Forza 3 Guilt

When the next title in the Forza Motorsport series — Forza Motorsport 5 or FM5 for short —  was released a running conversation began among mates about the game, what we were all looking forward to, and the value (or lack thereof) of playing the previous titles in the series before playing FM5 if just to have the experience.

These are racing simulations with absolutely no story or campaign mode beyond the actual racing experience, so it is not like there is a need to play the previous games in order to be able to effectively play the most recent title.

Still there are some reasons to play the previous games – for example if you happen to be a committed and serious fan of auto-racing simulations, or a member of the Forza Faithful (though in the latter case why haven’t you played FM3 before??) that is good reason enough.

As I am known to be a fan of the series, I was asked – and because I am a fan of the series my response to those who asked me was to say “heck yeah you should play the previous games in the series!”

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Forza Rewards (rewards.forzamotorsport.net)

That enthusiastic response was actually given BEFORE the remembering of the newest loyalty program offered by studio Turn 10 (the creator of the Forza games) which is called the Forza Rewards Program, and just like it sounds, rewards players for playing the Forza Motorsport games.

Specifically FRP rewards players for whatever progress they made in pretty much ALL of the previous titles with the exception of the first game in the series, which was an Xbox original title and therefore has no Achievements or network save-related data associated to it.

Since the FRP system uses the network save and Achievements data to award points, it is quite obviously in a players best interest to have unlocked as many Achievements and goals in the games as possible.

The following criteria is used for the Forza Rewards Program:

Forza Motorsport 2 (500 Points Total)

  • Achievements (500 Points)

Forza Motorsport 3 (1,000 Points Total)

  • Achievements (300 Points)
  • Days Played (200 Points)
  • Miles Driven (100 Points)
  • Cars Owned (200 Points)
  • Driver Level (100 Points)
  • Paid DLC Owned (100 Points)

Forza Motorsport 4 (2,000 Points Total)

  • Achievements (350 Points)
  • Days Played (300 Points)
  • Miles Driven (250 Points)
  • Perfect Passes (50 Points)
  • Cars Owned (250 Points)
  • Driver Level (250 Points)
  • Paid DLC Owned (250 Points)
  • Tokens Purchased (300 Points)

Forza Horizon (2,000 Points Total)

  • 1000 Club Challenges (200 Points)
  • Cars Owned (150 Points)
  • Miles Driven (250 Points)
  • Perfect Passes (50 Points)
  • Achievements (400 Points)
  • Days Played (400 Points)
  • Paid DLC Owned (250 Points)
  • Tokens Purchased (300 Points)

Forza Motorsport 5 (3,000 Points Total)

  • Achievements (500 Points)
  • Cars Owned (250 Points)
  • Driver Level (250 Points)
  • Paid DLC (350 Points)
  • Tokens Purchased (350 Points)
  • Badges and Titles Unlocked (400 Points)
  • Days Played (500 Points)
  • Miles Driven (350 Points)
  • Perfect Passes (50 Points)

The cumulative points that are gained via the above games add up to the Tier Level for the rewards system, which translates to a reward of credits and, depending upon the game, also a reward of cars.  As far as I can tell the games that have rewards from the Tier Levels are FM4, Horizon, and FM5.

Feelings of Guilt

So having made the recommendation to my mates the notion that the previous games in the series may have reached their official “End of Life” as far as Microsoft and Turn 10 are concerned just never occurred to me.

Seriously – and if it had, while I might have entertained the notion that the original Forza and perhaps FM2 might have reached that point, as I distinctly recall having recently seen brand new copies of Forza Ultimate 3 on the shelf at my local GameStop, the idea that FM3 might be in that nebulous and very unfair status again simply did not occur to me…

So imagine my shock and horror when my mate rang me up telling me that following my advice they had gone and purchased a copy of Forza Ultimate 3 ($29.99 new) and, after getting it home and installing it as per the onscreen instructions, were unable to use the download codes that came with the game because – wait for it – the game it seems has reached its End of Life and as such is no longer supported.

