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Forza Motorsport: Week in Review 7/20/12

Brian Ekberg
Friday, July 20, 2012

I spent the week drifting, Fred spent it trying to avoid wearing a bunch of Boston Red Sox gear, the entire community team took on the Forza Faithful in an awesome Game With Turn 10 event, and our next cycled production hopper is finally here! It’s another busy Week in Review in the Forza universe, so let’s get to it.


Forza Horizon Pre-Order Updates 

Last week we unveiled the pre-order program for Forza Horizon. Since then, we’ve had lots of questions from Forza fans who are wondering how to get immediate access to the Forza Horizon-themed Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 in Forza Motorsport 4, as well as how to pre-order a copy of the Limited Collector’s Edition of Forza Horizon. This past week, we’ve been working to try and clarify the various region-specific situations and, while we don’t yet have all the answers, I have a blanket piece of advice I can offer everyone:


Check with your retailers. That’s the best place to start.


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Community photo contest third place from V Team SAKAL 


What we’re finding is that some retailers are offering early access to the Horizon Dodge Challenger in Forza 4, while others won’t be giving out the codes until launch. In the U.S., for example, both Amazon and Best Buy are offering early access Challenger codes; while other retailers are waiting until the game’s release (or not offering it at all). Same thing with the LCE version of Forza Horizon: Some retailers have it available now for pre-order while others will make it available soon. I realize this is frustrating for Forza Horizon fans who want to get ahold of the offers now and, while we’ll keep with our efforts to make sure you guys are up to date, your best bet is to keep checking with your local retailers.


Game With Turn 10 Wrap 

Thanks to everyone who came out for our Wednesday Game With Turn 10 event. It was great to have so many of you join us in Forza Motorsport 4 and on our Facebook page. As always, we had a good time racing, crashing, and chatting with you and, for those of you who earned unicorn cars during Wednesday’s fun, expect to see your cars in your Forza 4 inbox soon, if you haven’t already received them. Best story I heard from the event? Intra-team grudges between the Forza Community Team, as Kenan offered a unicorn bounty for someone to crash John out in the final race of the day. Sadly, no one stepped up to the plate.


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Community photo contest winner from JDMHondaFanatic 


Crash Teams – The Reckoning 

Now, I kid about the crash bounty between Kenan and John but, in the last few weeks, it’s come to our attention that so-called “crash teams”—Forza players who group up and want nothing more than to get in a lobby and ruin innocent player’s online races by running them off the road—are becoming more of a problem in Forza Motorsport 4. The last thing we want to see is a minority of players intentionally ruining the experience of others online so we’re putting together a plan to deal with crash teams, the details of which we’ll be sharing soon. Thanks for your patience and stay tuned.


Made for Mech – I R A DR1FTR 

I spent most of this week’s “Made For Mech” challenge languishing in the drifting doldrums. Time after time, I downloaded what I knew intellectually was a perfect tune for my 1992 Honda NSX-R, only to be let down by the constant disappointments that are my fingers (or, perhaps more accurately, my complete lack of drifting skill). I had tunes on my NSX that were practically allowing me to rack up copious drift points while travelling in a straight line, only to blow it at the first turn of Maple Valley and see those precious points go up in a blaze of red oblivion.


With no small amount of determination, and a bit of handling experimentation on my part, I finally did find my feet in the NSX-R and was able to put up some respectable (if not admirable) drift scores on Maple Valley. I’ll never be a Tak Fujiwara in Forza 4 but, thanks to some fine tunes, I was able to hold my own. 


Here’s the list of folks whose tunes earned them a unicorn car:


Elefant hide us
ayo Mirage



Community photo contest second place winner from mosley34 


And finally, a special shoutout to Forza community member BretCahill, whose tune I was using when I finally earned the “Awesome Drift” achievement. It’s only taken me nine months to finally earn a four-star drift and, thanks to Bret’s tune, I’ve got 20 gamerscore points to show for it!


This week, we’re leaving the world of drifting behind and heading to Autocross Rivals Mode channel. Here’s the parameters:


Rivals Mode Event: Motegi Autocross Challenge
Car: 2004 Honda Civic Type-R
Opening Time: 3:34.254


Upload your best tune with the descriptor “MECHBERG CIVIC” to the Forza Storefront this week. I’ll spend next week downloading and trying as many tunes as possible. Tunes that move me up the leaderboard or otherwise strike a chord with me will earn their creators a shiny new unicorn car.


