Free Forza Motorsport 5 with Xbox One consoles starting next week

Forza will be included for free with Xbox One consoles starting next week.

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Seemingly forgetting about the Titanfall bundle also launching next week, Microsoft has announced that it will bundle a digital copy of Forza Motorsport 5 with new Xbox One consoles next week as well.

"In our quest to delight fans, we wanted to give even more people the chance to experience their ultimate car fantasy," Major Nelson wrote on his blog.

Unfortunately, deal-hunters seeking to get both Titanfall and Forza for free won't be able to. Major Nelson confirmed to us that the two promos don't stack. At least next week, there will be multiple game promos for interested Xbox consumers to take advantage of.

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    March 6, 2014 8:30 AM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, Free Forza Motorsport 5 with Xbox One consoles starting next week.

    Forza will be included for free with Xbox One consoles starting next week.

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      March 6, 2014 8:56 AM

      Wat.

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      March 6, 2014 9:30 AM

      And if you were chump enough to get one before now you get to yell at your stupid Kinect like an asshole.

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      March 6, 2014 9:43 AM

      Forza 5 FTP :P

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      March 6, 2014 9:55 AM

      Gotta start selling consoles somehow.

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        March 6, 2014 9:57 AM

        they are selling, just not as many as the ps4. 4 million in 13 territories vs 6 million in 53 (though ps4 is most definitely outselling in europe and NA).

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          March 6, 2014 10:15 AM

          The territories thing has a potential to bite MS in the ass when/if they finally decide to sell in the rest of the world - as everybody will have a PS4 there already.

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      March 6, 2014 10:29 AM

      Want! But won't. :(

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      March 6, 2014 10:39 AM

      Get back to me when it comes with two games and is $100 cheaper.

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      March 6, 2014 11:37 AM

      Called it. There is a reason why there is so many microtransaction for it.

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        March 6, 2014 11:46 AM

        That are completely unnecessary to use. If the game was designed as Free to Play then they did a poor job at it.

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          March 6, 2014 12:18 PM

          The stuff in DOTA2 is unnecessary to use. Doesn't change the fact that they make millions with it.

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            March 6, 2014 12:19 PM

            So what does it matter if they are making money and you can still have fun playing the game the way you want?!

            You guys are unreal

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              March 6, 2014 12:37 PM

              There's a difference between items that have no effect on gameplay or gating and those that do. Forza 5 has item purchases (which affect gameplay), XP boosters (which affect gameplay), and car unlocks (which affect gameplay), and gating (via cars required for certain licenses). So that's the matter for certain people.

              Some people do not like games that use microtransactions to affect gameplay. I'm one of them, but I haven't cared about Forza since 2 because I don't like games with gated unlocks anymore.

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                March 6, 2014 12:42 PM

                None of those items are required at all to actually play and finish the campaign. There are also no "licenses" that you need to earn. The only gate is in game money used to buy cars just like every other Forza game in the past.

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                March 6, 2014 12:46 PM

                I think the point is that if you pretend the microtransactions aren't there, it plays like you would expect a Forza game to play.

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                  March 6, 2014 1:00 PM

                  Except the unlock curve was skewed for a much longer delay, and a number of methods of either enjoying the game or earning additional cars were removed:


                  - No cars unlocked as you level. There is no logical, game-enhancing reason this was taken out. Its something that most everyone enjoyed. Some tweaks could have been to the 'progression' of cars you unlocked, but certainly no one wanted the whole system taken out.

                  - Manufacturer affinity is gone. This was something that also could have used some tweaking, but was otherwise a very good idea. Before, you could basically get free upgrades quite quickly. That could have used changing. It was definitely too quick. But again, people liked the system and it didn't warrant taking out. The fact that you can use tokens to buy upgrades now makes it blatantly obvious what the intentions were here.

                  - Free Play no longer allows you to drive any car in the game. Before, while some cars were quite expensive, it didn't stop people from the enjoyment of driving them if they wanted to. You just wouldn't own the car, couldn't customize it or race it in career. This was a fantastic compromise, as you could test drive anything you wanted and even if you couldn't afford an expensive car you really liked, you could still get to experience it out on-track. With that gone, it really pushes at the car collector types to pay real money.

                  - No buying/selling paints/setups/vinyls. You can still make some money off of this, but there will clearly not be any sort of ecosystem built around this like before. No reason for this to have happened. People *loved* the way it was.


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                  Now, they did fix the economy so that credits are earned better now. So they've at least acknowledged issues with it and addressed them: http://news.xbox.com/2013/12/games-forza-5-economy-update

                  That they had to, said the value of the game was out of whack with what players felt was the correct curve. Taking free cars out of leveling though? That's just greedy.

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                    March 6, 2014 1:03 PM

                    I like the system of getting cash with leveling better because a lot of times I was handed cars I had no desire to drive.

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                    March 6, 2014 1:09 PM

                    - This was taken out because they wanted the guys in your garage to be ones you wanted there, and that you had an attachment to. I think it works well. I have spent like 30 minutes thinking about which cars to buy for events I want to run.

