Forza Horizon 3
Name: Forza Horizon 3
Release Date: September 27, 2016
Developers: Playground Games, Turn 10 Studios
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Modes: Singleplayer, Multiplayer online
Platforms: Xbox One, Microsoft Windows 10
Content Rating: E
The third installment of The Forza Horizon series, excluding Forza Motorsport by Turn 10 (Ninth installment of the entire Forza series), Forza Horizon 3 does not fail to deliver the same nostalgic feeling That the first Forza Horizon gave us. The American developers at Turn 10 in collaboration with the British developers at Playground games have come back for The third time to bring their ongoing fan-base of open world drivers the next best place to let loose and fulfill their automobile needs; This time in Australia! With over 350 cars at the launch of the game players have not only an Urban playground but also an Outback fun-house, Forrest roads and, of course The usual Airport.
With a new map comes a much bigger audience, I remember seeing it on The news here in Australia, "Famous racing game to be set in Australia". An obvious issue for The non-gaming world here which almost had The game banned due to an influence on hoon laws; but luckily it wasn't and Turn 10 with Playground Games had successfully released The Third installment here flooding in a crowd of new Xbox One goers! This game took full advantage of The power The Xbox One produces making it a steady play however fast you like to drive. With Forza Motorsport 7 being built for The new Xbox One X; Turn 10 and Playground Games didn't leave Their open-world players behind when They had recently released an update on The 5th of January 2018 That allowed players with The new Xbox One X to install The update which would take maximum usage of The One X's power and unlock The true visual works of an open world paradise. Video below is a visual representation of the power of the Xbox One X vs The Original Xbox One. Be sure to change the video quality to 4K!
Offline campaign mode; The Horizon series has always had different plot when it came to open world racing and This time Turn 10 have outdone Themselves! Allowing The player to host Their own Horizon Festival This time, with such a large map span; you must progress through races to unlock and build new Horizon Festivals everywhere, and to be honest it's never a bore racing your way through the campaign and gaining 'fans' to open these new festival sites! As far as multiplayer online goes; players can do just about everything they could do in campaign plus more! From the original infected, to King and Flag Rush. Oh and did I mention the non-stop drag racing? The forums over on the official website is where the Forza Horizon 3 community is at; They are very welcoming and very active! A personal gain one might have when playing Forza Horizon 3 is the "Painter" and "Tuner" Status, a true accomplishment plate players now have to show off their skill! I myself accomplished "Legend Painter" with over 143,000+ people downloading my car liveries! A very hard milestone to reach for the many, but definitely something an artistically skilled individual would want to achieve in the games paint booth, which in return of making a visually attractive paint, you can get your liveries hand selected by the developers to be 'featured' as one of the first few liveries players will see when downloading a paint.
The DLC in Forza Horizon 3 can be argued the usual drop of cars they release in each game, however this Forza Horizon surprised us all with the release of Blizzard Mountain; a snowy mountain for the Rally drivers, and the Hot-wheels orange toy track wasteland for everyone! Hot-wheels map extension possibly being one of the greatest map extensions we will ever see in the Forza Horizon series! It also came with four Hot-wheels cars. Picture below is the new 'Twin Mill' Hotwheels car.
The controls in Forza Horizon 3 are just as adjustable as any other Forza game, allowing inexperienced players to select a preset driving difficulty to make the game easier. The good thing about the adjustable controls is; it lets you adjust the difficulty of your opponents too! This allows players to race comfortably among the A.I racers otherwise known as 'Drivertars' . Within the control settings players can adjust their transmission type to either of the following: Automatic, Manual, and Manual W/Clutch. My personal favorite being Manual W/Clutch as it provides a more rewarding shifting sound then just Automatic or Manual. Players will also find the ability to enable 'Two controllers', no not split screen sadly; but actually to use their Thrustmasters to race (Racing wheel) while keeping their normal controller active and available for quick use when navigating elsewhere on the in-game menu.
One The original Xbox One when Forza Horizon 3 was released, the graphics were absolutely mesmerizing but now with the Xbox One X enhancements; they're absolutely stunning! As close to realistic any open world racing game will come to capturing the realism of cars. Picture below is a great representation of the cinematic experience players receive when playing. Picture by: DJKustoms
In the garage we have the now common 'Forza Vista' mode which allows players to inspect every inch of fine detail on their favorite cars, with of course an informative voice over by an Aussie! On a personal note, I still prefer the Top Gear host from Forza Motorsport 5 telling me the background of my cars.