Gran Turismo 5 (GT5) Vs Forza Motorsport 3 (FM3)

This is going to be absolutely fascinating. When it comes to absolute simulation of motor racing the best game in the world, by a huge margin, is rFactor on the PC. But add in a bit of arcade elements and the two daddies are Gran Turismo and Forza Motorsport. We have moved, in this generation, to a market where you tend to have one massive game in each genre with the “me too” games selling far less successfully than before. But these two games are different because they are platform exclusives, GT5 is only on the Sony Playstation PS3 and FM3 is only on the Microsoft Xbox 360. And they are both due out in Q4 ’09. So we have war.

GT5 is the latest game in the biggest selling Playstation franchise of all time with over 50 million sold. It is famous for featuring a huge number of cars and for absolutely amazing graphics. This fifth edition is due for release on 1 October 2009 and has been under development for many years. For the first time (other than as a test) it features online play, with 16 cars. Also for the first time it will have vehicle damage, a weakness of previous versions.

The original Forza Motorsport was Microsoft’s answer to the GT series, had a Metacritic of 92% and a GameRanking of 93%. It is famous for it’s realistic physics engine and had vehicle damage right from this first version. FM2 introduced online play with 8 players and sold 5 million units. Forza 3 is due for release on October 27 2009 and has over 400 different cars and over 100 different circuits.

So we have a unique situation. Two of the biggest game brands there are going head to head on different platforms. The importance here is not the number of sales that each of these games gets. It is how many machines each of them sell, because these are two of the biggest system selling titles there are. Lots of people have been waiting for GT5, for instance, before buying their PS3. And lots of people who have one of these consoles will end up buying the other one as well, just to play one of these games. These two games will increase the installed bases of both consoles significantly.

So which will win? They both will of course because they are platform exclusives. But Gt5 should win on the sheer content of the game and the huge amount of polish it has received. FM3 will win online because the Xbox 360 is a far better online platform and because they have solid previous experience in this area.

And the biggest winner is gaming. This is what we want, massive global brands of the very highest quality. Brands that are comparable with the very best that the film and other media industries can produce.


  1. forza, no dedicated servers, no rain, no night, poor 8 cars on track, poor damage, poor arcade handling, poor 2xDVD, poor datadisk.

    even PS3 only low budget Super Car challenge can do it better .. with 16 cars /veyron/ on rainy track.

    rFactor lol .. did you play it for one second kiddo, no .. isnt it.

  2. Forza Motersport 3 is the best race game in history. I had already played gt 5 and it is not good. No damage, bad handling, slow cars (as you drive 60 mph you drive 20 mph and so on and so on. Forza is the big winner. Gt 5 is onrealistic (no damage…. ooh please)

  3. Forza 3 The Definitive Arcade Experience

  4. Gt5 will not be crowned the racing King, it will be Forza3. gt has had plenty of time to be polished (but however much you polish a turd, it’s still a turd!). Like mr. gamer says, you drive at 60 and it feels like 20. Having chatted with games testers, you really do feel you are doing the speed the dials display. gt has had an easy ride for far too long, it’s just Ridge Racer for grown ups. Forza 3 builds on No.2 qualities and strengths. i predict Forza 3 will out sell Gt5 by a Huge margin! and will be crowned THE WINNER!

  5. moderation for what?

    Did anybody buy “RacePro” – SIMbin for the 360, i did and racing sim is totally inaccurate for this game, great game, just not that realistic! no damage, or slow down and frame rates aren’t that great. on the plus side you do get to drive F3000 and Formula BMW and with no dedicated F1 game for the 360 this is as close as you are going to get.

  6. This is what bothers me about the internet. Any retard w/ access to a keyboard can have an opinion and more importantly think his/her opinion actually matters. Mr. Gamer… Sell your keyboard and go buy yourself a clue…

  7. It is amazing how convinced people can be of their points of view when discussing a game that is yet to be released?

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