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Genre: Driving & Racing / Video Game for Xbox 360 / Release Date: 2011-10-14 / Published by Microsoft

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      08.08.2012 20:13
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      better than Gran Turismo where driving physics are concerned

      Forza 4 has been a fantastic addition to my games collection and has paved the way for hundreds (and i really do mean hundreds) of hours of driving in circles on tracks I know better than my own city. For the score whores among us NOTE: The bulk of the achievements are easy and straight forward to grasp and complete but require some very serious grinding and track hours to get them unlocked. I am proud to say though i have the full gamerscore on all forza games, including the bonus 250g DLC. i have logged over 200 on track driving hours on this and so i think a review is needed...

      The games graphics utilise the full HD experience of the xbox 360, and at 60FPS also makes great use of smooth frames and the aspect ratio of a massive telly. You don't need to have a massive telly to play this but its pretty dull on a small screen, all the effort put into graphics and smooth frames transitions is pretty much wasted if you don't play in HD or on a reasonably sized telly. (i play on a 28" 1080i TV and it looks stunning, anything better than that will really pack a punch.) A 5.1 surround sound home cinema too is a very good thing for those V8 roars you hear on the drag circuit, it really brings it all together for your enjoyment.

      The cars in forza 4 are fantastically detailed including their smaller interior details. for example, on cars where there is a digital dashboard clock this will be set to whatever time your console is set to. You can therefore check what the time is while playing, and without pausing the game.

      The Autovista mode lets you open and explore cars and this works well with kinect because you can imaging getting into a car and feeling all the controls inside of it. it really makes it into a realistic experience without actually having a car there. There is what i like to call a "coffee mode" where you can sit back relax and enjoy some free run trials and things like that, hot laps are then posted on a global leader board which i think currently stands at around 4 million global online players.

      this is a fantastic racing game, its much better than Gran Turismo because of the graphics, auto vista cars and driving ability. For a start the cars aren't so stiff and handle much like a real car would on a tyre compound of your choice. A highly recommended game.

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      17.07.2012 08:22
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      They rip you off on the DLC because they know how good their game is to begin with.

      Forza Motorsport 3 was one of the first games I ever played on my Xbox 360, and it remained one of my favorites leading up to Forza Motorsport 4. What's more, I was thrilled to find that Forza 4 would be working with Top Gear- yes that's right, Top Gear, to produce their game. Turn 10 Studios could not have picked a better choice if they were looking to get that racing game blend of perfection that brings in both the casual car market, as well as the hardcore racing market. So does Forza 4 live up to the hype? I'll be your Star in a Reasonably Priced Car and take it through some test tracks to find out...

      .:Graphics:.
      There is nothing stunning about the graphics in comparison to Forza 3. They've done everything they have to extend the life of the Xbox 360 console, and while the game is certainly more crisp, detailed, and when it comes to the cars, sexier, it has become obvious that the hardware within the Xbox is reaching its limits. It's time for a new console- more power can only enhance games like Forza more. Nonetheless, the best way to describe the graphics in Forza 4 is- they are as good as they can be, and as good as they are going to get at the present time.

      .:Top Gear:.
      This is a flat out disappointment. Captain Slow (James May) and Richard Hammond are non-existent throughout the game... How can you slap the Top Gear logo on your game and then "forget" 66.66% of the crew? The only real situations where the Top Gear show is referenced is with Jeremy Clarkson's voice occasionally put over a description of a car or track. Oh... and the Top Gear test track is used for the most ridiculous mini-games during the campaign. Seriously, the objective on the Top Gear test track is not to get a fast time in the Kia Cee'd... no no, that would be logical. Instead, your time going through turns like Hammerhead and Gambon will be spent knocking over pins. Yes you heard that right. Knocking over pins. Like bowling pins. Words cannot describe how inexcusable an insult this part of the game is to true Top Gear fans like myself.

      .:Car Selection:.
      The car selection in Forza 4 is great... if you've got money, or more accurately, Microsoft Points. You see, they give you a pretty good selection of cars of all types. You'll get to drive all kinds of cars, from the Volkswagen Fox to the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport. But.. let's just say you wanted to drive a Mazda RX-8.. y'know, like millions of people do. Then fork over some Microsoft Points. Or... let's say you want to drive a Porsche in general. Fork over some more Microsoft Points for another DLC pack. Yes that's right- you won't to drive ANY Porsche until you purchase DLC. If you were looking to drive a 911.. just.. too bad. Regardless, the fact that Turn 10 is charging more money for this kind of DLC is absurd- these cars should be included right out of the box. If I go out and pay full retail price for Forza 4, I shouldn't have to add whatever they deem fair simply because I like Porsche. Because, let's face it, who doesn't like Porsche?

      .:Gameplay:.
      Gameplay is a tricky thing to analyze in Forza 4, simply due to all of the options. I will say this- on default settings the game is far too easy and all cars drive the same. Seriously, with the exception of speed, the difference between my Audi R8 and Mazda MX-5 was shockingly minimal. Handling means nothing until you apply more difficult settings to the game, upon which your Shelby GT500 and Lamborghini Miura will no longer be able to slide through turns as easily as your Audi S4. I also recommend playing on manual rather than automatic, it adds so much more appeal and long-lasting fun to the game. It's cool to smoke the dumb AI cars for a while, but eventually it will get repetitive unless you take off things like the braking assist, because you just don't make mistakes with it on. You can take turns as fast as you want and it'll still guarantee you stay on the track. Far too easy.

      So overall, do I recommend Forza 4? Of course. This review may seem negative, but it is also a lot easier to remember negatives of a game than positives. Believe me though- I haven't forgotten the feeling and experience of my Corvette ZR1 screaming down the Nurburgring at insane speeds, nor have I failed to recall the thrill of applying the hand brake to slide around the corner in my SSC Ultimate Aero at the famous Le Mans track. If you're a car enthusiast- you'll enjoy Forza 4 despite the over priced DLC and lack of Top Gear implementation throughout the entire game. If you're not a car enthusiast- I really can't say anything for you, but I can say that I'll bet you'd still enjoy your time in Forza Motorport 4, and it just may be what you need to convert you into a car guy too.

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        06.02.2012 15:19

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        Most amazing game yet!

        Forza Motorsport 4 was released on the 14th of October 2011 in the UK.

        I've played all the Forza Motorsport games and I can say they are all great but they improve each time they make a new one and Forza 4 is just outstanding. The graphics are the best I've ever seen on my HD TV.

        The amount of cars is mind blowing you can drive anything from new to old cars on any track you can think of as there are loads of them too. The modifying and tuning part of the game is my favourite as you can upgrade everything from engine parts to body work.

        They now have got TopGear into the game and now you can go on their track and have Richard Hammond talking about the cars.

        If you have the Xbox360 Kinect then you can drive your car with your arms to steer the wheel one downside to this is your arms hurt from holding them in front of you for ages but great fun when playing.

        The online play is great fun with friends as you can do so much from tag to drag races. The max you can play up to is 16 which is a lot really on one track and its better that was as everyone tries to bash you about its great fun.

        The single player is very long and challenging to complete I've had it for a few months now and still haven't completed it yet. You unlock cars along the way so there is always something new to drive and the locations of tracks change after every race which is nice too.

        Overall the best racing game out there for Xbox360 is you have a PS3 then you can't get this game because it's only for Xbox360.

        10/10 Game of the decade! Must have game!

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        22.01.2012 17:15
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        Turn 10 producedes a very entertaining racer

        Introduction

        This is a review of Forza motorsport 4: Collectors edition, it's devolved by Turn 10 studios and Published by Microsoft. It's the forth game in the Forza motorsport series of games. It was released for Xbox 360 in USA on the 11th October 2011 and in Europe on the 14th Otober 2011. It is the first Forza Motorsport game to use The Xbox 360 kinect technology.

        Pros and Cons

        Pros

        Very nice graphics
        Realistic sound effects
        Good selection of cars
        Top gear from BBC has been added into the Game

        Cons

        Feels similar to Forza Motorsport 3 in a lot of ways
        Only a small number of new tracks added

        My opinion

        The first thing that I noticed whilst playing this game is how user friendly this game is. You can have the difficulty level and user car assists that your car does all of the driving for you so you can just pick up and play this game even if you have never played a racing game before. On the other hand you can make this game so difficult and very much like a simulation game. It all depends on your play style and how you want to play this game. It has a good balance overall that helps this game to appeal to everyone.

        Gameplay

        In my opinion the thing that very much stands out for me in the gameplay is how entertaining it is. You can have a easy ride on easy or crank it up to make it very much like racing a real car. The amount of game modes that you can choose is amazing, I feel that Turn 10 have thought what would help users to come back to play this game over and over again. There is a lot of pick up and play modes such as the Free play and Rivials modes.

        Singleplayer

        The singleplayer season mode is very well made, it was easy to use and find events that I wanted to race in. The system works in the fact that you race on event in the season and then you earn credits to spend and experience points to be able to level up. When you level up you earn more cars.

        I like it how the game tailors your experience with the game with how you play, the events in the season that are available to you are based on what cars you like to use and it feels very much like if you stick with one car then it will become easier to upgrade your car because you earn discounts in the store for sticking with the same car and car company.

