We bought Forza Motorsport 3 last Friday and it is fantastic. They’ve done a brilliant job of making it easy for anyone to pick up the game… there’s a bunch of assists you can turn on (auto-braking, a guide showing the best line to take, and so on) but you can turn them off and even do complete simulation mode, where there’s tire wear and fuel concerns and you have to make pit-stops.
A similar thing applies to the upgrades. You can go in and choose individual parts to upgrade if you’re so inclined, or you can just pick “Quick Upgrade” and it’ll work out what parts it needs for your chosen performance level.
kungfupolarbear and I have been having excellent fun upgrading our cars. My current one is a current-model Dodge Challenger, currently it’s got somewhere around 600kW of power and over 1000Nm of torque, large in part to the 540 cubic inch Mopar Hemi V8 engine. I ended up having to put proper adjustable racing wings on both the front and back as the braking was… lacking, shall we say!
You can also tune the car as well, and adjust braking pressure, the amount of downforce on the front and rear wings, the camber of the wheels, even gearing ratios! It’s crazy. I love it so much. 😀 I spent about an hour last night just tuning the car, not even doing any races and winning money.
Forza lets you take photos from within the game and upload them to the website, which is cool. Unfortunately they’re kind of badly compressed, so I sized this down a bit so it’s less noticeable. Hopefully they’ll change that soon.