Figuring out how to start these reviews is always puzzling to me, after all I’m not much of a reviewer, I’m just an avid player of the Forza series. In case you’re unfamiliar with my background (which is likely because OMGDrift is so fresh and so clean clean) I’ve been playing Forza Motorsport since the very beginning, I even used to ruin family vacations with the original Forza Motosport. My Dad took me to Las Vegas shortly after the first game was released and I was insistent on bringing my giant Xbox and portable DVD screen with me. I talked to him recently about this and he said “I didn’t mind you playing the game, you just never actually seemed to race. You would modify your cars and try to get everything just right before racing. So I would just sit there and ask you when you were going to race!” My bad, Dad! I’ve been absolutely hooked on Forza Motorsport for the last 12 years and I’m happy to report that this one might be my favorite. There’s a TL;DR at the very bottom if you don’t want to read what I wrote in an hour.
I know Forza Motorsport 4 is considered the holy grail among the drift community but I really believe it doesn’t hold a candle to the newest edition of the Forza Motorsport series. Yes, I’m so bold and edgy, I know.
I must have 300 hours on Maple Valley on FM4 and that muscle memory kicked in almost immediately. Sure, the pit wall has changed sides so you can’t drag the wall into the long sweeper and I am actually sad about that. Other than that, it’s the track I remember! You can still come down the hill, dirt drop, and throw it long towards the wall.
I actually had to stop myself from driving Maple Valley because I realized that was going to be the only place my photos were going to come from and you guys deserve at least a little bit of diversity in this drift-centric review!
So in an effort to learn more about the driving dynamics and AI, I entered myself into a four race hot hatchback series. I picked the Ford Focus RS and I was ready to go!
The AI was REALLY tough but they felt truly intelligent. I didn’t get blatantly run into, they seemed cautious entering corners, and only seemed to get aggressive when I got aggressive with them. Once I got out front of them there was absolutely no content.
Hands down my favorite battle came in the form of a nighttime Sebring race where it came down to the last corner of the last lap to finally pass the VW in front of me. I generally don’t road race in Forza (I race just enough to build drift cars) but this has sparked an interest to continue my career out and maybe even try it online!
I think you guys are really going to enjoy the new track at Dubai, like really really enjoy it. They have a mountain circuit configuration and I could spend all day hot lapping it. I really appreciate how wide it is, making it a little more forgiving than Fujimi Kaido. Although I would be totally cool if they dropped a Fujimi DLC, just saying!
Fun fact: my hatch has under 400 horsepower and is an absolute blast to drive. Every car (besides Hert’s Twerkstallion) has been well under 400 horsepower and I’m having way more fun with less power.
The return of Mugello is absolutely welcomed, it’s been a blast remembering how all these tracks drive.
The return of Mugello + Rocket Bunny E36 + BBS = a damn good time.
After I had driven Mugello I was itching for some more road racing and Dubai, so I found a series that combined the two!
I just want to point out how slide happy everything seems to be in Forza Motosport 7, it’s not that it’s easier to drift, cars just hold angle more.
After having the realization that I was able to drift just about everything, I decided to buy a Miata and see what it could do at Suzuka West with no tuning and no upgrades. No surprise guys, it shreds!
After seeing how well the Miata drove Suzuka West I had to quickly build an S15. My go-to car on Suzuka West on FM4 was the Top Secret S15 so this felt right. I decided to give myself 666 horsepower and just chuck it at the first corner, it totally basically kind of worked.
I’ve rambled more than enough, here’s a quick list of my thoughts.
- The physics feel fantastic and while they aren’t as forgiving as FM4 I feel like it’s a HUGE improvement over FM6. All the cars have a greater sense of weight and speed which allows you to actually get to predict what the car is going to do.
- The customization is exactly what we’ve all been waiting for, like seriously.
- The return of drift favorite tracks is a huge bonus, Maple Valley is just as good as it was before.
- If you’re on here, I’m telling you it’s worth buying for the drifting. If I’m wrong don’t get mad at me but I personally love it.