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Forza Motorsport 4 - Web Exclusive

A sneak peek

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Turn 10 Studio of Microsoft Studios has given us a sneak peek at the next installment of the highest-rated racing franchise, "Forza Motorsport 4." If you thought the evolution of the Forza Motorsports series couldn't get any better, guess again! The latest version offers a commonality between car enthusiasts and gamers as it forms one into the other. No matter your level of interest in cars, this game will be exciting and entertaining for any player.

"Forza Motorsports 4" seems to definitely be a contender in a lineup of items to lose sleep over. The mere 15 minutes of game play we had left us yearning for more. Graphics is, of course, more impressive than ever. Realistic graphics is achieved by implementing Hollywood-style camera effects and lighting. Players can truly absorb the graphical experience through the new Autovista Mode. Kinect offers players a near true-to-life experience here. In Autovista's virtual showroom, players can walk around, crouch down, or open the doors and hoods to take a detailed look at rare and unique cars of the world.

If you're not already subscribed to Xbox LIVE, here's yet another reason to. "Forza Motorsport 4" now offers even more of a way to connect with friends and the entire community. Players can create their own car clubs to compete with other rival clubs. Playing against friends is made easier as the ability to compete doesn't rely on both players being online at the same time.

Entertainment also seems to be never-ending with the witty repartee of Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson as he narrates through the specifications of the various featured vehicles. Below, you'll find more information on pricing, pre-order and on-sale dates. Get ready everyone-"Forza Motorsport 4" is something any car enthusiast just shouldn't pass up on.

Availability: Oct. 11, 2011, in North America; Oct. 14, 2011, in Europe; and Oct. 20, 2011, throughout the rest of world

Pricing: Standard Edition: $59.99 (U.S.)/€69.99/£59.99/¥6800 ERP Limited Collector's Edition: $79.99 (U.S.)/€79.99/£59.99

Product Overview: The highest-rated racing franchise of this generation returns. Unrivaled in its innovation and quality, "Forza Motorsport 4" pushes the racing genre forward, delivering the most stunning graphics ever seen on the Xbox 360 platform, radical experiences only possible with Kinect, groundbreaking social features through Xbox LIVE*, and a landslide of new content, cars and new ways to play. Launching this October exclusively on Xbox 360, "Forza Motorsport 4" is an entirely new automotive experience.

Features: Top features include the following:

Platform-defining graphics. "Forza Motorsport 4" sets a new graphical standard for the racing genre. Featuring dramatic Hollywood-style camera effects and an all new lighting engine, "Forza Motorsport 4" creates an unparalleled, dramatically realistic graphical experience - all running at a silky-smooth 60 frames per second.

Xbox LIVE showpiece. "Forza Motorsport 4" is making racing more social than ever. Create a Car Club and build the ultimate dream team of drivers, tuners and painters from the "Forza" community. Share your custom cars and dominate the other clubs. With the all-new Rivals Mode, play against your friends whether they are online or not by challenging them for bragging rights and rewards in a variety of different game types.

Industry-leading innovation with Kinect. Autovista Mode brings the automotive experience comes to life. Walk around the car in a virtual showroom, crouch down to look at the details, or open the doors and hood using the power of Kinect. Immerse yourself with Kinect Head Tracking, which pans the camera view based on how you naturally look into the corners when you're hard charging. Take the virtual wheel with Kinect as you sit on the couch with your friends and family - no controller required. You can even take advantage of Kinect voice control to easily navigate the game's menu.

More of what you love. With more than 80 manufacturers, the most in any racing game available today, "Forza Motorsport 4" features unrivaled diversity and more of the cars you love. The all new World Tour Mode boasts new tracks, unending choice and hundreds of hours of gameplay as you travel the globe with your favorite car. With the most accurate physics engine, cockpits and damage on every car and assists that allow even the most casual player to race, "Forza Motorsport 4" redefines the genre.

Limited Collector's Edition: Bundled together with a polished Steelbook™ DVD Case, the Limited Collector's Edition delivers the ultimate day-one experience. It includes a VIP Car Pack with five of the world's most elite supercars; the "Launch Bonus" car pack with five additional sport and luxury cars; a 10-car addon pack of American muscle cars; custom designed BMW cars from the "Forza Motorsport 4" BMW Design Challenge and VIP Membership status within the Forza community. Thanks to the creative partnership between Turn 10 and the makers of "Top Gear", the Limited Collector's Edition also contains a book titled "Cars of Forza Motorsport 4 Presented by Top Gear," written by the "Top Gear" team, and a vinyl sticker set featuring the logos of "Forza Motorsport 4," "Top Gear" and Turn 10. Visit http://forzamotorsport.net/en-us/LCE_ForzaMotorsport4/ for additional information.

Pre-Order Program: Fans who pre-order "Forza Motorsport 4" at U.S. retailers will receive a token to unlock one of five cars, while supplies last. Visit http://forzamotorsport.net/en-us/preorder.aspx for details. In addition, between now and the launch of "Forza Motorsport 4" on October 11, everyone who pre-orders will be eligible to receive special in-game gifts through the Pre-Order Incentive Program. Additional information on the program is available at http://forzamotorsport.net/enus/preorder_incentives_program/.

Accessories: With intuitive and approachable controls that make it easy for anyone to jump in and drive, the new Xbox 360 Wireless Speed Wheel provides even more ways to play "Forza Motorsport 4." An ideal accessory for racing game enthusiasts, it combines the realism and precision of a wheel with the freedom and convenience of a wireless controller. The wheel combines steering inputs with motion sensors to immerse the user in the game, providing an exciting racing game experience for novice and veteran gamers alike. The Wireless Speed Wheel will be available worldwide for $59.99 (U.S. ERP) beginning early October. For more information, visit www.xbox.com. Turn 10 Studios has also partnered with Fanatec to develop the "Forza Motorsport CSR" and the "Forza Motorsport CSR Elite" wheels for hardcore racing fans who demand nothing less than perfection. More details on the wheels are available at http://www.fanatec.de. Another option for "Forza Motorsport 4" players is the Wireless Force Feedback Racing Wheel from Madcatz, which also immerses players in the race like never before; for details visit http://www.madcatz.com/wheel.

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