Forza Horizon 3 review: Playground Games drifts off at the wheel of Xbox's latest racer | IBT UK

Microsoft's annualised racing series returns for another festival of speed.

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YinYangGaming2856d ago ShowReplies(5)
Lsbb2856d ago

The forza horizon series is the only racing series that I buy. Found that the second one got a bit boring towards the end of the campaign mode. But loving the new demo. No way this game deserves a 2/5.

G20WLY2856d ago

Well I saw another review give it 10/10, so goes to show you can’t please everyone all of the time. This game can’t seriously be a 4/10.

Lsbb2856d ago (Edited 2856d ago )

Not a chance. The graphics are excellent and I used to live just outside surfers so it'll be interesting to see.
@septic you just had to put in that childish comment didn't you.

G20WLY2856d ago

Yeah the graphics seem an improvement over last year’s version.

zeuanimals2856d ago (Edited 2856d ago )

2/5 doesn't really mean 4/10. Sure, mathematically it does, but these are arbitrary numbers applied to rating games. There's no real metric and not much, actual logic put into it. It's just a feeling you get. Like for instance, it'd be impossible to seriously rate a game as a 8.192048/10. Really? You've got a whole algorithm to figuring out how you feel about a game?

The 5 star rating system has a lot more "nuance" to it. The part that sucks about it is that Metacritic treats a 2/5 rating like it would a 4/10. A 1/5 could be anywhere from 1 to 4/10. It's pretty much a game to avoid. A 2/5 could be anywhere from a 5 to a 6.5/10, 3/5 is a 7 to 8, 4 is an 8.5 9 to 9.5, and 5 is a 10. That's how I look at it anyway, based on how reviewers actually feel about a game based on what they say and you can kind of see the similarities to how other things, rated with a 5 star rating, should feel like as products or services. I've eaten at restaurants with 2/5 stars that weren't terrible, like a 4/10 would be, it just wasn't too good. So I guess another way to look at it is, 1 is anywhere from terrible to bad, 2 is meh to alright, 3 is good, 4 is great, and 5 is amazing.

It would just be better if reviewers stopped using 5 star systems so Metacritic will stop counting things wrong, though, since the people or systems at Metacritic don't take nuance into the mix. But I don't think reviewers are gonna do that, 5 star rating systems fit their thought processes more, I presume.

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Gazondaily2856d ago

At least there are no petitions here 😂

dumahim2856d ago

As noted below, 2/5 is not equal to 4/10. It's more realistically a 6/10. I tend to look at them similar to grades.
5/5 10/10 = A
4/5 9/10 = B
3/5 8/10 = C
2/5 7/10 = D
1/5 6/10 and lower = F

There's really not much point of grading games between 0 and 5 or 6 out of 10.

blawren42856d ago

I prefer the old "at the movies" scoring system, thumbs up or thumbs down. Sadly, metacritic would give a lot of zeros for below average games and 100s to games above average games that don't deserve either. Metacritic has such pull right now that if you are not conforming to their scoring structure, you are not necessarily being represented accurately. Either that or, you know, actually read reviews from reviewers you respect. Its the meat of the review, not the score, that matters, but many don't go beyond the metascore.

blawren42856d ago


2/5 is 4/10. 3/5 is 6/10, 2.5/5 is 5/10. no way to make 2/5 sound any better. The flaw in your scoring is that you equate 7/10 as being a D. I know that the value of the score has no standard whatsoever and means something different to each person, but I'm still holding on to that being a C. There are ton's of gems in the 7/10 range. This is one reviewer that gave it a poor score that it clearly doesn't deserve. it will be vastly overshadowed by other reviews which are clearly stronger. It's OK.

I have a real problem with reviewers that compare a game to its predecessors. Nostalgia should not come into play as you are biased from the start one way or another. Review as if this is a brand new IP and or first game you've played in the series and sites will be much more respected for it in the long run.

nix2856d ago

I don't understand how it got 4. Almost every site is giving 9 or above. 8 or 7, i understand but 4 is like really looking for attention.

Cueil2856d ago

check his metacritic history lots of 2/5s

Kingthrash3602856d ago (Edited 2856d ago )

Smh. 2/5....trash click bait site. This is why I can't stand gaming journalists anymore. The lies for clicks.

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CaptainObvious8782856d ago

I'm a sony fan, but even I can see that score is divorced from reality.

yeahokwhatever2856d ago

Did you read the review? He said the graphics and amount of things is better than the other ones, but they spent too much time adding random features and making the game too easy and full of rewards, they didn't improve on the fundamentals with driving. He used DiRT as an example. The latest DiRT game is amazing. Not because they added ultimately meaningless features, but because they made the driving better than its ever been. The challenge is real. He praised a lot about the game, but it let him down because they didn't make the game more about driving. I understand where he's coming from entirely.

Rimfro2856d ago


Are you the reviewer? You seem to be going out of your way to justify the score. Don't know why you keep comparing this to Dirt. The games are two entirely different takes on racing. Dirt went for more realism with its handling in the recent version. Where Horizon has always been the arcade version of Forza. I'm going to score COD lower because it's not Halo. Get out of here!


But hey there is no bias right? LOL

TheCommentator2856d ago

Yeah, 2/5 is ridiculous, and I was confused by his condescension towards just about every feature that goes beyond just racing. Then, to top it all off, he says he's not a fan of having to drive precisely through checkpoints all the time.

So he doesn't like ancilliary stuff to micro-manage and wants more racing and sim, but doesn't want to be bothered with "strict rules" regarding checkpoints? IMO, it sounds like this guy just hates on one brand of consoles and wants to drop metacritic reviews while trying to sound professional. Either that or he's brain dead, and here's why.

Contrary to his opinion, everybody I know who's played the demo is in love with it. What about drone mode, wide body kits, FH auction house debut, many new activities, more geographic diversity, new vehicle types, double the size of FH2, amazing visuals... I don't recall the author mentioning any of these things at all. Matter of fact, he said it seemed like Playground was bored with making FH and didn't seem to care anymore.

FH1, FH2, and now FH3 are about an experience, not just being a racing sim. It can be toned down to arcade for beginners or made as hard as many sims depending on preference (also not really mentioned by the author). This guy is a serious douche, period. I'd give his review a 2/5 and the game at least a 4/5.

Snookies122856d ago

Agreed, having played the demo... There's no way this game deserves a score this low. The graphics are freaking stunning (aside from some shadowing, but that's to be expected of any open game while moving at faster speeds.) I can't quite speak on the content of the game, as I only played the demo. However, if it's just more of what I played, I'm all for it.

NohansenBoy2856d ago

Don't AAA demos hardly resemble the "finished" product these days?

lxeasy2856d ago

They clearly gave this game a low score to for click bait.

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LordMaim2856d ago (Edited 2856d ago )

Well that's a trolling score. There's a reason I don't go to this site.

EDIT: Of course I meant IBTimes.com, not N4G. The experience on N4G is largely subjective.

EazyC2856d ago

You mean N4G? You're right! I just don't know anywhere else that collates gaming articles, so I have to use this.

G20WLY2856d ago

I share your pain :^|

JackBNimble2856d ago

Yet you made a user name and bother to comment because you don't know where else to go.

game4funz2856d ago

It's a shame really. Would go to any other site that did what N4g (not for gamers) does.

LackTrue4K2856d ago (Edited 2856d ago )

Go to EGM, there site is always up to date on the newest gameing news.