Forza Motorsport 5 reviews arrive – get all the scores here

Wednesday, 20th November 2013 14:09 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Forza Motorsport 5 from Turn 10 Studios releases alongside Xbox One on Friday, and reviews have started hitting the Internet. Get the scores below.

As usual, scores are based on 10 being the highest unless otherwise noted. As more come in, we will post them below.

CVG – 7
OXM – 8
Gamespot – 9
Joystiq -4/5
Polygon – 9
Eurogamer – 7
GamesRadar 4/5
Destructiod – 9
VideoGamer – 9
IGN – 8.8
AusGamers – 8.6 – 8.3 – 8.8
Xbox360Achievements – 80/100
GameInformer – 8.75
Digital Spy – 4/5
USgamer – 9
Eurogamer Italy – 9
The Escapist – 3.5/5
EGM – 6.5

Xbox One’s launch line-up has been reviewed, with Ryse: Son of Rome still to come. Get an overview of all the scores for each game as they drop, right here.



  1. f1r3storm – 10/10

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Djoenz

    Oxm gives 8 out of ten (due to small AI issues) but Eurogamer gives 10/10 lmao.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. TrickyAudio

    The best Xbox One game easily.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. Fin

    EG’s review was pretty scathing :/

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Hcw87

    The AI actually sounds great, unpredictable drivers are better than the ones driving on a strict racing line like in Gran Turismo/Previous Forza games.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. fihar

    Hmm, the impression I got seems to indicate that the game is great, but lacking in content and innovation.
    The reception to the Drivatar has been quite positive as well.

    Man, I so have to try this one out for myself. Damn Microsoft for not caring about the Asian markets.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. Fin

    EG’s review actually said the Drivatar wasn’t great, as people are morons, and therefore the AI drives like a moron – breaking in straights, that kinda thing.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. Arcnail

    How is it that EG can really review the drivatar system if there’s basically nobody playing yet?

    #8 1 year ago
  9. Fin


    All the journos, I assume.

    Good quote from Edge – “Play Forza 5 and you can’t help think of Project Gotham Racing 3 – Microsoft’s flagship racer for Xbox 360’s launch, stripped of courses, cars and features in the name of its HD makeover”.

    7 –

    #9 1 year ago
  10. KineticCalvaria

    Nice scores, pretty much what I expected.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. The_Red

    Good point. Drivatars are nothing but ghost saves from last gen dressed to look like something futuristic that makes cloud look useful. That said, I still think Forza 5 could be a great game.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. viralshag

    These scores were held back with the aim to offset the no-doubt poor scores for Ryse.

    Such a shame, at least one of the purchases should be good.

    #12 1 year ago
  13. Dave Cook

    @8 There’s a ton of data from Turn10 and Microsoft players already on there, apparently

    #13 1 year ago

    So gave it a 10, but goes with a 7?

    Way to lose credibility.

    A big bunch of 8′s and 9′s there, anyway…

    #14 1 year ago
  15. bradk825

    Wow several 9s up there. I knew it would get the hottest reviews out of all the launch titles but I am still impressed how well it did.

    I am curious enough to go read EGM for myself, lol. Either they saw something everyone else didn’t, or Forza 5 made a remark about their mother.

    #15 1 year ago
  16. Christopher Jack

    @14, Reviewing a product is entirely subjective.

    #16 1 year ago
  17. Ireland Michael

    @14 Different people, different score.

    Anyway, congrats to the game for scoring so well. It doesn’t even remotely interest me, but it’s good to see something really solid for people looking for this kind of game.

    #17 1 year ago


    Is it?


    No gauge on actual quality, then? Just whether someone, who you don’t know anything about, likes it or not?

    #18 1 year ago
  19. Spider Law

    Glad to see such good reviews. My interest in anything Xbox is mostly on For a and it looks like for good reason. Kudos.

    #19 1 year ago

    You’d have thought that they same company, with the same philosophy, ethics and principles, wouldn’t have such a wide range in verdict, if they wanted to look professional.

    ‘This game is super annoying, and therefore, average!’ ‘This game is practically flawless!’

    It’s nonsense.

    #20 1 year ago
  21. Ireland Michael

    @18 Quality is also subjective.

    How exactly do you quantify quality?

    To the one reviewer, the controls and AI might have been polished so well that it makes it the best racing game they’ve ever played. For the other reviewer, the lack of content might have severely hampered their enjoyment of the game, as they might prefer a more engrossing, long term experience.

    So yes, it’s entirely subjective. The content of the reviews are what matter at the end of the day, not the score. A low scoring game can still be fun to certain people if it ticks enough of the boxes as far as the type of gameplay experience they want.

