Forza Horizon 3 is the latest game in the series by Playground Games. This time around it’s set in Australia and you’re the boss, making decisions on when and where to expand the festival. Is Forza Horizon 3 worth the trip across the Outback? Read our review below to find out…
Forza Horizon the ‘spin-off little brother’ to Forza Motorsport is back for a third outing, this time with: The largest horizon world ever! New driving challenges such as, danger sign jumps, convoys and drift zones, this time around you can hire friends drivatars to help you gain more fans and expand your festival. Horizon Blueprints is also a new addition to the party which lets you customise every aspect of race events, championships and bucket list challenges But the icing on the cake has to be the new 4 player co-op campaign and the much loved Auction House makes a return!
With all of that mentioned above, there is plenty to do in Forza Horizon 3, the tricky part is where to start once you’ve got past the opening sequence. I found myself feeling a little overwhelmed after the first hour, going from race to pr stunt to blueprint to bucket list challenge, and so on. So I decided to take a step back and plan on what I was going to do, and work from there.
That’s one of the great things about Forza Horizon 3 there’s no right or wrong way to play it. You find what works for you and just enjoy it. There’s something for everyone in Horizon 3, as long as you like cars you’ll love the game. You can be as casual or as hardcore as you like from painting and tuning, down to just simply driving around, enjoying the views, and listening to music.
With that being said you can get some direction from “Anna” (Automated Natural Navigation Assistant) by either using voice commands via kinect, or simply pressing down on the D Pad and then Right, once you’ve done this she will give you directions to the nearest event, PR stunt, street race or collectable etc…
One of the new features of Forza Horizon 3 is Blueprints. Blueprints enable you to create your own version of a race or bucket list. You can select from one of the pre made car themes or create your own, from there you can edit the name of your blueprint and customise the race settings, number of laps, time of day and weather etc. You can also play any blueprint race made by someone on your friends list. As you can imagine this alone adds countless hours of racing to the game.
The game boasts more than 350 cars ranging from Hot Hatches, Extreme Off Roaders to Hypercars, Extreme Track Toys and everything inbetween! Just like other Forza games you can customise these vehicles to your hearts content. There’s painting and vinyls, with 3000 layers per side and 1000 layers front and rear you can lose hours here creating your very own masterpiece or racing replica, or simply visit the store and download someone else’s. Tuning has also taken a step up and now has the same amount of depth as the Main Forza Motorsport games. Again you can lose hours here tuning your car to perfection or if you’re like me, just browse the available tunes uploaded by other players and find one that you feel comfortable with.
Onto a little more about the gameplay, Forza Horizon 3 is set in Australia, an open world game with not many places you can’t reach, and twice the size of Forza Horizon 2! It’s split up into sections which are: Surfers Paradise, Byron Bay, Yarra Valley and Outback. These are the 4 main areas, you can also discover other areas known as beauty spots within the game, each area is of a different terrain ranging from the deserts of the outback, rainforest of yarra valley and city streets of surfers paradise giving you plenty of variety to try out different vehicle types.
These areas open up one at a time, you have to level up your fan base to unlock each area and upgrade your festivals, you can select which area you want to unlock next manually, which is a nice touch giving you a very open feel to the campaign, unlocking a festival will give you more events to take part in, once you level up a festival you’re given even more races, pr stunts, bucket lists etc in that area.
New to Forza Horizon 3 is co-op campaign, this is for up to 4 players, and it will progress your overall campaign, you can also find the usual adventure and free roam modes to play through which is for up to 12 players, I played through some co-op campaign with Bobby we had a few issues connecting at first, at one point we were in the same game and partaking in events although it still said “connecting” since then we haven’t had any issues.
The audio in Forza Horizon 3 is pretty spot on, There’s a variety of radio stations that all have their own music style. You have to unlock these as you progress through the game, choosing 2 at a time when you get to do so, giving a wide choice for all music tastes. The car sounds are what you would expect from a Forza game. Visually, Horizon 3 is stunning there’s a picturesque view around every corner and with the variety in the areas there’s something different to look at all the time. The car models are also highly detailed and accurate.