James O'Connor: "Five years into the current console cycle, Forza Horizon has emerged as the unlikely hero of the Xbox One line-up."
“Forza Horizon 4 review: comfortably Xbox’s best 2018 exclusive - VG247“ That’s is an easy task. But true.
It's even easier when 5 out of 8 of the perfect review scores are from MS shill sites. It does look fantastic though...
What's so hard to understand? MS shill sites bloat the scores of MS exclusives massively on Metacritic, especially this one... It doesn't take away from the fact it's probably the best racer this gen, but MS sites were trying particularly hard with this one.
"What are "MS Sites" anyways? lol." MondoXbox, WIndows Central, Generaction Xbox, TrueAchievements, SomosXbox - It's all in the name, lol. To be honest, debating this with someone, when it perfectly fits their agenda is futile... Tomb Raider is a perfect example.. It is 5 points higher than the PS4 reviews due to MS shill sites bloating the scores.... The same can be said for SOT, SOD and countless others.. The top 5 reviews for each is bloated with MS sites desperate to boost the scores. There is no contradiction, the MS sites should fall in line with what other reviewers are saying on a general level.. This tactic spanning over all of the games promoted by, or exclusive to MS is not a coincidence, and has a clear motive.
@Krangs_Uncle - so basically you don't think it deserves it? Or are you just upset in general?
"it's probably the best racer this gen".. "score is bloated" what??
I'm not upset, at all.. lol. I'm just providing facts - if you feel to refute them then that's up to you. You can't though. The scores for this game and others are bloated by MS sites, and are abnormally high for games that suit MS's interests. MS sites reviews do no fall in line with the general consensus. This would only have 3 perfect reviews without MS's 5 perfect reviews. Next time don't twist my words either... I said the score is bloated by MS, not by other sites.. It is not normal to have 4 out of 5 of the top reviews by MS sites. Doesn't mean it can't be the best racer of this gen. Your love for MS is showing... Even though you desperately claim to be neutral.
Sony has it's shill sites too - Dualshockers, Playstation Lifestyle, PSX Extreme, Playstation Official Magazine, Push Square and there's some more out there.
All 3 console manufacturers have plenty of sites like this so it's not a big deal. Play the demo and you will see this game should get lots of love
I understand that, but nowhere near as much comparatively. In fact, some of those sites are quite harsh/harsher on PS games. It's not hard to go and look yourself. To be honest, I'm not meaning to discredit the game intentionally... It looks amazing, but I find the MS sites disingenuous - more so than other publications dedicated to one platform.
You might want to take another look at your math: https://www.metacritic.com/... Also, you mean only the big bad MS have “shill” site? Sony and Nintendo have none right?
Everyone responding to Krang... "best racing game" and "bloated scores" are not mutually exclusive. 4 sites dedicated to Microsoft gave it a 100. A fifth site gave it a 98. It would be the best racing game probably at even an 85 score, but that doesn't mean the 92 isn't bloated.
My math? 4 out of 8 perfect scores are MS sites (fair enough!), but the the top 4 out of 5 are MS sites You might want to look at your reading comprehension regarding shill sites.. (read above).
MS site or not, the game still looks amazing. unfortunately I won't be able to play it on my PC yet since I'm in dire need of a good upgrade, but this is definitely a phenomenal title for MS fans.
@Krang - ironically enough I don't own an Xbox, so if I do get this game it will be for my PC. I just find it funny how you admit it's a great game, but then you have to asterisk it, like it should be known that some Xbox sites reviewed it well. That's like saying then that GT shouldn't be good because some Playstation sites gave it perfect scores? A good game is a good game. The game is getting great reviews across the board, so just let it be a great racer and be done with it.
This way... *Points at the door*
Don’t be that guy lol if forza 4 was on PlayStation you’d be fine with the high scores. You don’t people are so insecure. You won the generation is that not enough lol
🤣🤣 starting with this again? The games a masterpiece in the racing genre. It’s getting well deserved scores.
@ Krangs_Uncle One could just as easily say that all the Sony fanboys in the media underrated Shadow of the Tomb Raider because they see it as competition to Uncharted and they can't stand games other than Sony exclusives getting too much positive recognition. Gaming is filled with fanboys and that's yet another reason why I don't take metacritic average scores seriously.
Is it on PC as well? If so then it's not really exclusive is it.
Also what other exclusives are there to really beat on Xbox? Its not like this year was loaded with them
Same as Ni oh Yakuza and other PS4 games
@TRU3_GAM3R that's right. if it's on pc and console then it's not exclusive, regardless of which console that might be
"Same as Ni oh Yakuza and other PS4 games" SOME other PS4 games. Sony first party, obviously, are true PS4 exclusives. Microsoft first party are not. Not that it really matters as they are exclusive to Xbox or PC via Windows 10 store.
@kneon - MS has two platforms to service. That would be like saying if a game releases on PS4 and Vita then it's not an exclusive. @Chevalier - doesn't change the fact that it's a great game. Regardless if there was very little competition. They didn't score it well because there were no other good racing games on Xbox.
@neon, yeah but both Vita and PS4 are PlayStation platforms owned by Sony, PC is an open platform not owned by microsoft vis a vis the game is multiplat. You argument is a false equivalence and strawman. Xbox currently has no exclusives bar halo.
