Is Forza Still Worth It In 2021?

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There is a rumor mill surrounding the release next in succession for the Forza Horizon series over the last weeks. It may be coming sooner than expected, at least Game Beat’s Jeff Grubb seems to think so, referenced to a Podcast on Video Games Chronical. He says that Playground may be ready to release the new version of the hit console game within the year, which wouldn’t be an outrageous expectation considering that previous releases followed along a two year schedule starting with the first in 2012.


For those unfamiliar with Forza Horizon it is an open world racing game that is highly

focused on mass multiplayer features while offering a variety of racing options. Not to

mention hundreds of real world car models to choose from. The most recent evolution, Forza Horizon 4, takes place in Great Britain and features a storyline mode complete with a mini Top Gear episode series inside. A major development was the addition of seasonal conditions that change weekly along with challenges to earn points toward specialty cars and other customization items. From week to week you’ll be juggling spring rains to the fall leaves or heavy snow as you race through pre-set maps or use the “Blueprint” function to create your own.




It’s a few of these features that keeps Forza feeling fresh week after week. The game encourages a lot of co-operation in addition to competitive gameplay, which isn’t an option we see often in racing games. Convoy allows you to group up with friends and drive in the open world with plenty of options of how to configure group adventures or just drift freestyle together. “Forzathon” events spawn regularly across all maps for all players in a session to take on making it easy to find new connections to play with in game.



Two content downloads are available to expand on your fun, Fortune Island and Lego Speed Champions, both which come with their own set of objectives and rewards. Lego could pretty much stand alone as it’s own game if not already designed to compliment Horizon as there are several hundred brick challenges to complete to construct your own Lego house and car collection, including a little Lego Senna. How cute! It’s a fun and unique experience using your simulator set-up to put yourself behind the wheel of a Lego car that does over 200 miles per hour. And although the wheel inputs for the game aren’t as realistic as populator simulator softwares such as Assetto Corsa or iRacing, it still is accurate enough to enjoy through popular options like the Logitech G920 with some adjustments. The gamer’s usual weapon of choice is the Xbox/USB controller.

The only real hang up is the first 20 levels spent in the tutorial seasons that introduce the race types and most activities. When you first enter the game you'll be in a solo mode until level 30 when you can connect to servers that will be busy with between 25-60 people. Then you'll be able to convey, connect to races and use Rival for PVP.


In early December, creator Playground, dropped an early Christmas surprise on Horizon 4 players with the addition of Super 7 which expands on the games ability for fully customizable race events. A race can be constructed by driving through your favorite routes marking check points and adding obstacles for stunt style extras. Players can win bonuses through completing challenges other players have set for them or make their own. If there weren't already enough reasons to keep playing, Playgrounds' eye on players' need for new content keeps the game alive.


 

The several classifications for racing in Forza Horizon 4:




Road Racing Series

Both circuit and point “A” to point “B” races on the roadways. Anything goes when it comes to the class of cars that can be used in these races though some seasonal events may be restricted by manufacturer, type or class.


Dirt Racing Series

Both circuit and point “A” to point “B” races both on and off the roadways. Expect sand and mud, lots of it. Maybe occasionally grass, fences and wreckage involved. Only the brave will select their exotic cars for these races. Trucks, AWDs and buggies are all the easier modes.

Cross Country Series

Both circuit and point “A” to point “B” races both on and off the roadways, over the river and through the woods. Try not to plow into Grandma’s house. The turns can be tight in the bigger trucks and SUVs that will be forced on you.


Street Scene

Only available on the mainland in the standard game. The ingame narrator calls the races “unsanctioned” and they take place at night with the aid of giant flares as checkpoints. Though AI can usually be pretty vicious in this game, it's the worst in these races.



Drag Strip


As advertised and really straight forward. Pun intended.


Showcase


Here's where they went Fast and Furious in the latter years where we're racing against hovercraft that are trying to run over us or some plane is involved.



 

Additional activities are scattered throughout the mainland standard game and all the expansions called PR Stunts: