Xbox 360 Christmas Showcase Part 3- Forza Motorsport 3 – Microsoft – 23 October 2009

By Neil McCormick

The final installment of the highlights of my recent trip to the Xbox Christmas Showcase in Dublin on the 15 October 2009, looks at Forza Motorsport 3.

Forza Motorsport 3

forza3 cover

During my hands on time with the game at an Xbox media event in Dublin this week, I went from someone that was not overly fussed on driving games to a near obsessed petrol head.

What this game promises to achieve is phenomenal – Forza Motorsport 3 will include over 400 fully customizable cars from 50 manufacturers and over 100 tracks. The cars themselves have been built with more than 10 times the amount of polygons as Forza Motorsport 2.

I literally took to the wheel as , I got to wrap my hands round the licenced steering wheel and pedals. I must confess it took me some time to get used to handling the wheel – I must have looked like an OAP on a sunday drive as i inched myself round the track till I felt confident to let rip with the accelerator.

In the build I played, there were 20 cars available including Ferrari’s and the game’s trademark car, the Audi R8 V10. I fell in love with the Audi R8 V10 – and would gladly swap it for my car. It handles like a dream and as for the roar of its engine – swoon.


The cars feel right, heavy as they should, you need to use your brakes properly, brake early and you get overtaken by other cars, as shown by the track aids. Brake too late and your car will not make the corner and you run the risk of rollover.

I am glad to say, the game allows for damage and cars do roll over. It wasnt a trick seen at E3, they do roll over if you have a heavy crash.

Forza 3 looks stunning to look at. It really does look amazing. It runs at a perfectly smooth 60fps, but does get cut to 30fps when in the interior of a car, added for the first time in a Forza game. Even at 30fps, the on-board camera for the game gives the car a lovely look to it.

Now I need to raid the piggybank to have the wheel and pedals ready for the game arriving.

The videoclip below was recorded by at the Irish xbox360 Christmas Showcase, in which Piaras Kelly explains some of the features to expect in Forza 3.

footage courtesy of



To celebrate Forza 3 going gold in Pre-sales, Microsoft and Turn 10 have announced that a demo for the game will be hitting Xbox Live on September 24th, giving players about a month to familiarize themselves with the game in advance of the 23 October 2009 release date.

The demo features five cars on the Camino Viejo track in the mountains of Spain.

The five cars playable in the demo are:

2007 Porsche #80 Flying Lizard 911 GT3-RSR
2010 Audi R8 5.2 FSI quattro
2009 Ferrari California
2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X GSR
2009 Mini John Cooper Works

Forza Motorsport 3 is released in Europe on 23 October 2009 and in other territories on 27 October 2009.

The Demo is released on Xbox Live on 24 September 2009.

Microsoft announced last week, following in the footsteps of the Modern Warfare 2 Console ,there will be a Xbox 360 Forza 3 Super Elite bundle, with a 250Gig Hard drive.


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