Ok first i would like to say this is my third time playing any Racing game and its Great the only problem i have with it is the Sliding while driving. If you turn to quickly or you accidentally shift to fast or too late your sliding, but on Automatic its still the same except just turning to quickly while trying to drift around a corner. Thats my well horrible Review but other than that its a Great game and the map is only about 15 miles Wide but it seems like 50.
Basically, take the open world of Midnight Club, some of the recklessness of Burnout Paradise (build rep by speed, drifting, destroying road signs, passing cars [or avoid head-ons] as close as possible), and the cars of Forza and you get Forza: Horizon. When I heard about this, I really didn't think it would work, but then I got the game on sale, and except for a couple hours playing Game Room, I haven't stopped playing Horizon. Now, maybe it's not as exacting on tune-ups and it's missing Autovista (and for that matter Clarkson ripping on the cars), but this isn't Forza Motorsport 5. When that comes out (probably late 2013 or 2014 [or XBox720 or whatever the next one will be called]), all that will be there. This is a spinoff of FM, and one that is equal to it.