Game review: Forza Horizon 4

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Forza Horizon 4 is based in the UK (Photo Credit: Luke Barry)

 

Taking gamers to the heart of Edinburgh.

For the most avid of racing game enthusiasts, Playground Games’ latest addition to the Forza Horizon series seems to be a must-have. With its vast array of cars and open world format, the game is somewhat unique in today’s rather depleted racing market, but uniqueness doesn’t guarantee greatness.

However, the series’ fourth instalment carved its way into the hearts of Scottish gamers before players even got their hands on it, when it was announced that the game would be based in the UK and perhaps most pertinently, would feature Edinburgh as its major city.

Released one week ago, we’ve had plenty of time to get to grips with Forza Horizon 4. The question is: has the game lived up to the hype?

In short: yes. It’s been a while since I personally have enjoyed a racer game this much. Since I picked up the controller to play my first game, I have struggled to put it down.

One of the biggest features of Horizon 4 in comparison with its predecessors is the changing of seasons. Where players used to be able to take on a variety of weather conditions, the world now automatically transforms depending on the season.

With the seasons altering each week, players are immersed into the bright buzz of summer, the dark range of autumn’s colours, the snow and ice of winter and the blossom of spring, all of which help to totally transform the gaming experience and allow it to feel fresh and new.

No good racer is complete without a strong selection of cars, but Forza Horizon 4 covers that basis emphatically. From old British classics like the Land-Rover Defender to McLaren’s brand new Senna hypercar, no matter what your car culture is, you’re likely to be catered for.

All road networks available to explore in your chosen vehicle are also truly stunning. From traditional UK motorways to winding mountain roads, farm tracks and city streets, Forza Horizon 4 has it all with the views to go with it. The series has previously visited Colorado, the south of France and Australia, but none of these landscapes get close to the breathtaking beauty of the UK.

Several real-life landmarks prominently feature in the game: The Uffington White Horse, Glenfinnan Viaduct and Bamburgh Castle are just some of the highlights, alongside many of the beloved Edinburgh treasures like the Scott Monument and Edinburgh Castle, which make appearances too.

But what of Edinburgh? How accurate is Forza Horizon 4’s depiction of the capital? Check out the video below to see for yourself.

 

If you’re into your racing games, you’ve more than likely already picked up Forza Horizon 4, but with its variety of racing types, locations to explore and compact yet diverse nature, I truly believe this game is appealing to anyone remotely interested in gaming.

It combines all the necessary requirements of a modern game – stunning visuals, a strong story, and good online multiplayer options – whilst including all the things that made old racers like Need For Speed Underground 2 and Test Drive Unlimted so fun.

Just make sure to get yourself an Xbox One, as sadly the game isn’t available on Playstation. I would know; I bought Microsoft’s console just to play it.

 

 

 

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