10 Things That Should Be On Your Gift List #2: Forza Motorsport 4 Edition Playseat

Posted on 12.20.11 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

Our number two item on our top ten gift list is the ultimate in racer-escapeism.  Say you have Forza Motorsport 4 and the Fanatec CSR Forza 4 wheel, even though both those items are cool together if you want the ultimate trifecta you need the Forza Mototsport 4 Edition REVO Playseatto complete the experience.  There are a lot of racing sim seats out there but Playseat is always at the top of the list due to their construction, limited editions, and ease of use.  The Forza Motorsport 4 Edition Playseat is extra nice because they have relocated the steering wheel post to come up from underneath the seat providing better leg room for heel-toe-ing and for more customization they include an adjustable pedal plate so you can set your pedals to the perfect angle for your feet.  When you are all done racing the seat folds up and retracts for easy storage.  We have had the Forza Motorsport 3 Edition seat for a while and we are getting acquainted with the new Forza Motorsport 4 seat and so far we can tell you that things are going well enough that we would definitely recommend it as a potential gift this season.  Although you may need to put in rush shipping to get it by Christmas!  By the way stay tuned to MotorworldHype for more on the Forza Motorsport 4 playseat as a full review and unboxing video is coming up soon!

   

 

Full Disclosure: Playseat USA is an advertiser on MotorworldHype.com and provided us with the Forza Motorsport 4 Edition REVO Playseat for review purposes.

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10 Things That Should Be On Your Gift List #6: Fanatec Forza Motorsport CSR Wheel

Posted on 12.16.11 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

If you like to race you know that there is nothing worse than the times when you are NOT racing.  We try to get our fix by playing games like Forza Motorsport 4 to take the edge off but even then we still can’t quite get the level of realism we want with the standard controller in our hands.  Steering with your thumb on an analog stick is nice but it just is not quite the same as holding a wheel in your hands.  For an added touch of realism you may want to put Fanatec’s Forza Motorsport CSR wheel on your gift list this year.  With up to 900 degrees of rotation, top of the line forcefeed back motors and high resolution steering input sensors this is one of the best steering virtual steering wheels you can get right now and the $249 price tag reflects that.  There is also a shifter set and aluminum pedal set available to go with your wheel as well.  The full package with the wheels, shifter set, and pedals will run you about $459.  While that seems like an astronomical price this set up is pretty high quality, plus there is the added bonus of Playstation 3 compatibility.  Before this wheel, consumers had to buy a wheel for their Xbox 360 and a wheel for their PS3.  So in a way you are actually getting two-wheels in one.  If you want to see everything you get in the package check out our unboxing video.  Then add this wheel to your gift list this year or consider it as a gift for the gearhead in your life!

    

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10 Things That Should Be On Your Gift List #8: Forza Motorsport 4

Posted on 12.13.11 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

If your one of the few gear heads on earth who does not own Forza Motorsport 4 yet then you should definitely add it to your gift list for the holidays this year.  Over the years the Forza Motorsport series has really come into its own and has gone from a pretender to the Gran Turismo throne to the king of the realm.  There is also so much more for players to explore in the latest chapter including Top Gear challenges and the beautiful Autovista mode, which when coupled with Microsoft Kinect lets the player take a virual walk around of a long list of beautiful supercars and other cars that are notable to the car lover culture.  This game is a MUST HAVE if you love cars even just a little bit.  If you do not have an Xbox 360 then go ahead and put one of those on the list too or buy one because it is worth getting the console just for this game!  If you want to know exactly why we love it so much then check out our review.

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Gaming Hype: Forza Motorsport 4 “IGN December Pack” DLC Coming on December 6th

Posted on 11.30.11 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

The downloadable content train for Forza Motorsport 4 keeps rolling along.  Just as we finish enjoying our goodies from the November Speed Pack, we hear an announcement that IGN teamed up with Turn10Studios to bring you the “IGN December Pack”  due to hit the Xbox Live Marketplace on December 6th for 560 microsoft points (about 7 bucks) although if you bought the season pass you can simply download it as soon as its released.  So, what do you get in the new DLC pack? How about 10 pieces of awesome?! As in 10 cars we I mean.  For a list of what is included with the pack and a video trailer scroll down below!

