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Snymo
12-01-2011, 10:49 AM
Welcome to the Forza4 Online Racing FAQ. Please feel free to reply with anything you feel would be helpful to both beginners and veterans.

Controller vs Steering Wheel?
Almost everyone starts with the standard controller. A steering wheel/pedal setup is definitely nice and adds to the overall enjoyment/immersion, but there's no reason you can't play with just the standard controller that comes with the system. Don't let the lack of a fancy steering wheel setup keep you from joining the fun, as there's a lot to be said for just kicking back on the couch and racing with the standard controller - it has analog triggers for gas and brake, and the steering with the left thumbstick is really pretty intuitive and scales well for how much/little control input you're looking for.

If you decide to buy a wheel you have a couple of options. The Microsoft wheel is what most people use. It's cheap (in many ways) but it gets you up and racing easily and for the most part it works pretty well. Also, there's a high-end force feedback wheel made by a company called Fanatec (http://www.fanatec.com) that supports PC, XBox, and PS3, but it's not cheap ($300+) and requires a couple of extra purchases to actually be useful (like a $40 table clamp if you're not going to drill holes in your desk to mount it.)


What do I need to do to race online?
First, you will need access to an internet source. You can either plug in a CAT5 cable, buy the wireless network router or on the new systems WIFI is built in. Follow the directions in the main Settings menu of the Xbox console to setup your network connection. Once you have the network setup, you will need to purchase a GOLD membership (available in multiple formats from 1 month to one year). That's all you need to do to race online!


Who can I race against?
Here is the most current list of Xbox Gamer Tags (http://www.nasarockymountain.com/nasa_forums/showthread.php?t=3489). Just send a friend request to any of these racers and they will show up in your "friends" leaderboard both online and in the game (see more below). You will also get a message when you start the game if you have friends playing Forza and if you go to the Multiplayer menu you will be prompted to join a party (online race) if your friends are racing together.

A new feature in Forza4 is the Car Club concept. This allows you to join one online club, which gives you access to the Club Garage. The Club Garage is a selection of shared cars from other club members. Since there is no limit on how many people can share a car, this makes it very easy to get into online racing since you don’t have to build your own cars. However, only the car’s true owner can modify the car’s setup, upgraded options or paint scheme. So, if you don’t like how the shared car drivers or is setup, you will still need to build your own car.

Several of us are members of the [NARM] NASA Rocky Mountain car club. If you would like to join, send me a request either through Forza4 or you can PM me here on the forums or join us in the club discussion thread (http://www.nasarockymountain.com/nasa_forums/showthread.php?t=4978).

What new cars are available?
Forza releases downloadable car packs from time to time, called DLC cars. Each of these are available in the Marketplace option from the main Forza4 menu. Here is the complete list of download packs with the links to see what cars are available in each:
November Speed Pack (http://forzamotorsport.net/en-us/NovemberSpeedPackDLC/)
December IGN Pack (http://forzamotorsport.net/en-us/DecemberIGNPackDLC/)
January Jalopnik Pack (http://forzamotorsport.net/en-us/display.aspx?id=19327361355&blogid=71)

You can download each pack for roughly 560 MS Points (about $7 and MS points are not the same as game points). Or, you can purchase the Forza Motorsport 4 Season Pass (http://forzamotorsport.net/en-us/season_pass/) for 2400 MS Points (or $29.99), which allows you to download six DLC packs over the course of the next year. Do the math and it will save you money, but only if you want six of the packs that are released.

If you don't want to spend the money, you may still be able to get the "DEMO" version of the download pack. The DEMO includes only one of the available cars, which can then be "bought" in the game, but it also includes all of the "skins" for the other DLC cars in that pack. If you have not downloaded a DLC car that someone you are racing with is driving, you will see a VW Jetta! Don't let your P1 prototype get beat by a VW Jetta because you were too lazy to download the demo.


What NEW tracks are available?
Just like the DLC cars, there are DLC tracks available for TBD MS points (about $TBD) each. Here is the current list:
No car packs currently available

NOTE: If one person you are racing with online has not downloaded the track pack, you will not be able to select it and race there. For the money, it's worth getting as these are great additions to the out of the box tracks.


