Forza Horizon

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Forza Horizon
Forza Horizon cover.jpg
Welcome to Horizon.
Protagonist: Generic nameless Caucasian male
Genre: Racing
Platforms: Xbox 360
Release Date: NA: October 23, 2012
JP: October 25, 2012
EU: October 26, 2012
Developer: Playground Games
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Made in: United Kingdom
Franchise: Forza
Previous Game: Forza Motorsport 4
Next Game: Forza Motorsport 5 (chronologically)
Forza Horizon 2 (Horizon series)

Forza Horizon is an open-world racing video game developed for Microsoft's Xbox 360 console. It is the fifth instalment in the Forza series, and the first entry in the Horizon sub-series made by Playground Games. The game received positive reviews from critics and received a sequel, Forza Horizon 2, that was released on 30 September 2014.

Why It Rocks

  1. Like Burnout Paradise, the game takes place in a massive open world, something not seen often in racing games.
  2. Awesome graphics with superbly modelled cars to drive and some breathtaking sceneries.
  3. The story is somewhat reminiscent of what Need for Speed: ProStreet went with, but that is not a bad thing, especially since Forza Horizon does it way better.
  4. Decent soundtrack.
  5. You no longer lose credits after a race if your car takes damage.
  6. Amazing gameplay; unlike the main Motorsport series, you are free to drive like a madman, pulling off all sorts of crazy maneuvers.
  7. Large world based on Colorado to drive around in, with plenty to discover like roads, discount billboards, classic cars abandoned in barns, and of course, plenty of racing events! This all creates an element of discovery.
  8. Customize your car any way you want. Want to deck out your Ford GT to look like the 4-time Le Mans champion? Well, you can!
  9. The Horizon Rally expansion, which not only offers some substantial content, but it also offers a different play-style, being closer to a game licensed by the FIA's World Rally Championship.
  10. A fast travel system is in place to make travelling between events less strenuous. Once discovered, each Horizon Outpost has 3 PR events to enter that reward you with discounts on fast travelling; beat all 3 at a given camp, and you can fast travel to it for free!

Bad Qualities

  1. The "1000 Club" DLC is no longer available since the game was delisted from Xbox Live. Even when it was available, some of the associated achievements required additional DLC to obtain.
  2. The ability to fast travel anywhere on the map (rather than just the Festival and the Outposts) was a (now unavailable) paid DLC option, unlike in all the sequel entries which made them an in-game unlockable feature.
  3. The open world is rather restrictive compared to its sequels (sans the 360 version of Forza Horizon 2) and even other open world games of its time (such as Test Drive Unlimited 2).