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Ogle Some Of Forza 3's Hot Japanese Rides

Fans of imported car porn, rejoice!

Microsoft sent some information and media out today showing off the Japanese tracks and fine automobiles that will be available in Forza 3 this October. I'm the last guy you'd want to speak authoritatively about racing games of any stripe, so I'm just going to let them do the talking for me. I'll give you one hot image first, though.


 

OK, tracks!

  • Suzuka Circuit: Put your skills to the test on one of the oldest, most famous and dangerous motorsport race tracks in Japan. One of the big dogs of Japanese tracks, the 3.608-mile course requires cat-like reflexes as its 17 turns, highlighted by the quick transitions of the “S” complex, the Turn 11 hairpin, and the tricky Casio Triangle will keep drivers on their A-Game. But don’t fear the throttle, as there are numerous high-speed sections that demand a total commitment from your weighted leadfoot. 
  • Twin Ring Motegi: Motegi is where the Japanese get their groove on, NASCAR-style. The venue, built by Honda in 1997, is home to a 1.549-mile oval and a 2.98-mile road course. It has held a NASCAR exhibition race in 1998, was part of the CART circuit from 1998 to 2002 and then it went to host the IRL in 2003. In 2008 Danica Patrick made headlines, becoming the first woman to win an Indy Car race at the Indy Japan 300, the only event currently held on the egg-shaped oval. The Motegi road course doesn’t have the elevation changes of some of the other Japanese circuits but features an intoxicating blend of tight corners and high-speed sweepers. Motegi is the last race on the Super GT schedule so this track is a mix of handling and speed that will take a balanced vehicle and skilled driver to get around cleanly. 
  • Tsukuba Circuit: Home of the famous Revspeed Super Battle, the original time attack that hit the Japanese tuning scene in 1990, and D1 Grand Prix drifting events, Tsukuba hums to an underground soundtrack where other Japanese venues feature a much more mainstream beat. Consequently, Tsukuba rewards agility over brute power so gamers who can hit their apexes and keep the momentum rolling should do well on this track. If you drift, welcome to heaven.


Please allow me to rattle off some of the fancy-sounding racing machines that are included in Forza 3 before I show you the screenshots. The Subaru Impreza WRX STi. The Lexus IS F. The Nissan 370Z. The Yaris S. Wait. I know enough to know that one of those does not belong.




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Posted by Brad
Microsoft sent some information and media out today showing off the Japanese tracks and fine automobiles that will be available in Forza 3 this October. I'm the last guy you'd want to speak authoritatively about racing games of any stripe, so I'm just going to let them do the talking for me. I'll give you one hot image first, though.


 

OK, tracks!

  • Suzuka Circuit: Put your skills to the test on one of the oldest, most famous and dangerous motorsport race tracks in Japan. One of the big dogs of Japanese tracks, the 3.608-mile course requires cat-like reflexes as its 17 turns, highlighted by the quick transitions of the “S” complex, the Turn 11 hairpin, and the tricky Casio Triangle will keep drivers on their A-Game. But don’t fear the throttle, as there are numerous high-speed sections that demand a total commitment from your weighted leadfoot. 
  • Twin Ring Motegi: Motegi is where the Japanese get their groove on, NASCAR-style. The venue, built by Honda in 1997, is home to a 1.549-mile oval and a 2.98-mile road course. It has held a NASCAR exhibition race in 1998, was part of the CART circuit from 1998 to 2002 and then it went to host the IRL in 2003. In 2008 Danica Patrick made headlines, becoming the first woman to win an Indy Car race at the Indy Japan 300, the only event currently held on the egg-shaped oval. The Motegi road course doesn’t have the elevation changes of some of the other Japanese circuits but features an intoxicating blend of tight corners and high-speed sweepers. Motegi is the last race on the Super GT schedule so this track is a mix of handling and speed that will take a balanced vehicle and skilled driver to get around cleanly. 
  • Tsukuba Circuit: Home of the famous Revspeed Super Battle, the original time attack that hit the Japanese tuning scene in 1990, and D1 Grand Prix drifting events, Tsukuba hums to an underground soundtrack where other Japanese venues feature a much more mainstream beat. Consequently, Tsukuba rewards agility over brute power so gamers who can hit their apexes and keep the momentum rolling should do well on this track. If you drift, welcome to heaven.


Please allow me to rattle off some of the fancy-sounding racing machines that are included in Forza 3 before I show you the screenshots. The Subaru Impreza WRX STi. The Lexus IS F. The Nissan 370Z. The Yaris S. Wait. I know enough to know that one of those does not belong.




Posted by MordeaniisChaos

Not a big fan of Asian automobiles. Sure their fine machines, I'm just a die hard euro fan.
Game looks great though.

Posted by LincoIn

Damn the cars look amazing, can't wait to customize the look of my Z.

Posted by Ben_H

I thought this was a joke and those were real at first.  Oops.