IGN December Pack Car List:

2011 Monster Sport Suzuki SX4
2011 Mazda RX-8 R3
2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle SS-396
1977 Ford Escort RS1800
1981 Volkswagen Scirocco S
1986 Alfa Romeo Spider Quadrifoglio Verde
1988 Pontiac Fiero GT
2010 Maserati GranTurismo MC GT4
1957 Maserati 300 S

[Source: IGN]

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Hype Review: Forza Motorsport 4

Posted on 11.14.11 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

We realize this is late we have finally put together our review of Forza Motorsport 4!  We put together a video review so feel free to scroll down below and watch.  If for some reason you’d rather read then below the video is the entire transcript of the review.  If you want the quick answer: BUY THIS GAME!

By now you should have noticed one very important thing about this review.  It is very, very late.  This is mostly because the day after we got our review copy of the game our Xbox red-ring’d.  No matter though, we still wanted to give this game its due time.  So, you know why this review is late and we know why you are even watching this review in the first place.  By now you already know about the overhauled graphics engine, the integration of tire data from Pirelli to improve the physics, the collaboration with Top Gear, world tour mode, and the enhanced community features like rivals mode and car clubs .  The fact that you know about all of this and yet you are still watching a review can only mean one thing: despite all of that you still haven’t bought the game yet.  Perhaps you need just one more opinion to put you on one side of the fence or the other?  Well we are prepared to offer that to you now.

Even though it says “Forza Motorsport 4” on the cover of the game we think it should really say “Forza Motorsport 4.0.”  Why? Forza Motorsport 4 is not a sequel.  It does not “continue” where something else left off.  It does not need a primer or a recap of the events before for you to understand what it is.  What Forza 4 is, is an evolution of a concept.  When the first Forza Motorsport game was released many gave it the rather mundane label of Microsoft’s answer to Sony’s Gran Turismo and that Forza would try its best to be the ultimate driving simulator.  However if you are lucky enough spend more than 5 minutes talking to Turn 10 Studios creative director Dan Greenawalt you will soon learn that the real intentions for Forza Motorsport go far beyond the goal of “ultimate driving simulator”.  What Turn 10 wanted when they began developing Forza was to create a virtual utopia for serious gear-heads and a gateway drug for gear-heads-to-be.  They probably did not know how they were going to get Forza Motorsport to that point but their determination to get there made the “how” irrelevant.

I say this because Forza Motorsport 4 is “it”.  It is where Dan and Turn 10 have been trying to get to all along.  Forza Motorsport 4 has everything that was great about the iterations that came before it plus more.  There is more depth, more innovation, more substance, and more incentive for lovers of all things automotive to turn on their Xboxes and be magically whisked away to a land where they can answer questions like “How fast can I go on the Top Gear test track in the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport?” or “What is it like to sit in a Lamborghini Reventon?”  Answers to those types of questions are invaluable to people like us, and yet they all await us on a pair of plastic discs.  Beyond the answers to epic questions Forza Motorsport 4 has tons of small nuances that keep the player coming back for more but our favorite thing about the game has to be Autovista mode.  Turn 10 has literally created a new way for the casual observer to not just learn more about cars but to learn about “special cars”, the type of cars that hard-core enthusiasts discuss and argue about.  A whole new generation of young people will learn the story of the DeLorean and why the Ferrari 599 GTO is terrifying.  And they get to learn all this, from Jeremy Clarkson.  That fact can be either magnificent or sobering depending on who you are but there it is.

