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Forza Horizon First Impression

Forza Horizon

We got some great hands on time with Forza Horizon and got to chat with Jon Knoles from Turn 10 Studios this past week as Xbox Canada held a preview for media.

First impressions of Forza Horizon: this is not Forza. Thankfully this is not Forza 5 and I sincerely hope the developers build Forza 5 as an extension of Forza 4 and not Horizon.

Forza Horizon feels a lot like “Test Drive” or “Need for Speed” and almost even like the “Grid” franchises. Granted the Forza physics are still present but something just feels off… when cruising around in the free world you definitely get the sense of an arcade racing game instead of the simulator that we all know Forza for.

The music has quite a mood change as Turn 10 Studios really emphasized the desire to really put drivers in the seat of the festival and experience a thrilling soundtrack familiar with those on the actual circuit.

Forza Horizon

The good:
Horizon will allow non-car enthusiasts and non-Forza lovers to turn to the franchise and play a game that is fun to play and not as serious.
Past Forza players will enjoy the fact that when Forza Horizon loads for the first time it will find their Forza 4 saved game file and import all of the vehicles and vinyl groups (awesome for those who have spent countless hours playing Forza 4 like myself)

The bad:
It seems there is only one location on the map where the main “Festival” is; where you can purchase vehicles, upgrade, paint and race. The problem with this is that you need to drive to this location without the option to jump to it or “fast drive” unless you are a certain distance away. The simulation damage aspect of Forza has also been removed which is a bit disappointing to me. When I race with my friends we race with simulation damage to enforce responsible driving. Now there is only cosmetic damage and it seems as though the number of cars available is much less than in Forza 4 (although this could be unlocked from further game play).

Look for my full review in the near future as we await our review copy. In the meantime go check out the demo on Xbox Live. Forza Horizon is available for purchase on October 23 for $59.99 MSRP.

In the meantime, there is a wealth of videos below to keep you busy. Also stay tuned, Xbox Canada has filmed a new trailer that pair a Mercedes up with an Aston as they take over the streets of Toronto! It is sure to go viral.

Official Gameplay Trailer: 

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpJpzFT8lGg&hd=1

Behind the Scenes Part #1

Behind the Scenes Part #2

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nbhl89foMQc&hd=1

Behind the Scenes Part #3

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VO5un9Q6Oc&hd=1

For complete track list and cars added check the list below:

Press Release »

Forza Horizon Track List

Station

Track

Artist

Horizon Bass Arena

Levels (Skrillex Mix)

Avicii

Horizon Bass Arena

Reckless (With Your Love)

Azari & III

Horizon Bass Arena

Cinema (Skrillex Remix)

Benny Benassi

Horizon Bass Arena

Blind Faith (feat. Liam Bailey)

Chase & Status

Horizon Bass Arena

Hot Mess (feat Elly Jackson)   (Duck Sauce Mix)

Chromeo

Horizon Bass Arena

Encore

Digitalism

Horizon Bass Arena

The Power (feat. Dizzee Rascal)

DJ Fresh

Horizon Bass Arena

Silicone Lube

Feed Me

Horizon Bass Arena

Lies (Alex Metric Remix)

Fenech-Soler

Horizon Bass Arena

Icarus

Madeon

Horizon Bass Arena

Show Me A Sign

Modestep

Horizon Bass Arena

Lick The Rainbow

Mord Fustang

Horizon Bass Arena

Remanence (Junior Remix)

Mr Magnetik

Horizon Bass Arena

Me & You

Nero

Horizon Bass Arena

Reaching Out (Fred Falke Remix)

Nero

Horizon Bass Arena

Blue Monday

New Order

Horizon Bass Arena

Language

Porter Robinson

Horizon Bass Arena

Everyday (Netsky VIP Remix)

Rusko

Horizon Bass Arena

Somebody to Love (Sigma Remix)

Rusko

Horizon Bass Arena

The Hope

Scuba

Horizon Bass Arena

Bass 4

The Hacker

Horizon Bass Arena

Illmerica (Extended Version)

