I’m not really sure why I bothered playing the Forza Horizon 3 demo on Xbox One. I mean, as a veteran of the Forza Motorsport series, and one who has fully embraced the move to the open road, no-track-limits world that the Horizon series has brought, I was always going to love Forza Horizon 3. In fact, aside from Turn10, Playground Games and Microsoft Studios ditching the cars, throwing in some 8 bit visuals and limiting us to a one-way street of gun-toting hell, Forza Horizon 3 always was going to blow me away.

And on the back of the demo, blown away is exactly what I am.

Having made the decision to take the racing ‘down under’ and subject gamers to some of the most beautiful Australian scenery they could ever imagine, Playground and Turn10 are on the verge of making an already superb race franchise even better.

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The open world has been beautifully crafted and everything from the smallest detail right up to the largest expanse of sky anyone has ever seen, will delight from the first moment to the last. With a great split between the hustle and bustle of city roads, beachcombing avenues and the wide open craggy outback, no matter what type of racing you want to get involved in, there is seemingly something for all. Rain and overcast weather is well realised too, and the demo has given a great insight into how the world will evolve as we are racing.

The cars that steal the show may currently be limited in numbers, but that is the very nature of a demo and what has been included is good enough for now. Each vehicle handles differently from the next and allows for hardcore racers, newcomers and arcade fans to get involved. The star car, the 2017 Lamborghini Centenario, is stunning and handles with a glorious arcade-like feel without it ever feeling too fake, and combined with the off-road delights of the Monster Energy Trophy Truck, kicks the action of brilliantly. The same goes for the other four cars that are on display and fans of BMW, Nissan, Ford and HSV will be excited to get behind the wheel of the very finest M4 Coupe, Silva Spec-R, Shelby GT350R and Limited Edition Gen-F GTS Maloo respectively.

It wouldn’t be Forza Horizon 3 without ANNA – the special Automated Natural Navigation Assistant – picking out the best events for you to participate in and there are plenty of special events or side distractions which the demo has highlighted perfectly. With fast travel boards to smash, drifting side events to get to grips with, Danger Jumps, the now standard Bucket List challenges and the chance to compete, right from the off, in one of Playground Games and Turn10’s iconic, madcap car against helicopter/jeep races that are synonymous with the series, is appreciated. It doesn’t fail to excite either and whilst there is obviously some rubber banding in place, it never takes the excitement away.

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Forza Horizon has not just delivered a superb single player experience over the years, but the online component, including the open-to-anything free roam that has seen players flock, has emerged to ensure that no other racing title comes close to beating it.

And so the chance to mess around online in the included demo free roam is just as appreciated. It could have all quite easily been restricted to a much smaller area, just a car or two and nothing more than a few single player events, but thankfully Turn10 have included enough content to show how much faith they have in their ability to deliver.

And deliver they have because unless the world ends tomorrow, Forza Horizon 3 is going to be nothing short of awesome. The demo has completely confirmed that.

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Virtuous Lumox
Virtuous Lumox
5 years ago

You convinced me to play the demo. I, like you, felt I didn’t need to because I love Forza Horizon already.

Jambros
Jambros
5 years ago

loved forza horizon 2 probably going to like this one too

Mike Piccinino
Mike Piccinino
5 years ago

I don’t always play Demos, but this one was fun. Such a good looking game.

QueX Hunterz
QueX Hunterz
5 years ago

Cant wait to play the game after playing the Demo 😍

Jari Välimäki
Jari Välimäki
5 years ago

Fantastic Demo!

John Misty
John Misty
5 years ago

Yes! Yes! Plus Warthog on FH3! Yes!

John aka YoDz
John aka YoDz
5 years ago

The game looks great but the soundtrack isn’t all that

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Jeff Molnar
Jeff Molnar
5 years ago

Simply Amazing

rann
rann
5 years ago

Looks pretty good!

Sarah Grace
Sarah Grace
5 years ago

Loved the demo. Only complaint was no METAL MUSIC to choose. Throw your horns up for #ForzaHorizon3 m/

PipBoy Arsam
PipBoy Arsam
5 years ago

Can’t wait for the game! I played so much if Forza Horizon 1 on the 360.

