Forza 5's Career Mode Is About Exploring Cars, Not the Life of an Eccentric Billionaire

With a more open-ended career mode, Turn 10 is aiming to let you explore every style of car however you choose.

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If there's one thing Forza Motorsport has always done a good job of simulating--besides, you know, the actual driving--it's the rags-to-riches character arc of an increasingly wealthy billionaire. You start off with a modest little city car like the Nissan Micra or Ford Ka, and then proceed to build up a garage full of faster and more luxurious supercars. At least, that's how the career mode progression has worked in previous Forza titles. With Forza 5, Turn 10 is aiming to mix up the routine.

Forza 5's career mode is no longer focused on starting with cheap cars and working your way up the economic ladder. Instead, it's a sort of choose-your-own-adventure novel spanning numerous styles and eras throughout the history of motorsports. You can begin in any of eight leagues, which are basically categories like exotics, vintage, and sport compact. But within those eight leagues are 42 much more specialized events. Sound confusing? We'll explain.

Take the sport compact league, for example. Housed within this umbrella you'll find events such as hot hatches or rally sport. Turn 10 describes these events as mini-career modes in themselves--each spanning enough races to last roughly 90 minutes--which have been designed to let you progress all the way through with a single car. Sure, you can still mix it up with different cars that fit the event restrictions, but you're no longer forced to say goodbye to a car that you've grown attached to once those more powerful models begin filling the starting grid.

Once you've completed an event, you can choose any other you'd like--there's no predefined event arc. Turn 10 wants you to be able to immerse yourself within a family of cars, and then jump to whatever strikes your fancy once that event is complete. You can bounce from demanding supercars to sensible coupes right back up to hulking American muscle--the order doesn't matter. Add in Top Gear commentary spread through each event, and you're not only learning how these different families of cars handle, but also hearing Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May explain the cultural significance at the same time.

Of course, there is still a progression to all of this. You're still earning credits, buying new cars to add to your garage, and spending that money on performance upgrades. All of that is still there. But given the career mode's more open-ended nature, you'll be leveling at a more steady rate--what Turn 10 describes as a "metronomic" cadence of level-ups hitting roughly once per hour of gameplay. It's their way of saying they don't think that exotic league you played through at hour 20 of your career mode should take eons longer to level up in than the grand touring league you chose right at the start of the game.

We're eager to see how this idea pans out. The advantage to the old system is obvious: starting with cheap cars and working your way up to the fancier ones provides a nice, clear progression system to follow. Can Turn 10 keep your attention with this more free-form approach? We'll find out later this year.

Discussion

131 comments
themc_7
themc_7

There's no predefined arc, that's true, however you are forced to play a certain way. When a race pays out 10,000 credits, buying a 5 million credit car, requires you to do a lot of low level grinding. 

edycheezburger
edycheezburger

drifting!!!!!! Cant wait. I just wised thay did what shift 2 did with the cockpit. The racing car feel.

kerrman
kerrman

Playing this game made my head explode. It was so gorgeous and the cars handle so well.

Day one purchase for me.

VicariousWolf88
VicariousWolf88

I think Im the only one who actually did EVERY single event in the career mode for Forza 4 lol I am looking forward to this game

Snakepond1
Snakepond1

I need this game. November ?? can't come soon enough.

HadOne2Many
HadOne2Many

Career mode progression was always meaningless after I had an hour or two to rack up some credits.  Most of my racing is done online or in Rivals mode anyway.  Still game looks like it is turning out to be great.  Now just give me Fanatec compatibility or announce a wheel that has a Clutch Pedal and H-Shifter and I'm sold.

kozzy1234
kozzy1234

God I want this game, Always been a die hard GT fan but the last few games Forza has REALLY stepped it up.

