• Dec 8, 2009

Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4 SuperVeloce, part of the Forza 3 Hot Holidays DLC – Click above for image gallery

So, you think the new Forza 3 is pretty awesome, huh? Well that's because it is. But it's about to get a little bit awesome-er thanks to the combined miracles of the holiday season and the internet.

That's right, the internet is the modern equivalent of Santa Clause – just as tangible and bearing more gifts – and here's what it's got in store for us this year: the Hot Holidays DLC Car Pack from Turn 10 Studios, the game company behind the Forza Motorsport franchise.

The package includes ten new cars, and Turn 10's already confirmed eight of them (one for each night of Hanukah, if you ask those dreidel-spinning journalists among us): the 2010 Audi S4, Nissan GT-R SpecV, Ferrari 599XX, Ferrari 458 Italia, Mercedes SLR McLaren Stirling Moss, Lamborghini Murcielago MP670-4 SuperVeloce, Jaguar XFR and Porsche Panamera Turbo, plus two of the most devastating Le Mans prototypes – the #2 Audi R15 TDI and #007 Aston Martin Lola. (All links go to gallery of screen shots.)

The car pack is downloadable as of today (December 8) for 400 Microsoft Points directly on XBox Live, a magical place (headquartered at the North Pole, we gather) where no one gives a hoot if you've been naughty or nice. Check out the video after the jump and the screen shots in the gallery below, then try to figure out which car you're most stoked about taking for a virtual test drive.



[Source: Forza Motorsport]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      Gran Turismo is the original simulator. It inspired every racing game out there. Without GT, there is NO Forza...even Greenawalt admits that.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Wandatin,

        I didn't say PD invented the genre; I said it inspired all other console racing games since. GT introduced concepts never seen before in racing games, and Forza built over what GT had founded, not the other way around.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Exactly what Wandatin said.

        While I love Forza3, and have since I picked up my preorder on launch day, I am under no illusion that either Forza or Gran Turismo are simluations. They're serviceable at best, but I challenge anyone who want's to say they're true to life to play rFactor on the PC without any assists.

        THAT, is a simulation.
        • 5 Years Ago
        **********

        The Hit said:

        Gran Turismo is the original simulator. It inspired every racing game out there. Without GT, there is NO Forza...even Greenawalt admits that.

        **********

        Sim racing existed for over a decade on the PC before it ever reached consoles.

        REVS came out in 1986, and Papyrus' Indianapolis 500: The Simulation in 1990. Both for the Commodore 64.

        By the time the original Gran Turismo was released, Geoff Crammond's Grand Prix series was already on it's second version. Papyrus in addition to the Indianapolis 500 had also released 2 versions of it's IndyCar racing series, 2 version of it's NASCAR racing series, and then it's grand daddy Grand Prix Legends just a couple of months later.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The XBLM (website anyway) is down, it would appear...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm disappointed that the 2010 Mustang wasn't in there or the GT500, but it's still a great game better than the competition.
      • 5 Years Ago
      cool!! overall, a really nice car pack. there are wayyy too many cars to chose from, but i think that T10 chose a nice set of cars for the fist car pack.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's Santa Claus, not Santa Clause.

      And these aren't gifts, the pack costs $5.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Forza Motorsport 3 is a racing simulator video game developed for Xbox 360 by Turn 10 Studios. The game includes over 400 customizable cars from 50 manufacturers and over 100 race track variations. Look at the video Teaser here: http://www.techarena.in/video/21181-forza-motorsport-3-hot-holidays-dlc-teaser-trailer.htm
      • 5 Years Ago
      on the video, you can see bad polygon smoothing, or just bad polygon work around Lamborghini's logo on the bonnet. look at reflections.
      • 5 Years Ago
      did they even drive any of these cars to actually see or render them as realistic in this game? Seriously when did they get the opportunity to take one of those LeMans cars for a spin, let alone get all it's specs and tuning together. It takes a LOT of time to accurately depict one car, i have a feeling that these cars will handle a lot alike but with subtle differences and sound. I would love to hear the sound of the R15 compared to the Aston Martin Lola LMR. I bet the R15 is just as loud, when in real life the diesels are relatively quiet compared to the wailing V12 in the Aston. And what's up with the choppy photos? The cars lack realism. The look is cartoonish. Compare the shots here with shots at gtplanet.com of early GT5 screen shots and you can see the difference in attention to detail.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They were probably developing these cars for a while now... just didn't have them finalized at launch date. I find the physics in Forza 2 or 3 to be supperior to those in any other driving game...

        The cars look like that because these screenshots are actually from an XBOX360 running the game in real-time @ 60fps. While the screenies of GT5 look like they were rendered on a quad-gpu-uber-pc running the game with 2048x2048 textures and 16x anti-aliasing and anistroping filtering... not something the PS3 is capable of (just don't tell me Sony doesn't do that on a regular basis).
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well, instead of commenting on a youtube video and comparing it to heavily rendered marketing shots from a non-shipping game, go play Forza Motorsport 3 on an XBOX360 hooked up HDMI to a real HD TV and come back and comment.

        It certainly looks good on my 42" plasma at 1080.

        When GT5 actually comes out and I can play it, I'll get back to you about that.

        As far as playing a game, I am not addicted to polygons and shading. I want to have fun playing the game. I have had a lot of fun with the career mode races on Forza 3 and upgrading the cars. The event list is huge and I have completed about half the events and done some limited online play. I have also gotten a bunch of free cars as a VIP member, they pretty much send out one or two a week.

