The Xbox One is now officially out and about on store shelves 13 nations the world around. It's a sleek VCR from the 1980s made for 2013 and it plays Blu-rays, allows you to watch TV on your TV and features tons of sports TV packages, as well. Voice-activated menus, a camera always looking at you and a handful of launch titles that have fared on opposite ends of the critical scale.
One of the more trustworthy brands of the Xbox One's line-up is Turn 10 Studios' Forza Motorsport 5. The game was guaranteed to be a Metacritic pleaser and opts to be the killer launch app for Microsoft's latest console.
Accompanying the recent release of the Microsoft's third-generation console and the moderate selection of launch titles, is a visual walkthrough guide for Forza Motorsport 5, courtesy of GamesHQMedia. The video series is already jam-packed with content and a variety of visually informative cues from Turn 10's latest outing.
The intro and basic user menus are so aesthetically clean and pristine. The voice-guided tutorial in the beginning that quickly leads into a race is a nice change of pace from games like Need for Speed: Rivals, where the game is so finicky in its trust in the player's ability to play the game, that a large portion of its opening gameplay is relegated to on-screen, tablet-style visual tutorials that completely removes the player from the equation of actually playing the game.
Here in Forza 5, Turn 10 actually managed to include tutorials surrounding legitimate gameplay. I find that to be rather impressive.
The photo spread options menus and streamlined setup are both visually gripping and somewhat of a turnoff. For veteran players (or core gamers) having to be babied through the early goings of the game is still a bit of a pain, but compared to some of the hand-holding by other AAA titles, I can't knock Forza 5 too bad. I mean, it could be like Need for Speed: Rivals, am I right?
The first part of the walkthrough is definitely enticing, save for the installation. While booting up and getting to the early parts of the game is nice, the fact that the installation takes so long is both a troublesome and worrying affair. What happens for games that start breaching the 40 and 50GB barriers? What happens with open-world games?
I always imagined home consoles were for convenience, but the whole ordeal of massive install times, and subsequently massive wait times, just kind of turns the whole thing into a question as to why you may not do better going and sticking with PC? Besides, there's still Project CARS on the horizon.
Anyway, you can check out the rest of the Forza Motorsport 5 video walkthrough via the embedded video playlist above. The game is available right now, exclusively for the Xbox One.