Eurogamer writes: When the Washington-based Turn 10 makes Forza games, it does so with a European accent. It's a slightly forced one at times, but there's still an understatement and refinement to the Forza Motorsport series that belies the game's American roots.
Funny, then, that when the series turns to the big, wide American landscape for the open world racer Forza Horizon it does so with the British inflections of Playground, a studio formed from veterans of Codemasters, Black Rock and Bizarre. Be thankful that it does.
Forza Horizon's about that most American of dreams - the promise of the open road - but its accent is unmistakable. It's told in little flashes of welcome influence, from Burnout Paradise's world of secrets to Project Gotham's score attacks and Grid's sense of meaningful progression.
Arcade racers all, but where that Forza influence comes in isn't just in the level of polish (which is layered on in lovely, thick coats) or the succession of real-life cars...