They say money can’t buy happiness, but they are wrong. It can be purchased for around $60 on Xbox One or PC. Forza Horizon 3 is the culmination of all the previous Forza games. It is the game we didn’t know we were waiting for. For everyone who doesn’t want to waste time reading this review, Forza Horizon 3 is freaking great, and you should be playing it.
In Forza Horizon 3 you take the role of the boss running the Horizon festival, and this time the festival is in Australia. You draw fans to your festival by racing and doing crazy stunts. The more fans you have the more venues you can open. The more venues that you open the more races and crazy stunts you can take part in. Or if you want, you can just dive around Australia at high speeds and do whatever you want.
Technically Forza Horizon 3 is a racing game, but that isn’t quite right. While you will spend a lot of time racing in Forza Horizon 3, what actually is, is a driving game. A game that strives to bring you the joy of getting behind the wheel of a fast car and screwing around and doing ridiculous things. Things like driving a 1973 XB GT Ford Falcon Coupe (the Mad Max car) through the wine country, literally through it, while listening to Flight of the Valkyries and earning a crazy amount of skill points. It is glorious.
I have heard some people describe Forza Horizon 3 as a CarPG because of the never ending loop of getting XP, unlocking cars, and gaining new races, but that description doesn’t quite fit. Sure there are not one, but three different progression systems: XP to give you random cars and cash, fans to give you new venues, and skill points to give more ways to earn XP, fans and skill points, but in the end what Forza Horizon 3 is a joy machine that works better the faster you go.
Forza Horizon 3 isn’t perfect. It doesn’t do a good job of differentiating between trees that you can mow over and ones that will stop you in your tracks, and the AI car pop-in can be slow to the point of randomly having mini-vans show up mere feet in front of you. No doubt that at blindingly fast speeds cars can seemingly appear out of nowhere, but not out of thin air. Also if you are going to get this for PC, you are going to need a pretty beefy rig. Still in the light of everything that Forza Horizon 3 does well these are very minor foibles.
I don’t have the credentials to say that Forza Horizon 3 is the greatest racing game of all time, but I will say that it is my favorite racing game, and it is working its way up my all time favorite games list, racing or otherwise. I still have a lot of game left to play with Forza Horizon 3, so my attitude about it may change, but I doubt it. Go out and get Forza Horizon 3 for Xbox One or PC now! You know, unless you hate fun.