47 of 53 people found the following review helpful
on October 24, 2012
Note that I am NOT reviewing Forza so much in this review but merely the collector's edition of the game.
The CE for Forza Horizons hasn't quite lived up to CE's of previous Forza titles. In the past we've gotten flash drives (pointless, yes, but they have purdy Forza graphics on them) and keychains (ditto) and even color booklets, soundtracks, etc.
This one came with content. Content already in the game (I know this because the CE download was all of a few kilobytes.) No booklets, no trinkets, no doo-dads... Just an extra $20 bucks for stuff that'll probably be available for $10 bucks a few months from now.
Don't kick yourself if you didn't get the CE version - you'll do fine with the regular game.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on December 5, 2012
The is a GREAT follow-up to Forza 4. The environment is stunning, the racing excellent, but I have a few complaints. Compared to Forza 4, you can hit 100% accomplished in Horizon FAR sooner than in 4. After Forza 4, there are far fewer cars than I was used to too.
Also, there are no NPC drivers for your custom online races, a major disappointment for folks who, like me, like to race on their own. In Forza 4 you could pick any track and configuration and have a great race with a dozen NPC drivers. Nada in Horizon, making the custom races useless unless you want to dive into the chaos of online racing with trolls.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 7, 2013
The game seems to loosen up as opposed to the competetive theme from Forza 4.
The negative first:
1. no instructions included or available, which forces you back to the forza site or the internet to ask questions which have few answers.
2. AI (artificial intel) figures are all anorexic and the female figures pretty much dress like prostitutes. Nobody in their right mind dresses like this "in these areas of Colorado" (lived there done that)(mom and dad, consider this image when you are buying for your children...my age appropriate scale may not be yours)
3.I gave it 4 stars because of the Message updates/no updates/ and former message updates/ you get when you first open the game. The game time server doesn't sync the messages accordingly. So though this game came out if the fall of 2012...some of your first messages are redundant and relate to november 2012 events that no longer exist...as I installed mine in march 2013.
(i'm in IT so my critique is more to the lazy programmers of this game since it has online multiplayer events, single player events, and ralley event tied to ForzaMotorSports.net...
Most messages are not deletable that are redundant...so you have to filter through all of them as they stack up in your bin when you do get new and recent ones. Definitely a Microsoft and XBOX programmer "I could care less" non deliberation and pre-marketing flaw.
4. though the graphics are decent...the Trac and road graphics are not overwhelmingly as great in my opinion as in Forza4 . (Kudos though to the Ralley tracks graphics.
5.Music he!! ...is all I can say for the "Radio" feature...
6. You can't adjust individual vehicle settings, Like tire air pressure...so those are not programmed into the game to help make a difference in the handling of the vehicles, so that means you are locked in to the preconfigured settings except for UPRADES like motors and suspension etc.
7.The graphics after taking snapshots of the cars you own are not as good as that in forza4.
1. Barn finds are sellable once you find them. You could put and extra 10,000,000 in your account for these so called rare cars...and if you don't use them...sell them to buy the cars you want. They can only be found when the Announcer/MC sends out a notice and at that time the barn doors hidding the car are opened. If you'll do #2 below first..all but 2 barn finds will be made available to you. The other 2 barn find cars will be made available as you further your racing-event activity.
2. Upgrades...Knock down all of the DAKS signs on the map...will take you a few hours...I did that the first day...it then gives you UNLIMITED upgrades at no charge to any car in the game. Do that first...go to your map settings and shut off all map features...the map will list the minimal and show you where the Red DAK signs are. Once you've knocked one down it credited to your account as a discount % and it greys out in color.
3. 2,000.000 points available via a glitch in the game.(won't give you any more than that)...just search at y o u t u b e and you'll find out how.
4. use can use that glitch to make the car used to make use of the vulnerability in the game as a jumping ramp to get "Air Time" points...
5. Off road Ralley...Love it...you can make any car a ralley car...but in single player mode you can only use your choice of 5 ralley cars made available by the game itself. (limited choice because real ralley cars are limited and Forza figured part of that into the game).
