Forza 4 is a great game for any fan of gorgeous cars. While Gran Turismo 5 became so obsessed with accurate handling physics it forgot what was fun about cars in the first place. Forza lets you get in a car and examine it in great detail, just like a car showroom. Thankfully, it's also hella fun to play, striking a nice balance of options for sim and regular fans alike.
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Turn 10 and EA (who own the rights to using Porsche's vehicles in games) have teamed up to bring Xbox 360 racing fans a Porsche-themed expansion pack for Forza 4 which drops today on Xbox LIVE. To mark the occasion, Turn 10 have released a new trailer stuffed with German sports car excellence.
Check it out above.
If you love cars, you need Forza 4 in your life. It's really that simple. Gran Turismo 5 might offer a marginally more realistic, authentic driving experience (if you can afford the necessary rig to make that a difference), but for petrolheads of every age and all abilities, this should be your first port of call. ShopTo have the cheapest price at the start of this month and their official eBay outlet just knocked a further couple of quid off of the price. Thanks OldEnglish at HUKD!
It's nearly December and already the streets of cyberspace are bustling with consumers, eager to snap up bargains left, right and centre. It can sometimes be a little difficult to decide what to get for your friends and family at this time of year so, if it's games you're looking for, we're going to be running a little mini season of buyer's guides to help you pick a few things out. These are, of course, relatively subjective, but hopefully they provide a few little highlights. We'll be running our Game of the Year season next month too, so keep an eye out for more suggestions then.
So let's kick off with dads. Here are a few little suggestions to pick out for your old man this Christmas.Click here to read more...
Have you ever stood at the side of the road, watched a Lamborghini or Ferrari or, as was once the case with us, a TVR that looked like it had been designed by a cartoon illustrator, zoom past to leave you jaws wide open, with a slight look of longing in your eyes? Have you ever been trotting along a pavement, minding your own business, only to find yourself doing a double take at the R8 you only just noticed. Your girlfriend's talking to you, you can't stop to carees the car, you can only crane your neck to catch one last glimpse for a mental gallery of car pornography.
You don't have to be the world's best driver, or most technically-minded engineer to appreciate a nice car. Since we were tiny we were making 'vroom vroom' noises, blissfully unaware of the differences between understeer and oversteer, unperturbed by variable differentials and optimal tyre pressures. We just wanted to go fast.
As much as it is a game for petrolheads and garage enthusiasts, Forza Motorsport 4 is also a game geared toward those of us who just never quite let that young innocence go. Put simply, if you love cars, whether or not you're a hardcore racing gamer or not, you're going to go absolutely nuts for this.Click here to read more...
FIFA 12's reign atop the UK Charts has been put to the sword by Forza Motorsport 4 this week, with Microsoft's Kinect-ified racer screeching in at first place. It's the biggest launch for a racer on the Xbox 360, although FIFA 12's 62% drop in sales probably helped secure Forza first place. Despite plummeting sales, FIFA 12 still clung on in second place, just above new entry Just Dance 3. id Software's RAGE continues to slide respectably down the charts, now residing in fourth, with Konami's PES 2012 in at fifth.Click here for the rest of the charts
We've admired the glossy paintwork from afar for what seems like forever, but now Gold Xbox Live members are finally being given the chance to get behind the wheel of Turn 10's latest racer for themselves. You'll be able to thrash one of three cars (Subaru WRX STI, Ferrari 599 GTO, and the 1970 Mercury Cougar Eliminator) around the 'Bernese Alps' track to your heart's content.
Also included is a preview of the Autolog-esque 'Rivals' mode, which allows you to pit yourself against your friends lap times for bragging rights, as well as an in-game reward when the title releases on October 14th. Visit Xbox.com for a download link, or access it directly from your console's dashboard.
Forza 4 is looking good. Really good. What little we've played of it has our fingertips quivering in anticipation. You may have blinked and missed Gameplay's fleeting £32.99 pre-order prie, but Blockbuster is still offering a deal a couple of quid cheaper than the nearest mainstream competition at £34.99. Thanks to Mr. Lee for the email tip.
Unlike Skyrim (“get off, I’ve just levelled up!”), racing games are perfect for expos. The queues are never that long and you can have a quick blast on a couple of tracks, test out a few new cars and get an idea of how they’re shaping up. So here’s a look at some of the biggest racing games lining up on the console grid.
It's not hard to see what Eurogamer attendees thought of Ridge Racer: Unbounded with most people I saw playing it walking away mid-race. Having played the game at Gamescom I knew why. The devs have admitted the game is too hard, but that was after E3, why isn't an improved build on show yet? That's a complete world tour with this monster now. The cars handle like they're being crushed into the ground from above and the drift mechanic is completely broken, with same application either spinning you out or just wobbling the car a little. When drifting is required to build up boost to catch up 7th place, it's a joke. The best I saw anyone, myself included, finish was 3rd out of 8. The Ridge Racer series is supposed to be a class leader at drifting, this is just painful. The new destructible scenery is too random as to what will cause you to crash or not. Some targeted building can by blasted through with a full boost, but drifting powers boosting...well it's like asking what came first, the chicken or the egg. But replace the chicken and the egg with a shite game and disinterested gamers. This needs a lot of work.Click here to read more...
