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IGN Forza Horizon Review

IGN - Forza Horizon is what happens when you assemble a crack team of talented racing game veterans, plucked from a bunch of the UK’s finest driving developers, and shove them all under one roof and set them loose with Microsoft’s money.

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Blankman851448d ago

Yet another stellar entry in the best rated racing franchise of the generation.
I still don't trust IGN though.

MAJ0R1448d ago

Amazing how Turn 10 can crank out Forza games ever year and maintain AAA status.

hennessey861448d ago

Didn't make this game, playground games did

MAJ0R1448d ago

Oh really... I probably should have said the Forza series then. I guess this was just meant as a cash in for Microsoft, and Turn 10 is making Forza 5 for 2013 release.

Knight_Crawler1448d ago

Put your tin foil hats on people and lets start the Conspiracy theory fiasco.

So shall I start...OMG MS paid IGN.

MikeMyers1448d ago

"I don’t know how a game of this size, with everything going on, can look this good and still support a rewind utility, fully functioning car interiors and a full day/night cycle. I don’t know how the frame rate for this enormous game remains resolutely locked, because whether you’re racing under headlights or screaming down the freeway at over 400 kilometres per hour it never, ever dips. It might as well be witchcraft. I don’t know how it does it. It just does."

Good to hear.

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HarryMasonHerpderp1448d ago

I've never played Forza I'm more of a Gran Turismo guy but is this series really as good as the critics say?
I haven't touched my 360 since Halo Reach so if it really is as good as everyone says I might have to pick this up.
By the way I'm not with LIVE because I refuse to pay for online lol so are the games worth it just for single player?

Knight_Crawler1448d ago (Edited 1448d ago )

I am not a sim car fan but I got Forza 4 bundled with my 360 slim last xmas and I have not stopped playing it since then...The thing that you notice right off the bat is how my detail and attenion Turn10 put into the game...you can see that these guys love what they do and have fun while do it instead of just making a game to get paid.

I heard good stuff about GT5 as well which I will pick up becuase now I am loving sim racers.

Edit: Can belive this guy was saying that the game was horrible and he will never play it again SMH

http://n4g.com/news/1091793...

lategamer1448d ago

Forza: Horizons isn't quite a sim like Forza: Motorsports and GT. Its essentially a new game, with some borrowed assets of Forza 4, developed by a new team-Playground Games(composed of ex-Codemasters, Bizzare Studios, and others.

The game isn't quite a "sim" but isn't quite an "arcade" game, it strikes a nice balance and is open world.

A demo of Horizons and Forza 4 is on the Xbox Live Marketplace, so feel free to download them now.

If you don't have a Live account just make a Silver account and download the demos. The two games (4 and Horizons) have a good amount of single-player offerings. If you shop around at Christmas time, I'm sure you'll be able to find Forza 4 cheap.

HarryMasonHerpderp1448d ago (Edited 1448d ago )

@Night_Crawler

Ah cool but is it worth playing offline?
and is this a full on sequel to Forza 4 or an add on?

@lategame
@Night_Crawler

Thanks for the help guys ^_^

lategamer1448d ago

Yes, it is worth playing offline. The game was developed as a open-world racer. Youtube some videos you should get a good idea.

Spinoff of Forza 4. Forza 4: Motosport is more of a "sim", this is a bit different.

aviator1891448d ago

Not an add-on, but an incredibly great spin-off from some awesome people.

Just think of Playground as Microsoft's racing version of 343 industries.

FunkMacNasty1448d ago

@ HarryMason - if you're a Gran Turismo fan, you'll also love Forza.. I'd say go with Forza 4...you can find it in gamestop or Bestbuy for about $30 bucks.

