Forza Horizon 3 Review

“Forza Horizon 3” the game racing fans on every platform needed.

I have played other racing games like the previous Forza’s and the odd racing game that catches my eye, but Forza took that love to a whole new level. As a kid, I found I had a strong liking towards cars, old cars, and new cars. Forza Horizon 3  allowed me to get “behind the wheels”, and enjoy driving my favorite luxurious cars around the beautiful roads of Australia. You don’t need to be a motorhead like me to like a good drive, to enjoy crossing through the gorgeous view, or appreciate the behavior of beautiful machines, when the weather gets tough. It’s clear that Playground Games has understood how to properly create a living breathing world to drive my favorite cars in. Forza has the balance between the old classic fun of an arcade racing game and the detailed nature of an open world racing game and that balance is adjustable to suit your gaming style. For those who seek a joy ride, there’s good news, every car is ready to drive as soon as you are. For those hardcore gamers who like a challenge and are looking for more difficulty, there’s a realistic driving experience, that gives detailed customizations, right down to the tire pressure.

Forza Horizon 3 give you the element of choice and goes further than what most racing games have gone. Want to stick to the roads? That’s fine, there’s plenty of open roads to drive how we want. But now we’re in Australia – a map twice the size of  Forza Horizon 2 – including, desert, beaches, and rainforest, all with weather conditions to keep you on your feet looking for what’s next. Featuring over 350 cars (and counting) the cool thing is, we have no rules about how we use each vehicle. You could be as sane or crazy as you want. You could tackle harsh terrains with an appropriate 4×4, or you can throw your favorite car down those hills, smashing and crashing through trees as you go.

Forza Horizon 3 offers complete roaming freedom, we’ve been waiting…

However you drive, you’ll never be penalized. You could stick to the roads or watch the navigation as points you towards your destination, or ignore them altogether. “Turn around,” you don’t say? Nah, I’m going to plow through this open plain and fly off the cliff, because that’s just how I am. Sure, you may get tired of driving like that, but that hasn’t happened to me yet. You’re awarded points for “Clean Driving” if you don’t hit something for a while. Or you can miss that corner and smash up garden fences and get “Great wreckage”. For those who do want to drive properly, a great feature makes a return: the ability to rewind a few times and recover from your mistake, giving us a fair second chance, just like in Prince of Persia: Sands of Time.

Forza Horizon 3 Open World Freedom
Forza Horizon 3 Open World Freedom

Forza Horizon 3 loosely revolves around a racing festival and it’s simply an event going to different parts of the map and racing different vehicles. What’s different this time is instead of merely being there to race, you’re allowed to be the boss of the race. Being in or managing the festival feels like an enjoyable breeze that requires a limited amount of work. The world extensively allows us freedom to make choices. It’s the philosophy of the game to give total freedom, may that be free roaming causing destruction or running the festival. We’ve got total freedom of where and what we want to accomplish.

The easiest way of explaining our online activity. It’s an amazing adventure playing online allowing me to play effortlessly, with zero lag or drops. How the multiplayer mode works is, the game searches for people and events you have in common, we then are given various challenges, which include straight-up racing like (sprint races, team races) and funny game modes like (Capture The Flag, Infection). You could also ignore the events and drive around. Again, the choice is yours. The multiplayer element is perfectly made, and I never felt it was a dull or lifeless mode, in fact, playing online has shown me a new side of the game I couldn’t undergo playing single player mode.

Playground Games has handcrafted a beautifully detailed open world game.

Wow, Forza Horizon 3 is simply gorgeous and is easily one of the best-looking games I’ve played and loved right away on the Xbox One. The beauty is enhanced by excellent dynamic lighting, that frequently shines through dense rainforests, gently glinting off metal material as I drive through the rainforest in my favorite rainforest cruising vehicle. The details haven’t stopped with the spectacular level lighting. The attention to detail goes as far as each car model textured with details the appropriate detail from the interacted environment, for example when you get the vehicles wet or drive a vehicle down mud tracks the level or objects show the relevant detail.

Forza Horizon 3 Rainforest Location
Forza Horizon 3 Rainforest Location

To add onto my breathtaking experience the music and sounds effects were phenomenal adding an extra layer of emersion and enjoyability for me. When I turned on the music I happily intently sat playing toons from the game, that’s a fine example of the added emotional effects of the music. I found joy in hearing the engines, and each car has its own harmonic signature, rumbling. It’s quite a treat in surround sound.


TryGamers has determined Forza Horizon 3 to be a five-star racing game, said in a quote:

“Forza Horizon 3 is long awaited racing game fans on all plateforms can enjoy”.