Forza Motorsport 4 Reviews

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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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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