        I have to talk about the kinect functions in the singleplayer game, I like how easy it is to use you can walk around your car showroom, or if you decide to use kinect whilst racing then it's easy all you have to do is control your car left and right the game automaticly does the breaking and accelerating for you.

        Multiplayer

        Multiplayer has had some big improvements this time round, you can now race with up to 16 other players on the games racing tracks. It can be very entertaining and challenging at the same time.

        Car clubs in a multiplayer feature which is good, you can compete in races with your car club, develop your profile which adds to the car club and even exchange or sell your cars between your car club. I like it how there are so many options of buying cars.

        Graphics

        The graphics In this game are very pleasing, I like the looks of the cars in the autovista mode, the detail on some of the cars is amazing they have including everything.

        The lighting effects works well whilst racing on the tracks, you can get blinded on the tracks with the light getting shined on your car.

        Sound effects

        The sound effects are good, they are very realistic and life like. Some of the cars sound better than others but overall the sound is very good.

        Value for money

        There is simply so much to do in this exciting racer that will keep you going with the reply value for a long time.

        Overall

        It's a very good racing simulation game that will keep you entertained for a long time.

        *I agree that this game can be used on Ciao.co.uk, Dooyoo and other reviewing websites

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        16.01.2012 21:34

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        The Number 1 Racing Game for the Xbox 360!

        When I first learned of Forza 4's release date I immediately logged onto Amazon to pre-order my copy. When the day finally arrived and I received my copy and began playing it I was amazed right from the word go!

        In order to get the best out of Forza 4, you have to install extra cars and tracks from the second disc supplied in the box. Once theis content is installed you are free to start your thrilling career mode. And boy what a dazzling career mode this is. The career mode (or World Tour!) basically consists of individual races scattered across the globe. You race through 10 different seasons and for each season the more races you have to compete in. The career mode is really very long and will take up a lot of your time so grab a brew, relax and enjoy the ride!

        Forza 4 is very similiar to it's rival PS3 game Gran Turismo 5, the important difference being in Forza 4 there is much, much more to do. There is the World Tour mode, a new Rivals mode which pits you against rival racers, attempting to beat their best lap times. You can also access all of the events/races in Forza 4 by accessing the Event List in the race menus which is presented in a similiar fashion to Forza 3.

        You also have a brand new Top Gear presentation mode called Autovista in which Jeremy Clarkson himself presents most of the cars in the game, giving you a grand tour and even a test drive in them! Speaking of Top Gear, you can also race in the Top Gear test track and the different variations of the same track, making Gran Turismo 5's Top Gear mode minute in comparison.

        The game itself is huge and will take you countless hours to complete and more besides. This is indeed a great thing about the game and is guaranteed to keep you entertained for months and perhaps years to come.

        Overall a truely amazing racing game from Turn 10 and by far the best Forza game to date. A classic!

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        06.01.2012 14:20

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        many hours of entertainment

        The new game in the Forza series, have completed about half and have loved every minute, it is indeed the matching game for Gran Turismo for the PS3, obviously this is the game for the Xbox.

        As you start up the game you get an intro which is done by none other Jeremy Clarkson, which for me was great a real petrol head on a game, only down point is that after the intro it changes to someone like Jeeves, would love it to have been Jeremy throughout.
        I did not play the third but they seem to have dropped kudos, it is now down to how hard you set the game and the position you finish in, which in my opinion is slightly better as gaining kudos got very hard the further you got into the game, which stopped you from progressing, similar to Gran Turismo and the points system used.
        As per normal the driving experience is great, cars handle like they would if you were to drive them on a track, the graphics are amazing and don't seem to flicker at higher game speeds, which usually is the issue.
        The game has so many different car manufacturers that you are spoilt for choice and if like me will find it hard to choose which car you want.
        The courses are great lots of detail and the new top gear track adds a special bonus for all petrol heads who watch top gear religiously, the top gear races seem to be fun little missions(knock bowling pins over to gain points) very amusing.

        I am away to receive my kinect and will be giving the game a go with this, not sure how it interacts, however, will up date the review once had a go.

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        23.11.2011 20:05

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        Great and beautiful game would have enjoyed it more if Clarkson did more narration

        This new edittion of the the forza series has given the racing simulation genera a new king, in the pass if you wanted a realistic racing game, you had to go for the gran turismo series, however I always resented the licensing aspect of the game I bought the game to race not take a driving test.

        Ok just so that you know you can use the kinect to play the game but I've not tried that out yet only really used the standard wireless controller to play the game.

        The into movie is narrated by the top gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson, which is a great throw in for petrol heads, unfortunately the in game narration is not (would have loved for it to have been thou).

