Wednesday, 03 October 2018 16:06

REVIEW: Forza Horizon 4 (Xbox One)

Written by SuBZeRO
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The arcade racer style spin-off of the racing simulation series Forza Motorsport is back with Forza Horizon 4, and this time it’s heading to the UK.

Forza Horizon 4 kicks off by putting you into the driver's seat from the get go in the absolutely gorgeous McLaren Senna. Here is where you get a glimpse of how the seasons work in Forza Horizon 4 by starting on a sunny summers day, before the game starts cycling through seasons, giving you a taste of Autumn, Winter and Spring.

When you’re done experiencing what's to come, you’re offered a choice of three cars. Once you’ve made your decision, you head off to the pre-season race where your goal is to get enough points to qualify for the first season, which is Autumn. From here you’ll have 25 different campaigns to conquer keeping you very busy.

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Points can be earned by pretty much doing anything in Forza Horizon 4. Some of these include, participating in road races, rally races, cross country races, street races, and special over the top showcase events such as racing against a hovercraft, a train or a fighter jet. The better you place, the more points you’ll earn. Other then placing in races, you can also earn points for jumping off ramps, stunt driving (which there is also an event for), smashing through signs with points written on them, driving fast and furious, collecting cars and barn finds, just to name a few. You’ll never run out of ways to earn those sweet, sweet points.

Now, the beauty of Forza Horizon 4 is you’re always moving forward, everything you do counts towards the next big thing you want to unlock, the game never make you go backwards. You’re even able to go back and play any event again, and what’s even cooler, you can play back a race or event in any season you want.

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As far as tuning your cars go, vehicles can be tuned and tweaked any which way you like whether that’s modifying your cars with performance upgrades or just applying cosmetic touches to the body of the game's 450+ cars at your disposal. These upgrades and tweaks can be done using Forza Horizon 4's various currencies including, “influence”. Influence can be earned just by playing the game as well as streaming Forza Horizon 4 on Mixer. Also, the spinning wheel is back which lets you earn bonuses like rare cars, extra cash as well as clothing and emote options for your avatar.

As for the game’s physics, most people know this isn’t a racing sim like the Forza Motorsport series, instead everything is more toned down making it a more approachable game. Forza Horizon 4 won’t wear you down or punish you for tiny mistakes like what you may experience in the Forza Motorsport series. As for who you’ll be racing againsts, they are still controlled by "drivatars". These are AI race drivers trained on data from specific players, including your friends. You can also interact with these drivatars by complimenting their car, challenge them to a race or even invite them to your "convoy" to take on the game as a group.

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The online portion is connected more than ever before. "Forzathon Live" is where events pop up on the map encouraging players to work together to complete challenges. New challenges are available every day and week. On top of that each season change brings with it new seasonal championships and events. I found these live event pretty fun, driving around with other online players trying to complete challenges felt refreshing.

In conclusion, there doesn’t seem to be anything Forza Horizon 4 can do wrong. I had a blast playing and sheer amount of content the game has on offer will keep you coming back for more.

Additional Info

  • Review Score: 4.5 / 5.0
  • Release Date: Out Now
  • Platform: PC, XBOX ONE
  • Developer: Turn 10 Studios, Playground Games
  • Publisher: Microsoft Studios
  • Genre: Multiplayer, Racing