Forza 4: Catch-All

MannishBoy wrote:
Unfortunately, you can't drive it It would be really cool if you could have Warthog races around the Nurburing. :)

Still, that is pretty damn cool.

Okay this whole no Porsche thing has reminded me of an old joke that is slightly NSFW (note I have heard different versions that replace Porsche with whatever other type of vehicle but Porsche was used in the first version I ever heard so that is how I remember it):

One day on a farm a horse falls into a mud hole and can't get out so he calls out to his friend the chicken for help. The chicken tells him to relax while she goes and gets the farmers Porsche (don't ask me what the farmer is doing owning a Porsche) and ties a rope to it and uses it to pull the horse out of the mud hole.

A few days later the chicken gets stuck in another mud hole and calls out to the horse telling him to get the the farmers Porsche to pull her out of the mud hole. The horse says that he thinks he can get her out without the Porsche and strandles the mud hole and tells the chicken to grab his thing and he pulls her out of the mud hole.

The moral of the story is: if you are hung like a horse you don't need a Porsche to pick up chicks

Rykin wrote:
Okay this whole no Porsche thing has reminded me of an old joke that is slightly NSFW (note I have heard different versions that replace Porsche with whatever other type of vehicle but Porsche was used in the first version I ever heard so that is how I remember it):

One day on a farm a horse falls into a mud hole and can't get out so he calls out to his friend the chicken for help. The chicken tells him to relax while she goes and gets the farmers Porsche (don't ask me what the farmer is doing owning a Porsche) and ties a rope to it and uses it to pull the horse out of the mud hole.

A few days later the chicken gets stuck in another mud hole and calls out to the horse telling him to get the the farmers Porsche to pull her out of the mud hole. The horse says that he thinks he can get her out without the Porsche and strandles the mud hole and tells the chicken to grab his thing and he pulls her out of the mud hole.

The moral of the story is: if you are hung like a horse you don't need a Porsche to pick up chicks ;)

Nice. I have always heard it with a Vette. More appropriate for the joke than a Porsche;-)

Forza isn't picking up chicks, they are picking up gamers and car enthusiasts. Need Porsche!

The Warthog doesn't look great. It's like they glopped it up with a bunch of unnecessary extra doodads.

polq37 wrote:
The Warthog doesn't look great. It's like they glopped it up with a bunch of unnecessary extra doodads.

I think it looks more like a puma.

Gravey wrote:
polq37 wrote:
The Warthog doesn't look great. It's like they glopped it up with a bunch of unnecessary extra doodads.

I think it looks more like a puma.

+1

Oh no! For whatever reason I hadn't place my preorder and now Amazon isn't taking them for the Limited Edition. I can get it at Best Buy but it's $11 to get release day shipping and I don't get my WRX STI bonus. Booo.

LiquidMantis wrote:
Oh no! For whatever reason I hadn't place my preorder and now Amazon isn't taking them for the Limited Edition. I can get it at Best Buy but it's $11 to get release day shipping and I don't get my WRX STI bonus. Booo.

What? Are you telling me that for once Limited Edition actually means that there is a limited supply?!?!?!?!?! That is actually a refreshing change of pace

Yeah, sure. Enjoy your semantic win in my moment of grief.

But just to be clear, it's not like there will be no WRXs for anyone who doesn't order the LE. We can unlock or purchase it, or one of them, in-game, right? ...Right?

The WRX STI is Amazon's pre-order bonus, LE or Std. I honestly don't know what's different about it as I have to assume there's an STI in game. Maybe the bonus one is a 2012 and the normal in-game one[s] are earlier.

LiquidMantis wrote:
The WRX STI is Amazon's pre-order bonus, LE or Std. I honestly don't know what's different about it as I have to assume there's an STI in game. Maybe the bonus one is a 2012 and the normal in-game one[s] are earlier.

Sorry, Amazon pre-order bonus, that's what I meant.

Maybe it will just be like a Wal-Mart pre-order bonus, a regular WRX* re-skinned with an Amazon logo.

*I just can't call it an STI.

Gravey wrote:
LiquidMantis wrote:
The WRX STI is Amazon's pre-order bonus, LE or Std. I honestly don't know what's different about it as I have to assume there's an STI in game. Maybe the bonus one is a 2012 and the normal in-game one[s] are earlier.

Sorry, Amazon pre-order bonus, that's what I meant.

Maybe it will just be like a Wal-Mart pre-order bonus, a regular WRX* re-skinned with an Amazon logo.

*I just can't call it an STI.

I too would assume it is just a slightly different version of the standard WRX (can't call it an STI either) and as pointed out it is the preo-order bonucs not part of whatever BS they are adding on to make the LE version.

I haven't decided if I am going to pre-order from Amazon or just walk into Best Buy or Hastings and grab it on day one yet.

All this WRX talks makes me sad that I never got to drive my ex-brother-in-law's WRX STI. Not sure which year it was exactly, he said it was the last year before they switched to the new ugly body style (his words and my thoughts).

Rykin wrote:
All this WRX talks makes me sad that I never got to drive my ex-brother-in-law's WRX STI. Not sure which year it was exactly, he said it was the last year before they switched to the new ugly body style (his words and my thoughts).

Wait, I thought the point of the WRX's was that they are all ugly... Thought that was part of the charm.

They are bringing a Forza 4 demo to the ALMS race here at Laguna Seca this weekend. I'll be able to check it out and report. I might even go on Thursday (practice day) and see if they have it up.

