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.