Which means that ALL of the game-related DLC has been removed from the Xbox LIVE Marketplace.  When means that NONE of the codes that are included with the game will actually work.

I did some digging and discovered that the so-called End of Life declaration went into effect in August of 2013.

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If You Got It You Still Got It

The really terrible part of this story is that while new players who are just discovering FM3 for the first time are basically locked out of the DLC (save for whatever appears on the companion disc for the Ultimate version that is) gamers who previously owned any of the aforementioned removed DLC can still download it whenever they like.

I know this for a fact because of an odd situation…

You see my original copy of Forza 3 was scratched by an evil cat who somehow got it out of its case and really did a number on it – and boy don’t I wish I knew what I did to the cat to make her do that to my game!

Because the disc was damaged to the point it was not playable, I too went and purchased a new copy of Forza Ultimate 3 – but when I tried to play the game all sorts of things went wrong!  Tracks only half-drew, some tracks would instantly show the bad disc warning, it was as if the disc I was using and the game installed on my hard drive were two different games!

Well, they were actually…   It seems that my game save and saved game were calling for memory locations that were wrong on the new game disc, and that was creating all sorts of problems – so I had to completely delete the installation of the game from my hard drive, at which point having done so I realized much to my horror that that included all of the DLC content!

Without expecting much to happen, I went to the downloaded content list on my 360 and the first one I found in this very ancient list was a car pack – a car pack that no longer exists on the Marketplace.  But you know what?  It downloaded just fine thanks.

For the record I was able to re-download the following DLC, in this order:

  • Hyundai Car Pack (Game Add-on)
  • Motorsport Legends Car and Track Pack (Game Add-on)
  • Community Choice Classics Sample (Game Add-on)
  • Forza Ultimate Sample (Game Add-on)
  • World Class Sample (Game Add-on)
  • VIP Car Pack (Game Add-on)

Needless to say I was shocked.  The content is not available to anybody who has a valid code, it is not available for purchase, but if you have previously downloaded it, it is present and available?

I can see how someone who has just purchased the game for the first time would find that to be more than annoying – they might find it to be insulting…

I know that I felt guilty all over again – having sung the praises of the game only to have it turn out this way.

So, and I know this will not mean much to you all, but I am very sorry for leading you all astray in suggesting that you purchase the game…  I know that you can still play the game (it is not broken) and that that bonus install disc has a lot of DLC content, but it is still not quite the same as what you were expecting – and having codes you cannot use must really rankle bad.

Sorry mates…

Recnef’s FM4 Status as of 5 July 2013

The following post and its contents was created to measure my standing in Forza Motorsports 4 as of the date indicated and was created at the request of one of my mates who I regularly play the game with – because they wanted to compare their standings with mine.

That being the case this is probably not going to be of much interest to you, but if you are curious or you also play FM4 and want to compare standings with me, well then hey, have fun!

FM4 Stats as of 5 July 2013 (0900GMT -5)

GENERAL STATS

  • Percentage of Career Complete: 33.5%
  • Number of Victories: 551
  • Number of Podiums: 552
  • Number of Races: 552
  • Number of Cars in Garage: 72
  • Total Winnings: 6,371,552 CR
  • Online Winnings: 2,347,458 CR
  • Garage Value: 39,390,300 CR
  • Garage Parts Value: 371,300 CR
  • Credits Earned in the Auction House or Storefront: 1,000
  • Credits Spent in the Auction House or Storefront: 50,000
  • Total Repairs: 61,137 CR

RECORDS

  • Number of Badges Earned: 177 of 491
  • Number of Titles Earned: 129 of 458
  • Number of Perfect Turn Scores: 1,232
  • Number of Perfect Drift Scores: 0
  • Number of Perfect Speed Scores: 373
  • Number of Perfect Draft Scores: 0
  • Number of Perfect Pass Scores: 8
  • Top Speed: 218.6 MPH
  • Average Speed: 86.8 MPH
  • Distance Driven: 5,629.76 Mi.
  • Distance Jumped: 90.5 ft.

