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Forza Motorsport 7 vs Gran Turismo Sport

The rivalry between PlayStation and Xbox is similar to that of top football teams. Each studio works at capacity for years perfecting their craft, whilst fans passionately support their efforts. Gran Turismo Sport and Forza Motorsport 7 represent the very best four wheeled entertainment on each console. But which is best?

We could be here for weeks dissecting every polygon, each shadow and the many gigabits of data that form these games. To make things more digestible we have broken each contender down into four categories. Graphics, cars and tracks, gameplay and the ultimate verdict.

Tracks  and Cars

Gran Turismo Sport might have the most detailed cars, but it has fewer of them when compared with Forza Motorsport 7. Over 700 for Forza vs 162 in Gran Turismo. That is a low car count on GT’s part even by their own standards — Gran Turismo 6 boasted over 1,000 different models and variations.

The final nail in the coffin for GT Sport is Forza’s sheer variety of cars. Everything from classic F1 legends to racing trucks can be collected in Forza 7, whilst GT Sport sticks to a more midget diet of racing cars and selected road models.

It’s the same story with the tracks. Gran Turismo brings 17 to the table, whereas Forza delivers 30.

Forza Motorsport 7 is the clear winner here.

Gameplay

The Forza Motorsport series has always attracted a wide range of gamers. From the novice perched at the end of their bed, to simulation fans with the latest gaming rig, everyone has a seat at the Forza table. The vast array of settings means that you can tweak the game to be anything from bumper cars to an accurate recreation of a WEC endurance race.

Gran Turismo is much more focused on the hardcore enthusiast. There are various driving aids to help you, but largely you are on your own. This makes GT the ideal platform for those purely looking for a simulator. In fact, Gran Turismo has a proven track record of turning its best players into real racing drivers.

Which is the most enjoyable comes down to your personal preference. If you take pleasure in spending hours perfecting your lap of Silverstone, Gran Turismo ticks the box for you. However, Forza mixes its serious races with Top Gear style stunts that are often pretty amusing. FM7 also offers a more structured single player experience with clear progression through the ranks.

On the basis of longevity and entertainment, Forza Motorsport 7 is the better game overall.

Verdict

Each game has its merits, and its own USP. Forza Motorsport 7 is a destination that car nuts will enjoy no matter their skill level, whilst Gran Turismo Sport prides itself on being one of the most accurate simulations of driving out there.

Ultimately FM7 wins out. Why? Because there is more of it. We know people who cancelled their preorders of Gran Turismo Sport when the content list was revealed. It’s understandable that GT has come to the party with less cars and tracks because much of the game has been built from the ground up. That said, we’d rather the game launched later being more complete than what feels like "diet" Gran Turismo.

GT Sport is mighty impressive, especially when using a VR headset, but Forza 7 is the more complete offering here.