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Forza's September car pack brings in the pretty

33 Stradale, DB4 GT Zagato and Sprite Mk 1 keep Forza 4 ticking over.

If there's one area in which Gran Turismo soundly trumps Forza it's in its selection of exotica - though that's an area that Turn 10's done well to address in its ongoing monthly car packs. September's could be the finest yet.

Forza 4 May Top Gear Car Pack release date, details

Forza 4 May Top Gear Car Pack release date, details

Wayne and Garth's car! A Smart car! A Ford Transit!

A brilliantly bizarre bunch of 10 new motors are heading to Forza Motorsport 4 on 1st May, inside the May Top Gear Car Pack.

One of them, a brand new super car, accelerates so quickly it produces G-forces nearly equal to those felt by fighter pilots doing inverted loops! The 2012 Henessy Venom GT goes from zero to 200 miles-per-hour in 15.3 seconds - roughly the same amount of time it takes an average road car to reach 60 miles-per-hour.

The 2012 Henessy Venom GT has the highest power-to-weight ratio of any car, and only five will be built this year.

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Major Forza 4 update goes live

Major Forza 4 update goes live

Multiplayer lobbies fixed, level caps increased, cars rebalanced.

A significant new update goes live today for Xbox 360 racer Forza Motorsport 4, developer Turn 10 has announced.

As detailed by creative director Dan Greenawalt on the game's official site, the headline update is a fix for a complex issue that was causing multiplayer lobbies to crash.

"Essentially what was happening was a slow memory leak when using liveried cars and jumping between lobbies," he explained.

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Forza 4 Pirelli Car Pack introduces title update

Forza 4 Pirelli Car Pack introduces title update

Level cap lifted, CanAm legend introduced in March pack.

Forza 4's March Car Pack will introduce a title update that makes various multiplayer fixes, as well as lifting the level cap from 150 to 999.

The March Car Pack also introduces the Ferrari 512, a challenger in the 1971 CanAm season, as well as the Aston Martin V12 Zagato, a car that celebrates the 50th anniversary of Aston Martin's relationship with the Italian design agency.

The car pack, as with previous car packs, will cost 560 Microsoft points, but is free to owners of Forza Motorsport 4's Season Pass. It goes up on Xbox Live tomorrow.

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Forza looking to hit 'annual cadence'

Series looking to rival F1 and NASCAR in popularity.

The announcement of Forza Horizon sees Microsoft's driving series moving towards annual releases - and Turn 10's Dan Greenawalt says it's his ambition for Forza to be as big as both NASCAR and F1.

Paid-for Forza 4 expansion introduces Porsche

Paid-for Forza 4 expansion introduces Porsche

German marque returns in paid-for pack.

Esteemed German car marque Porsche is making a return to Forza Motorsport 4 with the game's first paid-for expansion, to be released this May.

Forza Motorsport 4 notoriously lost the Stuttgart-based brand following a fall-out with EA. "When we announced that Porsche wasn't going to be in Forza 4, we didn't stop talking," Turn 10's Dan Greenawalt told Eurogamer. "We announced it because we could no longer get it into the game - production-wise, it was too late.

"We kept talking to Porsche, and we kept talking to EA - no-one wants to take Porsche away from the fans. We kept talking and talking until we found an agreeable situation, and now it's win-win. We've got Porsche coming into the game in a big way. EA's satisfied, Microsoft's satisfied and Porsche's satisfied."

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New Forza Motorsport 4 DLC announced

New Forza Motorsport 4 DLC announced

10 new cars hit the road next week.

Forza Motorsport 4's garage gets a little busier next week with the arrival of 10 new cars via DLC, Microsoft has announced.

The March Pirelli Car Pack, due out on 6th March priced at 560 Points, includes the following motors, with accompanying blurbs courtesy of the game's official site:

2011 Aston Martin V12 Zagato (Villa d'Este): Built to honor the 50th anniversary of the Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato, Aston Martin designed this updated Zagato full of the latest automotive tech. Featuring elegant stylistic and performance flourishes throughout, the Zagato will be a cherished addition to any "Forza Motorsport 4" fan's garage.

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12 Days of Christmas Xbox Giveaway!

IT'S ALL OVER! Winners have been/are being notified. Thanks to all who entered!

UPDATE: And we're done! Thanks to everyone who entered and thanks to Microsoft for providing so many amazing prizes. We have notified 11 out of 12 winners as of Wednesday 22nd December and will be speaking to yesterday's victor this morning. Congratulations if you won and watch out for more massive giveaways on this scale in the future!

Steering Wheel Group Review

Console driving games are increasingly complex beasts, with each new generation adding further to the depth of simulation. It's a complexity that can't really be done justice with an analogue stick and a couple of triggers, and unlocking the full potential of a Gran Turismo 5 or a Forza 4 requires a dedicated - and often expensive - set-up.

Trouble is, there's a maze of plastic, leather and metal to negotiate when trying to choose a wheel that's right for you, a situation further muddied in the wake of Forza and Gran Turismo's release as several new contenders have hit the market. Here, we round up the newest additions to the steering wheel club, taking in everything from Microsoft's entry-level Wireless Speed Wheel to the deluxe Thrustmaster T500 RS.

Force Feedback Wheels 101

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New Forza 4 DLC release date, price

The Forza 4 November Speed Pack will be available from 1st November for 560 Microsoft Points.

Inside are 10 cars: a Lambo, an Asto, two Audi-os, a Chevo, a Dodge-o, a Ferraro, a Fordo, an err GMC-o and a Volkso.

