Size is an important evolution when making a sequel, and Forza Horizon 3 illustrates this with settings in the forests, badlands and urban playgrounds of the world’s biggest island nation, Australia. The map of this new racer is more than twice as large as the map of the previous installment, with twice as many ecosystems to drive through. The car count is equally impressive, as 350 cars are launching with the title.
Skies might be a strange gameplay element to leave an impression, but the first thing players will want to do when starting up Forza Horizon 3 is look up. The skies of the game transition realistically between cloud patterns that are designed from images of the gorgeous Outback skyline. Of course, players will have the elements to contend with if enough clouds roll in.
Player in Charge
For the first time in a Forza Horizon game, players are not grunts on a mission to prove themselves; instead they head up the entire Horizon festival. This is likely the most significant change for the racing series to date, as players will be in charge of designing and customizing their own Competitions and Challenges, fine-tuning the entire experience for how they wish to race it.
It might sound like a small change, but Forza Horizon 3‘s new feature that allows players to play their own selection of music from their cloud file with Groove radio brings that extra level of personalization to the racing experience. There’s nothing quite like burning up asphalt to the beats of one’s favorite tunes.
Xbox Play Anywhere
The highly touted Xbox Play Anywhere feature, announced during Microsoft’s E3 press conferee, is offered in Forza Horizon 3 as well as many other Xbox titles. This means players can play on both Windows 10 PC and Xbox One, regardless of which system they bought the game for, and all progress will be carried between them. What many other Xbox games don’t offer, however, is Forza Horizon 3‘s compatibility with the cross-play functionality, which allows Xbox One and PC players to enjoy the game’s multiplayer together.
Forza Horizon 3 is slated to launch Sept. 27, exclusively on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC.