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Generally favorable reviews- based on 208 Ratings

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  • Summary: For the first time in the racing and driving genre, experience dynamic seasons in a shared open-world. Explore beautiful scenery, collect over 450 cars, and become a Horizon Superstar in historic Britain.

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Forza Horizon 4 Gameplay: All 4 Seasons In 10 Minutes
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Sep 25, 2018
    97
    Forza Horizon 4 is one of the most polished driving games ever made. The feeling, the amount of content, the spectacular open world and the unbelievable visuals are some pieces of this puzzle that match perfectly to form, all together, a true masterpiece that is perfect in almost every single aspect.
  2. Oct 1, 2018
    95
    Forza Horizon 4 is nothing short of fantastic. With a host of content, backed by a fantastic roster of cars that tread the fine line between arcade and simulation perfectly. While the amalgamated UK may be a little too pristine, not completely reflecting reality, it's such a stunning and enjoyable place to race around that any issues are washed away in the utter fun you're having. Forza Horizon 4 is, without a shadow of a doubt, the pinnacle of the series and arguably the best racing game you can buy.
  3. It incorporates elements of arcade driving, simulation racing, storytelling, exploration, discovery, collection and even role-playing in ways that few other racing franchises have even tried and none can match. If there's space for just one racing game on your shelf, Forza Horizon 4 is probably the one it ought to be.
  4. Sep 25, 2018
    90
    Forza Horizon 4 is beautiful and exhilarating, with seamless multiplayer, compelling progression, and more cars than you know what to do with.
  5. Oct 15, 2018
    90
    Even just as a racing game in general, it’s an absolute joy to play. No other racer comes close in terms of this level of polish – from the driving model to the freedom of customization, detailed open-world, and all-around gorgeous presentation. I fully agree with the final part of the game’s opening dialogue: Don’t go anywhere, Horizon is here to stay. At ease, ladies and gentlemen. The king has returned to his kingdom.
  6. Sep 25, 2018
    89
    Unless you're looking for a hardcore sim, Forza Horizon is still the best racing series around.
  7. Oct 11, 2018
    70
    A AAA game produced in 2018 with the backing of Microsoft simply should be far more technically sound than Forza Horizon 4 in its current state. And this perhaps is the greatest travesty for this otherwise brilliant game.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 50
  2. Negative: 11 out of 50
  1. Sep 29, 2018
    10
    Just amazing, best graphics hands down, best gameplay, best story...wow. +450 cars... holy ****
  2. Oct 2, 2018
    10
    It is a good game and contains everything a game needs, physics, graphics, gameplay, sound, etc.
  3. Sep 28, 2018
    10
    This is one of the best games, let alone racing games, I have ever played. Don't tell PS4 that...
  4. Oct 7, 2018
    9
    Yes, Microsoft store suck, but don't spill your anger on game because of it. Game is great and it's hard to find a better arcade racing gameYes, Microsoft store suck, but don't spill your anger on game because of it. Game is great and it's hard to find a better arcade racing game than forza horizon. It doesn't take self too seriously, but also not to absurd levels (yes, the driving physics are extremely good for arcade racing game), aims for fun factor and it delivers.

    4th installment in the series is an improvement over predecessor in every single way - first of all, seasons are game changer. It not only adds diversity and vibe to the game, but also changes a lot how the game plays and how individual cars handle during each season. Next, they changed how you progress thru the game - no more unlocking festival sites, you can now stick with your favorite race time without necessity to do various race types to unlock next festival chapters - basically each race type operates now individually. The also added few new race types / story episodes. It's now a proper sandbox where you do what you want at any time.

    Online component got also improvements, basically clubs, more ways for pvp interaction - and I didn't even fully explore online features yet (because the game is massive with lots of different things to do.

    The game also runs a lot better than predecessor while looking absolutely stellar overall, however there some minor issues with texture streaming (mainly ground and foliage) - they don't affect performance, but they hinder visual fidelity when textures streaming lags and you get it popping up in your face basically. The other issue is the sound of certain cars being a bit off, but someone who is not car enthusiast in real life probably will not even notice it. Lastly - the implementation o wheel support is not great - I can't speak for myself, since I only play with controller, but that's the complaint I've heard from friends that have tried a wheel.

    All in all - this very fun and engaging arcade racing game. It's all about fun and it delivers. If you don't wish to own game permanently, you can just use game pass and pay for as much as you need - and for 10bucks/month - it's a steal basically (plus if you never used game pass service, you get 14day free trial).
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  5. Oct 12, 2018
    8
    Great game, plenty of varied races. I love the new array of cars and the new customisation options. The only thing I have to comment on is theGreat game, plenty of varied races. I love the new array of cars and the new customisation options. The only thing I have to comment on is the fact that the multiplayer does seem a bit common and dull, you cannot hit into other players in free roam and some of it just doesn't feel right. However they have changed the whole game world with the new seasons and it really does change the way you drive. Expand
  6. Dec 24, 2018
    5
    The good:
    Nice graphics, runs much better on PC than FH3, the cars feel somewhat good, controls are okay (but don't bother with a wheel).
    The good:
    Nice graphics, runs much better on PC than FH3, the cars feel somewhat good, controls are okay (but don't bother with a wheel). Sounds are good, music is great.

