Forza Motorsport 4: Week in Review 9/30

Brian Ekberg
Friday, September 30, 2011

I’ve spent an awful lot of time in my Ford XB Falcon GT early on in my Forza 4 career, and so far I think it’s my favorite car in the game—which is saying something, considering Forza 4’s gargantuan car list. There’s just something about the Falcon; its big throaty engine, its muscular acceleration and all of that beautiful, beautiful body roll. In my Falcon I don’t feel like a race car driver as much as I do a near-indestructible bully. I drive it hard, and don’t mind admitting that I happily shove the AI opponents aside whenever required. It’s not called a “muscle” car for nothing, after all, and I’m going to play the part from start to finish.

 

So far the Falcon has taken up a lot of my time in Forza 4’s World Tour mode. It’s one of the reasons I love how the single player career mode is organized this time around. If I want to stay in my Ford, I can do so—if I want to hop over to my 2009 Mazdaspeed 3 and spend some time zipping through events in my favorite hatchback, I can do that as well. Or I can go off and explore any number of events in any number of cars in my ever-growing garage. In essence, my path through World Tour mode is driven by my personal automotive tastes as much as it is what kind of race I want to drive. As a result, my World Tour experience will probably be quite different from yours. 

 

It’s all part of the wide variety of experiences that you’ll be able to have in Forza 4 when it launches to retail stores beginning in less than two weeks. The game is already in the hands of gaming and automotive press, as well as a number of our Forza Community VIPs, and it’s been great to see the Forza 4 storefront filling up with great content (items that have both been imported from Forza 3 saves or created from scratch) as well as to see the Rivals Mode leaderboards quickly filling up with times set by racers all over the world. Soon, you’ll have a chance to experience your own path through Forza 4 and I can’t wait to hear what you all have to say about the game.

 

In the meantime, here’s a look back an extremely busy week here at Turn 10. 

 

Community Events 

 

Last week we launched our new Community page that includes our new Community Calendar, which details a list of upcoming events happening in the Forza world. This week, we had a number of online events both for Forza reviewers and lucky green disc owners—and we’ve got a number of events planned for next week as well. 

 

Once Forza 4 officially launches, you’ll be able to keep track of all the Forza events on this calendar: Game With Dev Race Nights, competitions, even officially sponsored events—all of it will be on the calendar for you to enjoy. In addition, we want to feature your community events on the calendar as well—look for more information on how to get your event featured on the Community Calendar very soon.

 

French Press Visit  

 

Back in May, Turn 10 hosted a number of American and international journalists at the studio for an early look at Forza Motorsport 4. This week, we hosted another, smaller group of press. The group, all hailing from France, visited Turn 10 to get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the game, interview folks like Dan Greenawalt and content director John Wendl on the creation of the game, and get as much hands-on time as humanly possible with the final version of Forza 4. 

 

At one point during the day, we took the press group to a nearby auto shop to demonstrate a dyno session with a gorgeous Aston Martin Vantage. Our audio team uses dynos to record a variety of car engine and exhaust audio—perhaps you’ve seen the Koenigsegg CCX spitting fire at a dyno session… that was us. So allowing the press to see the Vantage in all its roaring glory was a treat. 

 

We were further blessed by lovely weather during the press tour—so nice, in fact, that a number of Turn 10 employees brought their “babies” out for a photo session in our studio parking lot. Check out the hotness:

 

 

 

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In all, it was a great trip. Those of you in France should stay tuned to M6, where the Forza 4 story will be broadcast. We’ll let you know when it’s airing so you can tune in!

