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.
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: The Forza Motorsport franchise has come to epitomize the racing genre in the last several years. Through meticulous, painstaking detail, the series has become a gearhead's virtual paradise. That level of detail and realism comes with a price, however. In crafting such an authentic experience, developer Turn 10 has forged a franchise that can be difficult for newcomers to pick up. Enter Forza Horizon. It's got the Forza name. It's got the Forza physics engine.
Conclusion: Purists may choose to stick with Forza 4 or another ‘serious’ racer like Grid, but Horizon’s new approach puts it easily in contention for the top spot among more playful racers like Dirt and Need For Speed.Purists may choose to stick with Forza 4 or another ‘serious’ racer like Grid, but Horizon’s new approach puts it easily in contention for the top spot among more playful racers like Dirt and Need For Speed.
Excerpt: Forza and its main rival Gran Turismo exist for a different audience than the casual boy racer: they’re for car enthusiasts who will happily spend hours tweaking their suspension and tyre pressure, or adding another layer of lacquer to their go-faster stripes. The problem is that many find that level of dedication pretty dull.