Excerpt: The horizon expands. Ah, the open road, the wind carving around the body of the car like a slice of time, that tranquil spell between man, machine, and nature speeding past. It seems that for every commercial selling the sheer horsepower of a car powering around a racetrack, there are two more selling the promise of a car effortlessly gliding down curved roads along a coastline. The destination doesn't matter so long as the peace of a casual drive remains undisturbed.
Excerpt: Mature-Gaming reviews Forza Horizon and explores whether this open world experience stands up to the quality of its predecessors. The Forza Motorsport franchise has become synonymous with pure racing, taking Turn 10′s passion for cars and speed and providing, through its four, releases a package that can only be labelled as the best of class in the racing sim environment.
Summary: I've been trying to peg Forza Horizon since its announcement earlier this year, but Turn 10 and Playground Games never gave it to us straight. Is it more of a racing sim? Or a casual, arcade-style thing? Somewhere in-between? Now that I've spent some quality time with the game, I can give it to you straight. Forza Horizon is an open-road (like open-world for cars) racing playground.
Excerpt: It’s April, which means the release of another car pack for Forza Horizon. This month it’s the ‘Top Gear Car Pack’ featuring six new downloadable cars, all of which were handpicked by the Top Gear Magazine team and Turn 10 Studios developers.
Conclusion: Forza Horizon is not simply a great racing game; it’s a great game in general. From the handling to the visuals and sound, from the tweaking to the reward system, Horizon has everything it needs to be an enjoyable time. It may lack the challenge and depth that fans of the core Forza series know and love but if you’ve admired the Forza Motorsport games from a distance (like me) then do yourself a favor and play this amazing game.
Forza Horizon: February Jalopnik Car Pack (Xbox360)
17 February 2013
Excerpt: With decades of passionate car culture in mind, combined with petrol heads’ constant obsession with car tinkering, is was no surprise that consumer and industry motoring news website Jalopnik worked together with Turn 10 Studios to create the Jalopnik downloadable content car pack for Forza Horizon, which features a wonderful, crazy mix of cars that you would expect to find in the site’s columns such as ‘Nice Price or Crack Pipe,’ or ‘Hoon of the Day.
Excerpt: Forza Horizon is a mixture of a music festival, and a racing event. All of this gets rolled right into one. We get up into Colorado, listen to the radio and find out there are ten slots left. So it is drive like crazy to get one of them. From there we start to compete in events. The better we do, the more we unlock.
Excerpt: Microsoft Studios has given us some legendary gaming titles. We initially learned to drive virtual cars with Microsoft’s Midtown Madness, we crushed several dynasties and emperors in the Age of Empires, flew a Boeing, drove the world’s fastest train and what not! And, now it’s time to set the streets of Colorado on fire, as the festivities begin with Microsoft’s Forza Horizon game for Xbox.
Excerpt: Microsoft Studios has given us some legendary gaming titles. We initially learned to drive virtual cars with Microsoft’s Midtown Madness, we crushed several dynasties and emperors in the Age of Empires, flew a Boeing, drove the world’s fastest train and what not!