I love Forza Horizon. It’s the perfect match of skillful racing, impressive stunts and relaxing joyriding. I’ve played every Forza Horizon game that came to the Xbox One platform and each was better than the last. Needless to say, Forza Horizon 4 is indeed the best one yet.
1 – Seamless Online Play
Gone are the days of connecting to a separate lobby to take part in online events. Just drive up to any event and the option to play online with your friends or in a pick-up group are right there. Instead of Drivatars populating free roam, it’s actual players that are online and in-game at that very moment. Keep an eye above your mini-map as you’ll get notified when a fellow racer is looking for people to join their event. The game will fast travel you to the event and send you back to where you were once it’s over.
If online isn’t your thing, you have the option of playing in Solo mode which will populate the world with Drivatars.
2 – #Forzathon Live
Speaking of playing online, my favorite thing to do at the moment in Forza Horizon 4 are the #Forzathon Live events. These co-ops events pop-up on the map and drivers gather at the rendezvous point (look for the giant pink circle on your map and the flying blimp). You have 15 minutes to complete three rounds of challenges in speed traps, speed zones, drift zones or at danger signs. Once completed, you earn Forzathon Points that can be exchanged for cars, emotes, horns or clothing items.
3 – All Fours Seasons, Baby
First, it was the day and night cycle, then, the dynamic weather system. Now, in Forza Horizon 4, we get all four seasons, each with their own driving conditions and seasonal events. Seasons change every 7 days so make sure to complete your events of choice or get those barn finds before time runs out.
4 – Free Car Delivery
Driving by a speed trap but you left your McLaren Senna in the garage? No problem! Have it delivered to you for free! Swapping cars in free roam is now free of charge. You’ll be able to have the right car for the right challenge without breaking the bank because we’re all saving 15 million CR to buy the castle in Edinburgh, right?
5 – Drivatar Customization
Cars are great. Customizing your car is great. But what’s a souped-up car with a fancy paint job without a stylish racer in the driver’s seat? Forza Horizon 4 takes the Drivatar customization to the next level by offering emotes and clothing items all unlockable in wheel spins or with Forzathon Points. Nothing makes a victory sweeter than seeing my driver decked out in the freshest threads doing the Macarena.
6 – Forza Horizon Stories
You might ask, where are the Bucket List Challenges? They are now re-packaged in the Horizon Life Stories, each with 10 chapters. Same fun challenges in epic rides, new entertaining packaging. My favorite is the LARACER @ Forza. She’s a streamer who prepared challenges based on classic car games like Smugglers Run and Test Drive.
With all of that, Forza Horizon 4 still delivers what we’ve come to love of the series: one of the best open world racing experience in a gorgeous setting and kick-ass tunes on the radio. See you on the road!
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