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Forza Motorsport 4 is the fourth installment of the Forza Motorsport series.
It was released on October 11, 2011 and developed by Turn 10 Studios and published by Microsoft Game Studios following its official reveal at E3 2010.
Forza Motorsport 4 is the first game in the series to feature support for Microsoft's sensor device Kinect. The game was also released with a special Limited Collector's Edition release.
The career mode features three game modes - World Tour, Event List and Rivals.
- Main article: World Tour
World Tour mode allows players to complete a racing career that is divided into ten calendar years. Each calendar year features a certain amount of race events in various race tracks and ends with a championship. Upon completion of a race event, players receive World Tour credit bonuses.
- Main article: Event List
The Event List allows players to compete in any race event in any event listing.
- Main article: Rival Mode
In Rivals mode, players compete against other player's times by racing against their ghost car. It encompasses various race types such as autocross, drift, drag, track days, and time trials. Every event has restrictions put on car choice and a leaderboard.
The online community aspect of Forza Motorsport 4 features online multiplayer lobbies, leaderboards, Rivals mode as well as the Storefront and Auction House.
Players competing in online events can take part in various event types including online exclusive events with miscellaneous gameplay events such as Car Soccer. The community side of the title also allows players to compare other player's rankings on leaderboards and bid or sell customized cars in the auction house. The Storefront allows players to share photos, replays, tuning setups, paint designs and vinyl groups with other players.
- Main article: Auction House
Players can sell any vehicle to other players in the auction house. Vehicle offers run for a certain time and may be bidded on or immediately purchased via the Buyout option. As seen in older Forza Motorsport installments, cars that cannot be bought in the car dealer, which are known as unicorn cars, could be purchased in the auction house.
- Multi Class Circuit
- Track Days
Online Exclusive Events
- Time Attack
- Car Soccer
- Cat and Mouse
- Keep The It
- Tag (Virus)
- Main article: Autovista
Players in Autovista can interact with up to 24 vehicles by walking around, opening doors, starting the engine and listening to a narrator about technical and historical information. Every vehicle also features a commentary by Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson. To unlock vehicles, players must complete specific challenges. After unlocking all Autovista cars, you are then able to explore the AMG Dynamics Warthog, featuring car commentary from Jen Taylor.
The Free Play Mode in Forza Motorsport 4 is split into three menu selections.
In Quick Play, players can select any vehicle and race track independent of their career mode progress. Although achievements can be unlocked, credit and XP rewards cannot be earned.
Two players can participate in a local multiplayer game in Split Screen mode.
Players can perform an unlimited number of laps on any race track without the presence of rivaling racers. After completing a lap, a ghost car of the previous lap will be shown.
- Main article: Forza Motorsport 4/Car List
The game features 665 cars coming from 80 manufacturers. Every car can be modified with performance upgrades, fine-tuning and custom paint jobs.
The Porsche Expansion Pack, released on May 22, 2012, includes 30 different Porsche models as well as 10 achievements, 20 career events and dedicated Rivals and Hopper events. It is available on Xbox Live Marketplace for 1600 Microsoft Points.
- Main article: Forza Motorsport 4 Tracks
There are 27 tracks in 26 places around the world, the exception being the Nürburgring which has the Grand Prix Circuit and the famous Nordschleife Circuit which is also featured in Forza Motorsport 3.
Forza Motorsports also supports Kinect, but unlike from Xbox 360 controller, it is limited. There are 4 game modes that Kinect supports and they are Autovista and all the game modes from Free Play which are Quick Race, Hot Lap, and Split Screen. A player can either stand up or sit down on a chair (but closer to the Kinect) while playing, except while playing Autovista a player needs to stand up the whole time. Other than the controlling and the modes that are available, everything else is the same.
Limited Collector's Edition
The Limited Collector's Edition of Forza Motorsport 4 features additional game content including the BMW M5 F10, VIP Car Pack, Ship Bonus Pack and custom-painted BMW cars from the Forza Motorsport 4 BMW Design Challenge.
The game is packed in a steelbook DVD case and comes with an artwork book by Top Gear and several vinyl stickers. A BMW Xbox Live theme and a VIP membership status within the online community are also available.