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Forza 5: The Ultimate Grinding Game



In the video game world, “grinding” isn’t known as a form of dirty dancing, but rather a method in which a gamer engages in repetitive tasks in a video game in order to level up or gain achievements. It’s the most boring thing in the world to a video gamer, and many games are guilty of it. Racing games are extremely guilty of it and Forza 5 for the Xbox One is no exception.

Forza 5 is one of Microsoft’s star launch titles with the Xbox One, serving as a benchmark for which Xbox One graphics can be measured against, but it seems the developer of Forza 5 forgot about gameplay. The graphics are mighty pretty, but once the wow factor dies down and you actually start playing the game, it’s a grinding nightmare from which you will never wake up.

Forza 5

Repetition Is the Name of the Game

Forza 5 is way too repetitive. Like many racing games, you make your way through a series of races that earn you XP and virtual money so that you can level up and buy more cars in order to compete in even more-competitive races. This is essentially the plot to every racing video game in existence, but Forza 5 takes it to a whole new level.

In Forza 5, you start out by buying a starter car and compete in your first racing series. After each race, you earn XP and virtual cash. The XP boosts your driver level, and for each new driver level that you reach, you earn bonus cash. With your virtual cash, you can buy more cars and even upgrade them. The premise is very similar to past Forza games, so I won’t go into great detail about the basics of Forza 5.

Forza 5

This method itself isn’t that bad, but mix in a shockingly low number of tracks to race on and you’re now the King of Boredom Land. Forza 5 only comes with 14 tracks (yes, 14) and some 200 cars. Granted, some of these tracks have different layouts that you can race on, so technically, there are more than 14 tracks, but still, it’s pretty pathetic compared to Gran Turismo 6’s 39 tracks and some 1,100 cars to choose from.

Forza 5

With only 14 tracks, there’s not much variety to go around. You’re usually racing on each track in almost every single series, making it seem like you’re racing in the same series, but with just a different car. There are different types of races that add a bit of variety to the game, but these unique racing modes are few and far between. For example, there’s bowling, which has you knocking over as many pins as possible as you make your way around the track (only playable on the Top Gear Test Track, though), and there’s also a racing mode called Track Days, which has you passing as many cars as possible, rather than aiming for the highest finish on the podium.

These different racing modes are fun and unique, but they also get repetitive after a while, and you’ll soon start to get bored with them too.

In-App Purchases Make Their Way to the Console

Another huge problem with Forza 5 is that micro-transactions play a bigger part in the game. There are even some cars you can’t get without spending more money on the game. For instance, the LaFerrari car pack costs $10, and you can get a Season Pass for $50 that will give you access to six new car packs (10 cars each) that will release in the future.

Perhaps what’s worse is a new feature called Accelerator, which allows you to spend tokens to double your earnings after each race within a particular time window. For instance, a 30-minute Accelerator session costs 75 tokens, and you have 30 minutes to complete in as many races as possible so that you can earn as much XP and virtual money as you can, since these earnings will doubled within that time window. If this isn’t the truest form of grinding, I don’t know what is.

Cars Are Way Too Expensive

To make the grinding factor even worse, cars in Forza 5 are way too expensive. Either that, or payouts after completing races are way too low. You can get around 5,000 credits per race if you finish near the top. You can earn more credits per race if you crank up the difficulty and are loyal to a particular car manufacturer (the more you race with a particular make, the more credits you earn). I earn around 6,000 credits per race if I finish near the top, and completing a series will earn you an additional 12,000 credits (with another 15,000 credits with each new driver level you earn, which happens about every few races).

Forza 5

However, cars are crazy expensive. Even when they were 50% off during Black Friday weekend, they were still really expensive; some of them I still couldn’t afford even after saving up a lot of cash. A simple sports car like the Corvette will cost you 110,000 credits. And that’s one of the more modest purchases you could make. The faster supercars will cost you as much as 3,000,000 credits, with F1 cars priced up to 6,000,000 credits. It feels a lot like when you’re at the arcade and that giant teddy bear prize will take way too many tickets to buy than what you’re comfortable spending.

