A new demo of Forza 4 has dropped, and Chris puts the pedal to the metal...
Racing games have always been a staple of my video game library. But I would never say that I’m a racing fan. For the most part, I choose 1 or 2 games per console cycle and stick with those. I’ve always been a fan of the more arcade style of racer, so my tastes are more Burnout than Gran Turismo. These days, however, the Burnout series has devolved into a downloadable shadow of it former self, with the Criterion team developing entries in the Need for Speed series. From all accounts, NFS: Hot Pursuit was very good, but it lacked a lot of the destruction and zaniness that made Burnout special. On the other end of the spectrum, Gran Turismo 5 was recently released following an extremely long development cycle. I think most people would agree that GT5 was extremely underwhelming.
Which brings us to Microsoft’s exclusive racing series: Forza Motorsports. In the time it took Gran Turismo to release one entry in its' series, the folks at Turn 10 have turned out 3 amazing games, and have elevated themselves to a top-tier developer. One thing I have always enjoyed about the Forza series is the copious amounts of assists that are available to less-than-skillful players, such as myself. I generally lay on the gas pedal as much as possible, and the braking assists help to keep my lead foot tendencies from spinning me out on every turn. This helps to position the game as a great middle ground for the balance between arcade and simulation.
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The demo allows for Quick Race or Rival mode only, which is basically a Time Attack against a ghost opponent. Nothing special, but it’s fun enough. The full version of the game will include the new Autovista feature, which allows for full 360 degree tours of the car models. With all the love Turn 10 put into these car models, I’m sure auto fans will love being able to get up close to the cars of their dreams. Forza 4 really blew me away with the short amount of playtime available in the demo, and it seems like Forza fans will be too. If you have any interest at all, get the demo available now on XBox LIVE.
Christopher Linendoll has several different racing puns he could've put here, but didn't. He can be reached via Twitter, or found in the hummus section of your local grocery store.