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.
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.”
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!