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.
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.
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.
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.
Summary: Forza Horizon is an attempt to fit the tried-and-true Forza formula into the mold of an arcade-style racer, using a pop-culture-heavy festival theme to tie it all together. For all of the pomp involved, with fireworks constantly shooting off and bands playing in the distance, Horizon is at its worst when it tries to ape the festival culture and its best whenever it sticks to the actual racing.
Excerpt: The Forza series has been the pinnacle of racing games on Microsoft’s gaming box of wonders. This latest edition, Forza Horizon, aims to change the usual formula of realistic physics and painstakingly modelled cars around the world’s best race tracks. What we have now is an open-world racer set on the backdrop of a music festival in Colorado in the United States. We all know that the vehicles of choice for big music festivals are always Aston Martins or Bugatti’s.
Excerpt: takes you to a music festival in Colorado with open roads and an open world. With developers from Bizarre Creations, Codemasters, and other acclaimed racing developers, PlayGround Games is out to show people they are the next top-notch studio. They look to make the spin-off game just as successful as past iterations in the franchise.
Excerpt: Forza Horizon marks a departure from the simulation-based racing that has defined Turn 10’s series since 2005. It’s in the hands of a new studio--UK-based Playground Games, comprised of devs from a variety of other arcade racers--and it shows. Horizon is much more about exploration and less about re-creating the realism of the racing experience.
Pros: Sprawling and beautifully rendered Colorado, A fun arcade racer with Forza’s attention to detail, No shortage of fun content and great progression
Cons: Car handling sometimes lacks precision, Cheesy storyline, Looking for a traditional Forza game? You’ll be disappointed