Racing games had been my favorite genre of gaming for a long time. Jet Moto, Jet Moto 2 and the Need for Speed games on PS1 and PS2. I couldn’t get enough.
Then I got more into games like Halo and Gears of War and kinda lost that attraction to racing games. Occasionally I still enjoy a Need for Speed race on my PS Vita, but I just hadn’t played many racing games since. I had Forza 3 for my XBox360 for a while and really considered getting Forza 4, especially to experience the game using the Kinect, but just never did.
I started getting more race time in another racing game called DIRT 2, which has a really cool setting for racing short course trucks and at that time, I was really into RC racing with a local RC club and we raced 1/10th scale short course RC trucks.
Then I watched a few trailers for Forza Horizon 3 and it looked really good. I like the merging of street racing with rally-style racing and the selection of cars you can collect is a wide variety of vintage cars to exotic luxury cars.
As in the Forza car franchise, it’s also great fun customizing the design of your car with paint and applying decals. The one I added to this post above is my first try at designing something fun and decided to design a simple design around a Loot Box Podcast theme.
The racing is authentic feeling and the cars handle as expected depending on the cars design, power and wheel-base. The scenery is beautiful with a relatively real-world feel.
Overall, I have returned to the racing genre more than I have been in the recent past. This installment of the Forza franchise may get me back into loving racing games as much as I did so many years ago.
Check out Forza Horizon 3. It’s, of course, a Microsoft distribution so it’s only available on XBoxOne.