VeeArSick
VeeArSick

The progression system was never really that great. You leveled up too fast, and you went from a Ford Ka to a Ford GT very quickly. That's not entirely a bad thing, it just makes the career mode lack substance. There is almost no reward for racing through all the events. I finished all of my career races with just a few boxes in my Event List checked off. This is really the area that Forza Motorsport lacks. The career is very dull. I think that Forza Motorsport 2 has had the most interesting career out of all of them, but that's not really saying much either. They should add a Co-op mode where you can race through your career and event list with buddies. All-in-all, this system sounds near the same as Forza Motorsport 4.

plaintomato
plaintomato

"you'll find events such as hot hatches or rally sport"

saw "rally sport" and thought maybe Forza was finally going to make a complete game. Looked it up and there's still no dirt. se la vi. still half a racing game.

rasterror
rasterror

This is the number one reason I'm getting a One.  Not the only but the top game for me.  I've been a Forza since being let down by Gt 4 aka GT3 B-Spec and have enjoyed every game since.  Froza 4 was simply the best and if they improve on that formula even more then consider this a win.  I hope they can license Porsche from EA.  It seems like they went through great depths to get every right with this game and their partnership with McLaren, who happens to be my favorite car make, even makes it sound that much better.

6orange6
6orange6

owned all Forza('s?) since 1. 1 had the best career, 2 the best sound, 3 was a great big pile of crap and 4 they finally sorted the graphics out and added 1 decent new track. 

This announcement still looks like career grind to me, and does not address the games biggest shortcomings; no weather affects, no night to day change over, no pit crews.

In other words, it is still boredom with a pretty dress on.

Playerpat0
Playerpat0

Top Gear integration... Day One Baby!

BadMrSnake
BadMrSnake

no, it's about being an eccentric billionaire in video game form!

nick-nikol
nick-nikol

For me this game is very difficult to comment on,and the reason being that when I started to get hooked on racing games a few decades ago, it was this and N.F.S. underground which I started playing.Anyways I have played from the first Forza up to the last one plus that ignorant and stupid silly game HORIZON. Now on our issue here, I AM NOT BUYING, THATS RIGHT NOT BUYING BECAUSE THESE GUYS IN T U R N 10 are mean NASTY FUCKERS,BITCHES AT THAT. And let me quickly explain why they don't make the game for the current gen consoles also THERE ARE THOUSANDS OUT THERE and BLACKMAIL US GAMERS WHO SUPPORTED THE FRANCHISE ALL THESE YEARS to buy the new console so we can play their GOD'S GIFT TO THE WORLD GAME is that an honest and trustworthy behavior from turn 10 to us gamers. Why? Do other manufacturers make their games for the current consoles also are they DUMB? NO they are sincere and smart parallel to their gamers.I would have BOUGHT THE GAME IF I WAS READY TO PUT THE MONEY UP WHEN I AM READY and not blackmailed and rushed or pushed if you like just to play their FUCKING GAME,NO SIR! If they understand my point in this comment and make the game for the current gen consoles also then JUST THEN many gamers will buy the game, and when they are up to the cost to buy the next console , and not for THIER GOD GIFT TO THE WORLD GAME WHICH by the way from the above article it dosen't have and the greatest career mode ofalltime,it could suck. I hope the driving of the cars dosen't change BECAUSE FORZA WILL ALWAYS BE FORZA FROM THE WAY THE CARS HANDLE. I will stick with the NEW G.T. And see in the future. Thank you Tom for the article, and I hope they will listen and change PHILOSOPHY!

Quarkzquarkz
Quarkzquarkz

Will this be better than GT5.5? I mean, GT 6 but you know what I mean, GT STILL has crappy sounds, STILL has same graphics, and I'm just not convinced~ =(

TRC187
TRC187

@VeeArSick Excellent idea regarding the co-op mode. I'd like that. I lost interest in FM4 for some reason, I admit it was probably the "best" FM game to date, but my hay day was in FM2.. I played the s*** outta that game. I was in the top 100 overall, and had a few top 10 times. I thought that was a pretty good accomplishment being that it was the top 100 out of like 500,000.. I loved that game.

sugi-pula
sugi-pula

@rasterror  Man, I love Forza and PGR, and I am sure Turn10 is going to do a great job on no.5. But I am not buying X1 with Kinect, no way, I don't need it and I am not going to be forced in to buying it.

