E3 2018 (HANDS-ON): Forza Horizon 4
Forza Horizon 4 is this year’s highlight racing game and from what we have heard during the Xbox conference, seasons will change everything.
Horizon 4 is the new iteration to the Forza Horizon series and the Forza franchise. It offers more of an arcade driving experience compared to the Motorsport series. What’s to Horizon 4? This is what I wanted to see for myself and after a hands-on experience with the game, I was quite happy!
New McLaren SENNA
In every Forza, a car is featured and this time, it is the brand-new Mclaren Senna. Capable of dangerous speeds and amazing handling, the Senna definitely is a car you want to bring out with you at the Festival. Show it off to your friends as well – every one of your friend who connects can interact with one another, challenge each other in real time, beat scores and more.
As far as driving goes, it controls great. I would be lying if I was to compare it to the actual thing since I do not have any access to an actual Senna, but in-game, it is fast, smooth, and controls like a charm. It has a unique and ferocious engine that delivers a monstrous 789 hp.
Thanks to the 4.0L M840TR Twin Turbo V8 engine, it can reach a top speed of 211 mph (340 km/h) – the top speed is electronically limited by the manufacturer for safety purposed – it can hit 0-124 mph (200 km/h) in 6.8 seconds and 0-186 mph (299 km/h) in 17.5 seconds. Its time on a quarter mile stands at 9.9 seconds.
It is important to mention that the numbers provided are statistics from non-GTR model of the Senna, the same model that was playable in the demo.
Four seasons to play with
If you have watched the reveal trailer that was played during the Xbox press conference earlier this week, then you might have noticed that there will be a dynamic season change mechanic in Forza Horizon 4. In the demo, you get to select your first car – I picked the Viper – and drive through to a checkpoint. Once you reach the line, the season changes and you get to drive a brand new vehicle.
The demo was designed to have you not only experience the raw power of the new McLaren Senna, but also the difference in seasons and how certain type of racing cars are affected by the change. For example, drifting on snow and water isn’t the same, and you feel that first hand in Horizon 4.
Weather also affects gameplay. Depending on the season you are in, the weather can change accordingly. Weather changes mean tracks have different levels of friction and texture. A smooth road won’t have the same driving experience if it is wet, dry, or even covered in snow.
The demo I played gave me a chance to test a little bit of the new seasons and cars. Visually, the environment is a lot more defined and the visual quality is smoother. Forza Horizon 4 will, in my opinion, be one of the best ones of the series yet!