        I made a video or two and uploaded it, but it really doesn't do the game play justice.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The cars look good and for the most part sound good. Honestly, there's little to complain about there. Now the tracks look substandard at times (but not nearly as bad as Forza 2) and the effects are a mess, you can see the shadow under cars in front of you freak out, going from sharp to fuzzy and back at times.

        If you are just buying this to look at rendered cars, maybe you could be disappointed. If you're buying it to drive them and the graphics just have to be convincing enough to keep you involved, you should have little to complain about.
        • 5 Years Ago
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        freshseth83 said:

        did they even drive any of these cars to actually see or render them as realistic in this game? Seriously when did they get the opportunity to take one of those LeMans cars for a spin, let alone get all it's specs and tuning together.
        **********

        I can't speak to the accuracy of the LeMans cars as I've never driven one, but I do know that they invited Stephane Sarrazin to their studios to give his input on them. While testing the game, he ran a 1:06.7 around the Circuit De La Sarthe. His actual time in his Peugeot 908 LMP is a 1:06.5. So there would appear to be at least some accuracy to it.

        Oh, and Stephane came out to our local go-kart track later that day and ran some laps. I thought that was pretty darn cool!

      • 5 Years Ago
      Yeah I think I'm just going to have to go ahead and get a Xbox 360 and get Forza 3. Friend of mine at work has it and he says it's great. I've got a PS3 and I loved GT5P. Still play it occasionally.

      How does the Mircosoft points thing work?
        • 5 Years Ago
        @BLIZZARD

        I don't race online either. In fact I just recently figured out how to hook my PS3 up online to receive a much needed patch update for Need For Speed Shift.

        So the points are something that you have to actually purchase instead of earning them?

        Then why don't they just say this pack is $12 or something like that?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yup... Until Logitech brings their wheels over to the 360 Im not dropping anything over $100 (which is what I paid for the MS Wheel) for a new wheel... Despite the complaints about the MS wheel, I think it works perfectly fine... It's not as solid as a G25 or Momo but its no where near the price tag either. You get what you pay for and unfortunately there just isn't a big variety for the consoles when it comes to wheel options.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Forza 3 is super addicting. Not really a fan of the online play, due to some of the idiots who try and ruin it for everyone, but overall it's probably my favorite game next to the Call Duty 'Modern Warfare' series.

        You have to purchase points either thru the XBox itself, the Xbox web site or via cards you can find in stores like Target, Game Stop, Amazon, etc. I just purchased 1000 points which cost $12.50. Sometimes you'll find the cards on sale but I think it's kinda rare.

        The new DLC is great and I'm diggin' the new cars they added.

        Oh, and a message for any potential Forza 3 players: Try your best to find the VIP/LCE edition as that's the only way you'll be able to 'drive' the ZR1, F430 Scuderia, Gallardo Superleggera and more unless you buy them in an online auction.

        /geek rant over
        • 5 Years Ago
        You pay money for points for a couple reasons. First, it allows currency exchange without messing around with international transactions (you pay $12.50 US for 1000 points, I pay $39.99 Canadian for 2800 points, blah blah) and it also psychologically disconnects you from the value of what you're buying. You're more likely to buy something for "400 points" after you put the points in your account six months earlier than if you put $5.70 in your account.
        • 5 Years Ago
        LS2LS7, that's a damn shame about the fanatec wheel.

        I was really toying with the idea of picking it up, and... I'm sorry for your misfortune, but glad I dodged a bullet. I will agree that there are no great wheels available for the 360, but, even the MS wheel makes the game much, much better than playing with a controller.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @why not the LS2LS7?

        The Forza forum is ripe with complaints about that Fanatech wheel. Everything from problems such as yours to problems with it passing through US Customs, to payment with non-delivery after almost a year, etc., etc.
      • 5 Years Ago
      all dlcs are ripoffs, making gaming worse
        • 5 Years Ago
        Their (DLCs) beauty is that you don't have to buy them. However, if you want more of the latest cars in a racing game, or more weapons, maps, quests, or whatever else... you could pay a little bit extra and get what you want :)
        Forza 3 is perfectly fine without these cars... but it's even better that they can be added.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Does Forza 3 and Gran Turismo 5 even compete to begin with? I mean sure they're both the top dogs on each respective console but in GT5 it's just a pretty basic simulator. You pick a stock car and race it against other stock cars. In Forza 3 you can swap engines, upgrade them with performance parts and then custom paint them in any way you wish.

      It seems the GT series would compete more with Microsoft's Project Gotham series where, like GT you just pick a stock, off the showroom floor, car and drive it on a track. Now I could be wrong about GT5, it's possible you could upgrade your cars and what not, I'm not 100% sure. But from what I know of the past few GT games, they're pretty boring and basic. I don't care how good the cars look graphically. If I can't get under the hood and tinker with them, I'm not interested.

      That's just my opinion though. Fanboys will just be Fanboys and the true gamer who really doesn't care can make up their own opinion on which they'd rather purchase. I'm just saying because of those features, F3 > GT5 IMO.
        • 5 Years Ago
        No, you're wrong. GT was the original tuning racing game and it still is one. It's not PGR.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Without GT, there is NO Forza...
      • 5 Years Ago
      @click_playaz - hell yeah, PS3 FTW, this stuff looks cartoony
      @tyler - come on, Gran Turismo is sooo much better
      @derek- hopefully they include the Cobra Jet 2, that car looks amazing
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