Forza Motorsport 4
By Brett Molina,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Excellent racing sim that's easy to play but has open chat.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Sometimes, driving aggressively is required to win races, so players may do things such as bump other cars to gain an edge. Also, the consequences of crashing are not represented realistically so children could come away with an unrealistic expectation of what happens in a crash.
Positive Role Models
Since driving aggressively is encouraged, this game doesn't offer great role modeling, but it is up to you as a player to determine your driving style.
Ease of Play
The beauty of this game is it can be tailored to fit any comfort level. Players can use motion controls to simply steer cars, or enter more complex options that involve fine tuning your car. The default controls are simple as well, and the game starts with a tutorial race to help players adjust.
Violence & Scariness
There is some bumping of cars while racing and crashing, but no one is seriously hurt.
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Products & Purchases
Many car manufacturers are represented, such as Toyota, Honda and Ford. Players will also spot billboards and other advertisements.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Forza Motorsport 4 is a straightforward racing simulation. Players participate in several races and other events such as "hot lap" challenges to unlock more cars and boost their driver's experience. The game features crashes but the results are unrealistic, which could leave young kids with the impression that crashing isn't dangerous. The game is playable online with open chat, which can expose kids to unmoderated commentary.
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What’s It About?
FORZA MOTORSPORT 4 is a racing simulation where players get behind the wheel of countless cars and participate in races and world championships. After each event, players will gain driver experience and affinity points for manufacturer loyalty. Outside of World Career mode, an Autovista mode lets players explore cars more closely, while the multiplayer component allows players to race others online.
Is It Any Good?
Forza Motorsport 4 is a gorgeous, gratifying, and accessible racing game. The graphics are realistic and the variety in cars and tracks based on real locations around the world keep things fresh. But its flexibility with controls invites players of any skill level to enjoy and become enamored with sleek, speedy cars. Players can go from simply steering vehicles to taking full control, right down to fine tuning tire pressure and other specifications. Forza 4 is arguably the best racing title available.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about how the races here compared to real-world races. What makes them similar or different? What are the consequences of crashes here versus in real life?
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- Platform: Xbox 360
- Available online?: Not available online
- Publisher: Microsoft Studios
- Release date: October 11, 2011
- Genre: Racing
- Topics: Cars and Trucks
- ESRB rating: E
- Last updated: August 29, 2016
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