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.
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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.
Accelerate like a fighter plane!
Another batch of vehicles is being added to Forza Motorsport 4, developer Turn 10 has announced.
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.
Forza developer Turn 10 is hiring for its "Next Generation of games".
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.
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.
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."
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.
Forza 4 developer Turn 10 has detailed February's America Le Mans Series Pack, the latest slice of downloadable content for the Xbox 360 racer.
The most pirated PC game of 2011 wasn't Modern Warfare 3, Battlefield 3 or Skyrim - it was Crysis 2.
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!
The next Forza Motorsport 4 DLC pack launches on 6th December, adding 10 new cars to Turn 10's Xbox 360 racer.
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
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.
10 glitzy new cars.
Ace Combat: Assault Horizon was the best-selling game in Japan last week, according to the latest Media Create data.
Forza 4 developer Turn 10 is investigating complaints from some players who say they have been unfairly banned from Xbox Live.
Xbox 360 exclusive Forza Motorsport 4 has entered the charts top, kicking football phenomenon FIFA 12 down to second place.
Turn 10 is back and Forza Motorsport is better than ever before - bigger, newer, shinier and with a whole host of technical achievements to enjoy both in terms of the visuals and the core driving simulation.
A Jeremy Clarkson Ferrari 458 Autovista review.
Same car, same tracks. How do the games compare?
'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.
Turn Ten demonstrate its new image-based lighting.
In-game plus replay, with performance analysis.
Head to the track.
There's nothing like rivalry to promote a deal - trade-in FIFA 12 at HMV this weekend and get PES 2012 for £0.99 pence.
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.
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.
Rare is prototyping ideas for a new 'mature' game to launch on the next Xbox, fresh speculation suggests.
Clarkson on endangered species.
The Forza Motorsport 4 demo is now available to download on the Xbox Live Marketplace for Gold members.
Yep, there it is.
Pre-orders have kicked off for Fanatec's officially-branded Forza Motorsport CSR Wheel.
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.
Xbox 360 racer warthogs the limelight.
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.
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.
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.
Platform-holder Microsoft is bringing this autumn's biggest Xbox 360 exclusives to the Eurogamer Expo 2011.
Narrated by Halo 4's Cortana.
Lap this new gameplay up.
Clarkson gives the Forza 4 rundown.
Looking to max-out the Forza Motorsport 4 achievements list? Well, you'll need a Kinect unit to do so.
The Warthog vehicle design to be used in Halo 4 is buried deep within upcoming Xbox 360 exclusive racing game Forza 4.
EA has blocked Turn 10 from including Porsche in upcoming Xbox 360 exclusive racing game Forza 4.
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.
An official Ferrari-sanctioned racing wheel is coming to the Xbox 360 this October to coincide with the release of Forza Motorsport 4.
Lap up the Hockenheim track.
The hills have cats' eyes.
Kinect-enabled racer out 14th October.
Microsoft isn't forcing developers to incorporate ten million selling motion sensing add-on Kinect into their games, it's insisted.
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.
The Xbox 360 Wireless Speed Wheel announced for the US last week costs £45 in the UK, Microsoft has announced.
Kinect-inclusive racing arrives 14th October.
Dan Greenawalt shows off some spectacular Xbox 360 footage.
A new wireless steering wheel is on the way for Xbox 360.
Kinect-enabled racer revs up for launch.
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.
Major Nelson demos new tech ahead of E3.
Limited copies of Forza Motorsport 4 will include a special car pack when the racer launches on Xbox 360 later this year, publisher Microsoft has announced.
At least 10 non-sequel Kinect games will be announced at trade show E3 next month, Eurogamer can reveal.
Xbox 360 racing game Forza Motorsport 4 will pack a garage of 500 cars made by a selection of 80 manufacturers.
Panic ye not, for Microsoft shall make more Fable and more Halo and more Forza and more Gears of War.
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.
Using traditional controllers will always be the "primary" way to play racing games.
Turn 10 piston the competition.
On track for 2011 release.
UPDATE: Microsoft has just issued Eurogamer the following statement: