Two great driving games back to back this fall make for a racing game junkies dream come true. Not to mention, both of them offer something great and slightly different from the other and are receiving stellar reviews. The latest game to bear the Forza name, Forza Horizon has arrived on the scene with an open world racing sim set in the mythical world of Colorado. While it is not quite as entrenched in the simulation side of things as the previous games in the series, it still maintains a great driving feel and honors the Forza tradition well.
Horizon is brought to you by created by Playground Games and has a lot of great minds behind it including former Codemasters and Bizarre Creations folks who all have great pedigree in fun and interesting racing games. I believe Horizon should scratch the single player, hardcore racing fan itch just enough to tide you over until the next regular installment hits while still providing some fun multiplayer options in gorgeous looking open world. But what do I know? Not as much as these people...
Jeff Gerstman at GiantBomb has the pedal to the metal (5/5): “Video games represent society's relationship with cars in a variety of ways, from kart racers for the kids all the way up to intense simulations that all but require you to build a cockpit facsimile in the middle of your home. Any racing video game--especially one on a console--is going to split the difference between those two extremes, but games that really try to appeal to the "arcade" audience as well as the simulation crowd usually end up producing a watered-down mess that pleases no one. Forza Horizon threads the needle and pulls it off surprisingly well.”
Jordan Mallory at Joystiq takes it for a spin (4/5): “Forza Horizon is a game for someone who knows the difference between a Lotus and a TVR, but may not know what PSI is most appropriate for slick tires on a sub-70 degree morning. “
Shaun McInnis at GameSpot found his sweet spot (8.5/10): “Sweeping praries and looming peaks set a grand stage, and a persistent sense of competition keeps the vast expanse from feeling lonely. Add in Forza's famously stellar driving physics, and you have a game that makes it a joy to hit the asphalt and roam wherever the road takes you. The experience isn't as refined as its predecessors, but Horizon is an exciting and adventurous spinoff just the same.”