6. illegal street races. Doing #2 first above allows you to upgrade free for street racing.
7. Multiplayer racing...is what it is like in Forza 4.
8. My XBOX 360 has not locked up once with this game due to what I'm sure is the pull back from partial high-def graphics and additional car features not being adjustable...I have over 60 hrs in on this game so far...not 1 glicth yet. In Forza 4 I can expect at least 1 glitch every two hours of heaviy racing and use as it does make the GPU work hard.
Just OK comments...
1. The game features the ability to ROAM the mapped area freely...but that area is very limited.
2. The limited addition does come with the free VIP...***butttt***don't activate the game online via your XBOX.com account. ***Activate (enter the key) while you are IN GAME...or even though your game shows VIP status after you insert the game...it will still show you that you need to purchase the VIP status so if you forget you have it...you will be charged $$$ for what already came with the game...no fix to this from XBOX...
3. you can use in game earned credits to purchace cars and paint and decals...but make sure you choose Credits over COINS...press the appropriate button for the proper choice.
4. The packaging is OK but not woth the extra money...and slides out of a plastic sleave...so don't cut up your sleave trying to get the aluminum DVD disk holder out of it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 17, 2012
When I first heard the new Forza was going to be free roaming yet still keep the Forza simulate driving I assumed Forza had lost it. Thankfully I was wrong. From the title screen, Horizon is a unique experience. Set in beautiful waiving roads of Colorado at the heat of Autumn. Horizon is celebration of cars. It's not just about being the first across the line, it also about exploration and learning how the cars handle outside the track. The gameplay is easy to learn yet difficult to master. You feel like you are playing an arcade racer until you hit a corner. The graphics are amazing the sounds is spot on. if you have a big screen with surround sound you'll love this game.
10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on May 25, 2013
Forza 4 and Gran Turismo 5 are two of my favorite games this generation. So for me getting the next Forza seemed like a no brainier, I guess I should've done my homework.
The team at turn 10 decided to go in a different direction with this game, they abandoned their simulation roots for an arcade style. This in itself would be a disappointment for me, but I might've been able to get past this if the game were enough, Burnout Paradise and Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012) were both great arcade racers that I loved despite not having simulation elements.
Where this game really fails for me is in its presentation. Upon booting the game up you'll be treated to a cutscene which sets up the story. Here is the synopsis:
A bunch of bros go to Denver to all race their 'souped-up rides' and compete with other bros to win more rides bro.
Seriously it's drivel. If you choose not to mute the cutscenes you will here cars being referred to as 'rides' nearly a dozen times in the first hour. I would expect this from the Pimp My Ride game but not from the people that made Forza 4. The love and respect for cars that you've seen in GT5, F4, and the Top Gear tv series has been replaced by a vapid, Fast and the Furious style idiocy and this is the game's biggest failure.
As a collectors edition this game didn't hold much water either. For the extra money you get a cooler case and three download codes. That's it. No art book, lithograph, statue, model car, nothing. Kinda weak. But the case is really nice
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 14, 2013
I wasn't sure what to expect when I purchased this, but it has been a lot of fun. I am enjoying being a "character" in the story at a car festival. You can compete in different races and events to gain popularity. Lots of fun so far!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 10, 2013
I will review the entire game, but I'll preface with this....DON'T BUY THE LCE! It's a waste of an extra $20! For the handful of extra cars you receive, VIP status, and double XP in multiplayer, it's just not enough. Monthly DLC packs are $5 each. If you were to buy four of these you'd have better value for money. Most of the cars in the LCE are just cars that are offered in the main game with a different paint livery. VIP status has gotten me 3-4 gift cars from Turn 10, which are pretty cool, but still not really that big of a deal.
I bought this game with nigh hopes. I am a huge fan of the Forza series, and have played them all since the first one for the original Xbox. Forza 4 is the best racing game I've ever played. I anxiously awaited the release of Horizon, but I was a bit nervous. I really hoped for a cross between Test Drive Unlimited and Forza 4. Great handling cars, great selection of cars, and a huge, completely open world. That's not what Horizon delivered, unfortunately. I will explain my issues in order of importance to me...
