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Forza Motorsport 3
MSRP: $59.99 (Regular) | $79.99 (GameStop Limited Edition)
ESRB Rating: Teen
What kind of game is it?
It's a simulation racing game, the third installment of a series that began in 2005 late in the life of the original Xbox. Forza 3 features a large amount of cars, a livery editor that allows custom graphics, and an active community.
Who's the Developer?
Turn 10 Studios is based in Redmond, WA. As racing specialists, the Forza series is their first significant game franchise.
I can't even drive stick!
Simulation racing games tend to be unfriendly to those who don't already love the inner workings of the automobile, but Forza 3 features helpful (and optional) driving assistance mechanics, such as automatic braking -- this will help you around tight corners, and learn when to brake and how much. You can also use a "rewind" feature to make multiple attempts at particularly challenging parts of a race.
What's in the Limited Edition?
You can only buy this from GameStop, but if you do, you'll get a 2GB USB key, VIP membership in the Forza community, a collector's edition car pack, and a theme for your 360's dashboard.
What'd we say?
Brian Leahy reviewed Forza 3 and gave it a score of 5/5:
If you are a car lover or sim fan, you owe it to yourself to go out and get Forza Motorsport 3. The entire package drips with polish and the physics-based gameplay is solid across all game modes. This title transcends a pure gaming experience to become something of a virtual driving tool. Forza 3 is a deep simulation experience and it’s the best racer available on any platform right now.