Posted by Aeterna

The cars look great, but does that surprise anyone these days?

Posted by TheHBK

Japanese cars can be nice but thats it.  Its all about American Muscle and Uncontrollable Euro power.

Posted by Out_On_Bail

Jeez, that's quite impressive to say the least. Looking forward to the game, but not for any of those Japanese rides - but damn they do look good, there's no denying that.

Posted by Wildfire570

Holy crap I thought that those were real for a minute there!

Edited by Karmann

I find that the "chrome" in forza looks grey, not actually chrome, makes the cars look hella fake in my eyes.
Headlights are usually the main culprit, but any and all chrome seems to suffer from this, "vehicular uncanny valley".

Posted by DannyJ

Is that... a Honda Pilot in the last photo?!

Well I guess they really are trying to put in every car they can.

Posted by erinfizz
@DannyJ:

That's a Fit! Apparently I can race the actual car that I own in this game. Which is weird.
Posted by Pie

You know more than me about cars brad.......

Posted by TripMasterMunky

Looks great.

Edited by Brendan

I'm gonna beat Forza 3 with a minivan.  Epic.

Edit: Wait, that's a Honda Fit.   Still ridiculous.

Posted by JJWeatherman

I...cant freakin wait for this game. FORZA......... I think I am going crazy waiting for this game.

Posted by TurnerJoy

The only thing I want to know at this point is if this game will be this amazing looking in action, not just replays. Well, G25 support would be amazing also, I just can't buy another wheel after G25 and 360 wheel.

Posted by ObsideonDarman

All of these Cars look really nice

Posted by _Phara0h_

I think Polyphony Digital has nothing on Turn10, cause they are releasing full games in a faster pace and with Forza 3 maybe even in a better quality.......

Posted by crunchUK
@TheHBK said:
.  Its all about American Muscle  "
Um no
Posted by PlasmaSTi
@crunchUK:  i agree
Posted by DJ_Lae

I'm so going to tune an S class Yaris.

Posted by Kolonel_Kool

When you boil it down, Gran Turismo is a car game and Forza Motorsport is a racing game.  The best racing game I've played so far was TOCA Race Driver 3 for the Xbox.  Unfortunately, Codemasters is no longer making the TOCA series.  If this game races like Forza Motorsport 2, with the Gran Turismo quality graphics, I'm in.  It's a Forza Motorsport game, I'm in anyways.

Posted by NotSoSneakyGuy

I'm surprised about how on topic the comments have been, considering the article title.

Posted by TheHBK
@crunchUK said:
"@TheHBK said:
.  Its all about American Muscle  "
Um no"

Why do you cut out some of my post?  And yes, American cars and Euro Cars >>>>>>>>>>Japanese toys that whine like bitches when you rev them up.
Posted by SilverArrows

I love Suzuka .... glad to see its in the game. Little disappointed that Fuji didn't make it in .... maybe there are more track announcements to come later.

Posted by steve86uk

Can't wait for this game. With this and Gran Turismo PSP, I'm going to be kept busy with racing sims for a very long time.

Posted by GreggD
@crunchUK said:
" @TheHBK said:
.  Its all about American Muscle  "
Um no "
Um, yes. Give me a Mustang over any of these cars, any day of the week.
Posted by Guyzea

I hope they can get the Skyline R33 in this game, I mean they got the Toyota Yaris for god's sake.

Posted by BlazBleu

Some of those images could easily be mistaken for real life cars. 

Posted by GodzillaVsJapan

I really hope there isn't an achievement to own all of the cars again like there was in Forza 2. Getting that was a PAIN I can't imagine what it would be like with the addition of so many more vehicles
Also, great to see the Evo looking good but I think Turn 10 went a little too far with including some vehicles in Forza 3. The Yaris and Fit above look absolutely ridiculous in a racing game. But, it will only get worse with American trucks and suvs oh well I hope the damage is devastating on those since they are only good for crashing.

Posted by monkey523
@GodzillaVsJapan: Agreed.  I hope this game doesn't end up like Gran Turismo 4, with 400+ cars but only 120 or so worth driving.
Posted by EvilTwin

It's gotten to the point in the really high-budget sim racers that I can't even tell if the cars are real or rendered.  At least in the screenshots. 

Posted by PureRok

American and European cars are ass. Asian cars are the way to go.

Posted by Dethfish

I'm gonna be drifting all over that Tsukuba track.

Posted by ManMadeGod
@PureRok said:
" American and European cars are ass. Asian cars are the way to go. "
Dodge Viper ACR > anything coming out of Asia right now.
Posted by PlasmaSTi
@GreggD said:
" @crunchUK said:
" @TheHBK said:
.  Its all about American Muscle  "
Um no "
Um, yes. Give me a Mustang over any of these cars, any day of the week. "
too bad Mustangs need 2 more cylinders to get some what close to what 4 cylinders on a Jap car can do
Posted by lacke

The screen shots look really good. However, are they gameplay photos or from the video editor? Because, Forza 2 video editor rendered the game better than the actual gameplay renderer.

