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Porsche Returns To Forza Motorsports For Xbox 360 23
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Console Games, Forza Motorsport 4, Kurt, News, porsche, Xbox 360 on 05 23rd, 2012

There’s good news for fans of Forza Motorsports 4 on Microsoft’s Xbox 360: for the first time since launch of Forza 4, you’ll be able to buy and download an expansion pack containing some 30 assorted Porsche street and race models.

Porsche, present in Forza 3, was excluded from Forza 4 due to a licensing agreement between Porsche and game studio EA Sports. EA Sports opted not to license any Porsche models to Turn 10 for the Forza 4 game, essentially forcing gamers with an affinity for Porsche to buy “Need For Speed” franchise games from EA.

We’re not sure what’s changed, but given that the press release on the expansion pack came from Porsche North America, we can assume the automaker saw things a bit differently than EA Sports. The more gamers who drive Porsches in the virtual world, the more potential customers Porsche has in the future.

The Porsche Expansion Pack will cost 1,600 Microsoft points, or the equivalent of $19.99, and includes an impressive variety of current and vintage Porsche models.

Here’s the complete list of cars in the expansion pack:

2012 911 GT2 RS
2012 Cayenne Turbo
2012 Cayman R
2011 #45 Flying Lizard Motorsports 911 GT3-RSR (997)
2011 #23 Alex Job Racing 911 GT3 Cup (997)
2011 #17 Team Falken 911 GT3-RSR (997)
2011 #54 Black Swan Racing 911 GT3 Cup (997)
2008 #2 Gruppe Orange Racing 911 GT3 Cup (997)
2008 #16 Dyson Racing RS Spyder Evo
2007 #80 Flying Lizard 911 GT3-RSR (997)
2008 #7 Penske Racing RS Spyder Evo
2010 911 Sport Classic
2010 Boxster S
2010 Panamera Turbo
2007 911 GT3 (997)
2007 911 GT3 RS (997)
2007 911 Turbo (997)
2005 #31 Petersen-White Lightning 911 GT3-RSR (996)
2005 #66 AXA Racing 911 GT3 Cup (996)
2004 911 GT3 (996)
2003 Carrera GT
1998 #26 Porsche AG 911 GT1-98
1995 911 GT2
1989 944 Turbo
1987 959
1987 #17 Racing Porsche AG 962c
1982 911 Turbo 3.3
1973 911 Carrera RS
1970 914/6
1955 550A Spyder

Video: New ‘Endangered Species’ Forza Motorsport 4 Trailer Narrated by Jeremy Clarkson 3
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in ASTON MARTIN, Automotive, Forza, Forza Motorsport, Forza Motorsport 4, Jeremy Clarkson, video, video games on 10 3rd, 2011

Leading up to the official release date of Forza Motorsport 4 (October 11, 2011), the latest Xbox game to compete with Sony’s Polyphony Gran Turismo, a new dramatic trailer filled with true automotive enthusiast passion is released into the wild. In the new trailer, Jeremy Clarkson, host of Top Gear – as if you didn’t know, narrates what is probably one of the best car video game trailers ever called “Endangered Species”. Sure, as Clarkson puts it, it is all about safety and mpg’s but in the confines of your living room you have a safe haven where we can push the laws of physics without negative consequences. Enjoy the video below!

Forza Motorsport 4: Has Gran Turismo 5 Met Its Match? 8
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Forza, Forza Motorsport, Forza Motorsport 4, Kurt, video, video games on 06 8th, 2011

Like many other gamers, I bought into the hype surrounding Gran Turismo 5. I bought a Sony PS3 just for that game (although I told the wife it was for the up-sampling BluRay player), and patiently waited two years for the game to be released. When GT5 hit the market, after a countless series of delays, players began to notice certain flaws. The physical damage, which Polyphany Digital assured us would be just like real life, wasn’t (at least not initially). The detailed images of cockpits and controls were limited to premium cars, which represent a fraction of the total cars available. Even the content seems a bit disjointed: by trying to be all things to all racing fans, Polyphany essentially let down rally fans, NASCAR fans and even TopGear fans. What’s the sense of including the Top Gear test track, when you can only drive it in “special” events?

At this week’s E3 event, Turn 10 released the teaser video below for the upcoming Forza Motorsport 4. If the images from the video are any indication, then all hail the new king of driving games. The visuals are stunning, including lurid detail of both cockpits and engine bays. Turn 10 has scrapped the physics engine from Forza 3, and thanks to a partnership with Pirelli, now has perhaps the most realistic driving experience of any game on the market. Via Microsoft’s Kinect, a camera will track the movement of the player: want to look left? instead of hitting a button on the controller, you simply look left. Just like driving a real car, only without the ridiculously high cost of gas and the paranoia involved with trading paint. Take a look at the video below to see what I mean.

I’m not selling my PS3 just yet, and I can’t afford an X-Box 360 unless I sell a real car or a few duplicate body parts. I’ll be watching the release of Forza 4 (set for October 11th) with some interest, and if it turns out to be as good as the hype, it may be time to start selling blood plasma. Any readers need a new kidney? I may have one for sale.

(Source: IGN Entertainment YouTube Channel)