I’m new to the forum, and for a reason, I don’t like the moaning and arguments that come with these places. The internet is an amazing place, but it’s a depressing place aswell.
I would like to use this post for the good experiences people have on forza, I think it’s a great game. The jumps gaming has made since I started playing racing games on playstation, the first being formula 1 98, ridge racer and gran turismo 1, have been amazing. The oppurtunity to play with people across different continents, with different abilities, driving styles and perspectives.
Granted, the game isn’t the perfect car game for me, but it definitely has enough for me to enjoy it and get what I want from it. The vast majority of cars have genuine personalities, either from cars I have real life experience with, (not a great percentage of what’s available) to cars that I would love to experience. The game brings them to life. And it brings racing to life. Not to the standard I would love, but again, there is enough there to enjoy it.
I had a great race on Sunday night in the mx5 sim league at Lime Rock, I started 4th or 5th on the grid, managed to negotiate the first 2 turns without any trouble and I opened up a small lead over the field. There was a bit of smoke and commotion in my mirrors after turn 3 but one car seemed to get free. It was my first race in the car and I hadn’t any practice in it. Coming down the start finish for the first time I still had a good advantage, I eased the car into the first bend and the back went light, I managed to catch it but it through my confidence for the next left hand corner, I normally ease the brakes on the first apex, give a light touch of throttle then coast round the second. I got the car sttraightened up and fired through the 3rd bend and found a good balance for the remaining fast corners. A check in my mirrors and I could see 2nd place had made up time. 3rd lap and the first 2 corners were the same again, I could not balance the car coming through the tightening corners, 2nd place was right on me. I held my line and finished the lap well opening up a small advantage, but I was under pressure for the now dreaded first 2 corners. I took a normal line into the first, still unbalanced and slow though. For the second I held a tight line and just tried to cover the apex on the left, knowing that I had good pace around the faster part of the lap I wanted to get the best exit off turn 3 to open up the gap again. This continued for another 4 laps, the guy in 2nd was clearly faster over the lap, but unless I made a massive mistake it would have taken a brave or clever move to pass me. At the end of lap 7 he pushed too hard into the last corner running wide onto the grass giving me some breathing space. Lap 8, 2 laps to go, I was getting excited, I had some breathing space, but on turn 3 I was too eager on the throttle, trying to keep the advantage, I had to lift off and I lost momentum. He was back in my mirror. In an effort to keep him at bay i launched the car down the straight for turn 4, I tried to take it a tad quicker than before, and I had turned in a bit too early. I took too much kerb and lost more momentum. On the short run to the final turn the guy in 2nd place was able to get along side me, I tried to leave my brake a little later than him but I ran too wide and he took the advantage. I finished the last lap with my quickest time trying to catch back up but it was no good. Even though I Lost first place (a rarity for me), I had a super race on one of my favourite tracks.
Forza made me feel like a race car driver, something I could only dream of doing as a full time job. This thread is not for complaining on, share some good stories.