                    - Manufacturer affinity is sure as hell still in the game. You get more XP / spending cash for using cars for the same manufacturer- this greatly ties into my above response.

                    - You can "rent / borrow / drive" any car so long as it's not DLC in the free drive mode. You just don't earn XP for doing it.

                    - There is a marketplace in the main menu it just hasn't been fleshed out with anything since release. It's still very easy to find tunes and vinalys. You now don't have to pay for them and the creaters get XP or cash for more downloads / uses of them.

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                      March 6, 2014 1:10 PM

                      "wanted the guys cars in your garage"

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                      March 6, 2014 1:31 PM

                      You've essentially just made my point for me, sigpro.

                      People have a problem with this: I have spent like 30 minutes thinking about which cars to buy for events I want to run.

                      You just don't earn XP for doing it.

                      There is a marketplace in the main menu it just hasn't been fleshed out with anything since release

                      I understand what you're saying, I'm just pointing out why people would say those differences affect their gameplay. GATING content is restricting gameplay. There's nothing else to it. You don't have a problem with those restrictions, other people do.

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                        March 6, 2014 1:41 PM

                        This is just like when I was playing legend of Zelda and I couldnt use the master sword right from the start, because i had to unlock it

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                          March 6, 2014 1:45 PM

                          I'll point out here that Zelda does not include microtransations. So no, you cannot spend money to get that master sword right away.

                          Which was the point of this subthread.

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                            March 6, 2014 2:12 PM

                            The mere fact that the Microtramsaction exists doesn't make the game less fun. It's fair to dislike that you have to "unlock" items but this has been the case for racing games since gran turismo and even before. They're gated! Oh no!

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                              March 6, 2014 2:50 PM

                              The mere fact that the Microtramsaction exists doesn't make the game less fun.
                              Correct, for most people. I'm one of those who supports them when used intelligently.

                              It's fair to dislike that you have to "unlock" items
                              Glad we agree on this

                              this has been the case for racing games since gran turismo and even before.
                              Now, here's where we differ. Microtransactions being used to unlock gates has not been around until recently. People have an issue with that, I'm one of them.

                              I don't like unlock systems, I hated it in BF3, I hated it in BF4, I hated it in ME3 MP, and I hate it in racing games. I especially dislike it when it's combined with a premium game price. Hopefully you can understand that we may just have a different point of view about this. I have a fundamental problem with payable gating systems. I do not like games with them. I never will.

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                                March 6, 2014 2:53 PM

                                What are you unlocking in Forza? All you can get is XP to get levels. XP earned = in game cash used to buy cars. That is it.

                                You aren't trying to unlock new weapons that you don't have access to unless you get to level 50 like in CoD, BF or anything like that. You are just earning cash so you can buy a car to use in another race. This goes back to GT3 at least, possibly before that.

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                                  March 6, 2014 2:57 PM

                                  You're unlocking cars by buying them. That's content gating. I replied to you this point below.

                                  You don't understand why I dislike this, and that's fine, but it is something I'm done with in games. If I'm paying $60, I want full access to all content in the start, especially for games where the gated content is the primary point of the game (like cars for racing games, or weapons/kits for FPS games).

                                  I want TF2 and DoTA2, not League of Legends.

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                                    March 6, 2014 3:03 PM

                                    Ok but in Forza 5 there is a mode where you can drive ANY non dlc car on ANY track you want so that option is there for you. Just stay out of the campaign.

                                    To me it sounds like you are done with all racing games, almost all MP FPS games. What about MMO's that gate content via level requirements? Does that upset you too?

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                                      March 6, 2014 3:09 PM

                                      That's good, and I'm glad it's there. Do they let you customize all the parts on the cars and save the setups and tunings? If so, I'd be perfectly fine with it.

                                      it sounds like you are done with all racing games
                                      Yup
                                      almost all MP FPS games
                                      Yup

                                      What about MMO's
                                      I've only been playing a bit of STO, but otherwise I haven't played any other MMOs since 2011, I'm done with that design.

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                                March 6, 2014 2:54 PM

                                As an example: a game that uses microtransactions in a way I like: Star Trek Online.

                                It's about the best translation of a premium game to a microtransaction game. And the best part is, none of the story is gated. All of the gameplay is free.

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                                March 6, 2014 2:59 PM

                                You can unlock the game by playing normally! That's why I don't understand the hubbub against forza 5.

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                                  March 6, 2014 3:06 PM

                                  You're confusing two different points, FrayLo.

                                  So, point #1 is where this thread started. It's an answer to the question 'So what does it matter if they are making money' and I answered you; it matters to some people because they don't like gameplay content (like cars) being unlockable by real cash for a $60 game. Some people just do not like this in games.

                                  Point #2 is a personal one: I don't like content gating. I don't like unlocking via gameplay or unlocking via microtransactions. If I'm playing a sim, like Forza, I want all the cars and mods unlocked at the start. That's just my preference now after years of playing the same content scale over and over again. I'm tired of it now.