Danny Lawrence Evans
Danny Lawrence Evans
5 years ago

If it plays as good as it looks then its a winner

Valerie Kay
Valerie Kay
5 years ago

Well written. Looking forward to the full game 🙂

The King
The King
5 years ago

Awesome

Alan T.
5 years ago

Agreed the cars that steal the show are limited in numbers but they look so awesome! Forza Horizon 3 hopefully will live up to all the hype! Thanks!!

Zaryn Dunn
Zaryn Dunn
5 years ago

Nice review, I am very excited for this game, I thought the demo was awesome!

sporeboy100
sporeboy100
5 years ago

Fair opinions all around.

Bob Anderson
Bob Anderson
5 years ago

Sort of sad that I got stuck with my Mustang and had to restart the demo, didn’t want to continue playing. Still a really good demo!

Slaptarze
Slaptarze
5 years ago

They really should have got who programmed ANNA to program Cortana. Glad to see lots of radio stations this time

vandit73
vandit73
5 years ago

Expected a little more from the demo, if I’m totally honest. Still, it’s a bloody good game!

SingingTurnip
SingingTurnip
5 years ago

Just when you think it couldn’t get any better. It does.

Oswald Skarsol
Oswald Skarsol
5 years ago

I downloaded this Demo the other day, and I couldn’t be more excited about the game. I totally agree with this review. I want this so bad!!

Nelson
Nelson
5 years ago

Can’t wait, haven’t played a forza game in years since I never bought me a xbox one… I’ve just played on pc the past couple of years. So it’s awesome that it’s coming to PC :^)

chingping
chingping
5 years ago

HYPE!

jvachez
jvachez
5 years ago

It looks like to be a very good game. Better than need for speed !

CicinoRagnar
CicinoRagnar
5 years ago

can’t wait to get my hands on it

ATMK91
ATMK91
5 years ago

This game is so good, i would to sell my kidney to play it 🙂

Veder
Veder
5 years ago

Excited to be able to play it without an Xbox!

BlueWolf
5 years ago

Cannot wait to play this properly

Hamza van Santen
Hamza van Santen
5 years ago

Looks like a cool game

Ben Page
Ben Page
5 years ago

I hope i win 😀 Loved the demo and i love the forza series, this is by far the best forza game ever made

Nick W
Nick W
5 years ago

This is going to be one of the greatest games of all time. It’s extremely well done.

Christopher Mash
Christopher Mash
5 years ago

This game looks mad

Angel
Angel
5 years ago

Game looks awesome!

TimeWarpEffect
TimeWarpEffect
5 years ago

After reading the review I can’t wait for the game to come out!

MichalKV
MichalKV
5 years ago

I am just finishing FH1 as it was free and I cannot wait.

Hendri Du Plessis
Hendri Du Plessis
5 years ago

I love the forza horizon games didnt like the forza games till the horizone one’s came out and i fell in love with them this is surely a great game

Luef Siogrg
Luef Siogrg
5 years ago

Cool can’t wait for release

ToneSibley
ToneSibley
5 years ago

Skipped ForzaHorizon2 and Forza 6 – think this one looks great and I’m about ready for a new driving game, going to love it!

Raheel
5 years ago

Enjoyed it, those weather conditions and such details look great.

Anton Kostin
Anton Kostin
5 years ago

Looks fantastic!!!

Axel Gomez
Axel Gomez
5 years ago

Your impressions got me hyped!

notJigsaw
notJigsaw
5 years ago

The game just keeps looking better and better.

Henri Stadzisz
Henri Stadzisz
5 years ago

Sooooo cool!

Paulo Cézar Stadzisz
Paulo Cézar Stadzisz
5 years ago

Very nice graphics!

Dom Heitzman
Dom Heitzman
5 years ago

it was a pretty amazing demo

TML Fan
TML Fan
5 years ago

Looking forward to this game!!

Sean Green
Sean Green
5 years ago

Been looking forward to this for a while now. I think it looks amazing.

Rob Hestar
Rob Hestar
5 years ago

I agree and I’m not really into racing games! The demo is amazing and I put about hrs into it haha..Game was sucha blast to play.Plus 4 player co-op,yeah I’m really debating if I should get this of FF world