Forza 4 review, early impressions

By Posted 6 Oct 2011, 11:26

A couple of days ago we gave you the news that the Forza Motorsport 4 demo had reached Xbox Live for Gold members. Now today we have a Forza 4 review for you and early impressions of the upcoming game.

The game that will be available in a few days time was put through its paces by Jordan Mallory of Joystiq, and says that Turn 10 have achieved a game that offers an “exhilarating racing experience to each and every player who gets behind the proverbial wheel”.

The Career Mode has a great opening sequence with Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson having some welcome input. It has some great difficulty settings that will allow gamers to adjust how much of a simulation Forza 4 plays like. Bonuses begin off in a way that where is seems arcade like game play is wrong, but in reality rewards skillful driving.

After each race you are provided with Affinity Points, money, and Driver XP, and at no time are you let with a car that is not up to the job in hand. The games upgrade system will allow you to make your vehicle really competitive, no matter how high the events.

There is a great variety of events in the game that will provide no end of excitement, and the physics engine and landscapes provide a rewarding driving experience. Forza 4s multiplayer modes give players instant access to all the games vehicles. This means the game is more about driver skill over game progression where you would normally have to unlock the better cars.

The system will keep the field even, so more experienced players are not continually beating novices because of hardware supremacy. Players that win multiplayer rewards will see these find their way into their Career Mode totals. If you use a car in multiplayer mode it is possible to gain Affinity points, and do away with the cars upgrade cost before you can even purchase it.

Both Career and multiplayer modes work nicely together with neither taking priority, and no matter what mode you prefer, you won’t be missing out. There are many features of the game that lean to an arcade style racer, but it is a great sim-style racer. There is plenty of realism and if you want over the top explosions it’s not the game for you.

The review is summed up by saying the game is great for players who want to improve their driving skills in the game, and provides a great challenge. It is also given four and half stars out of five, which is pretty impressive.

Will you be getting Forza Motorsport 4?