Forza Horizon 4: The Review

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“If everything seems under control, you’re not going fast enough.” – Mario Andretti

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Forza Horizon 4 is the next chapter in the open world Horizon series from Playground Games, published by Microsoft Studios. While the game play is relatively similar to that of other Horizon games, the biggest addition to the game is seasons. Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter rotate weekly after you complete the tutorial. Each season creates a unique feel to the world you drive through. The weather isn’t stagnant either. During winter, snow will fall at different rates, and there are varying amounts of coverage on the ground. The world around you is dynamic and built solidly. The map size is comparable to Forza Horizon 3’s map of Australia with recreated landmarks throughout. The world does not feel empty.

Forza Horizon 4: The Review

Float like a Cadillac, Sting like a Beemer

There are 450+ vehicles to collect and drive in Forza Horizon 4. Exotic, domestic, muscle, off-road, one-seaters, lemons, and race cars all make appearances on the car list. Cars are ranked from common to legendary, and while you can purchase all of them after earning enough credits, you can also win them from Wheelspins. Wheelspins are slot machines that spit out prizes ranging from clothing for your driver, to horns, to credits, to cars. You don’t always want everything you win from a Wheelspin, but I won plenty more times than I feel I lost. Driving each car is different, especially with the seasonal changes. Driving the same car in different seasons is different. It is fantastic.

There are 101 ways to tune and design your car. That is to say, no two cars are alike. Choose to build the car your way, or browse through tunes and liveries (car designs) others in the community have made. You purchase builds with in-game currency. The only transactions that cost real world money are the ones for car packs that you can buy through the Microsoft store. Car packs are common practice for Forza games, so this is nothing new. Collect the cars you want, build them how you want, and pit them against the world.

Forza Horizon 4: The Review

3… 2… 1… GO!

Racing in Forza Horizon 4 is smooth. Unless you’re doing a cross country race. Or a trail race. Or taking a shortcut through the woods. Or racing against me. Racing on pavement feels good. You know when you’ve left the road, and when you have steadied your ride. Cross country races, danger zones, and shortcuts through high density foliage feel good too. It should be noted, you can’t drive through all of the trees; some of them don’t break.

Racing is set up so that you can race on your own, against friends, or against the world. There are 72 players per server, so there are plenty of drivers to test your mettle against. Connecting with friends in-game is so simple, and I had no issues getting into, or having friends join my game. We were able to do races together and earn influence (like experience) and credits no matter whose game we were in. It didn’t matter what difficulty level we played at either. I was playing on an easier difficulty than a friend, and we were able to race together on our own levels. Invitations to races other players on the server started were easy to accept, joining was easy, and gameplay was smooth.

Verdict

Forza Horizon 4 builds on the successes of its predecessors. Driving through the game world feels great. Playing with friends isn’t a hassle. The changing seasons add another dimension to the game world AND gameplay. They aren’t just aesthetics. There are the races, which vary from circuits and sprints, to drag and street, cross country and dirt, to speed zones and Showcases. There are decent amount of showcases, which are races that you drive a specific car, against a specific vehicle. Those range from planes, trains, and hover craft. My favorite was the Halo themed one, where you drive a Warthog as Cortana says some of her lines from the games. If you have Xbox Game Pass, it’s a must play.

No bugs, fast cars, prizes, and a plethora of things to do make this one of the best racing games I’ve played. 9/10 

The only reason it’s not perfect, is that there is no story mode. To clarify, there are a couple of side stories like the Stunt Driver, which are really well done, but there isn’t a main story to tie everything together.

Have you played Forza Horizon 4? Let us know what you think in the comment section below!

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