Jeremy Clarkson to lend his voice for Forza 4

If long down-time periods between Top Gear UK seasons keep you from getting your usual dosage of Jeremy Clarkson, you can now resort to another source…that is if you have an Xbox360 and Forza 4.

Top Gear UK and Microsoft have been working together create a partnership between the pokey British motoring show and Forza Motorsport, one of best critically acclaimed racing simulators money can buy.

As part of the partnership, Jeremy will write and vocally record his own witty takes on a series of cars, from the likes of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG to the McLaren F1. In a recent demonstration of some of Forza’s new features like Jeremy’s reviews, Dan Greenawalt, a spokesman for Turn 10 Studios or the developer of Forza Motorsport 4, played a soundbite that consisted of a voiceover review of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. Then at the touch of a button on the Xbox360 Controller, Greenawalt cut off Jeremy’s review. If you were to do that to Clarkson himself in the flesh, he would probably cut your face off.

Additionally, another new feature for the next version of Forza is AutoVista, which Greenawalt says is a virtual car showroom program that allows players who have Xbox360 Kinect controllers to open car doors, examin the wheels and look under the hoods.

“We thought about how people want to interact with cars, to move around one, open the doors, kick the tires,” said Mr. Greenawalt. “Our goal with this is to turn gamers into car lovers, and car lovers into gamers.”

Forza Motorsport 4 is pegged for a release date of October 11th in the US.

– By: Chris Chin

Source: NYT