Forza Horizon 4 – A Seasonal Festival
Forza Horizon 4 is the fourth installment of the series. It brings forward new features such as seasons and loads more social interaction.
Playground Games’ new Horizon game features cool new options in the likes that we have never seen in this franchise. New social features will now allow to show off in front of your friends and others online.
Welcome to Britain
Forza Horizon 4 takes place in Britain. In this part of the world, landscapes are impressive and roads are made to push you to the limit. The view also is astonishing. During your ascension from a rookie to a pro, you will encounter many breathtaking sceneries.
Racing in Britain is cult. The scene is quite open about it; there are some underground movements as well. As you unlock content and additional races, you will discover that both scenes are showcased. While one is supported and sanctioned by the Horizon Festival, the others are meant to grant you more street cred.
The racing grid isn’t the only cult scene in Britain, EDM music is also part of the culture. Top international artists such as Odesza, Duck Sauce, Marshmello, MGMT, and Wolfgang Gartner are featured in the game’s extensive track list.
Britain is home to many great cars, of course – the electronic dance music is also a proficiency. Horizon 4 displays that satisfactorily.
A Crashing Decision
While Forza Horizon 4 highlights great roads and amazing cars to ride them, it offers somewhat of a questionable set of features.
First and foremost, it is important to remember that the previous titles of the series encouraged players to gain skill points and experience – they would later give you a chance to unlock extra cars or gain more currency. This was interesting because I was able to get more cars or purchase them at an accelerated rate.
In Horizon 4, that same roulette system now adds avatars customizable such as clothe and emotes. As much as I find it interesting for the new generation of players who enjoy memes, style, and silly emote dances, as a fan of the racing genre, I disgust. In the past titles, all rewards could be used towards the gain of a new vehicle to a certain extent. Now, the chances of gaining either credit or a car have been divided even further.
I was so unlucky during the early to middle parts of the game that I once got 5 rolls in a row that didn’t grant me nor credit, nor a new vehicle unlocks.
At the end of the day, the social aspect of Horizon 4 is taking over the core of what a racing video game is. I’m not claiming that players shouldn’t be able to show off progress with cool sets of clothes of emotes like the Running Man. What I am trying to point out is that hard work should be paid off with something with a stronger relevance.
Share Your Artwork
Tuning and all forms of customization are available in Forza Horizon 4. Fine tune gear ratios, change the look of your car and paint over some decals, these are all things you can do and save for use on any other vehicle you own. Being a game with strong social interactions, Forza Horizon 4 allows you to share some of your presets, but now also make some in-game currency as well.
When you head over to the auction, you can find some interesting cars for sale. Feel free to either out-bet another player or spend a little more and buy out the item – this guarantees the auctioned vehicle becomes yours. Thanks to this system, players who care less for certain cars won’t be stuck with them. Instead of selling them to “the game” for a set value, they ensure that someone else looking for those specific cars have access to them at a decent and probably cheaper price.
Additionally, artists who enjoy designing decals and original visuals for cars can also share their work. Now, Forza Horizon 4 lets you be apart of the community in a whole new way!
A Reflection of Today’s Society
Forza Horizon 4 brings to the table a lot of new content. Compared to its predecessors, this iteration offers a better racing experience in its overall. Whether you enjoy a casual race with automatic settings or have more control with practically a 1:1 simulation experience, Horizon 4 delivers various levels of excitements depending on your mood and expectations. As a racing game, this one is good, fun, interactive, and can be quite a challenge.
When it comes down to the rest of the features, those that aren’t directly related to the racing genre, but more on a social aspect, a lot can be said. On a personal note, I disagree with the amount of work put into those customizable items (clothe, emotes, etc.). However, looking at how our current day society is growing – looking at what they enjoy in terms of features – adding such elements becomes relevant.
Forza Horizon 4 is a racing game first and an MMO second.
- Interactive Gameplay
- Breath-Taking Visuals
- Feels Like You're In Britain
- Less Rewarding Roulette System
- Too Much Fan Service (Emotes, etc.)
- Graphic / Sound9.5
- Lasting Appeal6.5
- Fun Factor7.5