(Credit: Turn 10 Studios/Playground Digital)
What is Forza Horizon? This question has had me scratching my head since Turn 10 debuted the teaser trailer for its new racing game for the Xbox 360 console way back in March. Now that I've gotten hands-on time with the title, I have a better idea of what it is and what it's not.
Forza Horizon is an open world racing game that blends free driving with a variety of on-track events. Turn 10 and Playground Games have created a massive, fictional version of Colorado that players can just drive around in. There are country roads, freeways, canyons, and, in the center of it all, the Horizon Festival--a massive car and music festival that serves as the hub for all of the game's activities and the plot device that give drivers a reason to enter events. The game doesn't really force the driver to enter events in any particular order after the first half hour of acclimating to gameplay and it's possible to just drive around exploring the miles and miles of open road (which, coincidentally, I spent a lot of time doing.)
Forza Horizon is not some sort of massively multiplayer online racer. This isn't World of Warcraft on wheels. Horizon features very distinct single player and multiplayer modes, so you'll be able drop into the game and ... [Read more]