It is an Xbox game on PC as well. In fact, the digital PC game is the digital console game...with a few options turned off. @TRU3_GAMER Actually no. Not the same. Ya see when games like Ni Oh and Yakuza come to PC, they are apart of a different ecosystem altogether. Sony has nothing to do with those games on that platform. FH4 however, on both PC and console is still an Xbox game through and through. Microsoft has everything to do with both as its on both their platforms and they are publishing and selling on both. For Microsoft, it is only Xbox, regardless which platform...not so with those PS4/PC titles you mentioned.
@Neonridr Still doesn't change the fact there are no other real exclusives to compare to now does it? Playstation and Nintendo both have more AAA exclusives this year is fact. Forza is a great game, but, again what other exclusives are there even to compare against?
Whit all due respect, considering xbox other exclusives, this is like saying that a seven foot guy is the tallest among dwarfs.
What exclusives on xbox is it competing with?
"That’s is an easy task. But true." - DarkVoyager Haha! this is so true. They basically don't have too many exclusives.
one of the best exclusives this generation, scores sitting above the recent Spiderman and just below God of War. Well done playground.
Well done. Solid scores as usual Day 1!
"comfortably Xbox’s best 2018 exclusive." I am not bashing anyone, at least thats not my intention but that headline makes me feel bad for Xbox gamers.
Unless your a car enthusiast or a racing game fan who plays on a xbox pretty much for the good racing games it has. Such as myself. No need to feel bad Inzo.
As an Xbox gamer my first thought was this feels like my grandmother telling me I am her favorite grandson... I am her only grandson.
Now that was totally uncalled for...lol
Are you calling your granny a liar?
@Rainslacker, Of course not it was an undeniable fact.
We good son preciate the concern though we have so many games to play like all multiplat console games on Da Mighty X we play The legendary Nintendo games on the Switch we play Sony story base games on playstation but at the end of the day after all the Nintendo fun games and Sony story games Xbox is where the Big Boys play everything else
Yeah right “big boys”
"Big Boys" lol
That made me chuckle!
With so many great PS games this year do the fans really need to get sassy and downplay this one for Xbox? Apparently so.
Not much point in playing it up either.
None at all, the reviews are doing plenty of that already.
yeah, it's not like it's not a great racing game or anything, let's just keep the narrative going around these waters..
PC, Xbox, Nintendo and multiplatform games get downplayed left and right by the same camp. It's pathetic really.
I don't downplay forza myself. I actually think it's probably ms most well done and consistent franchises. Had a lot of fun with fh3.
Die Xbox die.
Comfortably Xbox's best franchise this generation. I don't think that is an exaggeration at all. Unfortunately, Forza Horizon isn't getting much competition though.
Exactly since EA is destroying NFS with every new methods in each installments and lost in identity + always online + MTs, and pretty much other games are indies and sims. However, since last gen I think nothing can compete with FH except Midnight Club LA.
Burnout Paradise was pretty awesome as well.
Yearly Forza is back. I'm glad xbox has at least one good game.
Forza Horizon is Microsoft's best series now. Just goes to show you how great Playground is and also how much work the other studios have to do. With that being said, all hail the king. My Xbox One X with Game Pass is ready!
Nothing will ever top halo
Forza has. For intents and purposes, Forza is Microsoft's flagship franchise.
343 has to bring Halo back to being one of the elite franchises and I think they will with Halo Infinite. Halo is still a good series but Forza Horizon has become a great series.
I think for popularity your right. Halo will always sell more. But forza is a yearly franchise, despite opposite years having different versions. I think it makes it so a.lot of people don't buy it every year, and as a racer it never had the worldwide status that gt enjoys to really drive massive sales. I think if ms made it so the game didn't have a release every year, they'd probably sell more of each release, but as it stands, they can probably make.more money how they do it now since they aren't rebuilding a whole new game with each release.
Yep, Halo 5 was the worst rated (metascore 84), the worst selling main Halo game EVER.
Halo is xboxs flagship. Halo 5 campaign was weak but it more was the best it's been since 3 and it made a buttload of money. Forza is a top priority at Ms but unless to include both Forza Motorsport and Horizon it's not touching halo money wise and popularity. But damn playground did a great job. If their open world racer is this good imagine what they're open world rpg gonna be like.
Racers and RPGs are fundamentally different types of games, my guy, and MUCH harder to pull off well. That's a literal apples to oranges comparison.
@Shadow no dip, I was speaking from a world standpoint. Ofc an RPG will have to get combat, progression, story, etc on point. But if the actual world look anything close to how great they made Horizon 4 look 😃. If they can make a racers open world come to life rather than a bland background like every other racer. a rpg world should be mind blowing by them. After RDR2 I'd like for R* to take a shot at a fantasy rpg
What else was there ? Incoming random indie and old game list in 3 ... 2 .... 1....
State of decay 2 and Sea of thieves is better then anything the PS4 has too offer. Fan boys coming in 3...2...1
LOL. No need to count down. You posted the fanboy comment of the year.
LAMO thx for the good laugh :D
no, just no. God of War and Spider-Man alone were far better than anything MS brought to the table this year. Not discounting this game though, it looks like an awesome racer.
You seriously did not just say that...