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Forza 4 has been released on 360 Kinect and been provided for us to preview/review by the publisher.
Believe it or not we are still playing it. Here are some extracts of what we made of it in chronological order:
"Forza 4 (360) is a favourite with Dad alongside F1 2011 for the 3DS. In this week's Family Gamer TV we talk to a family about their current gaming loves, to see how Forza 4 is a dream title for car obsessives, Kinectimals is still going strong, Air Wings provides a great family distraction without competitive arguments and App Mates 2 mixes toy and videogame play without damaging the iPad's screen..."
- Family Gamer (Sat, 20 Oct 2012)
"Forza 4 springs to life as the game it always hinted it would be. Great Kinect features, a new wheel and a plethora of real driving content make this my de facto driving game..."
- Race Gamer (Wed, 02 Nov 2011)
Forza Motorsport 4 confirmed for Autumn 2011 and Forza Motorsport 3 Ultimate Collection available today.
Forza 4 brings novel new Kinect features alongside controller-based racing and a slew of content from leading brands such as Top Gear, to challenge Gran Turismo 5 for the automotive videogame crown.
Already widely know for realism, Forza promises to up its game again with an experience that is more expansive and vivid than previous games. Kinect will provide a novel driver's seat experience while controller-based play will uncover bone-jarring physics, unparalleled customisation and an impressive car roster.
To get ready for 2011's Autumn release, there is a new Forza Motorsport 3 Ultimate Collection pack for 360. This includes the original game and all previously released DLC - Koenigsegg CCX, LEXUS LFA, and Mercedes Benz SLS-AMG Supercars.
Forza Motorsport 4 is released Autumn 2011 for Xbox 360.
Forza 4 brings Kinect's motion sensing ability to bear on its simulation racing. But rather than dumbing down the driving experience, body and limb tracking offer unexpected new levels of realism.
The surprising headline about Forza 4 (ed: or possible Forza 3 Kinect, Kinorza 3, Forzect 3) is its Kinect support. On first appearance Turn 10 seem to forgotten their strength as the bastion of realistic racing on the 360. As you hear more about the Kinect driving controls though, things start to fall into place.
The ability to steer by holding an imaginary wheel is not really the point, in fact it's Kinect's ability to track body position and let racers look around as they are driving that is the real headline. Combine this with automatic braking and acceleration and you have an experience that anyone can enjoy.
Beyond what is inevitably something of a Kinect party line Forza 4 still has plenty of enhancements for its main audience - the hard core racers. Simulation and presentation are once again promised to improve as it the level and choice of driving assists.
Then there is the explore your car Kinect feature where you can literally walk around and inspect cars you own. It sounds like a bit of a gimmick, but when you experience the level of detail and Kinect interactions it actually adds extra engagement and reality to the game.
The Xbox 360 release date and exact feature list of Forza 4 is still to be confirmed, we will keep you posted.
With so many different perspectives it can be hard to know where to start - a little like walking into a crowded pub. Sorry about that.
But so far we've not found a way to streamline our review output - there's basically too much of it. So, rather than dilute things for newcomers we have decided to live with the hubbub while helping new readers find the columnists they will enjoy.
Our columnists each focus on a particular perspective and fall into one of the following types of gamers: