Forza Motorsport 4
1-2 players/Online multiplayer
The fourth edition of what many consider the "king of racers" is a bit of an anti-climax. While Turn 10 Studios has done a fantastic job of improving the already near-perfect gameplay, in many ways Forza Motorsport 4 feels more like an annual update rather than the full-fledged sequel fans were expecting.
Unquestionably, when it comes to simulating a realistic and wholesome driving experience, nothing on the Xbox comes close to Forza 4. The responsiveness and handling of cars is better than ever before. With over 500 cars of all types to select from, the roster is as deep as they come.
Hatchbacks, sedans, SUVs, racing cars and more Forza has all bases covered. And every single car is lovingly and painstakingly rendered, inching closer to true photorealism. The customisation options are endless decals, paints and vinyls help you spruce up your ride, limited only by your creativity.
Forza 4 restructures the career mode into a world tour format, as you race in various competitions all over the globe while racking up XP and credits to unlock new cars and bonuses.
The Top Gear challenges are a welcome addition, providing some much needed diversity to the gameplay. A new Rival's mode allows you to race against an opponent's ghost car based on leaderboard rankings, challenging you to work your way up.
But then come the disappointments. Although there are some neat new additions (the Swiss Alps being by far the best), many of the race tracks have been recycled from previous editions.
And even though the tracks look good, they aren't quite at the same level as the ones in Dirt 3 visually. Sadly, the Porsche lineup is completely absent because of licensing issues. Weather conditions and night time racing are glaringly omissions, and crash physics are still not quite convincing.
And so what we have on hand is the best racing simulator -- the Xbox, but one that is just a baby-step up from its previous iteration.
Overall Gameplay: Excellent
Worth it? Yes
Final Rating: 4 out of 5