I'm pretty sure that the Amazon specific car is the the 2012 WRX, but the game should still feature all the other Subarus found in previous Forza games (including the 22B and the '04, '05, and '08 WRX models). What annoys me is that the BMW 1M is exclusive to Best Buy, and there probably won't really be any similar models in the main game for that one (can't really say I care much about the other three retailer exclusive cars, though). However, there is still hope in the fact that a precedent was set with the Forza 3 preorder cars, which were eventually available to everyone as part of a DLC pack a few months later.

I will admit, however, that I am somewhat considering ordering a second copy from Best Buy (my first copy is on order from Amazon), since I do have a second Xbox and monitor that could be paired with a second copy of the game to provide a dedicated rear view or vanity camera.

EDIT: Oh, and also super bummed about the Porche news, but here's hoping for a post launch deal that will bring Porche in as DLC, or at least a DLC pack with a few more RUFs (the main game supposedly will only have 3 RUFs to begin with).

So, I went out to Laguna Seca today. Raced around the real track in a Z06 for a few laps...that was very fun. Had my 64 year old mom in the passenger seat. She almost lost it first time through the corkscrew, but she calmed down afterward. Hitting in a fast car does drop your stomach quite a bit.

Then I went to check out the Forza set up. Very nice looking booth. So I sit down to try out Forza 4 because there are Forza 4 signs everywhere. I start my hot lap and I am thinking "this really looks like Forza 3" and "this really feels like Forza 3" so I am very disappointed that Forza 4 is just like Forza 3. I get out of the seat and tell one of the girls that it seems no different from Forza 3. She says "Oh, well it is Forza 3."

Really? Forza 4 signs everywhere and yet you are running 3? She says they may have Forza 4 for their next event. Who hires promoters? I always feel like I could run marketing campaigns ten times better than those doing it. I think we all feel that way.

Maybe I am one of three people at the track that even know the difference. My lap time is #1 on their leaderboard right now, and I am slower than ThinJ:-)

MisterStatic wrote:
Maybe I am one of three people at the track that even know the difference. My lap time is #1 on their leaderboard right now, and I am slower than ThinJ:-)

Really?

I mean it's been ages. I figured all you more diehard racing game fans would have obliterated most of my times by now

Either way, I'm super jealous you actually got to spend time on Laguna Seca. That's frickin awesome.

That's odd. They had a big Forza 4 party back at E3 where it was playable. Maybe they haven't finished Laguna Seca?

MisterStatic wrote:
So, I went out to Laguna Seca today. Raced around the real track in a Z06 for a few laps...that was very fun.

My eyes are shooting Jealousy Lasers at you... through the internet.

MannishBoy wrote:
That's odd. They had a big Forza 4 party back at E3 where it was playable. Maybe they haven't finished Laguna Seca?

Yeah, good point. Maybe they are redoing all the ALMS venues, that would be good.

Farscry wrote:
MisterStatic wrote:
So, I went out to Laguna Seca today. Raced around the real track in a Z06 for a few laps...that was very fun.

My eyes are shooting Jealousy Lasers at you... through the internet.

Yeah, it was fun, not gonna lie. My GTI is fun out there but the Z06 felt great to lay it on coming out of Turn 11,

Thin_J wrote:

Really?

I mean it's been ages. I figured all you more diehard racing game fans would have obliterated most of my times by now :.

Well, honestly I spend a lot more time racing on the PC. I was just recalling how I couldn't beat you in the few races we did run. Forza is great, I don't know why we stopped.

LiquidMantis wrote:
Oh no! For whatever reason I hadn't place my preorder and now Amazon isn't taking them for the Limited Edition. I can get it at Best Buy but it's $11 to get release day shipping and I don't get my WRX STI bonus. Booo.

Wait, you mean Amazon did have the LE, but don't have it now? I don't know that I've ever seen it available from Amazon.

MisterStatic wrote:
Well, honestly I spend a lot more time racing on the PC. I was just recalling how I couldn't beat you in the few races we did run. Forza is great, I don't know why we stopped.

Honestly I think Elysium announcing on the podcast that nobody liked racing with me probably had something to do with my disappearance from multiplayer

MisterStatic wrote:
So, I went out to Laguna Seca today. Raced around the real track in a Z06 for a few laps...that was very fun. Had my 64 year old mom in the passenger seat. She almost lost it first time through the corkscrew, but she calmed down afterward.

Reminds me of this:

Therefore, that's how I'm going to imagine it.

That's funny, I showed my Mom that video before we went; made her pretty nervous. I didn't drive it that fast, however. That dude was flying. That is one of the funniest videos ever.

Just a reminder, if you've pre-ordered don't forget to let them know for bonus cars.

LiquidMantis wrote:
Just a reminder, if you've pre-ordered don't forget to let them know for bonus cars.

Oh I knew nothing about this, thanks.

P.S. I find it slightly worrying that they don't know how to correctly makes a mailto link

Rykin wrote:

Oh I knew nothing about this, thanks.

P.S. I find it slightly worrying that they don't know how to correctly makes a mailto link ;)

I wouldn't worry about it too much. They just happen to have a staggeringly incompetent website team. I am a massive Forza fan and I frequently subject myself to bouts of annoyance caused by all their website issues.

Serenj wrote:
I wouldn't worry about it too much. They just happen to have a staggeringly incompetent website team. I am a massive Forza fan and I frequently subject myself to bouts of annoyance caused by all their website issues.

I used to try to listen to their podcast, and they couldn't seem to keep the Zune feed working, not to mention the RSS feed. Only the itunes feed was up to date.