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May 24, 2012

Forza Motorsport 4 – Porsche Expansion Pack Review

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5 Incredible
Retails for: $19.99
We Recommend: $19.99
  • Developer: Turn 10
  • Publisher: Microsoft Studios
  • Genre: Racing & Flying, Kinect
  • Released: May 22, 2012
  • Platform: Xbox 360
  • Reviewed: Xbox 360

In the first real expansion pack to Forza Motorsport 4 comes the return of the Porsche manufacturer to the Forza series. While it was present in the first three games, licensing issues prevented the car manufacturer from appearing in the fourth installment. Having resolved those issues, Turn 10 has released a mighty addition to fill the gap in their racing game.

The Porsche Expansion is not part of the Season Pass package, and is stand alone. Doing the math, outside of the Season Pass each DLC was 560 Microsoft Points or $7 with 10 cars included. The Porsche Expansion comes with 30 cars for 1600 Microsoft Points, or $20. The breakdown of cars to dollars comes about even. As three DLC packs would give you 30 cars for $21, so the prices are comparative and not a “rip-off” when it comes to the wallet. There is no way to buy the Porsche’s separately as you can with the other DLC packs.

Unfortunately, there is no AutoVista for any of the Porsche cars. Beyond that, nothing was skimped or spared as far as car detail, sound, or cockpit view – it’s all there as you’d expect. Another adverse side-affect to this Expansion, as is with all the DLC for the game is, the lack of funds to immediately purchase all of these vehicles to add to your collection. If you’ve been playing for a while, selling items in the Storefront or the Auction House, you’re likely to have all the money necessary to purchase all 30 cars. If not, then you have to work towards making that money to get your favorite Porsche.

Lucky for you, there are new events including a tier of 10 Porsche-themed series added to the Event List that the World Tour mode seamlessly integrates once you have a Porsche selected. Alternatively, you can jump into Rivals Mode where select events have a new Porsche-oriented challenges. For the first time with Forza DLC, there are new Achievements as well. Sad to say, they are 80% online focused. Though, they don’t look particularly difficult and could be achieved by playing with friends.

The Porsche Expansion does everything right, from the car selection to the detail of the individual car. If you’re not a fan of Porsche, outside of achievements and new events, there just isn’t anything for you – considering the new events require Porsches to be driven. If you are a fan, you’re in for a treat as you get the return of Porsche to Forza Motorsport and are getting a fair deal on the cars despite not being able to pick and choose what cars you want.

An Xbox 360 code was provided by the publisher for review purposes