheel Drive vehicles. Many cars have this option and it’s great for new and old drivers alike. 4 Wheel drive cars tend to have better handling, traction and stopping power. They tend to suffer at the high end, with slower speeds, but they can drive circles around the competition due to their superior handling. When buying a fancy new ride, consider looking out for one of these, instead of some uncontrollable rear wheel drive nightmare.
It can be easy to fall into the habit of slamming into the competition to get them out of the way. Those pesky rival drivers are always in the way after all, so what better way to get them to move than a loving rear end collision.
However, unlike other games where the penalties for that might be slim, Forza is not so generous. At worse, you’ll damage your car so heavily it can’t even be driven. At best, you’ll lose precious momentum, slowing you down and potentially causing your car to wobble and crash. This is true even on the easiest settings, as constant car bumping will ultimately lead to worse track times due to the constant collisions slowing you down.
At first glance, you might write off prize crates as some sort of microtransaction. We’re here to tell you that’s not the case! You can buy virtually all of them using in-game credits.
They’re a new addition to the series and if you’re a long time fan, you’ll know that by the end of the Forza experience, you’re usually a millionaire with nothing to spend your money on. Prize Crates let you spend that money instead of hoarding it, and unlock a whole slew of cosmetic items, Mods and driver apparel.
Although not entirely new, Mods might seem unusual at first glance. You acquire them via the Prize Crates and occasionally other means. Mods come in different varieties and since the Prize Crates are random, you’ll never know for certain which ones you’ll be getting.
Mods alter your driving experience in very specific ways, as indicated on the card. Sometimes this means making the AI drivers harder, or altering how your car handles. Sometimes the Mod will be a simple monetary increase, shooting your winnings up by 50 or even 100%.
For the first time in the Forza franchise, hoarding cars is actually important to your progress. Your profile now has a Car Collection rating, which tracks all the cars you own and gives you a ranking based on the quantity and rarity of the cars.
This is important not only so you can brag about having a complete collection, but because having a better collection also improves the rewards you receive when you rank up. Essentially, the more cars you own, the better quality of cars you can unlock!
At the main menu, you can tab over to the Car section and find the specialty dealer. Here, you will be able to purchase very rare vehicles that are generally unobtainable in the main game. You’ll also spot a timer on each vehicle, indicating how long it will be at the dealership before it disappears (generally 8-10 days).
The Specialty Dealer works hand and hand with the Car Collection, making it quite important. Since the cars that appear at the Specialty Dealer tend to be very rare, they will shoot up your car collection rating by huge chunks, instead of the smaller amounts that a standard car might get you.