Community Bounty Hunter: Get Phred in Red Sox Gear 

There’s just a few days left to get everyone’s favorite Forza community team member—that would be Fred aka phredesign—into Boston Red Sox gear and a luchador mask. Having agreed to be this week’s Community Bounty, Fred’s been on the hot seat both in game (in the “Don’t Be Fuelish” Community Monthly Rivals Mode event) and on the forums in his own dedicated Community Bounty “Fun With phRED” thread. Fred’s thread is rife with smack talk and side challenges (including a call for “Ban Hammer” design liveries).


Now, Fred’s Community Bounty service will end on Tuesday so there’s only a few more days left to make sure he doesn’t end up in the top 5,000 times. If he ends up with 5,000 Forza players ahead of him on the leaderboard, we’ll post a picture of Fred wearing gear of his hated Boston Red Sox. Don’t you to want to see Fred represent the Sox with a big sadface? I know I do. So do your part, set a time, and make sure Fred ends up in BoSox gear.

And speaking of smack talk, here’s a Fred-themed “motivational video” created by Forza community member SatNiteEduardo: 




VIP Drag Poll 

The August VIP Rivals Mode Event will be all about drag racing. So far, we’ve whittled down the list to a 1960’s-era Dodge that you’ll be driving in the event. Now it’s time to pick a distance. Head over to our official Facebook page and vote for the distance you think next month’s VIP drag event should cover. Vote now!


New Community Hopper 

For the last few months we have been motivating the community to come with car/track combinations that you would like to see in the Cycled Production Hopper. Well, as usual you responded with over 50 choices. Last week they were narrowed down in the discussion thread about the Community Hopper to a final list of 30. 


This new hopper will go live later today and features the following list of car/track combinations. We hope you enjoy the new Community Hopper and thank you for your help in creating it.





Suzuka West

Hyundai ix20


Top Gear East (Overcast)

Nissan Leaf


Rally di Positano



Iberian Mini

Scion xD


Road Atlanta Club

Mazda MX-5 Miata


Ladera Short

BMW 2002 Turbo


Silverstone Grand Prix

1972 Ford XB Falcon GT


Laguna Seca

1993 Ford SVT Mustang Cobra R


Silverstone National

Land Rover Range Rover Supercharged


Sunset Full

GMC Syclone


Tsukuba Full

2003 Seat leon Cupra R


Motegi East

1987 Buick Regal GNX


Old Le Mans

Jaguar D-Type


Road Atlanta Full

Opel Speedster


Nürburgring Nordschleife

BMW 135i


Camino Viejo

Maserati GranSport


Alps Stadtplatz

2010 Maserati Gran Turismo S


Infineon Long

2005 Subaru Impreza WRX STi


Hockenheim Full

2009 Holden HSV w427


Tsukuba Short



Silverstone International

2010 BMW M6 Coupe


Iberian Full Reverse

2002 Lotus Esprit V8


Camino Viejo Extreme

Lamborghini Countach


Road America

2010 Bentley Continental SS


Suzuka Full

Lotus 2-Eleven


Maple Valley Full

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG


Sunset Club

2010 Devon GTX


Indianapolis GP

2010 Bertone Mantide


Nurburgring GP

2010 Spada Vetture Sport


Catalunya Grand Prix

2005 Nissan #46 Dream Cube's ADVAN Z



A few random notes before we pack up and head out for the weekend:


While we all love playing Forza, not all of us can afford a setup like this. Check out a video featuring Scottvest CEO and founder Scott Jordan’s impressive triple-screen Forza Motorsport 4 setup with 7.1 Surround Sound, a modified Playseat race chair, the Fanatec Porsche wheel, and more (all controlled by remote, if need be). The video features Jordan tackling Forza 4 in the same car he drives in real life, but it’s worth it just to see what a lot of passion (and a little money) can add to the overall Forza experience. (This video features some NSFW language so, for those with delicate sensibilities, consider yourselves warned.)




As a follow up to this week's Heavy Metal Affliction featuring Track Time Audio and the sound design wizardry that is community member David Nichols' Gamertag Chippy569 passion. Here is an interesting article discussing real time audio processing and how studios like Turn 10 are employing this technology to make your racing experience as immersive and exciting as possible. Interesting stuff!


And finally, for Top Gear USA fans, History Channel announced this week that the new season of Top Gear USA will debut on August 14.


That’s all for this edition, folks. See you next week!