The game has been out for a few weeks now but our review copy got here late, SEMA came, and even MW3 is now out but at the end of the day I have been so busy playing this game that writing about it hadn’t even crossed my mind. Now I am under the weather and covenantally have plenty of time to play Forza 4 and right up a review! While many websites will talk about “career” mode and all this other stuff but we are going to take a focus on drifting.
The greatest thing about drifting in the game from a customization/individualism stand point is you have many options on what you would like to drift. You can slide with stock cars, Pro Am cars, made up wraps, and almost every D1GP and Formula Drift car ever created. You can see one of our writers “CobraTuner” drifting a Ross Petty Rasta S15 in the photo above which can be found in the storefront.
Certain AWD cars like the Nissan Skyline are even able to be converted into RWD from the standard AWD drivetrain. Many cars are allowed to do engine swaps within the OEM of the car you are driving. So sadly no LS Chevrolet engine swaps into a 240sx in this game just yet. The storefront is already loaded with amazing real world replicas. A tip to finding them quickly is enter in manual keywords in design search for “D1GP” or “formula d.”
From a drivability stand point things are a little smoother in this game from Forza 3. The e-brake system has an all around better feeling and the car can produce much more angle before spinning out. Sadly your reverse entry will still count as a spin according to the Drifting HUD but it will look awesome on Xbox Live in front of your friends while in tandem. The extra steering control and ability to bring the car back past the point of no return with a good suspension setup is really a great addition to the game.
One quick note is the Drifting HUD can still be turned on at anytime during gameplay but it has been moved location wise. In Forza 3 a tad of the D-Pad would throw you into drifting mode instantly. Now (and annoyingly) you have to press pause, and select the HUD button. Once you get the HUD menu to pull up please scroll all the way down until you see DRIFT HUD. You can turn this on which will eliminate lap times and pull up drift scores. This can be turned on/off at anytime.
One last huge addition to drifting in Forza 4 is the new section in community called “Rivals.” Go all the way over to the left in this menu option and you will find the Drift Zone section. You can do drift battle on 10 tracks with Xbox Live friends and the community for bounty points. The options range from real tracks like Road Atlanta to the fake mountain pass of Japan Fujimi Kaido.
One of our most popular threads of all time on our website is our Forza 3 drift tune for a Nissan S13 wrapped in Dai Yoshihara’s Discount Tire car. If you would like to send us an awesome drift setup through our contact form we will put them to a test and make some great posts on the website with our tunes. You will receive full credit and some promotion for your storefront allowing you to sell goods to all our fans! Be sure to drop your storefront gamertag in the e-mail contact to get credit. Let us know what you think of the new and improved Forza Motorsport 4!