Wow, more than two months have passed since my last blog post. I must have been really busy (or I must have really forgotten about this blog). Either way, I am still here, even if you might have hoped otherwise.
So, what have I been up to in this time? I must say, I have had the opportunity to play quite a bit more than I usually do, mostly with Diablo III, F1 2012 and Forza Horizon. I have turned on my Xbox 360 again after months of inactivity (actually, I have never used it that much) to play the latest installment in the Forza racing series, which has kept me busy in the last couple of weeks. In the beginning I was just thinking about buying Forza Motorsport 4, but then I found the Horizon Limited Collector’s Edition for a pretty good price (it was priced the same as the standard edition) and so I decided to try it and postpone buying Forza 4 for a while.
Ok, so here are some quick facts and thoughts about this game:
- I probably won’t have to postpone buying Forza Motorsport 4 that long: the game is almost complete after about 30 hours of playtime (which is really nothing compared to the amount of time you need to put in a regular Forza game to complete it). Even if short, the single player career is really well developed, it always makes you want one more race before quitting (veeery good thing in a racing game if you ask me 😀 );
- The extra content included in the limited edition is risible and probably not worth the extra money;
- The game is fun, although not as good as a regular Forza Motorsport game imho. I prefer real sim racing games, whereas this is something in between sim and arcade (more about that in a following blog post). This doesn’t mean that the mixture between simulation and arcade elements doesn’t work. In fact, it’s quite the contrary;
- It is open-world, meaning that if you like Need for Speed games this is the game for you, and the location is simply amazing (the fictional Horizon festival is set in Colorado, USA). It really makes you want to be there (I might upload some screenshot that I’ve taken in Photo Mode to give you an idea);
- Multiplayer is one of the worst I have ever experienced in a racing game (more about this later too) but this is not the developers’ fault;
- As already happened with Turn 10 in the past, some achievements are simply stupid, forcing you to spend extra money on DLCs or on car packs in order to fully complete the game. This is something that I don’t like and this is why I am not going to 100% this game like I usually do when it comes to racing games, platforms or RPGs.
Overall I think that it’s a really good game and that it’s worth playing. If you like the Need for Speed saga you are probably going to like this one too. If you don’t, there is a high chance that you are going to like this game anyway. It’s very good, just don’t expect it to be like a regular Forza Motorsport title because it is a different type of racing game (in fact, it was developed primarily by Playground Games and not Turn 10 Studios).
I will write in more detail about some of these topics in the next couple of posts, so if you don’t care about this game you might just want to skip to the next game I will be writing about (hint: it’s Eternal Sonata).