Today is the day that car lovers and video game lovers alike have been waiting for. Forza Horizon just hit retail shelves nationwide bringing the fun of the fictitious Horizon car and music festival in Colorado to life on Microsoft’s Xbox 360 game console. Forza already has a very solid pedigree with the four installments to the Forza Motorsport series receiving critical acclaim over the years. Forza Horizon is certainly a departure from that so lets take a look at what gamers can expect when they pick it up.
The game takes place in a fictionalized version of colorado, spanning a wide variety of landscapes and settings from suburban side-streets, to highways, dirtroads festival grounds, a golf course, and even national parks. You’ll find yourself driving over a variety of terrain, needing a broad set of skills, and racing against all sorts of competition from other cars (obviously) to even hot air balloons planes, and even helicopters.
As a mysterious new driver to the Horizon festival, winning your entry wristband access through a radio contest, you work your way up through the ranks, progressing to increasingly elite festival wristband tiers. You’ll get to try out a vast selection of cars. You’ll even find some abandoned rare beauties hidden away in neglected barns across Colorado.
This is a new kind of Forza to be sure. If you’re more familiar with the Need for Speed series or any other emergent open world driving experience then you have already got a good idea what to expect here. It takes you away from the rigidity of track driving and into the world of the civilian car enthusiast. This Forza isn’t about statistics, or details. Its about the sheer fun of the open road and letting loose. The only number that matters is being #1.
Celebrate speed, music, and style at the Horizon Festival. Forza Horizon combines legendary Forza authenticity with the freedom of the open road.
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