Playground Games/Turn 10/Microsoft Studios
you hate it when something tries hard to be cool?
Forza Horizon combines good bits from the revered
circuit-racing series, TDU, DiRT, Burnout Paradise
and more, then lets you loose into the big wide open world of
the seemingly always sunny Colorado.
You’re a hip and happening young upstart bloke – yes, there’s no
chick option, fuckyouverymuch - who arrives unknown at the
sponsorship-drenched Horizon Festival, a collision of car culture
and music. Obviously organisers have the first part sussed, but have
NFI musically – New Order billed fifth?! Fuck off!
Speaking of, you’ll kill the choons quickly as the DJs are
appalling. Just listen to your machine as you hoon the highways –
Little doesn’t score money or points – hit a stop sign and you’re a
winner! Nab money, buy more motors, or win them in dodgy street
races or daft showcases challenging airplanes, helicopters and
luftballons. Find them roof-deep in pigshit in barns and have your
guy fix them – don’t ask... Sadly, however, playing ‘punch buggy’
with the inordinate amount of New Beetle traffic doesn’t yield
goodies. Aww, no achievement?!
Enter circuit and road races. Win, get points, earn coloured
wristbands, unlock more challenges. Hit special signs for discounted
upgrades. Break records on speed traps dotted around the joint. Suck
corporate cock and score stuff.
You’ll likely pick a pet car from clunktacular shitbox to high-end
Lamborghini Pointypointy, hyper-upgrade and love it. We really put
the RS into our poor matt black Focus bashing it around mercilessly,
something which usually – usually - doesn’t hinder progress much.
Everything’s tuned for enjoyment from the get-go, although constant
pedal-to-the-metal will quickly induce automotive pinball – use that
accelerator as it’s supposed to be used, and remember brakes exist.
You can also disable all assists and play tough guy, natch.
Yes, Forza Horizon tries super-hard to be cool. But the game
amidst all the phoney-baloney is really bloody good.
Although Burnout Paradise is still acer...