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Forza Motorsport 4



Excellent racing sim that's easy to play but has open chat.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

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.


There is some bumping of cars while racing and crashing, but no one is seriously hurt.

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Many car manufacturers are represented, such as Toyota, Honda and Ford. Players will also spot billboards and other advertisements.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

Families can talk 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?

  • How does the type of driving in a racing game compare to standard driving?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Microsoft Studios
Release date:October 11, 2011
Topics:Cars and trucks
ESRB rating:E

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  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 10 years old March 26, 2012


Amazing graphics and stunning scenery.Loads of cars to choose from.With this game u will never get tired!
Kid, 11 years old November 25, 2014

Amazing Game!

This game is amazing. I started playing Forza when I was 3! Kids can play on Single Player, not Multi-Player. I've played online and there's one person.. (It was on FM5) He was just a little annoying troller and people including me lashed out at him.. His rep! Hahaha..
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
Kid, 12 years old April 4, 2013


This game does not have unrealistic crashes. THERE IS A SETTING FOR COSMETIC DAMAGE AND REAL DAMAGE TO YOUR CAR it has great graphics and I love it


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