I'll keep this post short and sweet, since I'm at work. First, I've been a big fan of the Forza franchise since launch day of FM1 on the old Xbox. I probably spent well over 500 hours on that old game and then played both FM2 and FM3 as well, having gotten the full 1,000 achievement points for both respectively. I guess I've easily logged a combined total of over 1,000 hours of play time with the franchise.
Now that's out of the way, I'm a bit disappointed with FM4. I mean, I like the tweaks to the physics i.e. steering, tire flex, suspension etc and the graphics look great but this game just feels like FM3 with a new skin and a few more bells and whistles. I was tuning my first car last night and saw that the parts were all the same still, which I can kinda understand since there are only so many parts you can buy for a given car but also the after market wheels were exactly the same. It was like wheel shopping in FM3. I wanted more to be different I guess. This brings me to my biggest grip. The tracks! Seriously, as if I didn't race the same damn tracks enough over the last 5 years!There's only a few new environments and I'll bet the house that they will introduce more "new" tracks as DLC in the future. Well, I wont be buying any of it. I spent my $80 on the LE edition already.
I still like the game and no doubt I'll spend a ton of time playing it. Forza is still, despite themselves, my favorite racing franchise of all time. I just expected "more". I wanted a new experience, like they promise in their slogan. What was it they said again? Was it "A new driving experience"? Yeah, don't try to convince me it's new by using a slogan that tells me so.
p.s. What's up with no Porsche in the game? And no, RUF isn't Porsche as far as I'm concerned. Did they lose the contract with Porsche?