Butch, I like your write up, agree with most points, except being able to choose dificulty.Ok first impressions...
Graphics are good – it’s tidier than Forza 3, but you’d expect that from a game released 2 years later – better technologies etc, so thats a given.
Game play wise – there does seem to be a bit more realism in the driving, and it’s definitely easier to spin out in a high powered rwd car if you put the power on too soon, so good marks there.
The problem is in the Career mode – i just don’t get it. Instead of pick a championship, here’s your races, it’s here’s your track, pick a championship, for that ONE race. Makes it very convoluted. Less restrictions on what to use s well. For example, you’d have thought the America class E championship you could only drive American cars (makes sense right). Well no, its American tracks, but you can drive any car. Oh, and i could do without being forced to do the stupid Top Gear bowling in every championship season. I want to race, not do stupid gimmicks.
In 3, one of my favourite things was the levelling up system. Get a car up to level 5, then you don’t need to use it again. It allowed me to plan which races i was going to pick carefully, to get the cars levelled up without wasting credits. OK, maybe i was being a bit too geeky in that respect, but hell, it added an extra dimension to just driving round in circles. Now though, the cars don’t level up, but the manufacturers do, up to level 5. With each level you get a discount on any modified parts for that manufacturer, and on level 5, all modifications for that manufacturer are free, which for me, completely destroys the aspect of planning and being careful with resources.
Also, while I like the fact that you can pick which car you win when you level up from a selection, I HATE the fact that their already modified up to the maximum within their class. The computer decides which modifications to put on, and they’re certainly not the ones i would pick, but it gets an E class car up to 274/275 for example (max 275). All the cars you race against are modded in the same way, so good luck trying to find a nice even unmodified car race! It wouldn’t be so bad if you could remove all the existing modifications at once, but you can’t, and it doesn’t tell you which mods are applied, so if you want to return the car back to stock and do your own modifying, you have to search through all the modification choices to see which have been applied – it’s ridiculous.
Only really just started the career mode, but the opponent ability is rubbish. When you pick a random event you can set the opponent difficulty, but not in career mode, so for the tart of the game, if your a seasoned forza player, you’ll just destroy the competition far too easily.
I dunno, i feel like they’ve messed with it far too much for my liking. I’ll stick with it and see if it grows in me, but i wish they’d kept some of the better aspects of 3