When reading through these forums, I often hear mixed views about Fora Motorsport 3. Even though it was a higher rated racing simulator, and reccomended by many people who viewed GT5, not everyone here considers Forza of the same quality as Gran Turismo.
Some don't even consider it competition, even though it is a 5 million selling franchise (although 1.3 million are likely bundled, and if you follow VGC tracking, it's impossible for the game to have bundled more then 1.5 million as that's how much sales jumped during bundling).
Just one statistic. Ford sells on average 3x as many Mustangs as Chevy sells Camero's, and almost 10x as many Mustangs as Dodge sells Challengers. Do sales justify competition, or does the car itself justify it? Apply this to the games, do sales affect Forza being a compeditor or not?
IMO, GT started the same as Forza, and grew just as fast. Just during the time between GT1-4, Gran Turismo largely had no competition, and was the first of its kind. I think Forza quality has really jumped since Forza Motorsport 1, and I'm excited to see how much better Forza 4 is over 3 and GT5.
I believe that the difference with Forza and GT really boils down to which is newest, and preference. Right now most would say GT5 is best, before GT5 was released Forza Motorsport 3 was the best, and before that it was Forza 2 or GT5: Prologue (preference dependent). Now when Forza 4 comes out, I'll bet a buck that most people will say it's the best racing sim out there.
Am I wrong to believe in this trend? What are your honest opinions about the Forza brand. Has it established itself as a AAA, 9 Plus/10 simulator, and a compeditor to GT5? Or is Forza just an alternative.
P.S. Don't be afraid to compare Forza and GT to other big PS3/360 franchises such as Resistance/Gears and Halo/Killzone.