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A well-known voice greets you as you be­gin play­ing Forza Mo­tor­sports4 and tells you that tree hug­gers and gree­nies are chok­ing the daredevilry of petrol heads. The voice be­longs to Top Gear’s Jeremy Clark­son; the video game mak­ers have a tie-up with the BBC au­to­mo­bile show. If you find the cel­e­brated an­chor’s ram­blings grat­ing on your nerves, you can switch off and en­joy just the roar of your car. But for all Topgear fans, present com­pany in­cluded, the voiceovers, thank­fully, are not lim­ited to the in­tro­duc­tion. Forza4 re­tains the char­ac­ter­is­tics of the BBC show es­pe­cially in the non-rac­ing sec­tion known as ‘Au­to­vista’, a view-only mode, that show­cases de­tails of gor­geous cars and lets you scope out a car 360 de­grees.

But let’s not get too car­ried away. At the end of the day, what mat­ters is whether you get a true sim­u­la­tor feel in the game. In Forza 4, you can cus­tomise the driv­ing as­sis­tance based on the car and your driv­ing style. In the ca­reer mode, you start off driv­ing a hatch­back-like Toy­ota Aygo. Not ex­actly the dream start you’d have wanted but you aren’t stuck with the ve­hi­cle for too long. You’ll soon be un­lock­ing fea­tures, win­ning races and mov­ing up through the ranks. Also you win a new car when you im­prove your stand­ing. The ex­ist­ing cars can be up­graded with cred­its earned while rac­ing. You can buy vinyls, rims, spoil­ers and even tint your win­dows. Forza 4’ s graph­ics, to put it sim­ply, are beau­ti­ful. They come with vi­brant colours that bring the roar­ing cars to life. It is the ul­ti­mate Zen ex­pe­ri­ence for a mo­tor head when you throw the cars into sharp turns and are able to drift them. The un­der steer­ing ex­pe­ri­ence is sim­ply out of the world.

This new edi­tion al­lows 16 play­ers, in­clud­ing online, join­ing in the race. The dis­ap­point­ing part is the tracks as these are vir­tu­ally a mir­ror im­ages of Forza 3’ s and only five new cir­cuits have been added, in­clud­ing Top Gears’ track. Also there are no weather changes that make the chal­lenge tougher. From a purely driv­ing per­spec­tive, Forza 4 is in­deed a plea­sure.

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