Set for release in just two weeks time, you can get a sneak peek at Forza Motorsport 7 today in the form of a three-track demo available to download.
Featuring three challenges, each with their own car and track to speed around, the demo showcases the different elements of what Forza Motorsport 7 will have to offer when it comes out on 3rd October (or 29th September, if you pre-order the Ultimate Edition).
Available on Xbox One and PC, the demo will let you race a Porsche 911 GT2 RS around the brand new Dubai circuit, achieve victory on Italy's Mugello circuit while driving a weighty Mercedes-Benz Tankpool racing truck, and tackle the complex corners of the Nurburgring with dynamic weather in the almighty Nissan NISMO GT-R LM. All three experiences will test you in their own way, and they'll all prove to be thoroughly exhillarating.
The Forza series has made a name for itself over the years for pushing the capabilities of the Xbox, with graphics that easily outshine most competitors, and Forza Motorsport 7 is no different. The tracks look real, brought to life with detailed textures, gorgeous lighting and convincing effects. Of course, the cars steal the show though, being meticulously designed to faithfully represent their real-life counterparts.
We had some hands-on time with a Forza Motorsport 7 demo similar to the one being released today at an Xbox One X Showcase event earlier this month, and came away very impressed with what we saw. Racing around the Nurburgring in a Nissan NISMO GT-R LM was made even more tense with thunder and lightning added into the mix. If you've never raced during a thunderstorm before, it's a real treat; the booms of the thunder drown out the roar of the engine, while forks of lightning light up the overcast sky. And as you draw into the last lap of the race, the rain slows to a drizzle and the clouds part a little, allowing enough sunlight to come through and reflect off the puddles that now lay in your path.
The highlight of the demo was undoubtedly racing the Porsche 911 GT2 RS on the new Dubai circuit though. It's a scenic course with plenty of challenging corners to make, but it's the occasional patches of sand strewn across the track that you really have to watch out for. It's a nice new addition to the Forza Motorsport line-up that fans are sure to love.
All signs point to Forza Motorsport 7 being another big hit for Turn 10 and Microsoft, but don't just take our word for it, download it yourself. You might be just as impressed as we were. The demo will be available about 6pm BST today.