When I first set my eyes on some of the Forza 3 leaked images, one thing caught my eye. There was an outline of a SUV on the vehicle select screen. Tonight, Turn 10’s bi-weekly announcement blog made it official. SUVs confirmed for Forza 3. That may sound like the least interesting thing in the world to some of you. Understandable even though you’re wrong.
As explained in one of my blogs, I love challenging myself in games like these. A heavy, tall vehicle is going to be new, hard, and suh-weet; especially down some winding Italian road. It’s going to be fun just seeing how they’ll be able to compete with the Ferraris and the Lamborghinis that will probably climb the leader boards within the day.
Fortunately, these aren’t your typical Cadillac Escalades or Hummer H2s. American trash, if you will. These are sports luxury SUVs; bred to climb a muddy road with ease and style. We have the Land Rover Range Rover Sport, the Mercedes Ml63 AMG, the BMW X5 xDrive 4.8i, the Audi Q7 V12 TDI, the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, and the Volkswagen Touraq R50. Doesn’t this list make you mad, environmentalists? Your tiny green hearts must be throbbing with rage.
All the vehicles will be fully upgradeable like their sports car brethren, so you may be able to tune that X5 into one bad mother. It may even be formidable opponent to its skinnier and much more nimble sister - the BMW M3.
There may be some whiners in the house tonight. That won’t be a surprise. SUVs in a serious racing game like this seems a bit sacrilege. The great thing about it all is that Forza 3 is quickly becoming the thing Turn 10 set out to do. It‘s a celebration of all things cars.
There are also a few other screenshots of some sports cars and luxury cars newly released today. Go check ‘em out on Forza’s website. Employ self-control. There’s a lot of car porn on that site.