Forza Motorsport 7 is out now for customers who have chosen to pre-order the Ultimate Edition of the racing game.
While early critic reviews have waxed praise on Forza Motorsport 7, the game encountered quite a bit of criticism with regards to the loot boxes (though you can’t buy them with real money yet) and more recently for the VIP membership included with both the Ultimate Edition and Deluxe Edition of the game.
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Let’s explore in-depth this latter issue. Here’s the official description of the VIP membership:
Exclusive cars Mods Driver Gear and more await with Forza Motorsport 7 VIP membership! Forza Motorsport 7 VIP members receive exclusive VIP cars. VIPs will receive additional benefits including 100% CR bonus Mods VIP Driver Gear and more. Get your VIP membership today!
After 47 reviews on Microsoft’s Store, the Forza 7 VIP bundle is sitting at an average of 1.4 stars out of 5. That’s because unlike previous Forza Motorsport games, where the VIP membership granted a permanent 2x boost to credits earned in any race, this time around the boost actually consists of limited use consumables that you can use for a mere 25 races.
This change was never discussed prior to release by Turn 10 and it cannot be discerned by the Forza Motorsport 7 VIP membership description, either. As a result, several users are voicing their outrage for this ‘disingenuous’ shift all over the Web. You can read a few choice customers complaints below.
- I was a VIP member for FM5 and I remember getting 100% CR bonus for every race. Now it’s only limited? How can you scam people out of 25 dollars extra for something that has been an unlimited thing since VIP started. Change this immediately or I’m thinking of getting a refund and buying the original version back. Turn 10 needs to compensate for this “cell phone game” gimmick.
- Complete bait and switch. Not worth it at all. First and last time I ever buy the ultra/deluxe or whatever they want to call the edition. Making VIP a limited consumable and NOT MAKING IT CLEAR IN THE DESCRIPTION make it obvious how little thought went into customer satisfaction. For a series that I have loved since Forza Motorsport 2, this hurts.
- In previous VIP passes I have owned you would get a bonus percentage for each race which was great. NOW it gives you a bonus for a limited number of races and then they are gone!!!! And even this is not much of a bonus now because you can use “mods” that gives you similar bonuses. Furthermore, it takes up one of your 3 mod spaces. Thus the total benefit is really marginal. I hope they make it up to the hardcore fan community that shelled out the money upfront because of their dedication to the Forza franchise.
Forza Motorsport 7 will be out on October 3rd for everyone. You can look forward to our review before that date, where we’ll delve more into these issues.