Forza Motorsport 4: Week in Review 8/10/12
The world just gained another Forza fan. Well, to be
accurate, the world has probably gained a number of Forza fans over the past
week or so, but I can personally attest to the fact that one little boy, born
just after midnight on Friday, August 3, will grow up to become a Forza
Motorsport fan. I’m referring to Lawrence Mason Ekberg, the newest addition to the Mechberg family and, yes,
a car-lover in the making. Don’t believe me? Check this out:
As someone pointed out to me here in the office, it looks like orange car on Mason's shirt is chasing a ghost car. Perhaps he's a Rivals Mode specialist in the making?
Thanks for the kind words of congratulations that so many
Forza players have sent me this week. All of those sentiments are much appreciated
and I look forward to sharing more with you all about Mason in the future. This week, I’ve been thinking a lot about fatherhood and the lessons that
I want to pass down to my newborn son (and my daughter as well). I’ve
been lucky enough to get lots of great advice over the years from family and
friends but I also believe that if you look closely enough, you can learn from
almost anything. In fact, there are great life lessons tucked away in the Forza
series. You know, things like “Smooth and steady wins the race”, “Choose the
right tool for the job”, and, of course, “The Corkscrew giveth and the
Corkscrew taketh away.”
What about you? What has the Forza series taught you over
the years about cars, driving, or life in general? Tell me about your favorite
Forza life lesson in this thread in the forums.
My favorite responses will earn their authors a unicorn car—so put on your
And now… on with the Week in Review!
August Playseat Pack
The August Playseat Car Pack is here! As John mentioned in last week’s
edition of the Week in Review, this pack includes some real gems. I’m
particularly excited about the Scion FR-S, if only because I’ve seen several
new FR-S models rolling around here in the Seattle area over the past few
weeks. And each time I see one I overreact—ask my wife, who is always putting up with me
excitedly yelling, “Look honey! An FR-S!” every time we pass one on the street.
In fact, I’ve probably ruined my prospect of ever getting one by overselling it
to my ever-patient better half. So it goes…
At least, I’ll be able to drive the FR-S in the game, along
with the other cars in the August Playseast Car Pack. If you want a taste of
the latest DLC Pack for Forza Motorsport 4, as well as a chance to win some
awesome prizes, you can download the free Lexus GS350 F Sport and take part in
the August Playseat Rivals Mode Challenge. The overall top eligible player in
this month’s event—which features the F Sport turning laps on Motegi—will win a
new Playseat Forza Motorsport 4 sim-racing chassis; the next four drivers will
win free Playseat swag.
Community photo contest honorable mention from GhostlyJP, Then and Now theme.
In addition, if you’ve been thinking of purchasing a
Playseat sim-racing chassis, now is a great time, as Playseat will be offering
free codes for the August Playseat Car Pack to those who purchase Playseatproducts on Gamestop.com throughout the month of August!
You can look for code giveaways this month on the official Playseat Twitter
and Facebook accounts, so you’ve got multiple ways to win.
Crash Teams Update
As I mentioned in the July 20th edition of the Week in Review, we’ve been investigating ways to
deal with so-called “crash teams” within Forza Motorsport 4—folks who’s only
goal is to come online and grief other players by incessantly
causing accidents. After a lot of discussion with key members of our community,
we posted our official plan for dealing with crash teams in the forums earlier
this week. Here’s the process we’ve put together for those who want to report
“crash teams”, as stated in the official announcement on the forums:
If you come across a "crash team," or an
individual crasher in Forza Motorsport 4, save the replay at the end of the
race, upload it to your storefront and send a report via PM with the replay
Filename and the Description/keywords to: T10 CrashTeam
This process is not for public discussion or debate, so do
NOT put "Crasher Report" in the description - use something innocuous
such as "race at Sebring" or "Friday race" or "coo coo
kachoo," and do NOT post about it in the public forums.
Community photo contest third place from l SMVl Split
When filing your report, feel free to include comments about
what to look for. Keep in mind, though, that we're looking to clamp down on the
crash teams and intentional wreckers. "This guy spun me out on the final
turn" does not qualify. If it's not clearly obvious who is doing the
crashing, and you have to be really detailed and precise to point out an
incident, it's probably not an appropriate replay to submit.
And now for the "preachy" part, because we want
this to improve the situation, not make it worse:
This is not "vigilante time." We don't want to
hear that players are jumping into lobbies and immediately threatening to file
Avoid retaliation, which is always good advice anyway. If a
replay is submitted with two or three players "going at each other,"
it's going to be very tough to determine who the "crasher" is. Finish
the race, encourage other players to just ignore the crasher(s), and then save
Do not get into arguments with the crasher(s), or send them
messages. File the report, and let us handle it.