I'm impressed either way.

Posted by killdave
@AspenSTi04 said:
" @GreggD said:
" @crunchUK said:
" @TheHBK said:
.  Its all about American Muscle  "
Um no "
Um, yes. Give me a Mustang over any of these cars, any day of the week. "
too bad Mustangs need 2 more cylinders to get some what close to what 4 cylinders on a Jap car can do "
Children, children ... you're both wrong!!

Its all about the European cars !!
Posted by Wolverine
@MordeaniisChaos said:
" Not a big fan of Asian automobiles. Sure their fine machines, I'm just a die hard euro fan.Game looks great though. "
I agree, I think the Asian automobiles are well made and all but I personally prefer the European cars.
Posted by GreggD
@killdave said:
" @AspenSTi04 said:
" @GreggD said:
" @crunchUK said:
" @TheHBK said:
.  Its all about American Muscle  "
Um no "
Um, yes. Give me a Mustang over any of these cars, any day of the week. "
too bad Mustangs need 2 more cylinders to get some what close to what 4 cylinders on a Jap car can do "
Children, children ... you're both wrong!!Its all about the European cars !! "
Hell, I like Lambo's and Ferrari's, as well. I'm just saying I prefer US Muscles over Japanese tuners.
Posted by Canberra

Muscle cars typically have the aerodynamic properties of a open fridge; thus Japanese cars are superior.

Posted by Guyzea

Bah, all this talk about what country provides the best car or which car you prefer is meaningless if you can't even afford to buy one. How many of you have at least one of these cars you're arguing over? As for me, I plan on selling my soul to the military to buy my dream car that I will keep until it disintegrates.

Posted by PlasmaSTi
@Guyzea said:
" Bah, all this talk about what country provides the best car or which car you prefer is meaningless if you can't even afford to buy one. How many of you have at least one of these cars you're arguing over? As for me, I plan on selling my soul to the military to buy my dream car that I will keep until it disintegrates. "
i do have a car that is being argued over hence my profile name.@killdave said:
" @AspenSTi04 said:
" @GreggD said:
" @crunchUK said:
" @TheHBK said:
.  Its all about American Muscle  "
Um no "
Um, yes. Give me a Mustang over any of these cars, any day of the week. "
too bad Mustangs need 2 more cylinders to get some what close to what 4 cylinders on a Jap car can do "
Children, children ... you're both wrong!!Its all about the European cars !! "
never said anything bad about Euro cars.. lol.. they are a fine piece of engineering
Posted by Raiden36O

FACT: forza 3 will be epic

FACT: American cars are good for using up petrol and hitting walls. GO GM!!

Posted by Guyzea
@AspenSTi04 said:
" @Guyzea said:
" Bah, all this talk about what country provides the best car or which car you prefer is meaningless if you can't even afford to buy one. How many of you have at least one of these cars you're arguing over? As for me, I plan on selling my soul to the military to buy my dream car that I will keep until it disintegrates. "
i do have a car that is being argued over hence my profile name.@killdave said:

Well that's great for you, I was actually thinking about getting a 04/05 STi or an EVO IX. I think people that bash japanese cars are bashing ricers and other front wheel drive cars. Because japan has some great cars such as the STi, EVO, RX7, Skyline, Supra, NSX that excell in different areas.  And I really hope those that preffer american muscle mean late 60's early 70's true muscle.
Posted by PlasmaSTi
@Guyzea said:
" @AspenSTi04 said:
" @Guyzea said:
" Bah, all this talk about what country provides the best car or which car you prefer is meaningless if you can't even afford to buy one. How many of you have at least one of these cars you're arguing over? As for me, I plan on selling my soul to the military to buy my dream car that I will keep until it disintegrates. "
i do have a car that is being argued over hence my profile name.@killdave said:

Well that's great for you, I was actually thinking about getting a 04/05 STi or an EVO IX. I think people that bash japanese cars are bashing ricers and other front wheel drive cars. Because japan has some great cars such as the STi, EVO, RX7, Skyline, Supra, NSX that excell in different areas.  And I really hope those that preffer american muscle mean late 60's early 70's true muscle. "
i agree 100% .. :)
Posted by Black_Rose

Looks awesome.

Posted by GhostStrykre

this game looks wicked. i feel excited about this the same way i was excited about forza 2.. unfortunately i always get pumped up and buy the game, play it, and get bored as i sink more and more time into it.. i always loved Gran Turismo's system.. but something felt different about the forza series that got me bored in some way.. can't describe what it is, but hell, i'll just buy forza 3 and hope it doesn't happen again cuz these screen shots look awesome.

Posted by 88Fingers

These screen shots are very impressive looking!

Posted by Brym

Weren't all three of those tracks they just announced also in Forza 2?  (Motegi was DLC).  I hope they're adding a lot of new ones to go with all the old ones.

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