By zudthespud 15 Comments
This week, I finally got round to finishing off Forza 3 and getting my S Rank. After 145 hours of driving, 86 hours spent in menus and 31 hours editing designs, I think it's safe to say I've had my moneys worth with this peach of a racer. While I was happy to get my 1000, part of me was sad. Then I remembered that Forza 4 is coming out later this year and now, I'm really excited about what might be on the way.
Whatever Forza 4 will have in it, I will preorder the limited edition. That's just what I do. But, if they want to justify their 3rd game in 4 years to the video game buying public, then they will need to step it up again, probably more than they did in the last game. There can't be much more room for graphical improvements on the 360 in the autumn of it's life, so the things that will make Forza 4 great need to be content related. Of course, we expect new cars and tracks, but what I really want to see is the following 4 things.
- Off Road racing
- Night racing
- Weather effects.
- More than 8 cars on track
I have found nothing to suggest there will be Weather effects, yet. I'm not holding my breath, it is a very big thing to add and takes a lot of work. The only glimmer of hope I can see is the flash of a car sliding on a road in the snow in the teaser, but I'm not taking anything for granted. What makes me think this might happen is that GT5 put it in there, and this might be the sort of thing you really want to say you can do.
I am pretty proud of my Sherlock Holmes on the last one, because I Sherlock Holmesed that shit and because it's a really cool thing I think would make the game way better. Here is a video of the Kinect demo Turn 10 did at E3 last year:
Now, in the first demo you can clearly see there are many cars on track at once. I can't find the video where this quote comes from exactly, but whilst playing this demo a journo mentioned the more cars on track and Dan Greenawalt, the awkward designer in the video, talks about their new tech which allows them to do this. I know the cars in the demo aren't really racing, but the fact they had this running at 60FPS last E3 is very promising and I'm sure there will be more than 8 cars on track at once in Forza 4.
Also not the new UI style of the Kinect demo, I would expect that's something like Forza 4 will end up looking.
So there you go, 4 things that will make Forza 4 great, all are very attainable wishes and 3 of which I believe are all but certainly going to be in the final game. I can't put any degree of certainty into the Weather, but I would really like to see that in the game. I'm getting hyped, a long 7 or so months ahead!