Naturally since Forza Motorsport 4 came out today I’ve been playing it non stop. I love racing games, especially ones like Forza because of the wide variety of cars and the simulation feel to it. If you never played Forza and are intimidated by the difficulty of a simulation racer fear not, for Turn Ten has added in so many driving aids, all you need to do is basically hit the gas and the car could drive itself. How ever I feel these should be used as only temporary aids. Using it to actually progress through the game takes away the actual fun of all the racing!
Let me put something out there right now before I go into detail about how awesome the game is and how much there is to do. This is, for the most part, the same game as Forza 3. If you were looking for some thing new and mind blowing, it’s not in this game.
Shot with the in game camera at regular quality.
They improve on some things and add tons of cars but for the most part, this addition to the series is more like a refresher rather than a totally new entry. In my opinion though it’s still worth the money because of some of the new features like the car club, rivals mode, and extra race types like autocross and a more fleshed out drag racing.
Autocross was probably one of the most surprising things I found on Forza today and I was delighted by the fact it was included. For those of you who don’t know what autocrossing is, it’s like a more technical version of the time trials that were on Forza 3. Instead of going through the track as fast as possible, you have to go through sets of gates as fast as possible. If you miss or hit a gate, you get time added on. Simple right? The big difference is where your car might get into it’s final gear on a regular track, you’re lucky if your car gets out of second in an autocross circuit. There’s a lot of tight turns, slaloms, and obstacles to make sure your car is being put to the test. Autocrossing is also one of the most affordable motorsports as you can use any car and anyone can do it. If you actually want to try it in real life, google auto crossing in your area!
I also spotted that Drag Racing has a bit more of a focus whether it’s in the online races or even picking out tires. I think this was a great addition to the game because most people that have the game and play it more casually say they just like to drag race their friends. There’s so many muscle cars in this game, how can there not be a big drag racing scene right?
Speaking of the cars, there is such a wide variety. You have everyday grocery getters like some of the cheaper the Ford Fiesta or Honda Civic and then you have tarmac eating, rubber burning, street monsters like old school Dodges and even the AMC Javelin(one of my favorite muscle cars). They even have the DeLorean (of Back to the Future fame), which isn’t fast or anything but definitely worth putting in!
One of my favorite things about the game has to be the Livery Editor (basically your own personal paint shop). You can make anything in there from just some flames or maybe a stripe on your car, to really ridiculous things, like a portrait of Batman on the hood (I’ve seen it done). To be honest, I think this gives players a new way to enjoy the game in a more creative type of way. Especially because you can make one offs that no one else can duplicate even if you sell the car. It’s not difficult either, any one can do it! I actually did this Mario themed one while I was waiting for my friend to get on!
I think the car club function is a neat idea as well. It makes you feel alittle bit more connected with your friends. Rather than everyone playing for them selves, you can share your own cars with the club so that other members can use your car for races. I think it’ll create a little bit more competitiveness in this game between gamers because people will want to know which club has the better drivers now!
The video and photo ideas are about the same as they were in Forza 3 accept now you can upload a higher resolution image on to the website for download. I’ve seen some pretty cool videos of people doing some pretty cool stunts. Again, you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to work any of these controls, everything is pretty self explanatory. The only let down was when you upload video or high res photos to Forza’s web site. You only have a day to download them before they’re put back on to your 360. This really isn’t an issue with the game or anything but if you had a a million people upload their pictures every day you’d want to know how to conserve room too.
So the bottom line, if your a racing fan who hasn’t played Forza before, a Forza fan looking for more racing action or even a casual gamer wanting to check out all the cool cars and maybe hook a few up, this is your game with out a doubt. For 60 bucks, you get tons of cars, features, achievements and action that will keep you coming back for more. Oh and don’t feel bad if you see my Mario Mobile zooming by you, I play alot! Hope to see you all on the race track!