Sprite This Down: Forza + Top Gear = BRILLIANT!
Thursday, September 01 2011 - Sprite This Down - by: born4this
Like a lot of things, I was late to the party with the British television series, Top Gear. Though I'm definitely not a "gearhead", I like cars as much as the next guy, and I've thoroughly enjoyed every episode I've seen so far. Being a fan of comedy, the thing I've enjoyed the most about the show is the hosts' charming personalities, especially the main host, Jeremy Clarkson, who has a very witty sense of humor. Both knowledgeable and funny, Jeremy is one of the most interesting people in the automotive entertainment industry.
Seventeen seasons in, Top Gear continues to be one of the most popular automotive shows on television, even recently inspiring an American version of the show on The History Channel.
If there's one thing that racing games have lacked (especially sim racing games), it's personality. The most recent racing game I picked up was DiRT 3, and as fun as it is, the commentary is rather boring. The voice actors are neither knowledgeable or funny, and most of what they say is related to your virtual career - providing information about what you need to do next, tips on how to successfully complete each event type, and plenty of encouragement when you win a race. Like John Madden in the Madden NFL games, I wouldn't be surprised if most players mute them or tune them out.
In the upcoming Xbox 360 exclusive racing game, Forza 4, Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson has joined forces with Turn 10 Studios to lend his voice and automotive knowledge to the Forza franchise. Personally, I couldn't think of a better way to improve this already solid series. The Forza games have done very well critically and commercially (Forza received a score of 92 out of 100 on Metacritic, Forza 2 received a 90, and Forza 3 also received a 92.) To me, this is like... icing on the cake.
In addition to Mr. Clarkson's commentary, Forza 4 will include a number of single-player and multiplayer modes ripped right from the TV show, including Car Soccer and Car Bowling, as well as other Top Gear related content not yet detailed. I'd say the team-up with Top Gear will make Forza a lot more entertaining. And though I think they already have, this addition could help them surpass Sony's exclusive sim racing franchise, Gran Turismo.
Checkout this video of Jeremy Clarkson's commentary for the Halo 4 Warthog, which will be featured in Forza 4 (the only fictional vehicle I know of in the game, so far):
Forza 4 is scheduled to be released on October 11, 2011. For more information about the game, visit www.forzamotorsport.net.
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