    The bad:
    Everything else.
    I am just incredibly disappointed because this game shoves more free stuff into your face than a cheap mobile rpg.

    There is this tedious intro with awkward, cringy voice actors that introduces you to the game. The story basically doesn't exist.
    Cutscenes aren't skipable and there are a ton early on, that will constantly take away your controls.
    Character creation is bascially non-existant. You simply select a character that is the least ugly. I am also pretty sure they are the exact same characters from FH3.
    Clothing mostly consists of reskins of the exact same model and cringy costumes.

    The progression system is flawed and casualized. You pretty much get everything for free. Early level-up rewards will already give you free supercars. The sheer mass of wheelspins will make sure you get even more unncessary cars and a lot of cash to spend.
    Within around 3 hours of gametime i already reached my goal and didn't know what to continue playing for.
    You get a ton of free cars and most of them are already upgraded to the near max.
    Customization is a joke when even cars flagged as "customization heroes" barely have any parts that change their visuals, other than community-made paintjobs.
    Everything is unlocked early, everything is dirt cheap to get. The only expensive things to buy are the various houses, but they don't even do anything at all. You cant even enter them or interact in any other way, they are basically just a fancy screen to look at whenever you start the game.

    Everything is even worse if you buy the autopass or VIP, because that means even more free cars and even more cash. I barely played the game and i already don't know what to spend it on without even owning the pass or VIP. I have the cars i like and they are upgraded as high as possible. I only played for around 3-4 hours... and yeah i am still at the prologue basically.

    Races are weird. Even though the map is fairly big, the tracks will repeat fairly quickly and guide you through the same sections multiple times. The seasons are a nice change, but the overall mapsize is far smaller than other games.
    There are like 3-4 types of races available. For the most part, it doesnt matter what car you use, because the race and the opponents will simply adjust, so you can even play a circuit through town with heavy offroaders.
    Hell you can even just create your own race if you don't like the actual one.
    There is some sort of "Round" system going on for the races. You keep getting told that you made it to round X in racetype Y, but there isn't even an indication outside of that what they mean, how many there are or whatever.
    Getting to a new round will unlock around 3-5 new races to play, but for some reason you only need to complete 2 to proceed to the next round.

    All this is still in the "prologue" or "introduction", but i am already tired of it.
    I really don't understand the hype around this. I really don't know what i play the game for. Its definitely not for the racing itself, because it doesn't feel much better than other arcade racers. Hell even just cruising around was more fun in The Crew 1 for me, than in FH4.
    Part of the reason might be that there is also barely any AI on the streets and the cars tend to behave.. weirdly. Like as if you are always driving on ice. I only really noticed other behaviour when racing with supercars. Most of those feel like they are glued to the street.

    As for the performance, it runs mostly great, even on older systems, but there is some weird bug that lets your game stutter and your frames drop whenever you try to go back in the upgrade menu.

    I will probably continue playing to see if it gets any better, but i highly doubt it. Get it if you don't care about anything but driving.
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  7. Nov 2, 2018
    0
    Bought this game for PC on Win 10. After a long download and install it wouldn't play. 2 error messages; You need to log into an Xbox accountBought this game for PC on Win 10. After a long download and install it wouldn't play. 2 error messages; You need to log into an Xbox account (Not only was I logged in, to be sure I even downloaded an app. to be sure). Also an error saying I didn't have my latest graphics drivers? I made absolutely sure without any question they were up to date. I troubleshooted the game for 6 hrs. Read tons of forums (lots of people are having the same issues without any solution from MS). I reinstalled the game from scratch. That also didn't help. Finally I had to ask for a refund. That was not as easy as it should have been. It was a nightmare! When I buy STEAM games, they simply work. I have about 100 STEAM games and about 10 AAA titles loaded on my PC right now without any issues. This is 100% proof that Microsoft really hates PC gamer's and wants us all to be Xbox slaves. I would never buy a console though. Ever. The fact they wouldn't and or couldn't fix these seemingly simple errors says "we dont care". I will NEVER buy another MS game. The support was beyond bad. One support tech openly lied to me over and over via chat. It was eye opening as I am an IT tech as well and his behavior was anything but professional. I complained about him and guess what? They sent me back to him where he openly insulted me. I'm 49. I don't take well to some 18 yr old kid from India who cant ever write in proper English, insult me. Microsoft must think they are too big to fail? Pathetic. Expand

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