Wolfgang Gartner

Horizon Pulse

Need You Now

Cut Copy

Horizon Pulse

Awake

Electric Guest

Horizon Pulse

Walking on a Dream

Empire of the Sun

Horizon Pulse

Iron Deer Dream (Chad Valley   Remix)

Fixers

Horizon Pulse

Don’t Stop (Colour on the Walls)

Foster The People

Horizon Pulse

Hawaiian Air

Friendly Fires

Horizon Pulse

Hurting

Friendly Fires

Horizon Pulse

No Love

Hooray for Earth

Horizon Pulse

Over & Over

Hot Chip

Horizon Pulse

Black, White and Blue

Ladyhawke

Horizon Pulse

Let Me Go

Maverick Sabre

Horizon Pulse

Paddling Out

Miike Snow

Horizon Pulse

Life is Life (Yuksek Remix)

Noah and the Whale

Horizon Pulse

Take A Walk

Passion Pit

Horizon Pulse

1901

Phoenix

Horizon Pulse

Bom Bom

Sam and the Womp

Horizon Pulse

Disparate Youth

Santigold

Horizon Pulse

Spirit of the Night

Tesla Boy

Horizon Pulse

Pelican

The Maccabees

Horizon Pulse

Punching in a Dream

The Naked & Famous

Horizon Pulse

Aroused

Tom Vek

Horizon Pulse

Something Good Can Work (The   Twelves Remix)

Two Door Cinema Club

Horizon Pulse

Yeah Yeah

Willy Moon

Horizon Rocks

R U Mine

Arctic Monkeys

Horizon Rocks

Lonely Boy

Black Keys

Horizon Rocks

The Infected

Four Year Strong

Horizon Rocks

Back of your Neck

Howler

Horizon Rocks

Give It Up

LCD Soundsystem

Horizon Rocks

Bring Em Down

Lostprophets

Horizon Rocks

We Bring An Arsenal

Lostprophets

Horizon Rocks

Teenager

Mona

Horizon Rocks

Animal

Neon Trees

Horizon Rocks

Wildfire, Smoke & Doom

Pulled Apart By Horses

Horizon Rocks

Lazy Eye

Silversun Pickups

Horizon Rocks

Surrender

The Duke Spirit

Horizon Rocks

Away from Here

The Enemy

Horizon Rocks

Had Enough

The Enemy

Horizon Rocks

Hate To Say I Told You

The Hives

Horizon Rocks

She Bangs The Drums

The Stone Roses

Horizon Rocks

Rock n Roll Queen

The Subways

Horizon Rocks

Motoring

TOY

Horizon Rocks

Bug

Wavves

Horizon Rocks

Farewell to the Fairground

White Lies

Horizon Rocks

Bite My Tongue (feat. Oli Sykes)

You Me At Six

Horizon Rocks

Get Away

Yuck

More Forza Horizon Cars Announced: This week, Microsoft and Turn 10 Studios announced additional cars in its ongoing rollout of cars for Forza Horizon, which will be available starting on Oct. 23. Three brand new cars to the Forza universe were included in the rollout, including the 2012 Infiniti IPL G Coupe, the 2012 Eagle Speedster, and the 2009 Lamborghini Reventón Roadster. The most recently announced cars:

  • 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing Coupe
  • 1966 Ford GT40 MkII
  • 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge
  • 1971 Nissan Skyline 2000GT
  • 1981 BMW M1
  • 1983 Audi Sport quattro
  • 1984 Volkswagen Rabbit GTi
  • 1987 Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500
  • 1988 Lamborghini Countach LP500 QV
  • 1991 BMW M3
  • 1995 Volkswagen Corrado VR6
  • 2002 Nissan Skyline GTR V-Spec
  • 2005 Honda NSX-R GT
  • 2008 BMW M3
  • 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
  • 2009 Lamborghini Reventón Roadster
  • 2010 Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR-X
  • 2012 BMW M5
  • 2012 Eagle Speedster
  • 2012 Hennessey Venom GT
  • 2012 Infiniti IPL G Coupe

 

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