Forza 4 and Gran Turismo, are much more similar than crazed fanboys would have you believe. Both games have the same set of difficulty assists, but Forza has more parts to upgrade your car than GT, although the actual tuning options are pretty much the same. Forza also will suck you in for hours in the decal and paint shop where you can pretty much make anything you want as a decal for your car, plus there is tremendous community support on the in-game storefront, where you can use earned in-game currency to purchase user-designed graphics, decals, and whole car designs.. and there are some SERIOUSLY talented gamers that design stuff on the storefront. Also, the 400 or so cars in Forza are fully rendered inside and out (cockpit view is a big deal to me, that's how I prefer to play) and overall the game is gorgeous. Forza also has a more diverse selection of cars too, there are plenty of classic American Muscle cars and hot rods, alongside tons of sleek Euro sportsters, sedans, and coupes, plenty of supercars, and a double helping of Asian tuner styles as well.. Car variety is the one area where, in my opinion, Forza trumps Gran Tursmo. Also, listening to Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson give a narrative on some of the featured "Auto Vista" cars in Forza is truly entertaining, and that feature alone will consume plenty of playing time.

The drawbacks to Forza, especialy if you're a GT fan, are that you will only be racing during the day, on tarmac tracks, under optimal (dry) conditions. There are a vast number of fun tracks to race on, but there is no rally, no NASCAR, no cart racing. Forza does have Drag racing though.

I play both GT and Forza when it comes to my racing games. Overall, they both have something to offer, but if you've never played Forza 4, I'd definitley say its well worth the money..

acheashadow1448d ago

IGN do seem to live on a different planet to everyone else, I find that their reviewers babble too many big words that they learn in Uni.

Kurt Russell1448d ago

So you're effectively saying your vocabulary is shit.

Fishy Fingers1448d ago

The best insult you could muster is that their reviewer is educated?

Scrapping the barrel.

Septic1448d ago (Edited 1448d ago )

Scraping* Sorry to be that guy.

The game is indeed brilliant. I was really surprised by the demo.

The only real downer for me is that, although you can drive freely online with your mates; the traffic is supposedly non-existant- that takes away some of the fun in my opinion. I want to be able to play cops and robbers with my mates and weave in and out of traffic. Still, its a small gripe. The game is easily one of the best driving games out there.

Septic1448d ago (Edited 1448d ago )

Double post sorry-

mewhy321448d ago

Wow. Fabulous game. Sets the high bar again for racing games. Surely the best looking racing game on the market right now.

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TrevorPhillips1448d ago

Great score! Definitely picking this baby up :)

SOD_Delta1448d ago

No doubt, It's Forza. I would have like to pick this game up, but I stopped playing 360.

Veneno1448d ago

Yeah my 360 got rrod, but i got my girlfriend one for her b-day so imight pick this up and play it on hers. I only like open world racing games like this and test drive unlimited.

karlowma1448d ago

Nothing against the game but this looks almost exactly like Dirt 3. The presentation is nearly identical.

green1448d ago

Have you played the demo? if you have you will know it is nothing like Dirt 3.

karlowma1448d ago

Haven't played the game, not commenting on gameplay, just stating that the presentation appears to be directly lifted from the Dirt series. Not a bad thing; the game looks great.

green1448d ago

Instead of speculating or forming an opinion based on videos you have watched online, why don't you just play the free demo. I would not have responded to you if not for my extensive time with the demo and in terms of presentation, it is absolutely fantastic and stands firmly on its own.

B_Rian891448d ago (Edited 1448d ago )

i said the in another article a while ago and I got a bunch of disagrees. I still think it looks very similar to Dirt 2/3

with that being said I think I'm going to convince my brother to let me borrow his 360 and rent this from Gamefly

lategamer1448d ago

If you mean the menu's and such, yea it does. The development team has some ex-codemasters developers on it. Codemasters developed DIRT, GRID, etc.

B_Rian891448d ago

I'm pretty sure thats what he meant, because thats what I meant too. I haven't played this new Forza so I don't know what it plays like, but judging from the videos it doesn't look like it plays like Dirt, the menus and presentation just looks similar

Norrison1447d ago

Even though I haven't played forza games, from what I've seen, they're completely different.

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