Forza Motorsport Picks Up Two Gongs At The Game Awards 2023 

Forza Motorsport Picks Up Two Gongs At The Game Awards 2023 

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Following a tumultuous launch and a mixed bag of reviews, Turn 10 Studios picked up two awards for Forza Motorsport – the question is, what do you think should have won? 

The Game Awards have been hosted once again, and following a nearly four-hour presentation including Timothée Chalamet, Old Gods of Asgard and more ‘exclusives’ than a copy of Heat magazine, Forza Motorsport was the most-lauded racing title for 2023. 

It first beat Diablo IV, Hi-Fi Rush, Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, Mortal Kombat 1 and Street Fighter 6 to win the ‘Innovation in Accessibility’ moniker. 

Neha Chintala and Katrin Hilman of Microsoft Image - The Game Awards
Neha Chintala and Katrin Hilman of Microsoft. Image – The Game Awards

Microsoft’s driving game features include Blind Driving Assists, for those with low or no vision. They utilise a series of audio cues and descriptions to guide a player around the track. There is also one-touch driving, narrated menus and specific colour blindness modes. 

“Since this category was introduced, I think we’ve seen a dramatic shift in making games more and more accessible,” said Katrin Hilman, Accessibility Development Lead on Forza Motorsport. 

“At this point, I think we’ve made the most accessible racing game ever, playable by people across the mobility and vision spectrum including totally blind players.” 

Gran Turismo 7 VR PSVR2
Gran Turismo 7 VR PSVR2

Elsewhere, Gran Turismo 7’s virtual reality feature was beaten to the ‘Best AR/VR’ trophy by Resident Evil Village. Both Twisted Metal and the Gran Turismo Movie were surpassed by HBO’s The Last Of Us for ‘Best Adaptation’ – which we can’t exactly begrudge. 

Baldur’s Gate 3 took the overall award on the night. Did you see that a Crazy Taxi remake was also announced? 

Best Sports/Racing Game Of 2023? 

Forza Motorsport also collected the ‘Best Sports/Racing Game’ for 2023 award, ahead of EA SPORTS F1 23, The Crew Motorfest, Hot Wheels Unleashed 2: Turbocharged and, the only non-driving title, EA SPORTS UFC 24. 

Winners in each category are decided via a blended vote. The voting jury holds a 90 per cent sway, combined with 10 per cent public fan voting. 

There’s no doubt it’s a tricky year to pick the best driving or riding experience released this year, and while it unquestionably has some interesting ideas, amongst the OverTake team Forza Motorsport hasn’t necessarily struck a chord. 

“F1 23 may have its issues still, but it was less of a mess than Forza. So even though the sim community may not agree, that would have probably been a more reasonable pick,” pontificates our Yannik Haustein

“EA SPORTS WRC for me. While not perfect, it’s such a step up from its predecessor and it finally dethroned DiRT Rally 2.0 – at least in my opinion,” reasoned Connor Minniss

Are you enjoying Forza Motorsport, or do you think a different racing game released in 2023 should have won? Let us know your pick over on X @Overtake_gg or down in the comments below!