The November Speed Pack can be redeemed using the 2400 MSP Forza 4 Season Pass, if you have it.

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'Something for everyone' is an overused term, but in a bulging, eclectic and hugely enjoyable sack of new releases this week, it really does apply: from sports fan to toddler, retro enthusiast to party girl. And all without a single first-person shooter in sight. Well done, games industry.

Out This Week - 14/10/11

Forza 4! Ace Combat! PES 2012! More!

Big week, this. October is in full flow. Dragon Age 2 welcomes a second lump of DLC with Mark of the Assassin, starring The Guild actress Felicia Day. There are new monsters, areas, weapons and challenges. Let's hope it's better than previous DLC, Legacy.

Forza Motorsport 4

Forza Motorsport 4

One from the heart.

The 330 P4 never triumphed at the Circuit de la Sarthe, but it's as if the car was built for Le Mans' Porsche Curves - and it's as if, despite what their name suggests, this extended slither of road was laid down and tarmacked with the express purpose of putting Ferrari's low-slung sports car through its paces, designed expressly to tease out the pleasures of this legendary machine.

String each corner together and there's a sense of heady weightlessness, the steering loosening beneath your fingers as you find yourself in the throes of a perfect four-wheel drift. Nailing the sequence requires you to throw the car from one drift to another, a delicate dance between throttle and steering that's scored by the throaty growl of one of Maranello's finest V12s. It's heart-in-mouth gaming, and it's one of many moments in which Forza Motorsport 4 reveals itself to have a real heart of its own.

It's all about passion. Beyond the lists of torque ratings and wheel dimensions lies the simple love between man and machine, as pure and innocent as that between a eight year old boy and the Ferrari GTO poster haphazardly blu-tacked to his wall. It's that very passion that Forza Motorsport 4 endeavours to evoke.

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Forza 4 demo now available

Gold members only, 1.27GB download.

The Forza Motorsport 4 demo is now available to download on the Xbox Live Marketplace for Gold members.

FeatureUnder the Hood of Forza 4

Turn 10 chief Dan Greenawalt on Gran Turismo, weather effects and power.

Xbox 360 exclusive racing game Forza 4 is finished, and Turn 10 chief Dan Greenawalt can think about seeing his family again. Tomorrow he flies home after a gruelling European press tour and countless demos of Microsoft's answer to Sony's Gran Turismo series.

Forza 4 demo details

Forza 4 demo details

Quick race, Rivals mode implementation.

The Forza 4 demo due out next month includes a single quick race and Rivals mode implementation, Turn 10 has confirmed to Eurogamer.

The Forza 4 demo will be available to download from Xbox Marketplace from 3rd October.

It is based on the E3 2011 Forza 4 demo, which included a quick race option on the Bernese Alps track with the Kia cee'd, 1970 Mercury Cougar Eliminator, 2011 Subaru WRX STI and 2011 Ferrari 599 GTO.

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Forza 4 DLC season pass announced

Forza 4 DLC season pass announced

Includes day one American Muscle pack.

Forthcoming Xbox racer Forza Motorsport 4 gets a DLC season pass, Microsoft has announced.

Available from the game's 14th October launch, the virtual voucher gives you access to six DLC packs as they're released over the next year or so. It'll cost you 2400 Microsoft Points, representing a 30 per cent saving compared to buying the add-ons separately.

The six expansions will apparently add 60 additional cars to the game's roster.

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Forza 4 demo release date

Forza 4 demo release date

Out next month.

A demo of Xbox 360 exclusive simulation racer Forza 4 launches on 3rd October, a new trailer for the game has revealed.

At the end of the Forza Motorsport 4: Making of the Bernese Alps trailer, released today on Xbox Marketplace, is a mention that the demo will be available to download starting from 3rd October.

Content details were not mentioned.

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FeatureMicrosoft's Chris Lewis

Xbox 360, the competition, XBLA and the next-gen.

While Sony strutted its stuff at Gamescom through the power of a press conference, Microsoft walked a more modest path with a Play Day event, with hands-on opportunities of a raft of Xbox 360 exclusive games including Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Gears of War 3 and Forza 4.

The Forza 4 Limited Collector's Edition

Top Gear book! Stickers! Extra cars!

Buy the Limited Collector's Edition of Forza Motorsport 4 this October and you'll get a VIP car pack, American muscle-car pack, custom BMW car pack and the 2012 BMW M5 car.

It's Forza Motorsport 4's official E3 party, and between a coterie of automotive exotica - a Gumpert Apollo rubs shoulders with an Aston Martin LMP1, while a Koenigsegg CCX sits shyly in the corner - Rampage Jackson is grinding to a set by Mixmaster Mike.

Forza Motorsport 4 release date

Forza Motorsport 4 release date

Microsoft's racer due in October.

Microsoft has revealed that Forza Motorsport 4 will be released on October 11th this year.

The news came at the end of a trailer showcasing the Xbox exclusive racer's cover star, the beautiful Ferrari 458 Italia.

Kinect compatibility will include voice recognition and headtracking, the trailer noted.

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New Forza 4 details emerge

New Forza 4 details emerge

Kinect features, tire tech detailed.

Forthcoming racing sim sequel Forza Motorsport 4 is looking to give Gran Turismo 5 a serious run for its money in the realism stakes, judging by new details direct from developer Turn 10.

According to a MSN Autos feature, the developer is going to impressive lengths to ensure the driving experience is as true-to-life as possible.

Apparently the studio has "modeled tire-related properties, such as weight transfer" and studied "proprietary performance data" from tire manufacturer Pirelli in an attempt to more closely replicate how tires deal with different racing conditions.

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