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Forza Motorsport 4: Porsche Expansion Pack

Forza Motorsport 4: Porsche Expansion Pack
 

While the model might not be to everyone’s liking, there’s no denying Porches place in the history books when it comes to creating iconic sports cars,  the 1955 Spider, the 1973 Carrera RS 911 and the 2012 911 GT2 RS are to name just a few that carry the famous Porsche badge.
It’s understandable that fans of the German giant were left with a pain in the pit of their stomach when news broke that there wouldn’t be any Porsches in Forza Motorsport 4. EA held the rights to the Porches brand and there was no way in hell they were going to give it up, so that left Porsche fans with the RUF’s  to play about in and dream of what might have been, that is until now.

Sitting here in the Treehouse putting this review together, I am trying to imagine the series of meetings and phone calls that must have gone on between Turn 10  and EA executives over this issue. The image that keeps popping into my head is that Turn 10 took on the role of Mrs Doyle offering someone a cup of tea on Craggy Island, “Agh ya will”, and lots of “Agh go on then” and a healthy dose of “go on, go on, go on”. Who knows maybe even the promise of a fresh sticky bun? Whatever it was, it paid off. The Porsche Expansion Pack is now available to download for a princely sum of 1600 MS Points.

Turns 10 know how to deliver top rate DLC that’s for sure (see I even sound like a racing driver), but they have outdone themselves here. Not only does the pack contain some of the best tarmac shredders that Porsche have to offer like the 1982 911 Turbo or the eye melting 2003 Carrera GT but to keep things  balanced it also contains some of their more questionable creations like the 2012 Cayenne Turbo or the 2010 Panamera Turbo. All in all you’re getting thirty new cars to play about with. Twenty new career events specifically designed for the German sports cars with events like the Carrera GT Vs Enzo Challenge or the Nostalgia showcase, which pits pre 1990 models against each other, and two hundred and fifty gamer points up for grabs, which are all Porsche related of course.


The gameplay as you would expect from Turn 10 is spot on. The older models gleefully get their tails out like a dog staring at a butchers window while the more modern and powerful cars skilfully lull you into a false sense of security before they try to pull your eyes out the back of your head and then put them into your belly button. All of this action has been rendered beautifully and the cars look amazing thanks once again to Forza’s use of their IBL system. Then there is the soundtrack, be it the toe tingling roar of the normally aspirated Carrera GT or the chipmunk crushing sounds of a turbocharged 911, the noise coming out of these cars is enough to put a smile on anyone’s face.


So you painted your Porsche and feel like taking it online to show the world what you can do, well there are three specific Porsche events for you to take part in, the “Cycled Porsche” event where all 30 cars are available and track and cars change with each race. The “911 Decades” event is open to all the 911’s in the game, tuning, and upgrades are allowed in this event once it’s within the restrictions. Finally, the “Morden Porsche” event, this event sees you take control of a modern production Porsche up the level of S-Class car. As always, with Forza online the racing is tight, fast, fun, and frantic.


Now I will be honest, I’m not a huge Porsche fan, yes they make some amazing cars but they just don’t float my boat, or put petrol in my tank might be a better metaphor here. That was until I got this pack. What I found waiting for me after it was a huge world of fun and in keeping with Forzas core values everything is up for modification. Be it the humble Boxer or the 914/6, you can tweak and paint your dream Porsche until your little heart is content, then buy another one and do it all again.


If you’re a Porsche fan chances are you all ready have this pack and are enjoying it immensely, but what if you’re not a Porsche fan (like I was) is it worth shelling out for? The simple answer is yes, if you want to have the chance to own some of racing’s most iconic cars and complete that dream garage of yours. Simply put I have not driven anything else since I got the pack. For Sure!

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