Not everyone follows the forum or reads the news section, so
spread the word to your friends and club members.
Watch your saved replay before submitting a report. Make
sure it is obvious that intentional crashing is going on. Be aware that
"lag" can often make it appear that someone is ramming; players can
be bumped into other players; races in the hoppers are short, and first-turn
carnage is common even without intentional crashers; and so on. A good rule of
thumb: if you're thinking "hmmmm... should I submit this replay or
not?" the answer is "probably not."
Thanks to everyone who has brought this problem to our
attention as well as to those who follow this policy and help us identify and
weed out crash teams. I’m happy to say that we’ve already had our first crash
team bans this week, thanks to the diligent work of our dedicated community
members. We hope this process will go a long way towards making Forza
Motorsport 4 online play a better place to play.
Community photo contest second place from Th3H3llDriv3R
Rivals Events Are Coming!
Starting this month we will be featuring a community designed Rivals Mode
event chosen from Fred’s recent Community Bounty side contest. A few months ago
we had a Community Bounty Hunter around the Among Giants rivals event in which
players were tasked with weaving a small car through a maze of behemoth SUVs;
many people claim this as the hardest Rivals Mode event to date. Now, with the
help of oXI ENIGMAZ IXo, the
community gets their revenge on the track with "Revenge of the Giants". Look for
this event to go live on August 14th in the Community Monthly
section in Rivals Mode.
Community Bounty: Japandru
This week’s community bounty is another Turn 10 staffer:
Andrew (Gamertag: Japandru), our Lead
Track Artist. Andrew started as Environment Artist and is now in charge of
designing track layouts, establishing visual moments, and, of course, leading a
team of artists.
Since Andrew designed the Alps Club Circuit in Forza Motorsport 4, you can count
on the fact that he knows the track and will be laying down some respectable
times. Not only does the guy know the track but he is a fair hand behind the
wheel as well. He has come out of the gates and dropped the gauntlet with some
hefty trash talking. From Andrew:
“I’m the fastest driver on the track team and I guarantee
I’ve driven more laps around the Bernese Alps than any of you. If you think you
can beat me on my track, I’ll send you back to Sidewinder where you belong.
This is my mountain.”
So if you think you have got what it takes and want to give
Andrew a run for his money, then step up to the plate and let’s see what you
got! As a side contest, Andrew also wants to know what you think is the most
important characteristic of a race track. Unicorns will be awarded to the best
answers. Check out the Turn 10
Community Bounty thread. Here are the monthly Rivals event specifics:
Event: High Noon
Start: Thursday Aug 9th
End: Thursday Aug 16th 8am PST.
Community photo contest winner from SilencedMykham
Made for Mech
As John mentioned last week, we do have a list of winners from the previous
week’s Made for Mech contest—and, for posterity’s sake, here’s the list:
Speed Beer 250
elefant hide us
week, we’re heading to Indy to tackle the “Hoosier
Daddy” Rivals Mode event (found in the Community Monthly channel). We’ll be
using the 2013 Scion FR-S from the
August Playseat Car Pack this week, so get your tunes in as quickly as possible
because I can’t wait to tackle this event. Put your best FR-S tune up on the
Forza Motorsport 4 storefront with the keyword “MECHBERG FRS” and, as always,
I’ll try as many as I can and award unicorn cars to my favorite tunes. My
bone-stock time is a very weak 3:04.485
so there’s little doubt I’ll be quickly moving up the leaderboard once I
receive some good tunes.
Hot Off the Presses
few weeks ago, we mentioned the upcoming relaunch of the fan-created Forza
magazine, Forza Nation. I’m happy to report that the first issue of the
magazine is now available and is a great
read for Forza fans. With some great photography and stories covering a wide
range of topics--including car reviews for the 2013 SRT Viper and the 1966 Ford
Country Squire (a personal favorite); head-to-head comparisons (including the
Ferrari 458 Italia vs. the McLaren MP4-12C); and more. Take a look at the first
issue and give the guys your feedback in the Forza Nation discussion thread.
Show Off August Playseat Car Pack
If you love the August Playseat Car Pack, John created a thread for you to show off your creations, photos, videos brag about fastest lap times. So if you have got a killer tune for the 1962 Lincoln Continental that makes it drift like a dream post about it! If you got the 1989 Mercedes-Benz #63 Sauber-Mercedes C9 flatlined at over 240 mph on the Mulsanne straight, post about it. Maybe you have a Camaro ZL1 vs. Mustang Boss shootout, share it in the Showoff August Playseat Car Pack thread. We will be giving out unicorns to the best submissions. And don't forget if you have a community event that you would like to get the Rear View Mirror spotlight on, post it in the Johniwanna Want Ads.
now it’s time for me to head out—I think there’s a diaper or fifty I need to
change. Have a great weekend everyone!