Forza Motorsport 4

Release date October 14th 2011 Price £49.99
Format Xbox 360
Publisher Microsoft Distributor Gem
Developer - Contact 01279 822800
Billy Langsworthy

Forza Motorsport 4

Since the first Forza title in 2005, the franchise has sold around 10m units as of early last year and firmly established itself as one of the most authentic driving titles around.

Forza Motorsport 4 plans to continue this success with new cars, an enhanced engine, upgraded visuals and Kinect functionality.

The latter puts gamers literally behind the wheel. Using the motion sensor to detect driving-style movements, the game challenges players with a range of different scenarios, such as overtaking as many opponents as possible in a set time limit. Speeding up and slowing down is handled automatically.

Drivers will now also be able to alter their view from behind the wheel with the Kinect’s head tracking ability. When in the virtual driving seat, players will be able to look into corners by turning their head, a feature that along with the Kinect’s steering support aims to make Forza 4 one of the most immersive, authentic racing titles around.

The latest title in the franchise boasts some of the most impressive visuals seen in a Forza game to date with cars that look as good as their real-life counterparts and breathtaking locations surrounding tracks that include the Bernese Alps, the Hockenheimring and the Maple Valley Raceway. 

Car fanatics can look forward to burning rubber in the World Tour mode, complete with a difficulty setting that adapts to how a player gets on throughout their career, as well as drift and multi-heat modes. After every victory, drivers can return to the garage to customise their cars, or pick up rewards that include new motors and credits.

Back to Track

For fans that want to take a break from the racetracks, there is the new Autovista mode, a virtual showroom that allows players to walk around – physically, if they have Kinect – and explore the ins and outs of every vehicle, including a Warthog from Halo. 

Each car tour comes with an in-depth commentary from Jeremy Clarkson, setting up Autovista to be any petrol head or aspiring car buff’s dream feature.

Thanks to heaps of new features and authentic gameplay, Forza Motorsport 4 is shaping up to be the best and most impressive Forza title yet.

Limited Collector’s Edition Steelbook

Die hard fans of the series can pick up the Limited Collector’s Edition, a pack brimming with exclusives. This comes with 25 additional cars including the American muscle car pack, the BMW Art Car pack, the VIP Car Pack and the limited quantity Launch Bonus pack. The steelbook also includes a VIP membership to the Forza community, vinyl stickers and a Forza 4 book written by the Top Gear team.

Top Gear

A major new feature of the latest Forza titles comes thanks to its new license with Top Gear. Alongside Clarkson’s involvement in Autovista, players can master the Top Gear Test Track, as well as set their own ‘Star in a Reasonably Priced Car’ time by tackling it in the Kia C’eed. Other challenges related to the hit show include car football and bowling.


Tags: Microsoft , GAME , preview , xbox 360 , kinect , racing , limited edition , wheel , forza , 4

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