Forza Horizon 3 - Xbox One

Release Date:

September 23, 2016

Viewing USA:

Also on UK.
9.0

Summary:

In Forza Horizon 3, the player is in charge of the Horizon Festival. Customize everything, hire and fire your friends, and explore Australia in over 350 of the world’s greatest cars. Make your Horizon the ultimate celebration of cars, music, and freedom of the open road. How you get there is up to you. explore Australia, horizon’s largest world ever. Drive through the vast desert and rocky canyons of the Outback to lush, wild rainforests, and to the sandy beaches and gleaming skyscrapers of Australia's Gold Coast.


Details

  • Developer(s):
    • Playground Games
  • Publisher(s):
    • Microsoft Game Studios
  • Release Date(s):
    • September 23, 2016
  • Official Site(s):
  • ESRB Rating:
    • Everyone
  • Player(s):
    • 1
  • Online Player(s):
    • 2-12 (Xbox Live)
  • Online Play:
    • Optional
  • Series:
    • Forza
  • Force Feedback Wheel:
    • Optional

Technical Information

  • Supported Video Output:
    • 1080p
  • Game Format:
    • Blu-ray Disc
  • Number of Car(s):
    • 350
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Posted:
2016-10-01

Darren_Summerell

Writer

Xbox One

9.0

Forza Horizon 3 is an open world racing video game developed by Playground Games and published by Microsoft Studios for Xbox One and the PC. The game features cross-platform play between the two platforms. The game was released on 23 September 2016.

Forza Horizon 3 is the third entry in the series and will see players vacate to a new country which is located this time in Australia. The festival returns once again to the series only this time, instead of being a simple racer competing in the festival events against others who compete, the player is given the role of event organizer, the boss of all the festival events.

The main story in Forza Horizon 3 is the player being the boss, and the aim and objective of running this festival is to gain more fans which allow you to open up more sites, which in turn leads to more races and challenges being unlocked. So as the player gains more fans the event overall becomes much larger, in the same fashion in would be in real life. In effect, starting with a small festival and slowly but surely start scaling it up by gathering a larger number of fans. Players are given the choice as to which events to unlock first, which events to participate in, or which radio stations to sign. As director, the player can hire or fire racers as well as organize and make custom race tracks around the map.

Forza Horizon 3 offers over 350 cars and the map in general is absolutely enormous, taking players through a thrill ride of different terrains ranging from, rain forests, city streets, beaches, deserts, dirt roads and a plethora of other terrains. The graphics shown in FH3 is also breath-taking, and the terrains are very diverse in design, to maybe racing along the desert and suddenly be blown away by the scenery that surrounds you. Or racing through the rainforest as the rain drops splatter the window, it all gives you a sense of realism. Players looking to run this game on 60fps may end up having issues with glitching from time to time, given the sheer size on the game and the open word experience, this had to be expected really. We found the game runs best on 30fps and really does look super sharp on that setting.

The designers have bought in a new system which now allows the player to select a car, and tune it up, then see what the results are and the performance, without ever spending a dime. This enables players to be able to see the results for any car, and make the most use of the tweaking’s which will have a greater effect within the game. The customizations that players can do with the cars is also immerse, ever tweak can be done, including wide body kits if that’s your thing.

The marketplace within Horizon 3 will either please or displease players depending on the type of gamer you are. Players that like to fine tune their own cars will not have a problem. However, there are some issues in the marketplace with loading times when downloading various custom spec items, setups, custom paint jobs and the like. Depending on your location this might take some time to fully pull all the data from the servers for you to use.

The collectables make a favourable return giving players the option to perform various tasks like photographing every car, or finding all the bonus boards, driving every road, as well as other tasks which are optional to complete. The foreign finds also make a return, asking players to search specific locations in order to unlock various rundown cars to possibly restore. If the collectables are not something that is appealing to you then once again they have made It purely optional. There is enough ample racing and scope, scenery, events and other things going on to dismiss the collectables. The types of races within Forza Horizon 3 are varied, from short laps, street racing, bucket lists, speed challenges, speed zones and even ramps. The latter requires the player to jump as far as possible and is shown in FT (feet) on the screen.

The online multiplayer has two main options, co-op campaign lets to join up with a host and work together in order to complete events, whilst online adventures allows you to match up in quick competitive games, they may include free for all, team races and playground games. These matches are bundled into groups of four where players will vote on each group between sets.

With so much going on in Forza Horizon 3, the reviews only really scratches the surface of what is possible within the game, overall we feel that this is a masterclass in racing and certainly one of the best racing games ever made on any console.

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