Review: Forza Horizon | VGTODAY

Ben Gray, VGTODAY: "Sometimes serious games just need to let themselves go in order to explore new territories, but that comes with risks to the franchise. It’ll either be a brilliant experiment, a forgettable spin-off or just plain disastrous.

Turn 10 has taken that risk with Forza, and even enlisted the help of newly-formed developer Playground Games to develop this new take on the franchise; Horizon, adopting an open-world format and basing the entire game around the festival/tournament concept, a route we’ve seen EA’s Need for Speed attempt and utterly fail at with The Run."

greenpowerz4259d ago (Edited 4259d ago )

Can't wait... I've never seen graphics like this in a Racer. The lighting, draw distance, environments and car models with their graphical effects on them seem unmatched. Solid handling and a well thought out story and race hybrid on the lines of car movies.

mjolliffe4259d ago

It's looking very, very promising. Many noting it to be the surprise package of 2012, considering Turn 10 have handed it over to Playground for the most part.

Knight_Crawler4259d ago

Does MS own Playground? if yes then they got lucky and did a great job on purchasing or putting together this studio.

Playground has my money day 1.

mcstorm4259d ago

I agree what pg have done with this game is amazing. Even though it is 30fps i think they have done a good job in hiding it. Bring on friday when it is out here in the uk. It just shows the 360 can bring games just as good looking as ps3 games when done right. Forza 4, gears 3, halo 4 and Forza horizon 4 of the best looking games of this gen imo.

Tr10wn4259d ago

30fps? damn the demo felt 60fps didnt even notice

mewhy324259d ago

I have to agree. The 360 is really pumping out the graphics. imo this is the best looking racer on any system right now.

thebudgetgamer4259d ago

I like the standard Forza style more, but I played the demo and it's very solid.

StanSmith4259d ago (Edited 4259d ago )

Loved the demo, however, with Need For Speed releasing next week, I'm having to put this on the backlog list.

Whichever PR guy thought it was a good idea releasing this and NFS within a week of each other, needs firing!

EliteDave934259d ago

So you rather buy a milked NFS game than a Forza game? Thats crazyyyy.

BeAGamer4259d ago

whatchu order, fish fillet?

StanSmith4259d ago

Erm... It's a Criterion Need for Speed not just any old developer EA finds.

Criterion make great racing games and to suggest otherwise is foolish.

All it came down to was that I liked both games but didn't have time to play both.

pennywhyz4259d ago (Edited 4259d ago )

EA are crooks all ther games always use same engine and theres always some developer telling ya about something new to hype it up and when ya play it its the same old shit.EA just wants your money.Turn 10 puts alot more luv in there games.Horizon over NFS any day.


10 Years On, It's Hard To Actually Celebrate Forza Horizon's Legacy

Forza Horizon has been around for 10 years today, but due to the franchise's constant "End Of Life" policies, it's hard to celebrate.

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deleted606d ago

Literally the only XBox exclusive that I still regularly play. I'm glad I had bought FH3 (PC) when I did, but this really sucks for other people who never picked it up. I still love the Australian Outback setting most of all.


Forza Horizon Games Ranked from Worst to Best

BLG writes: "When the Forza Horizon games franchise launched in 2012, it was an enjoyable spin-off of the highly successful simulation racer. A decade later, the Horizon series has overtaken Forza Motorsport series as one of, if not the, premiere driving video games of all time."

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SinisterMister719d ago

Don't think there's literally a "worst" Forza game man. Microsoft just makes these too damn good.

MaximusPrime_718d ago

Microsoft didn't develop (make) Forza, Playground Games did.

Microsoft simply published it.

SinisterMister718d ago

Ah okay. Thanks for the correction mate!

MadLad718d ago

I see no difference being they've only ever made games for Microsoft on Microsoft's dime for the entirety of their existence as a developer.

Godmars290718d ago

The amount of MTs and repeated attempts at rivalry towards Gran Turismo.

darthv72718d ago

@god, i think you are confusing motorsport with horizon. MS is compared to GT, Horizon isnt.

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MadLad718d ago


Care to explain how that has anything to do with anything here?

DOMination-718d ago

lol.. pedantic much? ^ PG and the Forza IP are owned by Microsoft.

FH5 may be a technical marvel but it's been a buggy mess since launch and PG seem intent to add new content without ever bothering to fix anything. Many of which were bugs that were also in FH4.

FH2 (still good but the structure was messed up - too much emphasis on grinding "roadtrips" which was tedious)

jznrpg718d ago (Edited 718d ago )

They didn’t buy Playground until 2018 or 2019 I forget which year but it hasn’t been that long . The first Forza came out in 2005 . So most of the games were published by MS at the time but they didn’t own PlayGround. MS doesn’t make good studios in general , they buy them .

DOMination-718d ago

When Sony buys a studio after working with them for a couple of games, people on here call it an "organic purchase". MS & Playground made three very good games, based on an existing IP using an engine made by Turn 10 before purchasing them. But it is still pedantic. Shall we say that Sony didn't make The Last of Us? Or that they don't "own" the first 12 Ratchet & Clank games because they only purchase Insomniac a few years back? We all know what they meant.

Anyway, Forza Motorsport has always been developed by Turn 10. Which Microsoft built from the ground up. So when you refer to games from 2005, your point about only buying studios is completely wrong.

darthv72718d ago

You left out a FH2, there were two versions. The one made for XBO by playground and the one made for 360 by sumo digital. There are enough differences to warrant each one being on its own.

monkey602718d ago

FH3 is my favourite by a long shot. I got surprisingly bored of FH5 quick enough unfortunately so that's down the bottom of my list

sammarshall102718d ago

Yeah I think this series peaked with Forza Horizon 3

Orbilator718d ago

I really dont care for any of the horizons. Hate having to do what I'm told. Forza 7 was the same, I didn't want to do anything other than race cars. But it made me drive lorries!!!..

Technically they all good games but I want the next Forza to be a proper car racer, all the trucks etc can be put under an arcade racing section which I never have to go into.