Forza Motorsport 6 is definitively the best racing video game available right now, and STACK is giving you the chance to get behind the virtual wheel of this racer in style.
Thanks to our friends at Microsoft and Turn 10 Studios, STACK is giving away a Limited Edition Forza 6 Motorsport Xbox One bundle, which includes an Xbox One 1TB console in awesome FM6 blue, a matching wireless controller, a full-game digital download of Forza Motorsport 6 and the 10th Anniversary Car Pack download.
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To get you in the mood for this awesome racing game, here are the five things I like best about Forza Motorsport 6.
1. Scaleable Difficulty
Driving games often come in two varieties: the arcade racer and the hard-core simulation. Although FM6 is as close to the real thing as you can get, novice racers can turn on numerous assists to make things easier to control once they're tearing it up on the track. Options include stability control, auto braking, traction control, auto transmission and more.
Playing FM6 at its higher difficulty settings is incredibly challenging and super rewarding, but sometimes you want to get into a quick race without being slammed with the heavy dose of realism that comes with a driving simulation of this caliber.
As in previous Forza games, you can rewind during a race to fix your mistakes and practice your technique. To hard-core gamers, this feature feels like a "cheat," but it works great as a tutorial as you learn your way around FM6's 26 real-world tracks. I find myself using the rewind feature less and less as my skills improve, but it is a great option for when things go awry.
2. Cockpit View
In other racing games, I have always preferred to race from the third-person camera view. The in-car perspective hinders my vision and makes it difficult to keep my car on the road. Forza Motorsport 6 is changing my mind. The cockpit views are so spectacular, they make me want to play from this perspective to truly enjoy the unique experience from each car. The gauges work in real time, and the rearview mirror is a valuable tool when traffic gets tight. From the Spartan interior of a 1965 Ford Mustang to the fighter jet look of a modern Ferrari, the aesthetic each cockpit provides is worth the extra practice time it takes to race from this angle.
3. Spin for Prizes
A somewhat controversial feature of FM6 is the wheelspin reward system. As you race, your driver level increases. At each new level you can "spin" for prizes, which include additional cars for your garage or in-game money to buy new cars and upgrades. Although many gamers do not like the wheelspin system, I enjoy the chance to win random rewards. On one of my early spins, I took home a 1967 Brabham BT24, a classic Formula One car. Jackie Stewart, anyone? It was a major score! Later spins were not as fruitful. I won less-than-exciting vehicles or small amounts of cash. I can see some people's beef with the lottery aspect.
4. Drag Racing
There's no doubt that it's crazy fun to go bumper-to-bumper and fender-to-fender through the twists and turns of Laguna Seca or up and down the winding inclines of the Burmese Alps. But I'm an American, and Americans measure their cars' performance one quarter-mile at a time. It's fun and challenging to take a big-block monster to the drag strip and tweak its performance to squeeze out an extra 10th of a second down the track.
5. Great Roster of Classic American Muscle Cars
More to that point, I love this game for the collection of classic American cars it includes. Sure, they are blocky to look at, and most of them drive like a stack of bricks on a skateboard, but it's a blast to get behind the virtual wheel of a 1970 Chevelle SS or a HEMI-powered 1968 Dodge Dart. All the usual suspects are here: Camaro, Mustang, Charger, Firebird, etc., but I really appreciate the inclusion of some classic sleepers like the 1971 AMC Javelin AMX, the 1987 Buick Grand National and the 1971 Plymouth GTX.
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