True, the game is not actually massively different from Forza 3, arguably the game that took the mantle of 'racing sim to beat' from Gran Turismo, a title which Forza 4 defends and further entrenches itself. However, it's in the details where Forza 4 really falls into its predecessor's slipstream and fires itself ahead. Great additions like Autovista, a mode that is devoted entirely to exploring the details of 25 wonderfully unique cars complete with commentary from Jeremy Clarkson, that really make the difference. Somehow, everything about the game looks, sounds and feels different. If smellivision was a real thing, no doubt the burnt tire smell would be all the more real in Forza 4 as well. I've played a lot of games, and precious few of them do as good a job of suspending your disbelief as Forza 4. You will really believe you're sitting in the cockpit of that McLaren F1; you'll really believe you just tore up 11 other, more well-equipped racers in your Citroen DS3; you'll really believe you're competing against The Stig's time on a genuine recreation of Top Gear's famous test track.
|The Top Gear collaboration: yes, it's as awesome as you think.|
Not just in the Top Gear association, but in the graphical and sound department as well. Never before has a racing simulation game been this lifelike, this believable. I can't speak for GT5, but my god is Forza 4 convincing. True, the Xbox 360 is beginning to show its age, but the people at Turn 10 have really worked their magic with the car models here. Some of them look...pristine. At certain angles, in certain lighting, I'd challenge anyone to point out the pixelated car from the real deal. And the sound...good lord. You can't truly appreciate the savage roar of a V8 or the relentless scream of burning slicks until you've played this game.
|Do you want to drive this incredible car in Forza 4? Well,|
if you were a sucker like me and bought the regular edition,
you're S.O.L. Unless of course they release it as DLC.
Aside from those relatively minor points...what else is there to say? Forza 4 is the definitive racing, car-loving, virtual experience of our time. If you like racing, get it. If you like cars, get it. If you like both...why are you debating this?