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Forza Motorsport was Microsoft’s answer to Sony’s Gran Turismo, a realistic racing simulation featuring a large amount of cars and tracks. This rivalry continues to this day, with the newest game in the Xbox 360 exclusive series being Forza Motorsport 4. With the fourth game in the series, Microsoft maintains the Forza tradition of giving players large amounts of choice: Forza Motorsport 4 features over 500 cars that can be raced on 26 tracks. In addition, every car can be further customized, both internally and externally, to create a car that is unique to you. With Forza Motorsport 4, Microsoft added a few new modes to the experience that compliments the great gameplay fans have come to expect from the series.

Autovista is one of the brand new modes for Forza Motorsport 4 and while it doesn’t focus on the racing aspect of the game, it does focus on the cars. Autovista allows you to fully explore 24 cars in-depth, fully examining every curve of the metal and every piston in the engine. As a special bonus, the fan favorite Warthog from the Halo series makes an appearance as an Autovista car; however, it cannot be used in any race.

Forza Motorsport 4 is also fully compatible with Microsoft’s Kinect motion sensor, allowing the game to be played without a controller at all. Kinect can be used to navigate any menu in the game and, when within a race, your car can be steered using hand gestures and head tracking. While Kinect won’t replace the way you play Forza Motorsport 4, it is a feature worth trying.

Forza Motorsport 4’s main single player mode has been renamed World Tour, and, like everything else in Forza Motorsport 4, is has been made bigger and better. This new mode features new race types and the ability to automatically scale your difficulty to how well you are doing.

Releasing on October 11th, 2011, Forza Motorsport 4 is going to be supported with additional downloadable content such as new cars and tracks, making a big game even bigger. If you’re a racing game fanatic and own an Xbox 360, take Forza Motorsport 4 out for a spin; you won’t regret it.

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