Forza Horizon 4 Review Beautiful and complete, but also a repetition

Oct

6

2018

Forza Horizon 4
Forza Horizon 4 overloads the player with a wagonload of content, and the game offers beautiful graphics and a soundtrack. That seems like a recipe for an unparalleled good racing game, but Horizon 4 does not go beyond ‘just very good’. Especially playing solo is noticeable that the game is in general a repetition of moves compared to previous Forza Horizon games, but with a less pleasant ‘holiday atmosphere’ than in the predecessors. Then the game still plays and the fun factor remains present, especially when the game is played online, for example in Forzathon events or in Team Adventures. However, it does not completely take away the ‘leg there, done that’ feeling. Forza Horizon 4 has more and better features than the previous Forza’s, so those who are not sensitive to that sense of repetition have a must-have here. Skipping this title for fear of ‘Forza fatigue’ is just as understandable, although you may wonder what remains of exclusive Xbox One X titles this year.

Pros
Beautiful graphics
Soundtrack
Many rewards
Especially fun online
Changing seasons
Negatives
Feeling of repetition
Atmosphere still less tasty than before
The question ‘Which console should I buy?’ is usually answered with the counter question ‘what kind of games do you want to play?’. Where Sony Computer Entertainment has provided its game computer with a large load of exclusive top games, the harvest at competitor Microsoft is a lot smaller. In addition to well-known, long-running series such as Halo and Gears of War, the company has relatively few irons in the fire. This year there is even one big game that the chestnuts must get out of the fire. That is a difficult task, but fortunately Forza Horizon 4 is not just a game.

The recipe for the game is now known. Where Forza Motorsport revolves around championships and the sporting side of driving, Forza Horizon is more of a laidback racing game. Take a country or region somewhere in the world, create a fictional festival and let go of a few hundred cars, ranging from accessible Hyundai’s and Fordjes to very exclusive Koenigseggs, Pagani’s and McLarens. Then stick a sun up and a stirring music under this holiday world and you have a Forza Horizon game. Forza Horizon 1 to 3 did exactly this way, respectively with the United States, South France and Australia as a playground.

Forza Horizon 4 does not adjust the formula drastically, but approaches the fixed story slightly differently. Instead of a holiday destination, Playground Games has chosen an environment that is very recognizable for this development studio, namely Great Britain. The Horizon Festival is still a central part of the setting, but it goes further than that. Forza Horizon 4 is about ‘Horizon Life’. Players do not just build up a collection of cars. They also shape a character who can wear all kinds of clothes and show ’emotes’ before and after races, and they can buy houses that yield certain bonuses. The message behind all this is that the Horizon lifestyle ignores the festival experience and becomes part of life itself in this game.

In order to achieve that, Playground Games has played a big part in Forza Horizon 4 on every level. You could even see this as a sort of compilation album of open-world racing games. Anyone who has been following this type of games since the days of Test Drive Unlimited will now see ingredients from virtually every major game that has passed within the genre. Being able to unite yourself with other players in clubs, be rewarded for everything you do in the game – even if it’s just driving around in the free environment: we’ve seen it all and Forza Horizon 4 throws all those elements together in one ‘ultimate’ open world race game. No matter how strong that mix of ingredients is, he tastes like a meal we have eaten quite often.

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