I’ve been a fan of the Forza franchise since the original game launched on Xbox in 2005. While I’m not particularly an expert, I do enjoy racing against friends. I’ve owned every installment in both the Motorsport and Horizon series. Yesterday, I downloaded Forza Motorsport 7, the newest racing simulator from Turn 10 Studios. After booting up the game for the first time, I jumped into a few multiplayer matches with a friend and instantly became frustrated.
Look, I love Forza Motorsport, but there’s a big problem with the multiplayer. Many players in the community are toxic. Every single race I’ve played in Forza Motorsport 7 (and the other Motorsport games for that matter) have included players that purposely cause havoc. Each race starts the same way. I patiently wait for the light to turn green before pressing on the gas. As soon as the first turn approaches, there is a collision. Recently, I’ve become smarter, and I wait for other players to turn before making my move.
The problem is that these chaotic events happen multiple times per race. In the last match of the night, I swerved out of the way to avoid hitting a fellow racer. I narrowly escaped, but my opponent failed to make the turn successfully. As I continued along the track, I looked behind me and saw the same car coming closer in my direction. I steered to the right so that my opponent could pass me, but to my surprise, the car started moving diagonally and struck my car. This caused me to jackknife, and I slammed into a beam. Because of this instance, many opponents passed me, and I ended up in 13th place out of 16 racers.
Another issue that I’ve been having is that way too many players quit when losing. While racing with a friend, we were victims of a colossal collision early on a particularly long race. 24 players started the race, and within 30 seconds, six of those players in that pile-up merely quit. It sucks to be in 18th out of 24th place to then suddenly be 18th out of 18 players. I know, some people may simply say to get better, but there’s a difference between losing and coming in last place because people are quitting. To make matters worse, there are no penalties for leaving a race. This gives these players free rein to do whatever they want. What’s the point in trying to play legitimately, when using cheap tactics or rage quitting goes unpunished?
I even tried playing a few matches after work, today, to see if this problem was still happening. During my first race, every single racer stood until the end of the race. An occasion like this rarely happens. The next two races ended in disaster. The third race of the day left me distressed. Halfway through the match, I was in 12th place out of 20 players. After a particularly chaotic crash, I noticed on the mini-map that many of my opponents were too far away to come back. Throughout the rest of the race, notifications kept appearing on screen that players kept quitting. By the time I finished the race, I was in 11th out of 12 racers. Looking at the standings, it would appear that I did terribly among the players in my game.
Turn 10 needs to be stricter with how Forza Motorsport 7’s multiplayer operates. While there are no ranked races in the game, there must be something that can be done for people that are ruining the overall experience. I have other gripes with Forza Motorsport 7, but the multiplayer is the mode I gravitate to the most. While I enjoy single player video games, I tend to play multiplayer the most because it adds to the longevity of a game. If these problems continue to persist, I will, unfortunately, have to stop playing Forza Motorsport 7 as a whole. Turn 10 has created one of the most visually stunning, and thrilling racing games in years; it’s just sad that individual players are causing trouble and tarnishing the game as a whole.