For racing enthusiasts especially there is no better series on Xbox One than the one letting us tear up a huge open world with tons of online friends. Of course I am talking about Forza Horizon, and the fourth iteration is finally out for Xbox and PC fans alike to take to the roads and enjoy the biggest Forza Horizon experience to date.
This time round the high-octane Horizon Festival is being hosted by the spectacular rural scenes of Britain. From the calming Cotswolds to the bustling streets of Edinburgh, there will always be a wealth of activities to participate in wherever you choose to do your racing. With a breathtaking 450+ vehicles at launch, everybody from the classic automobile fan to someone who loves the pure speed of a hypercar or rally racers will be able to burn rubber in different events.
The online scene in Horizon has always been extremely fluid and well put together, but for the first time in the series everyone you see on the roads will be an online player that you can meet and play events with. This should make Britain feel much more alive than previous Horizon settings, but if you do not wish to have players hooning it around every corner than reverting back to the Drivatar racers is just a few button presses away. The online modes have also been reworked, with even more opportunities to battle against or just travel the game world with friends and strangers alike.
The concept of the 4 separate seasons is something that has been looked into a lot with every pre-release gameplay video and demo of Horizon 4, and in the full game you will be switching between the seasons as you progress through the ‘story’ and gain more and more fans. Each season will open up more paths to venture down – a lake freezing over in the winter will allow you and other players to race over a new icy terrain, for example. For myself, just seeing a hint of sun in this idealised version of my beloved Britain won’t go amiss, as will not getting stuck in traffic every five minutes!
It is worth mentioning that today marks the release of the Forza Horizon 4 Ultimate Edition, and you will have to wait until the 1st of October to pick up the Standard Edition. However for £79.99 the Ultimate Edition does grant you the Car Pass, Membership VIP, Day One Car pack, the Formula Drift Car Pack, and the two expansions when they release in the future. Pre-ordering the Standard Edition for £49.99 will also see you pick up the Formula Drift Car Pack for both Forza Horizon 4 and last year’s Forza Motorsport 7, whilst the Deluxe Edition will set you back £64.99 and drops the Car Pass in too.
The Standard and Deluxe Editions of Forza Horizon 4 is now also with us. It’s available either as a standalone purchase or for free to Xbox Game Pass members. Additionally there are a number of content packs also available – the FH4 Car Pass for £23.99, the Best of Bond Car Pack for £7.99, the Formula Drift Car Pack for free, the VIP Pass for £15.99 and the Forza Horizon 4 Treasure Map for £1.99. Each of these comes with a 10% discount for Game Pass members. Alternatively you can grab the Ultimate Add-Ons Bundle for £39.99… something that takes your standard Game Pass offering and turns it into the full experience.
The Expansions bundle meanwhile ensures you get access to the two upcoming expansions when they arrive. £28.74 is all you need to nab that.
See you out on the roads!
Dynamic seasons change everything at the world’s greatest automotive festival. Go it alone or team up with others to explore beautiful and historic Britain in a shared open world. Collect, modify and drive over 450 cars. Race, stunt, create and explore – choose your own path to become a Horizon Superstar. The Forza Horizon 4 Standard Edition digital bundle includes the full game of Forza Horizon 4 and the Formula Drift Car Pack.