TIME

  • Time Driven: 64h 49:17
  • Time Spent Test Driving: 00:00
  • Time Spent Editing Liveries: 11:20
  • Time Spent Upgrading: 01:26
  • Time Spent Tuning: 35:03
  • Time Spent in Autovista: 00:00
  • Time Spent in Storefront: 17:21
  • Time Spent in Auction House: 00:00
  • Time Spent in Menus: 4h 37:16

 

Manufacturer Affinity Levels & Personal Ownership / Garaged Car List

Note: When a ‘0’ appears under the Affinity (to the right of the manufacturer name) that means that I own and have driven a car in a race but have yet to actually acquire sufficient XP to gain a level of Affinity. Where no number is listed I either do not own a car of that make or have not driven it in a race to the point that a level of Affinity was acquired…

The Affinity and Garage List is organized by Country and then alphabetically.

AUSTRALIA

  • Holden: 4
    • 2011 #11 Pepsi Max Crew Commodore VE (100 CR)
  • Joss:

FRANCE

  • Bugatti: 4
    • 2009 Veyiron 16.4 (100 CR)
  • Citroen: 4
    • 2011 DS3 (100 CR)
  • Peugeot:
    • 2009 #9 Peugeot Sport Total 908 (100 CR)
    • 2011 #10 Matmut-Oreca 908 (100 CR)
  • Renault:

GERMANY

  • Audi: 4
    • 2009 Q7 V12 TDI (100 CR)
    • 2010 R8 5.2 FSI quattro (100 CR)
  • BMW: 4
    • #92 Rahal Letterman Racing M3 GT2 (100 CR)
  • Gumpert:
    • 2010 Apollo S (100CR)
  • Mercedes-Benz:
    • 2009 SL 65 AMG Black Series (100 CR)
  • Mini:
  • Opel: 0
    • 2003 #5 OPC Team Phoenix Astra V8 (100 CR)
  • Porsche: 19
    • 1970 914/6 (12,000 CR)
    • 1982 911 Turbo 3.3 (19,000 CR)
    • 1989 944 Turbo (6,000 CR)
    • 2010 Boxter S (23,000 CR)
  • RUF:
  •  Smart:
  •  Volkswagen: 6
    • 1992 Golf GTi 16v Mk2 (100 CR)
    • 2009 Scirocco GT (100 CR)
    • 2010 Golf R (100 CR)
    • 2011 Fox (100 CR)
  • Wiesmann:

ITALY

  • Abarth: 4
    • 2010 500 Esseesse (100 CR)
  • Alfa Romeo: 4
    • 1965 Giulia Sprint GTA Stradale (100 CR)
  • Bertone: 4
  • De Tomaso:
  • Ferrari: 4
    • 1967 330 P4 (100 CR)
    • 1968 365 GTB/4 (100 CR)
    • 1969 Dino 246 GT (27,500 CR)
    • 1984 GTO (100 CR)
    • 1987 F40 (246,250 CR)
    • 1991 512 TR (37,500 CR)
    • 1995 F50 (251,400 CR)
    • 1999 360 Modena (45,000 CR)
    • 2004 F430 (100 CR)
    • 2007 430 Scuderia (100 CR)
    • 2009 California (110,000 CR)
    • 2010 #83 Risi Competizione F430GT (100 CR)
    • 2010 458 Italia (100 CR)
    • 2011 599 GTO (100 CR)
  • Fiat:
    • 2010 Punto Evo SPORT (100 CR)
  • Lamborghini:
    • 1999 Diablo GTR (100 CR)
    • 2006 Miura Concept (100 CR)
    • 2007 Gallardo Superleggera (100 CR)
  • Lancia:
  • 1982 037 Stradale (100 CR)
  • Maserati:
    • 2005 #15 JMB Racing MC12 (100 CR)
  • Pagani:
  • Spada Vetture Sport:

