Anybody that knows a thing about me knows I LOVE my racing games. But let’s be honest, in most racing games (save for Forza Horizon) there’s not much in the way of a story, and that holds true for Forza 7, which means there’s not a whole lot of consideration that has to go into deaf accessibility. The visual cues that are available are there for anybody that wants them, to turn on or off, so they’re done well. The driving lines, the little indicators that show up when someone is on your tail that change color as they get closer, the adjustable camera to suit your driving preferences, controller vibration that mirrors that of a steering wheel. It’s all there and it’s all great.
What’s not great, in terms of accessibility, are the subtitles. First of all, you can’t turn them on until after the opening scene, which gets more and more frustrating every time a game does it. Second, they’re small. On the plus side, they’re white on a black text box, so that’s nice, if you’re standing at your TV screen and can read the tiny words.
All in all, if you’ve played any Forza game, you’ve played this one. There’s nothing new or remarkable about deaf accessibility and they screw up the same stupid thing that just about every other game on earth does.
The game is pretty and looks as realistic as you can get, but that’s the only good thing I’ve got to say about this iteration in the Forza lineup. I’m so mad at this game, in fact, that I think I’ve bought my last Forza game (hello GT Sport, I see you coming soon). Why? Because every time I’ve purchased a Forza game, it’s been for both myself and my sister, because she is a huge gear head and loves racing games, and I always buy the Ultimate Edition with the VIP membership so she can amass credits and buy and tune her cars to her heart’s content. I did that again with Forza 7. And I basically gave them money for nothing. Because what used to be a permanent $20 perk of double credits earned is a VERY limited use perk now. And everything that used to be good about the game and crushed it under loot boxes (can we talk about how sick I am of loot boxes?) Honestly, Forza is starting to feel like the iPhone where they give you a shiny new edition with barely noticeable upgrades and differences and a whole slew of new ways to take your money. The difference there is that my iPhone has become a necessary part of my deaf life and Forza isn’t necessary for anything. So guess who is going to keep getting my money? At least I can change the text size on my iPhone if I need to.
Unless you’re that person that just needs the latest and greatest edition of a game, save your money, skip the loot boxes and the BS VIP membership, and play Forza 6 because they’re basically the same game.
Visual cues are well done and helpful
Dialogue after the opening scene is subtitled
Can't enable subtitles until after the opening scene
Subtitle text is small