posted by Kirk_Tuminaro (LAS VEGAS, NV) Jan 6, 2013
Member since Jan 2013
gamers (57%) found this review helpful
I'm a brand new member of Gamefly. Forza Horizon was one of the first two games I was sent. I was really anticipating getting to play this, because it had this kind of sandbox feel to it which I loved in the 2009 game from Codemasters called FUEL. Watching a few gameplay videos on YouTube further led me to believe that some of my very limited income was going to be spent on this game. Well, let's just say I'm very glad I rented it first.
The gameplay itself is extremely well done. The cars all have very distinct handling, and the difficulty can be customized in a number of areas, so that players of all skill levels can have a fun, challenging and enjoyable experience.
My love affair with the game was short-lived, however. It pretty much soured as soon as I checked out the "Marketplace", only to find that there is a huge amount of DLC available in the game which, if one were to purchase the options with the most bang for the buck (a "Season Pass" including all available cars and races, plus a "Token Pack" of 75 Tokens), it would turn a $60 premium game title into a roughly $200 investment.
I'm sorry, but if I buy a game at the full premium title price of $60, then somehow I expect that the game is going to be mostly complete. I understand that developers release DLC for most games now, but when the cost of that DLC could potentially triple the amount paid up front, I consider that to be patently greedy and unfair.
This Forza is a great racing game, but please understand up front that if you are a completist who wants all of the available content, you will be shelling out far more than $60. And that is something which on a limited fixed income, I simply cannot justify. Sorry, Microsoft, but you have turned me from a renter with full intent to buy, into simply a highly dissatisfied renter of your game.
I really like the Forza franchise. This was the only one I didnt like.. Reminded me of the older arcade racing games.. Played the demo, was pretty cool, but something was lost in the actual game. It wasnt any better than the demo.. Would be a whole lot better with more crash physics, less - slam that wall at 120mph, just "wrinkles" paint job and pops out the glass.. Not as much fun as the forza series, but some others may like that. To each their own, I wanted a better dynamic racing game (even if its on the road)
Well, I've never been into racing games much. I do own Forza 2,3 and 4. I play them for a few races and get kinda bored to just race and race. I think Forza went out of their comfort zone and tried something new and I like it! It's the first racing game that I will probably play all night. I don't like the DLC expensive stuff but hey, I guess it does cost money to develop the DLC so that's ok. I think where Horizon keeps getting bad reviews on tuning and the racing aspect is they spent alot of time on a story line, voices, maps and other things to make it an arcade game. It's also nice for old folks like me to enjoy what Forza can do with graphics but then be able to just drive around if I want to without having to worry about tweaking my car. I just buy it. It was a nice break between Forza games and caters to a different crowd. Well done. I read a review that someone compared this to TDU and complaining about the true open world where you can drive around America site seeing. I guess I'll have to rent that now. I just like everything that Horizon is for now. They made it almost like a car party for the lazy that get tired of intense all the time . And that's ok by me. They should have put in more radio stations and a bigger variety of music but I guess you can plug in your own music. And my only other complaint is that since they added a GPS Nagivator, she should talk more and have a volume control. Sometimes she helps, sometimes she plows me into the wall and sometimes she didn't warn me about the sharp curve at all.