    @20 The idea that publications exist as entities is really bloody outdated at this point. People don’t care about the “entity” of websites anymore. They’re interested in an individual’s opinions.

    Even then, those site philosophies can still allow for huge differences in opinions. People aren’t autonomous machines.

    #21 1 year ago
  22. Christopher Jack

    @21, Well put.

    #22 1 year ago
  23. bradk825

    @21 You hit the nail on the head. That’s why I like that VG247 posts a slew of reviews when they come out. Imagine if the only review someone reads is the EG one. Or on the flip side of the coin, – 10/10. Seeing all the scores together provides some nice balance.

    #23 1 year ago
  24. Ireland Michael

    Varied scores allow you to get a much broader view of the positives and negatives of every game, and make a more informed opinion about your purchase.

    The supposed lack of content in this game, for instance, would probably put me off purchasing a game like this, because I enjoy the time investment. As an example, it’s why I disliked Need for Speed: Most Wanted so much… it felt like a stripped down Burnout Paradise, without any of the charm and personality.

    Getting hung up on individual reviews is silly.

    #24 1 year ago
  25. Fin

    It’s gotten to the point where I can’t tell if G1GA is trolling or not.

    “One publication gave this game 7, but a different publication gave it 10! Way to lose credibility”

    “One publication gave this game 7, but a different publication gave it 10! Way to show off being bribed”

    Grow up.

    #25 1 year ago

    If a game’s visuals are badly optimised, and it runs poorly, it’s obviously of a lower quality to a game where this isn’t the case.

    If a game contains numerous bugs and constatnly crashes, it’s obviously of a lower quality to a game where this isn’t the case.

    If a game that’s supposed to be driven by narrative and immersion has a script right out of a bad episode from a 1980s low budget daytime drama, it’s obviously of a lower quality to a game where this isn’t the case.

    The claim was made that game reviews are “entirely subjective”, and that’s not the case.

    They are a mixture of subjectivity and objectivity. And it’s up to the reviewer to have the understanding that his/her personal, minor gripes/delights, which will almost certainly differ from person to person anyway, cannot be used to affect the overall verdict on a game.

    The difference between a 6 and a 7, or an 8 or a 9 is pretty meaningless.

    But when you’ve got one group of websites, which operate under one umbrella, telling people two completely opposing views on a game, it’s a nonsense.

    #26 1 year ago


    What are you talking about???

    It’s gotten to the point where you make absolutely no sense.

    #27 1 year ago
  28. Fin


    I was implying that you would spin it a different way if it was a game you weren’t as favorable to being rated.

    “But when you’ve got one group of websites, which operate under one umbrella, telling people two completely opposing views on a game, it’s a nonsense.”

    Really? A 7 and a 10 are opposing views?
    I forgot that websites that operate under same umbrella, should automatically give a game the same score. It’s not like different people reviewed the game.

    You’re not seriously saying this are you? You are trolling yeah?

    #28 1 year ago
  29. naffgeek

    I loved Forza 4 but seriously £429 for the console….

    £49.99 for the game…..

    and it has micro-transactions.

    On top of that some of the best tracks are missing and the car count is way down on 4.

    Are we seriously gonna keep lapping this shit up???

    Wii U for me this xmas…fuck next gen.

    #29 1 year ago
  30. antraxsuicide

    @28 Why are you hung up on his opinion? He made the comment that Eurogamer had lost credibility with him. That’s not anyone’s decision but his to make.

    To me, Destructoid has no credibility. I can make that statement because it’s my opinion and I have no reason whatsoever to justify it. If Eurogamer’s style of review loses them a reader, then that’s their problem to deal with, not yours. Calm your tits.

    #30 1 year ago
  31. polygem

    not a racing fan. if i crave a racer sometimes, it’s an arcade one…but great scores. watched some reviews and it sounds really good. liked sesslers more “naive” take on the genre :)
    i could relate to that.

    #31 1 year ago


    Thank you.

    Well said.

    #32 1 year ago
  33. Fin


    I think if you decided on the basis of one review that a particular publication loses credibility, you should look at your own biases, and should be called out on that fact.

    I think it annoys me more because I used to respect G1GA, but these days he just posts incendiary comments, blindly supporting MS/X1, which makes me sad to see :(

    #33 1 year ago

    Your problem is that you’re obsessed with the idea that I’m here to defend and promote Microsoft.

    You’re reading way too much into practically nothing.

    You’ve taken my statement about Eurogamer losing credibility, and somehow turned it into ‘G1GA thinks Eurogamer lose credibility because they gave a Microsoft game a 7′.