        Apart from the kinect aspect of the game the one thing this game has is a rewind function, the rewind allows you to go back a few seconds in the race and carry on from that point in time, this lets people who play the marathon races correct their mistakes instantly rather than have the need to restart the whole game (which used to really wind me up since I tend to mess up near the end of the last lap).

        Some may say the game is easier than the old game due to the rewind function but I disagree the opening races are easy to veterans of this type of game, but the rewind 'cheat' is really for those who used to rage quit from a long session of racing and messing up in the last corner (i.e. me)

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        26.10.2011 22:31
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        Good lifespan and great game

        Forza 4 is the latest game in the Forza series from turn 10. The game itself is a similar format to the last game with many extras such as in the season mode you choose the races and car class at each track you visit giving you so much more choice throughout the 10 season you play in.

        The game has a newer, sharper look and feel to the way it drives the scenery and the feel of speed as you hurtle along at near 200mph the slightest touch of another racer or bump in the road to bad racing line in the corner and its off you go into the sand traps and most likely you will end up in a bad smash.

        The game has a lot more cars to it in the last game and so far there seams to be a more aggressive tone to the game from the computer controlled races as they will try and pull moves on you to overtake and can be pressured into making mistakes and not just following a pre determined route as previous titles I remember and the early gran turismo games.

        The online element has been improved greatly too seeing as you now can have up to 16players online which heading into the first corner has good and bad sides to it depending if you avoid the carnage that is normally customary.

        Every track has had a graphics tweak that gives future games promise as the realism side is getting better and better and with the authentic sounds of the engine makes you feel right in the thick of it.

        The cars which all have their own pro's and con's from the main attributes of Speed, Handling, Braking, Launch, Acceleration seam to be closer than ever rather than in forza 3 where there was always was a few premium cars to choose from and the mixture just got annoying as it was always the same few cars that you would pit your wits against.

        The marketplace and the overpriced cars people sell is still there and the potential of the download market could be huge considering the sheer amount cars there have been over time.

        There is a new top gear element to the game from football and a bowling theme and the famous top gear track which sadly does not make much of a multi player track but is amusing seeing as you can take the star in a reasonably priced car element from the show and race it around yourself with the usual forza leader boards to compete against everyone world wide on.

        I have only played about 10hours on this game so can only give you my view on a small amount of the game itself but if you are like me and enjoy car racing games then this is a top of the list must for any serious gamer.

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        22.10.2011 11:47
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        An amazing game and a step forward in terms of the driving experience

        Having for years been a fan of simulation style racing games I was greatly looking forward to Forza 4 coming out and seeing just how much they had moved the game forward from the simply amazing Forza 3 but have I been left feeling disappointed?

        Pros:
        The game as you would expect has simply stunning graphics but I do have to say that for me they are even more amazing that Forza 3 (something I doubted I would be able to say). The smooth graphics engines used allows for your car to be moving at pace or slowly and the graphics not having any jumping or flickering whatsoever which is hugely impressive.
        The roster of cars is once again brilliant with all classes covered in depth. The scoring for the roster of the cars is the same as previously used whereby your grade of car begins at F and works upwards towards the very best racers there are.
        Upgrades to your car as with the last version are well thought out and easy to do and enable you to move a car up in the class (so you can make a car that starts as an F class in to an A class car with the right upgrades).
        Customisation of your cars is still a big part of this game and has been kept the same in terms of the controls and layouts. Paint your car, tint your windows, add vinyls to your car all to make the car you really want.
        The control system on Forza 3 was always something that greatly impressed me and with Forza 4 having built on this to allow for sharper and more responsive control you are able to truly have the most bearing ever on how your car takes corners, overtakes or even just lines up for the straight.
        The game has had some new tracks added to it which are simply stunning but for the most part you are going to find things much the same as Forza 3 when you come to this part of things (this is not a bad thing as if it isn't broken then don't fix it). The inclusion of the Top Gear test track has been something that has delighted some and annoyed others but for me this is a great addition and something that got my wife playing the game (she wanted to drive the reasonably priced car and see what she could do).
        Season play allows for you to compete in events and progress your career by the obtaining of credits to purchase upgrades or new cars, driver XP to gain your driver level and get cars given to you and also by use of the same manufacturer cars so building up their like for you and them giving you credits and cheaper upgrade parts for their cars.
        Improved AI means that you are taking on opponents who will actively block you each corner so you need to work to win the races and learn your lines in to corners for each and every turn.
        Quicker loading screens that Forza 3.

        Negatives:
        No Porsche due to a licensing issue.

        Overall this is a brilliant game that continues on with what Forza is all about in that it delivers you the chance to drive the car of your dreams in the way you want to. Great cars, great tracks, amazing graphics, brilliant AI all add to make this a game I simply love and would tell everyone to have in their collection.

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