 

Avatar Items 

 

The Forza Motorsport 4 Avatar gear has arrived! Now you can deck your Xbox LIVE Avatar out with some sweet official Forza 4 gear. We’ve got a big list of items you can choose from, including:

 

 

  • Black Forza Motorsport 4 Hat
  • Black Forza Motorsport 4 T-Shirt
  • Drifter Cap
  • Drifter Gloves
  • Drifter Race Suit
  • Drifter Shades
  • Drifter Shoes
  • FM4 White Racing Helmet
  • White Forza Motorsport 4 T-Shirt
  • White Racing Gloves
  • White Racing Shoes
  • White Racing Suit

 

 

Take a look at the shots below for a look at some of the items on Ayo Jube’s avatar:

 

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Demo Time 

 

Speaking of downloadable Forza 4 stuff… as you know, the playable demo for Forza Motorsport 4 will arrive on Monday, October 3rd. The demo will be available for Xbox LIVE Gold Members only on Monday, and will subsequently be available to ALL Xbox LIVE members starting October 7th. However, I’ve got good news for you folks: We’ve got codes for the demo that will allow you to download the Xbox LIVE demo early and we’ll be giving them away all weekend long.

 

To kick things off, we’ve hidden five demo codes throughout the site. These five codes are redeemable on a first come, first serve basis and they are hidden all over—in news articles and different sections of the site. Good luck! In addition, pay attention to our official Facebook and Twitter feeds for more contests and ways to win early access to the demo!

 

Fanatec 

 

If you missed our big cover story from earlier in the week, heads up: Fanatec has officially begun taking pre-orders for the official Forza Motorsport CSR Wheel, CSR Elite Pedals and CSR Shifter products (check them all out at the official Fanatec website). These amazing accessories will take your Forza 4 playing to the next level of realism-with 90- to 900-degrees of rotation, a silent belt drive and high resolution sensors to delivery pinpoint accuracy, weighted pedals, and much more. I spent some time with the wheel, pedals and shifter this week and I can confidently say it’s light years beyond the old MS wheel. When playing the game with simulation steering engaged, you can feel every shimmy and shake of the car as you speed around the track. With enough time, I think this wheel is going to do wonders for my lap times… 

 

Anyway, I can gush some more, but let’s get to our unboxing photos of the Fanatec gear we received earlier this week.

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If you’re looking for more on the Forza Motorsport CSR Wheel from Fanatec, take a look at a review from our friends over at InsideSimRacing:

 

 

Friday, Friday 

 

In addition to tonight’s “Friday Night Cruise” event (for more information, check out the Community Calendar), tonight also marks the official launch party for Forza Motorsport 4. Sure, we’re still a few days away from the launch of the game, attendees at this weekend’s Petit Le Mans race at Road Atlanta, are being treated with an early look at Forza 4 and a VIP party tonight at the Forza tent. We’ve invited a number of community members to tonight’s party, so look for more from them, as well as a full report from the party next week. 

 

Turn 10 Track Day 

 

This weekend’s Petit Le Mans means we’ll be throwing our final Turn 10 Track Day of the 2011 ALMS season. Join the Turn 10 community team on our official Facebook page throughout the day as we enjoy the race via ESPN 3 and the ESPN app on Xbox LIVE. We’ll be chatting with you guys, answering Forza 4 questions, and we’ll have a ton of demo codes to give away during the race. It’s an all-day affair so the race should be one of your best chances to get a Forza 4 demo code. See you there!

 

And, finally, let’s look ahead to next week. Monday promises to be a busy day in the Forza world. In addition to the launch of the official Forza 4 demo going live for Xbox LIVE Gold members, we’ve got the world debut of our latest Forza Motorsport 4 television commercial. This one is something special, folks, and it’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen from the Forza series. It gives me chills each time I watch it and I think you’ll have the same reaction too.

Check out the TopGear website on Monday for the debut of the commercial. I think it will be worth the wait! And on that bombshell it’s time to say goodnight (and see you next week)!

 

IN GAME WIR SUMMARY

 

Want to know what’s happening in the Forza Motorsport community? Check out the “News” section of forzamotorsport.net. In today’s Week in Review we’ve got a look at the Fanatec CSR Wheel and accessories, the latest on the Forza 4 demo (coming Oct. 3rd to Xbox LIVE), Forza 4 Avatar items, and more. Also, be sure to check out the latest Forza 4 TV commercial debut on TopGear.com on Monday, Oct. 3rd.

 

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