We could end this review by telling you how much better Forza 4 looks compared to the previous versions, how the physics are greatly improved, how the new community features give the game more depth than before, or how Autovista mode is a revelation in automotive education.  Instead we will just answer the question that was in your mind when you first clicked play to watch this review.  Yes, Forza Motorsport 4 is everything that everyone says it is.  Yes, this game should be on your Christmas list.  Yes, you should buy an Xbox just for this game.  Yes, Forza Motorsport 4 is worth the Hype.

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Hype Giveaway: Photo Caption Contest Part 2! Caption The Photo Win A #Forza4 DLC Code! (UPDATE: Winner Chosen!)

Posted on 11.11.11 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

Just like yesterday we have one more Forza Motorsport 4 DLC code to give away.  Like yesterday simply leave your caption for the photo in the comments or tweet it @MotorworldHype and try to include the hash tag #MWHPicCaption.  This time we will wait until Monday morning to pick a winner!  This Mega-Man themed donk-mobile was actually sighted locally to us and we just had to snap a pic but like the previous picture we couldn’t tweet it because we just couldn’t figure out what to say.  We can’t wait to see what you guys come up with!

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UPDATE: A winner has been chosen!  Twitter user @Totoguy wins with the quote “I guess rush got a new upgrade…”

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Hype Giveaway: Caption Contest. Winner Gets Forza 4 DLC Code! (Update: Winner Chosen!)

Posted on 11.10.11 | Andrew Beckford 1 Comment

While we were in Las Vegas for SEMA we saw a ton of fresh cars all over the place.  SEMA seems to draw all the quality cars towards Nevada when the show is in town.  However, occasionally we come across a car that does not quite fit in to the party.  Such as the awesome Ford Focus you see in the picture above.  It had been so long since we’ve seen an aluminum wing that we just had to take a picture of it.  We were going to tweet it in the moment but we just could not find the right words to go with something this epic.

Instead we are going to turn it over to you, our readers to come up with a caption for this photo.  The best caption of the day (which will be announced tomorrow morning 11-11-11) will get a Forza Motorsport 4 DLC code!

There are two ways to enter your caption.  You can write it in the comment box of this post or you can tweet it at  @MotorworldHype with the hash tag #MWHPicCaption.  We will look over all the captions tonight and make a decision by 11pm pacific time.  We will then announce the winner tomorrow morning on 11-11-11.  Good luck!

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UPDATE: A winner has been chosen.  Congrats to Twitter user @DaBenoit for winning with the quote “Since when does a Transformer need that much downforce?”

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Gaming Hype Video: Forza Motorsport 4 Review Package Unboxing

Posted on 10.04.11 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

We finally got our review copy of Forza Motorsport 4!  While we are not lucky enough to get a free Limited Edition version of Forza Motorsport 4, Turn 10 Studios was still nice enough to send us our review copy in a cool package that is meant to mimic the owners manual for a new car. In the video you will see nearly everything included with our review pack.  Unfortunately, for now that is all we can show you as the review embargo does not lift until the 6th but stay tuned!

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Gaming Hype Video: Fanatec CSR Forza Motorsport 4 Wheel, Pedals, Shifter Unboxing

Posted on 09.29.11 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

We were lucky enough to be among the first to get our hands on the new Fanatec Forza Motorsport 4 wheel, pedals, and shifter to test along with our review copy of Forza Motorsport 4. The funny thing is the wheel showed up before the game did! So, we decided to do a good ol’ fashioned unboxing video so you can see what you get when you pre-order the set up. We figured since it was a special occasion it was a good time to dawn our 80s-licious driving gloves we got for free when we were invited to a pre-screening of the movie “Driver”.  In case you are wondering, the free gloves were the best part of the movie, but we digress..

    

The first thing we noticed when we opened up the wheel was how light it was.  After using it at E3 we were expecting the wheel to feel heavy with all the hardware in it but it was very light weight.  We were also pleasantly surprised to find genuine alcantara swatches on either side of the wheel for added grip.  Classy!

