GSY REVIEW | PC, Xbox One Tuesday, September 25, 2018 | 12:35 PM

We reviewed Forza Horizon 4

We reviewed Forza Horizon 4

Forza Horizon 4 may be very similar to the previous episodes, its UK setting is a lot more to our liking for some reason. As you'll see in our verdict when it's ready in English (maybe later today), there is still plenty to love in this new installment in the series, something you may have noticed in our latest coverage of the game. Sadly we didn't have the time to prepare the summer video we were hoping to do in time, but as you are reading this, I'm probably just out of surgery so it's not like I had much of a choice. Don't worry though, we have some brand new 4K HDR content recorded on PC to share if you've seen the rest of our footage, and we'll probably post a few more videos later this week when I'm back on my feet.
Update: Verdict added.




Verdict


Forza Horizon 4 may not try anything new apart for the inclusion of the 4 seasons, but the choice to take us to the UK is a lot more appealing than Australia to us. The British countryside is so charming it is hard to resist and Edimbourg had managed to take us back to PGR 2 which is obviously priceless. Forza Horizon 4 doesn't only offer beautiful landscapes to explore, it also comes with much variety in terms of atmospheres thanks to the 4 seasons. After spending a few days on the snow, playing in the Spring season is like discovering a brand new map, though technically it's the same one. In the summer, the lighting seems "warmer", when The Fall arrives, the leaves turn red, every little change is a kind of invitation to take the road again to see something different. Playground Games have added special events for each season, so there are actually new things to do each time, so we can only hope it stays fresh even after after a few cycles. This sequel is then particularly effective and will convince all those who have enjoyed the series thus far, and maybe even those who didn't enjoy Australia that much 2 years ago. Time to fasten your seatbelt and drive to the horizon, and beyond.


On the plus side


+ Orgasmic visuals
+ The UK is such a charming place to explore
+ The landscapes are full of surprises
+ Perfect handling
+ There is always something new to do
+ 4 seasons, great atmosphere and superb lighting
+ Off-road racing is fun as hell
+ Letting players naturally in the open world
+ The world is a bit livelier than before
+ Good optimization on PC
+ So many cars to choose from


On the downside


- We wouldn't mind a bigger map
- Pop-up is too visible on PC (seems to be a bug)
- Lack of life in the world sometimes
- Engine sounds are not all satisfying
- The formula hasn't changed a bit
- Still no TV cameras during replays

PC - 4K HDR Video 1
Download: MP4 HD
PC - 4K HDR Video 2
Download: MP4 HD
Presentation of winter - PC (EN)
Presentation of winter - PC (FR)
English replay (PC version all maxed out)
French replay (PC version)
Presentation of spring - PC (FR)
Presentation of Spring - PC (EN)
Presentation of the Fall - PC (FR)
Presentation of the Fall - PC (EN)

All comments

Commented on 2018-09-25 12:49:55
@Driftwood:

Hi, man. First I'm hearing of you having a surgery. Hopefully, everything went well. I'm not one to share family stuff on the internet, but my brother's mother-in-law had a brain surgery last week and thankfully everything went very well. Sending good thoughts your way.

Don't worry about the summer video. It's already more than enough that you made the review and so many videos - both commented and raw. So thank you very much for all of it.

Please try not to push yourself too much, I know we're in the middle of the busiest time for gaming releases, but nothing is more important than your health. So rest as much as you need and want, the rest can wait.

Best of wishes and may you recover well.
Commented on 2018-09-25 12:53:48
Looks good but Fh3 somehow looked more lively
Commented on 2018-09-25 13:16:35 In reply to Sdarts
It was just a hernia, so no big deal. I'm recovering now. :)
Commented on 2018-09-25 14:28:28 In reply to Driftwood
Posted by Driftwood
It was just a hernia, so no big deal. I'm recovering now. :)
Driftwood \o/
Commented on 2018-09-25 14:51:05
The only downside of this game i can see is just a single city...

Should of had Edinburgh and London at least with maybe a couple of smaller cities like York, Lancaster & Milton Keynes (roundabout central)
Commented on 2018-09-25 16:12:26 In reply to Driftwood
Glad to read. Cheers!

PS. "+ Orgasmic visuals" - Interesting choice of words. XD
Commented on 2018-09-25 18:20:17
most beautiful console game ever
(new Gears of War on XOneX might surpass, however)
Commented on 2018-09-25 18:37:01 In reply to galanose
That is an overstatement
Commented on 2018-09-25 18:58:29 In reply to Sdarts
I'm always interesting when it comes to choosing words.
Commented on 2018-09-25 21:11:36
the reviews are up! good job playground games and turn 10! this should be goty contender or racing goty.
Commented on 2018-09-26 05:06:20 In reply to GunsnSwords
Posted by GunsnSwords
the reviews are up! good job playground games and turn 10! this should be goty contender or racing goty.
Although they both share resources Horizon is definitely doing better and probably more important of the two.
Commented on 2018-09-26 06:10:51
well there's always going to be another numbered base Forza game in the works, with higher detail and whatnot. but to me the FH series has become mostly anticipated. originally a spin-off which has now become it's own thing no doubt. the hype of the horizon franchise is real for sure.
Commented on 2018-09-27 23:49:25
Everything's fine.
BUT, why the Hell it feels little slow, for example, when you drive with 120 km/h in Town.

That's so annoying, when you then look right/left it really feels like 60 km/h or else.

in all Forza Horizon Titles, you drive, drive, drive and then look at your speedometer and it was telling you "100 km/h" but the car is just rolling so slowly and sounds like you really don't drive that quick.

Many Racing Titles can't handle this S..t.
There are only a few titles where it feels on point.
I Believe PGR2 feels damn fast. Might also the Blur?
Might also the Camera Adjustment, when it's to high=no sense of Speed.


Great Review and Nice Videos anyway.
And i playing right now FH 2, such a nice game overall (in my Opinion much better then Forza Horizon 3.
I hate the Map in Comparison to the 2. one.
Also i think the Graphics are better in the second title, night in town looks so incredible on point, so glorious :D).

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