REVIEW: Forza Horizon on Xbox 360

08:45 18 October 2012

Forza Horizon

Forza Horizon

Archant

TAKEN at face value, marrying an open world arcade racer with the authentic physics of a driving sim seems like a mad proposition.

Forza Horizon

Publisher: Microsoft Studios

Price: £49.99

Format: Xbox 360

Age rating: 12+

TAKEN at face value, marrying an open world arcade racer with the authentic physics of a driving sim seems like a mad proposition. Fortunately, Forza Horizon just about pulls it off, combining the nuanced handling and vehicular voyeurism of the Forza Motorsport series with the sort of daredevil stunts and illegal street races you’d find in a Need For Speed game.

Everything is wrapped up in the fictional Horizon Festival, a sort of music-meets-car culture bash you’d only ever get in the US, where 250 petrolheads have come to compete in a variety of events. It all takes place in an imaginary Colorado that’s a mix of imposing mountain ranges, rolling plains and red rock canyons, all spliced together by lengthy highways, winding country roads and narrow dirt tracks.

Most events are point-to-point races or lap-based affairs that take place across varied terrain, encouraging you to test drive different motors to see which one is right for you. Sitting alongside these are street races, speed and stunt challenges, and special Showdown events that let you race against planes and hot-air balloons. You can also throw down challenges to other drivers and earn points for performing burnouts, drifts and other tricks.

Then there are the game’s multiplayer modes to consider. As well as racing against a friend’s ghost data in Rivals mode, you can invite up to seven other players to compete in a series of preset race events and entertaining mini-games. Best of all, though, is Free Roam mode, where you and your buddies can just cruise around Colorado in your dream cars.

As you’d expect, the game’s physics engine is spot on, and the range of cars that you can unlock is hugely impressive. The handling has been simplified to make for a more accessible racer and it’s much harder to spin out of control if you hit another car. That said, with all the game’s assists turned off, you’re left with an open world Forza that controls pretty much like its more serious stablemates, and you’ll need all your driving skills to beat your AI-controlled rivals. With both off-road racing and a full day-and-night cycle added to the mix, Forza Horizon deftly combines the series’ legendary authenticity with a stunning open world environment, resulting in a great big dollop of fun.

Score: 5/5 stars

0 comments

More news stories

07:45
Westfield School, St Ives, are planting a time capsule, to mark their 50th anniversary, Year 6 pupils (l-r) Jack, Harry, and Anna,

Text books, a football shirt, leavers’ book, a commemorative tea towel and mug are among a host of items that have been buried in a time capsule at Westfield Junior School, St Ives.

07:20
Luminus, the eastern region’s premier housing provider, has been shortlisted in the Employer of the Year and Social Enterprise of the Year categories for the 2015 Lloyds Bank National Business Awards.

The eastern region’s premier housing provider has been shortlisted for two prestigious national awards.

Yesterday, 14:45
Police Stock, Huntingdon pcso's

Police officers on patrol in Kimbolton managed to prevent a burglary when they came across three masked men attempted to break into a business.

Yesterday, 14:31
Greggs refurbishment, Huntingdon, (l-r) Area Manager Penny Cornwell, and Manager Wendy Morris,

After a two week closure Greggs, in High Street, Huntingdon, is set to re-open its doors tomorrow (August 1).

With the new academic year fast approaching, Huntingdonshire Regional College can help you to progress your career with a range of part-time adult courses.

Read more

Most read stories

Most commented stories

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hunts Post e-edition today E-edition