1. Not truly open world - Impenetrable fences line every road, and there are few playground-type areas. In Test Drive Unlimited a player was able to just drive out across open areas, mountains, etc., and wind up on another road. In Horizon this is impossible.
2. Short single player campaign - Not many races, and once you're done it's difficult to make any money in the game.
3. Not many cars in the game - Forza 4 has over 500 cars in the game. Horizon has 150 or so. That's not many, considering a lot of them are the same cars with different paints. I've purchased most of the cars I really want, except a few Ferraris that are $5,000,000+.
4. Multiplayer stops giving credit rewards at lvl. 50 - After 5-6 casual nights of multiplayer, I am already to level 29. Every time a player levels up there is a sort of lottery, where one can win cash or a car. At level 50 these rewards stop. This really kills the replay value for me. Once I hit 50 I will have no reason to play the game anymore.
5. Too easy to reach 100% completion and achievements - After one week of playing I had all of the achievements and had 100% completion on single player.
6. No tuning - You can still upgrade, and some of the upgrades are pretty ridiculous. 1000 horsepower Mustangs, GTRs, and Lambos can be had, and the upgrades are free once you collect all the signs around the map. The problem with the upgrades is that you can't tune the suspension or gearing once you've upgraded a car. A 1000 horsepower mustang tops out at 200MPH, due to gearing, and you can't do anything about it. Other cars have so much turbo lag that it takes 10 seconds to get going in 1st gear, since the gearing is too high. There are also no All Wheel Drive or Rear Wheel Drive swaps. You can't make a rear wheel drive Subaru or Honda, and you can't make an all wheel drive Datsun Z.
7. Map is too small - You can drive around the entire map in 10 minutes, and there aren't that many roads. I had 100% of the roads discovered within 2 hours of putting the disc in. This is in contrast to TDU, where it took weeks to drive all the roads. Granted, the graphics and scenery weren't as good, but the vast world made up for it.
Having said all that, this really is a fun game. The driving is nice, and just cruising around was a lot of fun for a few hours, at least. I would recommend either renting it, or waiting until it's cheaper. It's really easy to beat, and though the scenery is lovely, I found myself going back to Forza 4 shortly after beating Horizon.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 4, 2012
This game has many aspects that are can remind you of its sister-game, but at the same time, departs from many known aspects of Motorsports. Enough to make some people hate the game simply because it is not exactly as its companion.
First off, The Bad.
Tuning- There isn't any. The upgrade system is carried over and then some, but any possibility to tune even a little bit is gone. There is no way to tame the upgraded 1000+BPH cars.
Graphics- Side by side, Forza Motorsports 4 is crisper, sharper, and cleaner looking. Frame rate has been dropped from 60 in FM4 to 30 in FH. This difference is notable especially on the move. The high-speed graphics suffer dramatically. Take a car over 175MPH from cockpit view and the high-speed shaking is unbearable. It is so much smoother in FM4 and looks as if you really are going that fast.
Handling- It is nowhere near as sharp or precise. It's a bit comedic how easy it is to slide out the tail end of a car compared to FM4. You don't get the same feeling when turning into a corner since there is no apex to hit.
Environment- There are so many things that you'd expect to mow down, only to have them stop you dead in your tracks or upside-down in a ditch. Then at the same time, some things you avoid break like fiberboard...
Replays- Lack of. Self= explanatory this one.
Now The Good.
Upgrading- Sure there is no tuning, but it makes you think about how you upgrade your car. Instead of mindlessly dropping 1000+BHP into a car and then adjust it to compensate, you have to think about what kind of BPH can handle with what upgrades the game provides, much like real life.
Handling- Yes, again. There are many downsides to it. But at the same time it is so much more fun. Yes, you can slide the tail out for a while before the traction control takes over unlike FM4 where it is always on. Even with it off, it is much more stable to control a long drift. Don't know what you're doing and you're gonna spin out or understeer into a fence.
Graphics- Really. Daytime modeling is a bit disappointing, but once the sun goes down, the graphics go into a class of their own. The cars are stunning at night and nothing currently can compare to it.
