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Forza Motorsport 4 Preview | Shiny Car Pornography

Jonathan Lester
Forza, Gamescom 2011, Racing Games, Turn 10 Studios
Forza Motorsport 4 | Xbox 360

Forza Motorsport 4 Preview | Shiny Car Pornography

Forza 4, Turn 10's latest installment of their Xbox 360 exclusive racing franchise that would have probably been titled 4za by a lesser studio, is on course to be gaming nirvana for petrolheads. We rated its predecessor as being numerically superior to Gran Turismo 5 on merit of the dynamic singleplayer campaign and sense of unabashed fun that underpinned the entire game... and after enjoying plenty of hands-on time along with expert commentary from director Dan Greenawalt, we're rather impressed by how the sequel's shaping up. By which I mean that our tongues haven't fully retracted yet.

The Forza series prides itself on being "hardcore sim that a six-year old can play." Physics and driving mechanics are all painstakingly modelled from raw data that's then completely scalable for players of different abilities and tastes. The familiar range of driving assists including auto-braking, ABS, racing lines and even steering make a welcome return; allowing gamers to enjoy a ruthlessly hardcore simulation or a drift-heavy arcade racer. As well as anything in between.

Forza Motorsport 4 Preview | Shiny Car Pornography

However, Turn 10 decided that Forza 3 had taken their artificially approximated tyre mechanics as far as it could go... and proceeded to axe it in its entirety. A new deal with Pirelli means that raw data from countless road and laboratory tests (on a range of tyres attached to various cars) has been directly plugged into Forza 4's DNA, making for what promises to be one of the most authentic and realistic simulations of road/car interaction to have ever been coded for entertainment purposes. After all, realistic is a bit of an understatement considering that it's powered by reality. In practice, this does lead to a much greater loss of speed when driving over a rumble strip or uneven surface, making staying on track much more important this time around.

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