JAPAN

  • Honda: 4
    • 1992 NSX-R (78,100 CR)
  • Mazda: 4
    • 2008 Furai (100 CR)
  • Mitsubishi Motors:
  • Nissan: 4
    • 2000 Silvia Spec-R (100 CR)
  • Subaru:
    • 1998 Impreza 22B STi (100 CR)
  • Suzuki:
  • Toyota: 4
    • 1985 Sprinter Trueno GT Apex (100 CR)

KOREA

  • Hyundai:
  • Kia:

NETHERLANDS

  • Spyker:
    • 2010 C8 Laviolette LM85 (100 CR)

SPAIN

  • SEAT:

SWEDEN

  • Koenigsegg:
  • Saab:
  • Volvo:

UNITED KINGDOM

  • Ascari:
  • Austin-Healey:
  • Aston Martin: 4
    • 2006 #007 Aston Martin Racing DBR9 (100 CR)
    • 2008 DBS (100CR)
  • Bentley: 4
    • #7 Team Bentley Speed 8 (100 CR)
  • Jaguar:
    • 1993 XJ220 (100 CR)
    • 2010 XFR (100 CR)
  • Land Rover:
  • Lotus:
  • McLaren:
  • MG:
  • Morgan Motor Company:
  • Noble:
  • Radical:
  • Triumph:
  • TVR:
  • Ultima:
  • Vauxhall: 4
    • 2004 VX220 Turbo (100 CR)

UNITED STATES

  • Acura: 4
  • American Motors / AMC: 4
  • Buick: 4
  • Cadillac: 4
  • Chevrolet: 4
    • 1960 Corvette (100 CR)
    • 1970 Chevelle SS-454 (100 CR)
    • 2004 #3 Corvette Racing C5.R (100 CR)
    • 2009 Corvette ZR1 (100 CR)
    • 2010 #99 Green Earth Team Gunnar Oreca FLM09 (100 CR)
    • 2010 Camaro SS (100 CR)
    • 2010 Corvette Grand Sport (100 CR)
    • 2011 #04 Chevrolet Racing Monte Carlo SS Stock Car (100 CR)
  • Chrysler: 4
  • DeLorean / DMC: 4
  • Devon: 4
    • 2010 GTX (100 CR)
  • Dodge: 4
    • 2008 Viper SRT10 ACR (100 CR)
  • Eagle:
  • Ford: 4
  • 1970 Mustang Boss 429 (100 CR)
  • 1973 XB Falcon GT (100 CR)
  • 1987 Sierra Cosworth RS500 (100 CR)
  • 2009 Focus RS (100 CR)
  • 2010 Shelby GT500 (100 CR)
  • GMC Truck / GMC: 4
  • Hennessey:
  • Hudson:
  • Hummer: 4
  • Infiniti:
  • Jeep:
  • Lexus: 0
    • 2009 IS F (100 CR)
    • 2010 #1 Petronas Tom’s SC430 (100 CR)
  • Lincoln:
  • Mercury:
  • Mosler:
  • Oldsmobile:
  • Panoz:
  • Plymouth:
    • 1971 Cuda 426 HEMI (100 CR)
  • Pontiac: 4
  • Rossion:
  • Saleen:
  • Saturn:
  • Scion:
  • Shelby:
  • SSC:
  • Tesla:
  • Viper:

Note: Cars with a value of 100CR were either received as gifts from Turn 10, received as rewards, or other special sources and thus have a fixed value of only 100CR. Most if not all of the cars so designated are locked from trading/gifting to other players as well.

Note: I was one of the unlucky gamers whose save ended up getting corrupted after I had pretty much completed the main game play through and unlocked most of the Achievements, so what you see now status wise is what I have after restarting anew.  Yeah, it was painful, but what can you do?