Now, The Opinionated.
Cars- the amount of cars in the game is by far, less than FM4. Sure, its less, but with FH being first series, you'd have to expect that. Horizon is not meant to replace Motorsports 4 or even expand upon it. So to say that something has less than its predecessor when it doesn't have one is funny.
Damage- Cosmetic only. Head first into a truck and you actually push the truck back. Unreal, but there is enough stuff to stop you. Without worrying about higher damage, some people have resorted to reckless driving. Meanwhile, those who are respectable maintain a clean racing mentality. Some people are just bad drivers.
Online- Less features than FM4, but retains the fun bits. Tag has been renamed. Racing is still there. C&M is still there. Sure some people say that racing is less fun since there is less chance of forcing someone out of a race by ramming them into a wall, but that just means there is a more even field for drivers. While it won't stop people from pushing you into the wall, it does make it harder for them to actually ruin your race.
Drifting- No official game mode, but not needed. In FM4, it was tricky to drift. In FH, its easier. Some miss it, but its not impossible. It does take some honor, but it does allow for better action. Instead of being stuck on a track, you get wide open roads to drift with your friends anywhere you want.
Map Size- Some say its too small. Some say its too limited. Sure you can power from one side of the map to the other in 15 minutes, but you'd end up in a few trees, light poles, mountains, and miss what the game really is about. There are actually two races in the game that take you around the whole map. Less than 200 people in the world have completed that race under 10 minutes (This statement is true as of November 4th, 2012. This statement may become false as more drivers take on the challenge). The map is meant to explored instead of being powered through.
DLC- There will be 7 months worth of cars. This is confirmed with the Season Pass. Will we see new or "missing" cars? That is anyones guess.
Expansions- Confirmed for December. Rally returns with the infamous Forza Physics engine behind it.
Support- Alive now, and will probably be kicking well until and after Forza Motorsports 5. Support for FM4 while was a bit stagnated during the FH release, has been returning to what we all know.
Limited Collectors Edition- Lacking. As the community shares what they've received with previous orders of LCE Forza Motorsports (1-4), when compared for FH it lacks so many things, primarily something solid that you can hold onto other than the fancy case. You get a VIP Bonus online, but that is only temporary. There are perks in hte long run, but most people can't see pass that.
Overall. This fame I give a solid 4 stars. No, its not like Forza Motorsports 4, but thats why it doesn't have Motorsports its its name. This game is a new Horizon for the Forza franchise, Forza Horizon. This game was never advertised as a sim, never called a sim, never designed as a sim from developers. People claim it is an arcade racer, but it is so much better than that. There are many faults with the game, some that are pretty obvious, others that you have to really have to look for. Regardless of these, this game is one of the best games out right now. A casual racer for those who want to have fun, not to be taken too seriously.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 29, 2013
There are two kinds of racing games: simulation and arcade. I am not a big enthusiast so I don't like the hard core simulations (the usual forza/F1/nascar/etc). But the arcade ones just seem cheesy (burnout paradise was amazing though, old need for speed games go here). This is a good mixture of both.
It doesn't get 5 stars because of how they did the DLC. The limited edition pack comes with 2 "tokens" (things you buy in the game) but the only stuff I would get cost 3 or above. Also you have to buy DLC to, not just unlock cars, but to have cars available for purchase with credits (things you get in the game) or tokens. It is rather silly and complicated to me. But it is fun to just race around.
The flexible difficulty settings are really good too.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 20, 2012
The short version is that this game is basically Need For Speed: Pro Street with the Forza name on it. The car list, which is heavy on high end exotics and low range hatchbacks, leaves a lot to be desired. The vehicle control and racing experience doesn't live up to the Forza standard. The customization options are the exact same as Forza 4, with no game exclusive options or even new vinyls. Overall, a big disappointment. The Forza name should be left to what it's known for: huge simulator quality racing with a ton of depth and playability. Horizon isn't all bad, and it is basically fun to play, but it doesn't come anywhere close to its Forza siblings. It's kind of the younger step-brother nobody wants around.