Must-play games: Forza Horizon 3

One of the hardest style games to get into for me is racing. Too many racing games are cookie cutter copies of the previous one. Now I’m not a huge fan of racing games, I’ll admit. However, if they’re even the slightest bit fun I can play for hours. I’ve been so bored with racing, I stopped playing them all together. Until, Forza Horizon 3.

If not for the free demo on Xbox One, I probably would’ve never thought to buy the game. Sure the graphics and game play demos looked great, but don’t they always. I’ve been tricked by trailers before. For $60 a game, who has money to gamble. Especially when the trade-ins are so poor.


From one of the first races in the game, I was instantly pulled in. The game starts and you’re driving to the first event. Once you arrive at your first festival, your very first races show off the game’s all-terrain racing. You’ll drive through trees, over streams, and jump hills. But you’re not racing other cars, you’re racing a helicopter carrying a Jeep that cheats its way through the course on a direct flight. Lucky for you, it drops it about 200 yards from the finish line, giving you plenty of time to catch up.

From then on you’ll make your route the open world of Australia. Racing all sorts of classic and modern cars, the game challenges your racing mettle. You’ll race everything from high-speed performance cars, to dune buggies and can customize each one.

But wait, there’s more.

One of the challenges in racing games is setting yourself apart from the pack. Forza Horizon 3 not only breaks away from the point A to point B racing games, there are a ton of side tasks to accomplish. Getting bored doing circuit after circuit, send out a drone to find your next “Bucket List Challenge”. Need more fans to expand to the next event? Try the speed trap or drifting challenges. When you get really bored, drive around looking for XP bonus signs or fast travel signs to destroy. When your old car gets boring and you don’t want to buy a new one, look for the “bar finds” to get classic speedsters and get them back on the road.

There’s plenty to do in Forza Horizon 3. You can even race with or against your friends. If you can find them, you have the option to recruit them to your team. When all else fails, drive around the huge map looking for new roads to unlock. Win enough races and level up to get free spins on the prize wheel that unlocks some of the games better cars. If you don’t have fun playing Forza Horizon 3, you might not be that into racing games. It’s one of the most fun racing games I’ve played since Rockstar’s Midnight Club earning it a solid 4.5/5.

Forza Horizon 3 is available on Xbox One and PC as of September 2016.

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