The above image was captured on a Nokia Lumia 930 with an ISO of 1600 and an exposure time of four seconds.
The home spaces that both Forza 5 and Forza 6 offer as well are a tad too limited, why not take a leaf out of Bizarre Creations’ book and instead offer fully 3D garage areas, except with one key difference; customisation. This is another hallmark of Turn 10’s driving series, yet why has customisation never made it into the driver’s home? Why not allow the player to use their photographs – framed, of course – to decorate their home space, or download images from other players to utilise them. Perhaps I’m just rubbish at it, but I haven’t seen any way of generating funds through photography in Forza which, to me, is somewhat in contravention of its ethos. Give players the option to utilise photos to the tune (pun intended) the same moderate credit boosts that one receives after having had a tune or design downloaded, it’s not much, but at least it’s something to help the photography side become properly embedded into the experience by assigning it practical, as well as artistic values.
Sticking with the home space, I’d love to see another successful Project Gotham Racing feature make it in too, and it’s probably not hard guess which one it is either. Mini-games are a seemingly obvious omission, after all, the original Geometry Wars was apparently created by Stephen Cakebread during his lunchbreaks, and look how big that went on to become, so why not try again? Initially, I couldn’t help but feel that I’d like to see classic Sega arcade racers like Daytona USA, Sega Rally and Sega Touring Car Championship tucked away in a corner somewhere, but the opportunity to create an almost sure-fire smash hit could prove to be the break that prevents a small indie studio from having to fold. We’ve had a mini resurgence in the twin-stick shooter with Geometry Wars 3, Tachyon Project and AIPD during this console generation, so the talent is definitely out there, you just need to find it. I could also prattle on about the addition of video editing features (hint, hint) but there are more important matters to get to, the livery editor.