    Which is pure rubbish.

    Seriously, you have absolutely no idea what you’re talking about, and you’re barking up the wrong tree.

    #34 1 year ago


    Your edit proves my point! I wrote #34 before I even saw your second paragraph.

    #35 1 year ago
  36. Nephilimator

    HAHAHA they wont allowed RYSE to be reviewed!

    #36 1 year ago
  37. antraxsuicide

    No problem. It’s just ridiculous when an opinion is being corrected, as if that’s possible.

    Because he likes the console, he’s biased? That’s equally ridiculous. He likes the system. You don’t. To reiterate, calm your tits.

    #37 1 year ago
  38. MrWaffles

    The reviews for Forza are just all over the place. Some say it’s a tough sim, other say it’s arcade-ish.

    It probable depends whether the reviewer is a NFS player or an iRacing player, that should be as a disclaimer on every racing game review.

    The reader can’t make up anything without some background info on the reviewer’s taste and experience.

    The review from EGM seems honest, he loved the game, but felt the shitty Drivatar mix he got wasn’t better than normal AI (maybe they’ll add an option to flush the cache/get another set of drivatars?).
    Plus, he mentioned the price, which many reviewers don’t even consider, since they get codes for free all the time. But gamers see the dlc piling up while the on-disc content goes down, so for us, the future of gaming on Xbox looks expensive and unfair.

    The positives: you’ll hear a lot of shit about Forza, because people love the franchise, it’s a great game that sadly happens to be limited by the platform it’s on.

    tl;dr: Only time will tell if Forza will make a good investment for gamers, meanwhile.

    #38 1 year ago
  39. Bomba Luigi

    It is very Disapointing that Turn 10 still couldn’t manage to make Weather and Night. I really like Forza, but with the Next Gen here it really should be possible.

    But the bigest Problem of the Game (at least for me) is made by the Console itself. My Fanatec dosn’t work with the Xbox, so theres no point in playing Racing Games on Xbox for me.

    #39 1 year ago
  40. bradk825

    With most at 8 or 9 and only one dipping below 7 I wouldn’t call it all over the place exactly.

    I’m hearing about a lack of content, and I guess that’s related to past installments which I haven’t played. It does have over 200 cars and 14 tracks without any DLC, and that’s more than I will ever use by the time Forza 6 is out. I won’t be getting any DLC.

    For me it’s a quality over quantity thing. Plenty of bragging rights to have 600 cars in a game, but if they look like shit, why bother? I would sooner have 200 cars that someone took time on. They also laser-scanned the real tracks to put them in the game which is not a cheap process to go through, so there’s probably fewer tracks but I haven’t checked.

    #40 1 year ago
  41. DrDamn

    I think we’ve been spoiled by content. We used to spend £50 on a game with 6 tracks, 6 variations on a vehicle and two basic modes to play. I’d like to see game franchises like Forza, FIFA, in fact a whole load, adopt a model where the basic game comes in at a regular price and then for the rest of the generation you get game updates in terms of DLC, cars, track *and* engine updates. There never is a Forza VI or a yearly full priced FIFA. You just have Forza and expansions on top until the next generation.

    #41 1 year ago
  42. dkpunk

    Welp there we have the first killer app for next gen. All the sites that count have given it stellar reviews. Can’t wait until tomorrow night.

    #42 1 year ago
  43. bradk825

    @41 Yeah you’re right about being content spoiled I think. We keep getting more and more packed into each installment, so when something new comes along in terms of the physics, AI, graphics, detail, features etc and it results in a lower amount of content there are complaints.

    Yes, I like your idea on content models, but I don’t know how eager devs will be to do stuff like that. Someone needs to try it though. Similar ideas like episodic content have been successful (The Walking Dead game).

    #43 1 year ago
  44. Fin


    Nah liking one console doesn’t make him biased. Blindly defending a console makes him biased. Like I said.

    Opinion correct? No. Opinion vilified for being ridiculously stupid? Yeah.

    Though if someone can point out why the difference between a 7 and a 10 in a single review is enough for a respected website to lose credibility, do enlighten me.

    #44 1 year ago
  45. Djoenz

    Gigahurtz never admits it does he.

    #45 1 year ago

    Some people here are just obsessed with silly ideas. Like a dog with (what it thinks) is a bone, they just can’t let it go.

    So irrational…

    #46 1 year ago
  47. Cort

    Cars look great. It’s everything else that’s the problem:

    The buildings, foliage and spectators look decidedly sixth-gen.

    #47 1 year ago

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