Traditional racing simulations are known for their unforgiving steering and vehicle physics, which can make it difficult for newcomers to succeed, but Forza Motorsport 3 includes many optional features to help novices jump right into the game. While the game can be played as intended, with challenging computer opponents and complete player control over the entire racing experience, you can also change the difficulty level of your opponents, turn on optional assists (including autobrake and stability control), and limit or eliminate the effect of vehicle damage in each race. With all of these optional settings turned on, newcomers can start playing the game without significant challenge, and then adjust the settings as their skills improve.
Forza Motorsport 3 is primarily experienced through the single-player Season Play mode, which lets you choose multi-race events to enter and improve your player rank over time, thus unlocking additional vehicles and bonuses. You can also go back and enter individual events, or jump online to enter eight-player races over Xbox Live. From the main menu interface, you can also customize your vehicles with new parts and paint jobs, as well as enter the online Storefront, which lets you purchase user-created paint scheme, tuning setups, and saved photos and video replays using credits earned from winning races. Forza Motorsport 3 also includes a Free Play menu, which offers quick races, time trials, and split-screen multiplayer races.