Microsoft Studios' popular and long-running racing series takes a sharp turn into the realm of open-world exploration as gamers speed through the city streets, sweeping mountain highways, and backcountry roads of Colorado in Forza Horizon. Reminiscent of Burnout Paradise and Test Drive Unlimited, players seamlessly travel from area to area, earning points in 32 different skill categories and winning colorful wristbands by taking part in drifting contests, point-to-point races, mixed-surface rallies, and circuit racing, all in order to participate in the Horizon Championship.
Forza Horizon gets its name from the fictional Horizon Festival, a mix of music, racing, and hormones designed to draw fans and supercars from all over the globe. The world features a realistic 24-hour cycle, allowing gamers to race at night, at sunset, at dawn, and at all points in between, all the while dealing with civilian motorists, and fellow festival participants who can be challenged to on-the-spot races. There are more than 100 cars to unlock and acquire, including classic hot rods, modern compact racers, and finely tuned supercars, while nine legendary vehicles are hidden in barns throughout the world.
Accompanying gamers on their journey is a soundtrack provided by British DJ Rob Da Bank, featuring three different stations full of music from artists like Santigold, Electric Guest, Skrillex, and The Black Keys. Multiplayer fans can join friends to compete in online events, including the King, Infested, and Free Roam modes. ~ Christopher Brown, All Game Guide