Forza has been creating some of the greatest racing games ever conceived, and now they are taking the franchise in a completely different direction with Forza Horizon.
If you have every played any of the Forza Motorsport video games, then you know that these games are track racing games. While racing on a track is unbelievably fun, what about taking that Bugatti out on the open road? This is where Forza Horizon comes in.
(Check out the official trailer at the bottom!)
Turn 10 Studios, the creator of Forza, has teamed up with UK based Playground Games to create one of the most immersive driving games to date. Forza Horizon takes place in Colorado where the driver is attending the Horizon festival, a festival filled with cars, music and partying. The reason Turn 10 based the game around this festival was so they could make this game more about the automotive culture, allowing you to really see what it’s like to be the owner of a 2013 SRT Viper or Bugatti Veyron. Also, because the festival takes place in the middle of nowhere in Colorado, you are allowed to drive where ever you please. If you see something on the screen, you can drive to it.
The main goal in Horizon is to build popularity within the festival through wrecks, drifts, passing, top speeds, wins, and other driving feats. When you are at the festival you can buy more cars, customize your cars aesthetics and mod the engine. So those hooners out there who were worried about not being able to build up a Miata to take on F1 cars, don’t worry your sick fantasies can still happen.
One game comes to mind when reading about this game, and that’s Burnout Paradise. Burnout Paradise was an amazing game and I spent hours upon hours driving out it’s open world. The reason I compare the two games is because of their multiplayer features. In Forza Horizon, it seems you will be able to drop in and out of your friend’s game and tear up the festival with them or run them off of a cliff. Also, Forza will immediately compare your race times or top speed runs with your friends, giving you an on-the-fly leaderboard.
Unfortunately, you will have to wait until October 23rd in order to get your grubby hands on this game but the wait will be worth it. In the meantime, Turn 10 says they will be announcing what cars will be featured in Horizon over the summer. So hop on Forza 4 and get to practicing!