Summary: I bought the limited edition version of this because I really liked the 4th one. But after getting 5 minutes into the game, I wasn't sold. I'm one of those people that loves being at real race tracks, and this one had the street racer vibe way to much throughout the game.
Summary: I've always been a fan of the Forza franchise...well, not always. I started out as a die-hard Gran Turismo fan. GT3 was a spectacular game with more cars than I had ever seen in a single title. The controls were terrifically accurate, and the integration with the steering wheel was spot-on. I'm an XBox 360 user, though, and GT doesn't port to XBox.
Pros: Fun gameplay, sim-style that isn't quite as technical as actual sim, interesting world, expansive free-roam area
Cons: Half the cars are DLC and cost extra, repetitive car-specific challenges, limited control config, no split-screen racing
Summary: Forza 4 and Gran Turismo 5 are two of my favorite games this generation. So for me getting the next Forza seemed like a no brainier, I guess I should've done my homework. The team at turn 10 decided to go in a different direction with this game, they abandoned their simulation roots for an arcade style.
Summary: Was looking forward to this game. Got it and was just having a blast with it. Then I realized once I finished the main part of the game I was going to get bored really quick. And it doesn't take long to finish the main part of the game. It is a fun game and I did enjoy it a lot while I played it. Online is fun, but I'm not the biggest on doing online on any game for the most part. I thought buying the Limited Edition was a great idea.
Summary: NOT ENOUGH CARS AT ALL!!! <---biggest flaw. I believe this game is pretty fun. But compared to F4, it feels a lot more arcade like. The cars handle way too well.. Too easily. In Forza 4, you have to practice and practice to be good at driving a high HP RWD car. In Forza Horizon, you can sling around a 1000hp shelby like it's nothing. Drifting is also waaaay easier.. In Forza 4 you actually need to practice in a lot of ways. I also disliked the lighting cycle.
Quite fun, but several drawbacks. LCE isn't worth extra $$$
11 February 2013
Summary: I will review the entire game, but I'll preface with this....DON'T BUY THE LCE! It's a waste of an extra $20! For the handful of extra cars you receive, VIP status, and double XP in multiplayer, it's just not enough. Monthly DLC packs are $5 each. If you were to buy four of these you'd have better value for money. Most of the cars in the LCE are just cars that are offered in the main game with a different paint livery.
Summary: Note that I am NOT reviewing Forza so much in this review but merely the collector's edition of the game. The CE for Forza Horizons hasn't quite lived up to CE's of previous Forza titles. In the past we've gotten flash drives (pointless, yes, but they have purdy Forza graphics on them) and keychains (ditto) and even color booklets, soundtracks, etc. This one came with content. Content already in the game (I know this because the CE download was all of a few kilobytes.