Bgrngod
Bgrngod

@nick-nikol You started playing Forza a few decades ago?  Are you a time traveler?  The first Forza game out just around 8 years ago...

da hel?

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

@nick-nikol You seem to have it backwards... everyone releasing a game on current gen and next gen are just prettying up the graphics for the next gen while the game will be limited to current specs... By only making for next gen they are actually doing a good thing and focusing on making a great game rather than just purely going for the money... 

P.s I don't even play Forza, so before you ask, I'm not a massive fanboy or some shit like that.

sammoth
sammoth

@nick-nikol All I read is Blah Blah "I'm a whiney Biotch".

Typical Sony Fanboy crap. Go play GT6 on last Gen and quit crying about it. Nothing you said makes any sense.

OneFan
OneFan

@nick-nikol What is your complaint again? You seem so angry over something so miniscule. 

nick-nikol
nick-nikol

That was a figure of speech I know how old Forza is,but the thing is how people don't understand the other on top says go play gt6 Jesus how shallow people can be that's why companies like Microsoft rely on morons who think that buying the new age consoles they think they are some kind of hot shit What brain washing can do.

nick-nikol
nick-nikol

If you cannot understand its your problem

nick-nikol
nick-nikol

If that is your meaning I'm 1 1/2 how old are you jes...............sh!

Monsterkillah
Monsterkillah

@BadMrSnake @Quarkzquarkz dude Forza is a GT rip off, GT came first as simulator pioneer , MS create Forza to rival GT on Sonny Playstation

edycheezburger
edycheezburger

@murderek @sugi-pula @rasterror but he wants to run off the cliff with the rest of the ps calt .man u anti xbox people are so stupid both consoles are going to do good .xbox just does more , nfl, kinect for the kids, xbox live and the cloud .whats so wrong with at ? Sounds good to me .if u ask sony fanboys why thay hate xbox .thay say there greedy its a fucking business everything is about money.

murderek
murderek

@sugi-pula @rasterror The extra $100  also gets you dedicated servers for all games on xbox ONE. So that's like 2 cents a day over the 10 year life cycle of the xbox ONE. Well worth it if you ask me. 

sammoth
sammoth

@nick-nikol Try forming a structured sentence without having that grammatical failing wall of text.

sammoth
sammoth

@Monsterkillah @sammoth Well you're going to have to with Forza5 anyway so again irrelevant. You guys need to get over the nostalgia feeling about controller. Hardware changes just as in PC's and over time that hardware become obsolete.

sammoth
sammoth

@Monsterkillah @sammoth You do know there is a convertor to the wheel right ?

Logitech is by far NOT the best racing wheel around. That is an opinion and can be argued.

Monsterkillah
Monsterkillah

@sammoth @Monsterkillah well thats ridiculous if they create a notorious racing sims that doesnt work with top driving wheel such as Logitech

still good on my 360 controller though

sammoth
sammoth

@Monsterkillah @sammoth Well duh some wheels it doesn't support but, they do have wheels to use. So your argument is irrelevant. You are basing it on a piece of hardware that isn't supported by the game.

Monsterkillah
Monsterkillah

@sammoth still you cant play forza 4 without driving wheel

thats a huge downer for me

sammoth
sammoth

@Monsterkillah @sammoth I disagree. People that trend to play Forza play it with all the assists on and claim it doesn't have a assist feel. Hate to break it to you I have played both series and Forza by far has better physics.

If you want to get technical neither game is a simulator.

OneFan
OneFan

@Monsterkillah You are correct they did take the idea from GT. To be honest though who cares. Each system has a fun race game that is similar. You know what that means? Whether I buy an XBOX One or PS4 I'm getting a good racing game.