Forza Horizon 3
The sky is the limit when you’re playing this awesome new game.
Following the open-road thrills across the Franco-Italian countryside with its predecessor Forza Horizon 2, this baby packs up new features, terrains, race cars and a mind-boggling amount of events and challenges to cement its pole position as one of the most breathtaking games of all time.
It was released September 27, 2016.
Forza Horizon 2 became the standard, HIGH standard I suppose, for this game to follow upon. Back in the old days, its predecessor delivered up a superb slab of the Mediterranean coastline; a sumptuous, midsummer trek through the rolling fields of the Southern Europe that made us feel as if we are experiencing a Top Gear event. No words could describe it.
Now the successor, Forza Horizon 3, absolutely stomped it. The diverse choices of cars, all of which can be fully customized, may be the stars of the show here, but the stage was the thing that really stole the show for me.
We have all the reasons to be hyped up for this game. The attention to even the smallest detail, for example, is magnificent, and as for all hardcore gamers around the world, it’s certainly you all can guarantee to. From the road markings, the street signage, the slippery jungle slopes, sandy beaches across the rivers, and hell even the garbage bins across the road together with their multicolored lids would totally amaze you. It looks like it’s freaking real.
The lighting is very impressive, too, with the realistic sky bathing the whole environment together with an uncannily realistic sunlight dawning its crisper shadows. If you have played the game, you would also recognize that the latter are at their most superior state as you blast across the thick rainforest stages as the sun rays down through the towering trees.
Water is also something to look out for, not just because the entire place looks rainy all the time, but everything from the gently splashing waves by the Twelve Apostles to the wake that build up as your wheels crossed path with the shallow streams. It’s certainly on a top level.
Another thing to look out for is the game play itself. The words flexibility, flaccidity and malleability are on par with this one. There are more car customization options than its predecessor, and the best ones are sorted in a separate menu, so it’s crystal clear before purchasing which rides would feature the new wide body kits and blower options.
Forza Horizon 3 takes the element of choice and goes further with it. Want to stick to tarmac? It’s absolutely fine and there’s a plenty of city and open road racing to enjoy with. But the setting is now in Australia – which by the way is twice the size of the map of Forza Horizon 2 – and you also get desert plains, sandy beaches and dense rain forest, all with variable weather conditions to keep you on your toes.
There are 350 cars, and counting, to choose from and there are no rules on how to use them. Wreck it or love it, it’s absolutely up to you. You could be a man who doesn’t want a single dirt to be laid upon your car or be a kid who loves playing GTA V, just wrecking around the streets and smashes anything along its way.
Rapid vehicles and meaty mud trucks help you steer slippery jungle slopes, and you’ll definitely want something with a great grasp for gliding along sandy beaches or across rivers. Forza Horizon 3 also has plenty of brick roads and dirt paths, too, and there’s quite a bit of mixed terrain found during events. Having said, always choose the best car for every terrain.
The flexibility of the racing events in the game gives us a complete control over how Forza Horizon 3 unravels. Its predecessor allowed us to experience a new form of championships while completely ignoring the suggested car class, which meant we could progress towards the Finale without ever leaving our most favorite car behind.
Forza Horizon 3 shook the world with the mode that the events are being automatically adjusted in prior to what car you’ve brought from the starting point by allowing us to completely re-script the event from the terrain up ourselves, or even race a custom event created by friends or other Horizon players online.
We can absolutely say that Forza Horizon 3 is a masterpiece. It’s a bigger and better open-world racing game than its excellent predecessor, Forza Horizon 2. From the car selections and customization, the settings itself and of course, the size and diversity of the sprawling Australian outback is on a top notch.
On top of that, the game didn’t lose the sight of the fact that wrecking through perfect locations should be always fun, especially if we have the tools in our hand to make that happen. This is the racing game we’ve all been hoping for.