What cars do I need to build to race online with my NASA friends?
Here are links to each of the build threads for each class of "Spec" racing we are doing in Forza4. Please refer to each thread for more detailed information. As new classes are added, this thread will be updated with a link to the new build thread.

Forza4 Online "Spec" Racing Classes and discussion threads:
Spec Miata (http://www.nasarockymountain.com/nasa_forums/showthread.php?t=4971)
German Touring Series (GTS) (http://www.nasarockymountain.com/nasa_forums/showthread.php?t=4972)
American Iron (AI) (http://www.nasarockymountain.com/nasa_forums/showthread.php?t=4973)
Vintage Trans Am (http://www.nasarockymountain.com/nasa_forums/showthread.php?t=4974)
Super Unlimited (SU) (http://www.nasarockymountain.com/nasa_forums/showthread.php?t=4975)
Aussie V8 Supercars (http://www.nasarockymountain.com/nasa_forums/showthread.php?t=4976)
German DTM vs Japan JGTC (http://www.nasarockymountain.com/nasa_forums/showthread.php?t=4977)

Do I have to paint my "spec" race cars?
In short, yes! It makes it so much more fun when you have custom paint jobs on the cars and it makes it easier to know who is who as you learn who is driving what car. It can be as simple as adding a number panel or as intricate as modeling a real racecar, as long as it's your custom paint job.

In addition, you can purchase complete paint schemes and/or individual graphics using game credits. Then you can add these to your custom paint job. Some of these paint schemes and graphics are locked and cannot be edited so choose carefully. NOTE: cars with locked paint graphics cannot be sold in an auction so you will need to delete the paint scheme before you can sell the car.


How do I find my best times and my friends times online?
Go to Forza4 Leaderboards (http://forzamotorsport.net/en-us/community/leaderboard.aspx) and login using your Xbox login/password. From there you can view your placing against all players or just your friends and/or car club members (using the Sort By dropdown box above the results table). The only downside is that you can only see the fastest lap for a given class, so if you go run an A600 car and beat your A570 car's time, you will only see the A600 time until you beat it again. Any times preceded by an exclamation point indicate a “dirty” lap, meaning the driver got some advantage that helped them set that time. Advantages include cutting corners or even drafting behind another car so drive carefully to set fast times!

Snymo
12-01-2011, 11:26 AM
How can I change the "Difficulty" settings for the in game opponents (artificial intelligence cars)?

Did you know you can change how hard the computer cars (artificial intelligence) will race you? You can and it's pretty easy to change. There are four levels available: Easy, Medium, Hard and Professional. By default, I believe it's either set to Easy or Medium, but I can't remember for certain. However, if you are tired of the computer cars driving off track or brake checking you, try adjusting the setting to something harder. There are two ways to change the settings.

1) From the Event List menu (not the World Tour menu), press the Start button (right triangle) to modify the Assists/Difficulty level. In the Opponent Difficulty option, choose either Easy (+0%), Medium (+5%), Hard (+15%) or Professional (+25%). You can also choose the Opponent Upgrades, either Stock (-25%) or Upgraded (+0%). This determines if the computer cars will be stock, or have upgrades automatically included.

2) From the Race Event menu, choose the Difficulty option and select the same options as above. NOTE: This option is only available to events selected from the Event List and is NOT available with the World Tour races. However, I do believe that once set, the World Tour will follow the options selected in a single event race.

Keep in mind, that if you select to race with computer cars "upgraded", these cars will be at or near the limit of the class. So for example, if you were in a D-class race (max D350), you could expect to see most of the computer cars in the D325-D350 range and be upgraded from stock (similar to what upgrades would be applied if you put a car through the Quick Upgrade option yourself).

Also, as you move up in difficulty you will become a better online racer. If you can consistently win and drive clean (no damage deductions) against the computer cars in the "Professional" mode, you will have no problems racing just about anyone online! That's not to say you wont get or be punted occasionally by someone, but it sure makes online racing better when you can drive clean!