Forza Motorsport 4: Week in Review 2/17/12

Brian Ekberg
Friday, February 17, 2012

What’s your Forza 4 kryptonite? I’ve got a theory that everyone’s got an inherent weakness in any game, including Forza 4—maybe it’s an event like drifting that you’ve never really gotten the hang of. Perhaps it’s a specific type of car (like rear wheel drives, for instance). For me, it’s cars in R3 class and above. In any other car—even S-class monsters tuned to the nines—I feel perfectly comfortable, whether online against real competitors, or offline against the AI. Put me in the cockpit of a 2010 #79 Jeff Koons BMW M3 GT2 Art Car or (gasp) the 1991 Mazda #55 Team Mazdaspeed 787B and I’m a little bit like a lost puppy in a busy intersection. My reaction times aren’t quite there, the handling of the cars seem alien and I just can’t seem to hang, whether online or against the AI.


It’s something I probably need to work on, especially if I’m going to try and finish the game’s career mode. How about you? Is there something in Forza 4 that you feel you need to work on; an essential skill you feel like you need to develop further? Let us know on our official Facebook page and we’ll feature our favorite responses next week!

 

We’ve got a jam-packed Week in Review for you, and more videos than we’ve featured in a long time, so let’s hop to it!


Making of Forza 4: Car Sourcing 

It’s no secret that Forza Motorsport 4 features a collection of hundreds of the world’s most incredible cars. Between the cars that were shipped on disc and the incredible automobiles that make up the game’s monthly add-on packs, there’s a model and make in Forza 4 for every type of car fan. But how are those cars created in the game? 


In our latest “Making of Forza Motorsport 4” video documentary, we peel back the curtain on the process of sourcing new cars and bringing them to life in the game. From getting our hands on cars owned by celebrities like Quinton "Rampage" Jackson to the methods we use to recreate cars in exacting detail in the game, this video covers the gamut of how cars goes from being a real life objects of automotive lust to something every Forza fan can experience.  Check it out:

 

  


Community Bounty: VxR GALLARDO 

As we mentioned last week, Forza community member ARMIPOTENT ADAM was last week’s Community Bounty and he created an awesome thread in the forums (something I encourage all chosen Community Bounties to do) for his Community Bounty giveaway. Congratulations to everyone who managed to beat Adam’s time, as well as to the 25 folks who beat Adam in a TVR Sagaris and managed to get a cool secondary paint that he created. (Incidentally, having tried my best to best Adam’s time with the Sagaris, I think I’ve discovered another form of Forza kryptonite…)


This week, we’re passing the Community Bounty torch to community tuner VxR GALLARDO, who is part of the Full Effex Racing garage. He’s putting up a tuned A600 Renault Clio V6 up for anyone who beats his point total on the Snow Drift Rivals Mode event (which you can find in the Community Monthly section of Forza 4’s Rivals Mode). The car’s got a custom paint and looks great and, knowing VxR GALLARDO, that custom tune will mean this car will handle just as good as it looks. Good luck to everyone and look for another update next week!


King of the Track: Rampage Blooper Reel 

If you still haven’t gotten your time in on this month’s King of the Track event, there’s still time! Set your best time in our monthly Rivals Mode event driving a 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT8 at Laguna Seca. Beat this month’s celebrity target—Quinton “Rampage” Jackson—and you’ll be eligible to win a Forza 4 cars and even a shot at a pair of UFC fighting gloves signed by Rampage himself. 


And, as long as we’re talking about Rampage, take a look at the blooper reel we posted earlier this week, featuring some (not exactly SFW) outtakes from Rampage’s King of the Track video shoot:

 

  

Hyundai Championship Update 

There's less than a week left in our Hyundai Veloster: Forza Motorsport 4 Championships. If you're interested in how the competition is going, stay tuned to Fred's dedicated forum thread for updates on how the competition. Good luck to all the players! 

 

March VIP Rivals Event Update 

The results of our second March VIP Rivals Mode Event poll are in. Two weeks ago, Forza fans voted to drive on the 2011 Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera and, this week, fans picked the type of event you’ll be racing in March: hot-lapping won by a landslide, with drag race coming in a distance second place. So with the car and the event decided, it’s time to pick the final piece of the puzzle: the track. In our third VIP Rivals Event poll (which you can vote on over at our official Facebook page), we’re asking you to choose between six tracks:


Road America

Hockenheimring,

Mugello Full

Nürburgring Nordschleife Full

Catalunya GP

Silverstone GP


As of this writing, the Nürburgring Full has taken an early lead, but there’s still a week’s worth of voting to go. Let your voice be heard and, next week, we’ll update you all with a preview of our inaugural VIP Rivals Mode event.

 

Forum Photo Contests 

You asked for them and here they are: Forum photo contests have returned! Fred kicked off our latest photo contest on Monday and the responses has been tremendous. Each entrant is allowed to only submit one photo and this week’s winners will receive a MINE’S R32 Skyline GT-R unicorn car. 

 

Tuning Tyres With TeamVVV 

I promised a lot of video this week and here’s the final piece of that promise; a great introduction to tuning in Forza Motorsport 4, created by the fine folks at TeamVVV. In this first part of what will eventually be a series, the guys focus on tire (sorry, tyre) tuning in Forza 4—demonstrating how you can dramatically improve your lap times in a simple FWD car like the Honda Civic Type-R with careful tire/rim selections and basic tire pressure tweaks. The information is great and well worth a watch. Check it out:

 

  


Oh and, hey guys: How about a future edition where you help me get over my latent weakness with R-class cars? Just a thought…


Have a great weekend everyone!