Drivatars (Forza Motorsport 5)
Yes, the word "Drivatar" is little more than a ridiculous, made-up marketing term. But what it represents in Forza Motorsport 5 is certifiably awesome--a new type of asynchronous multiplayer, where a computer does its very best to be you. Like a servo-replicant training to murder you and take over your life, your Drivatar studies your every move behind the wheel, learning to mimic your braking and turning habits. Once your methods have been assimilated, your Drivatar speeds around the track in your friends' races, giving your pals some better AI competition and you some bonus points. Drivatars could very well be a glimpse into the future of multiplayer--where you don't even have to be playing to play.
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