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Forza Horizon 4 Released

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Forza Horizon 4, an Xbox exclusive, was released on October 2, 2018, and has been a huge success with two million players in its first week of being released.

The Forza Horizon series is originally a spin-off of the well established Forza Motorsport games. The first, Forza Horizon, released in 2012 to become the fifth installment of the Forza series. Now six years later, Forza Horizon 4 is the 11th installment of the Forza games and has been labeled one of the best Horizon games yet by multiple big-name reviewers like IGN, GameSpot, Metacritic, and The Week.

“Without doubt, Forza Horizon 4 is the best instalment of the series to date and a must-own for any racing fan with an Xbox One,” said the theweek.co.uk in a review.

Set in Britain, the game features an extensive map with beautiful graphics that make the game come alive. Even though in sheer size the map is slightly smaller than Horizon 3’s, the game compensates for it with a new addition to the series–seasons.

“I almost cried when I drove by the Lake District–it looked so real. Then when fall came I almost cried again,” said Amiya Islam, Senior.

Summer, fall, winter, and spring all have their own time to shine in the game. Every season is a week long in real time, and each have their own strengths and weakness that players have to adapt to.

“Fall is my favorite season to look at, but summer is my favorite to drive in,” said Firas Dalloul, Senior.

The Forza Horizon series takes a more relaxed approach to racing, compared to most games in its genre. Game developers set out to combine an arcade-style game, that an open world map allows for, with the simulation racing that Forza is known for. They did so by creating not only a destructible environment and a points system that awards players for burnouts, airtime, wreckage, and speed but also awards for clean driving–meaning not hitting barriers and other cars.

“I like how I can go from racing an F1 [Formula One] car in a closed track to crashing through walls and trees and getting big air in a truck,” said Shane Mitcham, Senior.

With over 450 cars in the game, Horizon 4 has a diverse selection to choose from. This might seem great, but this also has a downside.

“All of them [the cars] feel the same. Also a lot of the same brands of car sound way too similar,” said Mitcham.

Though Forza Horizon 4 is not completely without flaws, it has been hugely successful. It is the series’ fasting selling installment in the UK and already loved by many.

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Forza Horizon 4 Released