A Game That Falls Short

Forza 5 has amazing potential, but it falls extremely short of what it should be. I’m suddenly jealous of PlayStation gamers who get to enjoy Gran Turismo 6, and while I haven’t played a Gran Turismo game since the fourth installment in the series, I imagine it’s gotten better over the years. Forza 5 tries to be the Xbox’s Gran Turismo 6, but it’s far from it.

The game is too repetitive and gets boring very quickly. The Free Play mode is fun to play around with, especially if you race against friends, since you can pick any track and any car without being subject to how many credits you have, but don’t bother messing around with Career mode unless you want to fall asleep at the wheel.



  1. mia

    12/09/2013 at 12:01 am

    my roomate’s aunt makes $68 an hour on the laptop. She has been without work for seven months but last month her paycheck was $16142 just working on the laptop for a few hours. you could check here……….. http://WWW.TEC202.COM

    • jo blo

      12/10/2013 at 5:19 pm

      you are paid to lie or you are not a true gamer. i have played every racing game and for consoles forza is the best. simple as that. you arent going to get call of duy explosions with a professional track racing video game. common sense fool.

  2. Jojoma12

    12/10/2013 at 8:53 am

    Are you serious? My two biggest problems with this review are:
    A) If you are only making $5000 per race, your difficulty is either wayyyy too low or you’re just mashing that rewind button
    B)The cars are accurately priced. That “simple sports car” you are talking about is the Corvette ZR1, a super car killer at half the price. That’s what it costs in REAL LIFE.

    I do agree that the smaller selection is disappointing but for a car person like myself Forza is still one of the top games for the console

    • Edgar Meza

      12/11/2013 at 12:06 pm

      I agree with both your points. I have the driveatar set to veteran with almost no assists. I earn at least 15,000 plus XP per race. GT6 by the way, is actually the boring one!

  3. Bob Bigbutt

    12/11/2013 at 7:35 am

    Let me rewrite this review for you…


  4. Lolatyou332

    12/11/2013 at 12:31 pm

    Did he really compare this to gt6.. I like how forza 5 is setup because when you get a car you earned that car instead of getting 150,000 every level in forza 4 and a free car. I could go with lists of lists of reasons why forza is better than gt but i know people will just fanboy on it and decline the obvious

  5. ben kirby tennyson

    01/05/2014 at 9:25 am

    What a fanboy, drive a real car and after that play forza5 youll soon make sence of it all.

  6. Tom

    02/16/2014 at 8:14 am

    I think this review is right on, Forza is a total grind, all about getting that after-purchase cash if you want to check out the good cars. You can’t even sell old cars to get there either…

  7. JCStewart

    07/29/2014 at 6:59 am

    this review is spot on in all but one thing. GT6 is nothing to be jealous of, Ive owned a ps3 for about a year and a half, played gt5 got very disappointed (at least forza has interiors in EVERY car), bought GT6 to give it a go..there are about 50MX-5 mk1’s (slight exaggeration its about 20ish), same with skylines, etc…there may be “1800” cars in the game, but realistically there is maybe only about 500 as the rest are repeats…99% of which don’t have interiors only “premium” cars do the gameplay is drole and always leaves you wanting something more fun and leaves you with no incentive to play the game past the achievement stages…its not fun its horrible to play in all honesty and puts you to sleep especially if you want the 16128 or however many miles for one of the achievments. Forza is a lot more fun, does mean grinding though earning around 13k a race in career is annoying, lack of more money as you get to higher levels doesn’t help when ive 4 events left to do and each requires a car ranging from £1-2m meaning i need approximately 6million to complete the career…now sitting doing 15lap races on the indy circuit with x class indy car just to raise money as seems the quickest way these days. (roughly 37k for the races with a 23% bonus from the indy car and a level up or 2 so normally around 70k for 10minutes) ..ok so there are a few holes in his case, but i had to point out the problem with GT6..

  8. bigmikeatl

    12/19/2014 at 2:14 pm

    Skip all that nonsense. There’s a “rental” mode where you can drive any car on any track and it doesn’t cost a dime. Though I agree that once you’ve driven all the good cars a handful of times, there really isn’t much replay value. Forza Horizon 2 solves that by adding in all sorts of open world challenges.

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