                                  So, two different issues.

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                                    March 6, 2014 3:10 PM

                                    but haven't racing games had locked content for like, ever?

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                                      March 6, 2014 3:10 PM

                                      even r.c. pro-am requires you to grind for upgrades!

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                                        March 6, 2014 3:12 PM

                                        I wasn't tired of it until around 2012 or so. As I said, I played that content grind a lot, but having played a lot of games like Gone Home (which even includes an unlock all doors option), I've found myself done with unlocks for the primary focus of the game. As I told sigpro above, FPS MP games and most car sims are right out for me.

                                        Good SP games where the content is gated because of design, I'm all for that. Sims that allow you to control everything, fantastic. But unlocking weapons in BF or cars in Forza, no thanks.

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                        March 6, 2014 1:57 PM

                        I really don't get your point about what is gated off from you? That you only earn XP in campaign or multiplayer? As far as I know that is the same all the way back to Forza 2 that introduced the arcade mode vs the sim/campaign mode.

                        Campaign has restrictions on certain kinds of cars can be used in certain races but that is no different than most sim racers going back to GT series on the ps2. There is a free race mode where you can race any car you want on any track you want.

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                          March 6, 2014 2:51 PM

                          The car ownership is gated. It's something I do not view as a positive, and I don't like it. I like it much less when it's combined with a premium price and microtranaction system to remove the gating.

                          That's my point of view.

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                March 6, 2014 3:35 PM

                You have no idea what you are talking about.

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                  March 6, 2014 3:59 PM

                  It's hard to have no idea what I'm talking about when I'm offering an opinion. Though I do note I was wrong about licensing. I was thinking of the certain campaign races where you need a certain type of car (or class restrictions), I didn't get that across clearly.

                  If you have a specific issue with what I said, please let me know. I do listen to what is said.

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              March 6, 2014 1:19 PM

              I don't care at all... I just couldve have bet that the game would be free to play pretty soon.

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        March 6, 2014 12:04 PM

        What is the reason, tell me

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          March 6, 2014 12:19 PM

          You're a big boy. I'm sure you can figure it out.

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            March 6, 2014 12:24 PM

            If there is a point you're trying to make, I've missed it. Microtransactions make some money? Alright.

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        March 6, 2014 12:43 PM

        wait, it's not free-to-play though.

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          March 6, 2014 1:20 PM

          Oh yeah. That's right. I thought it would be free for everyone. It will probably be free with gold soon though.

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        March 6, 2014 1:16 PM

        What did you call?

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      March 6, 2014 11:40 AM

      lol

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      March 6, 2014 11:44 AM

      I'm guessing February NPD isn't going to be much different from January.

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      March 6, 2014 11:47 AM

      They should include a free year of Xbox live too. Seeing as how it's required for almost everything.

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      March 6, 2014 12:02 PM

      I wonder will you get a digital copy of Forza 5 in addition to the Titanfall bundle? This may be enough to get me to bite.

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        March 6, 2014 12:08 PM

        Unfortunately, deal-hunters seeking to get both Titanfall and Forza for free won't be able to. Major Nelson confirmed to us that the two promos don't stack.

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      March 6, 2014 1:36 PM

      So has the ps4 outsold xbone 10 to 1 yet?

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        March 6, 2014 1:42 PM

        So, Sony has given free games away for over a year now and everyone loves that. Microsoft packs in some digital copies with the system and they are doomed for failure? What?

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          March 6, 2014 1:44 PM

          Its very chic right now to make fun of Microsoft

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            March 6, 2014 1:44 PM

            Yea, that's kinda my point with the post...

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              March 6, 2014 5:45 PM

              I was being serious, what are the numbers?

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          March 6, 2014 6:08 PM

          Dude, they give games with Plus.

          What sad is that the Games with Gold program has been providing old garbage and old good stuff, but it's all damn old. While Sony has been giving PS4 games like Outlast and Resogun on a monthly basis.

          Nothing has been free with MS for the One, and their only sale on games was Ryse, which was a test. What a bunch of shit, Sony is doing a great job with sales and free games, while MS is way behind.

          Also this is coming with the console, not free with a service. Also Titanfall too, which was supposed to be the system seller, is now free with the console.

          Pack in with a console is much different than free games with Gold or Plus.

          Just buy a PS4 already.

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        March 6, 2014 4:57 PM

        yeah you'd like it like that wouldnt you big boy? would that make you hard? yeah get hard for ps4 good news big boy, yeah yea OOOH

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      March 6, 2014 3:25 PM

      I love Forza 3,and Forza 5 and Dead Rising were the main reasons I was looking at the Xbone. I was considering picking one up early once Microsoft deigned to release it here in Sweden.

      But after hearing the Giantbomb guys talk about it I kinda lost all interest in it, and a single game is not enough to justify a brand new console.

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        March 6, 2014 3:54 PM

        I love the Giant Bomb guys, but I feel like Forza 5 was not really in their groove. I think it is a great game, but it has also been a while since I played a Forza.