    

  

Second we opened up the shifter set and we were surprised to find that you actually get not one but two shifter attachments!  One is a sequential style shifter and the other is a full 6-speed H-pattern shifter with reverse.  We like options! Both shifters also had some real heft.  We are thinking that is probably due to their construction.  Also the H-pattern shifter is slightly larger than the sequential.  The only negative to the shifters is that they are both quite loud and clicky, we know that may annoy some but there are others who may not mind at all.

    

Finally we opened the “Elite” pedal set.  The first thing we noticed is that it is really heavy! We realized right away that the weight comes from some pretty heavy duty metal construction.  It also appears to be highly adjustable as well.  Users can swap the pivot points of the pedals to the top for a more realistic feel and they can also adjust their positioning as well.  Finally there is a small knob behind the brake pedal to adjust sensitivity.  It is pretty easy to see that the “Elite” set is for the serious simulation racer. 

    

If you are interested in this gear all the parts you will see in the unboxing video are available for pre-order now.  The wheel is a fair $249.95 and the shifter set is $59.95, the Elite pedal set goes for $149.95.  You can pick up all three pieces of gear for a package price of $459.85.

If you find yourself trying to justify spending that much on simulator gear take comfort in the fact that the wheel, pedals, and shifter are all cross platform compatible.  That means they will work on the PC or your Playstation 3.  So in a way it is like getting three wheels in one!  See, that softens the blow a bit does it not?

Since we did not get our review copy of Forza Motorsport 4 yet we have not attached this set to our Playseat rig yet.  We were a little bummed that both did not come at the same time but on the bright side it gives us a chance to figure out if there will be any compatibility issues with hooking up this set to the Playseat Forza Motorsport 3 rig.  If you do not already have a Playseat and want to pick one up before you get Forza then we reccomend buying the Forza Motorsport 4 Edition Playseat as it was designed with the Fanatec set-up in mind.

Each part of what you see unboxed is available now for pre-order at Fanatec.com.  The CSR wheel will set you back $249.95, the CSR Elite pedal set will go for about $149.95, and the shifter set will cost $59.95 or you can buy the whole bundle for $459.85.  While that does sound pricy the MSRP is justified by the fact that all the components are cross-platform compatible.  That means you can use this set up on your Playstation 3 and your PC so in a way it is like getting three set-ups in one.  Depending on your ability to weild the sword of logic that fact may soften the financial blow a bit.

As I stated earlier we have not set up this rig yet as we are waiting for our review copy of Forza Motorsport 4 so stay tuned for our full review of the Fanatec Forza Motorsport 4 CSR set up and Forza Motorsport 4 soon!  For now click on the thumbnails above for detail shots of the Fanatec set up and scroll below for  the official unboxing video featuring the debut of the awesome “driver” gloves…

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Gaming Hype: New Forza Motorsport 4 Info And Exclusive Interview With Producer Dan Greenawalt (With Video)

Posted on 09.24.11 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

A while back we was invited by The ID Agency to visit their office in Los Angeles and be among the first to play the final version of Forza Motorsport 4 along with a personal walk-through with the game’s producer Dan Greenawalt.  And for agonizing last few weeks we had to keep it all a secret due to the Journalist’s mortal enemy: the mighty embargo agreement.  However, as of Friday morning that embargo was officially over and now we can reveal to you the few tidbits of info we got from Dan himself at the event as well as new screen shots of the game released by Turn 10 Studios.  To see our interview with Dan simply scroll down and watch!  In the interview Dan discusses the principal philosophy behind Forza Motorsport 4, the new tracks we can expect to see in the game, the partnership with Top Gear, and details about the demo which will be coming to Xbox Live for gold members on October 3rd.  By the way the demo will be multi-player featuring one of the games new modes!  We can also reveal that when the game releases there will be a “season pass” DLC available for the equivalent of $29.99 in Microsoft points which will give you 6 upcoming DLC packs.  You will also see screen shots of the new tracks and such below as well.  Thanks to The ID Agency and to Dan Greenawalt at Turn 10 for giving us the opportunity to get first crack at Forza Motorsport 4.  Stay tuned to our review of the game and more video.

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