Not really what you think it is, as it's a bunch of barrels around a full course. Not my term for autocross, but it's an interesting concept. Just like in Autocross, you have gates you have to drive through and a time you must beat, not an opponent. Honestly, while it's fun, I'd rather have an autocross like Forza Motorsport had in 2005 or a real autocross.
|Autocross? Sort of. I wish they had real Autocross in Forza again.|
|CRAP! That's a +5 second penalty!|
Top Gear Challenges
Nope, you're not crossing the Sahara in a $500 car or trying to make a motor-home out of a Fiat Punto, but you are on the Top Gear Track! The challenges are Car Football (read: Automotive Soccer) Challenge and a Bowling Pin Challenge. I've had a few gos at the Bowling Pin Challenge, but have yet to try Car Football.
This is the biggest source of improvement in the Forza series. With the addition of drag tires, launching a car is a little easier. What I would still like to see is some traction additive just like real drag strips have and the ability to do a burnout to warm up the tires. However, Drag racing is once again fun in Forza 4!
|I'm so glad Drag Racing has been updated! I actually have fun doing this again!|
|Pretty fun spanking Euro Supercars in a '66 Chevy Nova. 11.5 seconds later, done!|
Drifting and Paint Jobs
Since the original, drifting has been both an unofficial and official part of Forza Motorsport. Just like grassroots drifting, guys will go online and just attack a track. Road Atlanta even has the horseshoe that can be used in the game to replicate the Formula Drift course. With the ability to create your own car schemes so you too can drift as 2011 Formula Drift Champion Daijiro Yoshihara, just don't expect Mike Kojima to adjust your car to championship perfection!
|Want to slide like Dai? You can in Forza 4 and the talented painters in the Marketplace will set your car up to look virtually identical!|
Something that gives me a tough time is the car snap steering back to where I'm counter-steering. I don't know if that's from some of the assists built in to the controller mode or my driving, but I never really had this problem in real life or previous Forza installments. However, the more I play, the less I do have this problem so maybe I'm getting used to it. Or, again, I need a wheel.
|Reverse entries are far better executed in Forza 4. Though, I would like to see more steering angle. By the way, I use Mike's advice on chassis set up, even here!|
|It's cool to watch the replay and see the driver's head move, looks like the driver really is driving the car.|
|Like I said prior, I get snap grip every so often. It could be my driving style with the controller.|
Painting a car is just as easy as you want it to be or as complicated. The paint jobs that some of these guys are coming up with are epic and can mimic real life cars or have some very creative designs. There is a whole community within Forza Motorsport that are dedicated to just painting/detailing cars. If you ever get the chance, take a look at what some of these guys are coming up with, it's amazing!
|The details on a lot of these Formula Drift replica cars are impressive!|
The Story So Far
I haven't been online yet nor have I reached the full potential of Forza Motorsport 4. I feel like driving with the controller isn't doing the game full justice, as well. I do want to get a wheel to try Forza on, as I've heard the gaming experience is far better. I also do not have a Kinect, which would allow for the Head Tracking feature and use Autovista without the controller. Now, if I do this, I will have to Kojima it and really not just get a wheel, but build a full stand with seat, stand, and everything! Let's just see how that goes and look out for me online, too! BannerRacing is my gamertag on XBOX Live, so if you want to drift or let me see your paint jobs, message me!
|Looking forward to seeing y'all in the Virtual World!|