Microsoft’s Giving Away Forza Motorsport 6: Apex For Free

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Forza Windows 10

Want to make a small fortune? Take a big fortune racing. Want to go racing for free? Well, up 'til now that's been reserved for cheap-looking smartphone games with bad graphics and worse physics. Now, though, Microsoft's stepping in with the big guns: If you've got a Windows 10 PC, they want to give you Forza, and they aren't going to charge a thing.

Forza Motorsport 6: Apex isn't a bait-and-switch con, nor a way to sell in-game advertising. This is a real, stand-alone game free from micro-payments and other cash-grab annoyances. There are 63 cars in total, all unlockable though regular gameplay, with a 12-event career mode and 20 drivable racetracks. You'll be able to line up against your friends online, or against an avatar programmed to drive just like them, as in full-fat Forza games for Xbox.

And it's all for free. Microsoft is both looking to drive more consumers to download and install Windows 10, and also hoping to highlight its Windows Store to game developers. Forza Motorsport 6 also uses the new DirectX 12 graphics processing unit, which Microsoft would like to see adopted by more developers.

Even if you already own an iteration of Forza, the free version is said to provide a completely new experience, with new races and environments. If you're a PC gamer, it's hard to see how this is anything but good news, with the single fly in the ointment being an initial lack of support for wheel controllers.

Productivity? Go racing for free instead.