The guys at Playground Games have given us a sneak peak of Forza Horizon 3 at this year’s E3, and we must say it looks amazing. But for hardcore racers and lovers of the franchise, the discussion goes far beyond that. There’s no doubt it will be a good game. While some players will love it more than others, some may even despise it. It really depends on what type of gamer, or rather what type of racer you are.
The graphics are absolutely amazing, probably the best yet of all racing games, and nobody could argue otherwise. The way the sun rays shine through the trees or reflect off surfaces looks very close to how it would look like in real life situations. The particles and the scenario are carefully crafted and, unlike many racing games, feel real and well integrated in the gameplay.
New Location, New Challenges
For the first time, the Forza franchise is headed to Australia. The roads and the outback, as it’s called, are a thing of beauty. You will race on public, traffic filled roads, but there’s also a lot of off-road action, taking you through classic country roads, cave tunnels and even on Australia’s gorgeous beaches. There will be new missions and tasks to complete, and doing so will reward you with unique abilities as a driver and upgrades for your car. Some challenges may seem weird as fuck, and we can see one of them in the E3 demo footage, as after a short race on the asphalt road, you somehow get teleported into a buggy and get challenged by some lunatic to race him and his jeep. The only thing is, the jeep will be carried through the air the entire race by a helicopter.
As you might expect, and as Forza has accustomed its players, the car variety is once again great. You can drive the infamous Lamborghini Centenario among many hypercars, which are detailed to near perfection, and, with the introduction of off-road racing, you will have access to such vehicles as trophy trucks and buggies.
A Change of Gameplay
Now, with all the good things being said, let’s talk about a little something that may split the Forza community in two halves: the open street racing. While some like this type of racing, hardcore sim racers will be swearing their guts out about it. Forza has gained its fame for being a realistic simulator, not only in terms of vehicles, but the many detailed, real life tracks. For those circuit racers, this game will probably look like an arcade style, “Need for Speed game”, although it reminds more of the two Test Drive Unlimited games, which were fine and hit their target, but are nowhere near the graphics, handling and realistic racing that fans of the Forza franchise love.
We’ll only find out how good it really is when it releases on September 27 this year.