Forza Horizon 3 is the latest instalment of the open-world, free roam racing game spin-off from the established Forza Motorsport series by Turn 10 Studios. Collaboratively developed by Turn 10 Studios and Playground Games, the Horizon series tries to cater to a different type of racing gamers. Rather than being stuck to racing circuits, the player finds himself in the vast Australian Outback, and is free to traverse that world in a vehicle of their choice.

Enjoy the game your way

The first thing that was shown in the demo was the Event Blueprint gameplay. No longer are you forced to play the races that are created for you. Perhaps you really enjoy driving in a specific vehicle class, as you can create your own custom version of an event tailored to your needs. You can customise almost anything from what kind of vehicles are allowed to what the track and weather conditions are like and then you can name your event and create your own unique event poster.

However, you don’t need to create a whole customised event to have a tailored experience. Whenever you want to do an event race, the game automatically displays an event that’s suited to the vehicle you’re currently driving, and it also shows a list of custom events created by your friends or other players. Likewise, your custom events will also show up in your friends’ event lists.

‘Car Guy Simulator’

The Forza developers described the game as ‘the most social racing game ever’, which might be very true, but personally I’d like to describe it as ‘Car Guy Simulator’. You can free roam or play ‘adventures’ (what this exactly means is somewhat unclear as of now) with up to 12 players, there is a ‘car meet’ feature, which most likely means that you can meet up together and show off your car with other players, and there’s even auctions of player cars.

Of course, car customisation has been largely expanded upon, and while they haven’t shown off all new improvements to that, they did mention that the selection of wheels has been expanded a lot and there are much more body parts to choose from, including but not limited to wide-body kits.

All of this together means that the players can do almost anything a ‘car guy’ or ‘car nut’ would do in real life, minus fixing the breakdowns. You’ll even be able to role-play your favourite car show by buying an old stock car, go to a car meet for that type of car, create something cool out of it and then auction it off (or perhaps sell it directly to another player, if that’s possible).

Additionally, you’re able to ‘get out of your car’ using a drone, so that you can shoot photo’s or create cool videos of you and your mates driving or racing.

In conclusion

Forza Horizon 3 brings the concept of the previous games to a whole new level. In addition to the usual ‘more of the same stuff’ such as a larger world, more racing events and more cars, the social features and the expanded customisation allow for entirely new experiences. I can’t wait to get my hands on this!