Forza 4 careens onto store shelves on October 14th, but in case you require further convincing that Turn 10's racing simulator extravaganza is worth your hard-earned cash, a demo is available on the 3rd of October, where it can be found on the Xbox Live Marketplace, as per usual. The demo is supposedly based off the E3 2011 code - which also showed up at GamesCom, Jon's preview has all you need to know - and featured four cars, the Kia cee'd, 1970 Mercury Cougar Eliminator, 2011 Subaru WRX STI and 2011 Ferrari 599 GTO.
Furthermore, the Forza 4 demo will be your first introduction to the newfangled Rivals Mode, which has you setting track records and attempting to best your friends, even if they're not online. Very similar to Need for Speed's popular Autolog system. You can also jump into a Quick Race if you just want to check out the handling or whatever else floats your Forza boat. [Eurogamer]
Microsoft dropped a steaming video of awesomeness in the night that combines three of our favourite things: Top Gear, Forza and Halo. Meandering his way through the presentation, the voice of Jeremy Clarkson talks about the Warthog's engines, tyres, strengths and weaknesses and compares it with a Porsche 911. No, really.Check it out after the jump...
Now it's not often we report news pertaining to both Forza and Halo. Siblings though they might be, their genres don't often overlap. Until now, that is; because if you want an exclusive sneak peek at the warthog you'll be driving in Halo 4, it can only be found in Forza 4's Autovista mode. It's unclear how you'll unlock this feature - Microsoft allude to it being an easter-egg surprise for fans - but as you wander around the vehicle, examining its every bump, scratch and dent, Cortana will be narrating the experience. Much better than Jeremy Clarkson, then.
Sadly, you won't be driving the warthog around any of Forza 4's tracks. It's purely an Autovista car; which does mean you can sit in the front seat and rev the engine, though. A wonderful little treat for fans, then; not to mention a great tease for Halo nuts like ourselves here at Dealspwn. Check the link for a revealing screenshot of Halo 4's new warthog. Can we glean anything from 343's new game from this? [Wired]Click here for a couple more screenshots...
Another day, another announcement for a limited collector's edition stuffed with launch day DLC and merch. Turn 10 has announced that Forza 4 will be shipping with a hefty CE when it releases this October - along with extra preorder bonuses - and we have the full details below.Click here to read more...
Pinched from Inside Xbox, the latest video of Forza 4 shows Larry 'Major Nelson' Hryb demonstrating the integrated head-tracking feature that makes use of Kinect. Forza 4 will be at E3 this year, and we'll try our best to snaffle a closer look at what Turn 10 have been up to next week.Check out the Forza 4 vid after the jump...
Forza 4 is set to be one of the first Kinect titles designed from the asphalt up for the core crowd, fulfilling Microsoft's promise to eventually serve their staple crowd. Featuring an immense number of cars, customization options, tracks and events, Forza 4 also features the ability to head-track and inspect each car in meticulous detail using the Kinect sensor. If you're looking to get a jump on pre-orders, Gameplay have the cheapest price. £32.99; which saves you four pounds off the next best offer.
Those of you who purchase retail copies of Forza Motorsport 4 on its day of release might just be rewarded with an "exclusive in-game car pack", according to a Turn 10 press release. The company also tease the availability of a Collector's Edition, and reveal the game's box art.Click here for details >>
A video wormed its way onto the internet yesterday, a video involving shiny cars, Kinect integration, and the promise of Hollywood-esque cinematography. Yes, a new Forza 4 trailer was outed, although considering the japes and pranks flying about yesterday, we figured we'd wait until official sources confirmed the video as legit.
In a statement made to Kotaku, a Microsoft spokesperson said the following:
'The video in question was not intended for public distribution and may not accurately reflect features and functionality that ship in Forza Motorsport 4. We will have more to share on Forza Motorsport 4 in the near future.'
Just some of the features referred to include Kinect-based head-tracking, Kinect movement controls, 80+ manufacturers and advanced light and modelling.
The original video was removed, but someone else stuck it up here. Stuff your eyes with that!
Kotaku have reportedly gotten their hands on a Turn10 survey that's designed to test the public reaction to upcoming features in Forza 4. If accurate, their anticipated racer could feature 500 cars, Kinect support and narration courtesy of Jeremy Clarkson. And it'll be the "best looking game of the year," apparently. More details below.Click here to read more...
Rather unsurprisingly, Microsoft have admitted that fans can expect to see more Fable, Halo, Gears and Forza games in the near future. The latter two are due their third and fourth installments respectively at the end of the year, with Microsoft looking to add to their portfolio with new IPs and titles that take advantage of Kinect and Windows Mobile.More surprises inside!