The wait is finally over, Forza Horizon 3 has launched today. PlayGround Games’ latest edition to the Forza Horizon series has been met with amazing reception from critics; the game is actually the highest-rated Xbox One exclusive to date, with a whopping Metascore of 91. A score like that isn’t achieved easily, so a huge round of applause to the developers for their hard work on this amazing racing game! After all the months of hype and announcements and the last few days of media coverage, the game is finally now available who didn’t opt to get in early by dropping some extra cash on the Ultimate Edition.
Forza Horizon 3 is a game of firsts. For starters, it’s the first title of Microsoft’s new XBOX Play Anywhere service; if you buy Forza Horizon 3 on either the Xbox One Games Store or the Windows Store, you’ll receive the other version of the game for free. So, you can start your game on your Xbox One and continue it through your Windows 10 PC and vice-versa. You can also connect and play with your friends across both platforms seamlessly. On that note, this is the first full Forza game to be released on PC. This is also the first game to take advantage of the HDR ability featured in the Xbox One S. All-in-all, it’s an exciting time to be a racing fan!
Now, let’s talk about those game versions.
For starters, this is the description of the Standard Edition, which comes in at $59.99/£49.99:
THIS IS YOUR HORIZON
You’re in charge of the Horizon Festival. Customize everything, hire and fire your friends, and explore Australia in over 350 of the world’s greatest cars. Make your Horizon the ultimate celebration of cars, music, and freedom of the open road. How you get there is up to you.
EXPLORE AUSTRALIA, HORIZON’S LARGEST WORLD EVER
Drive through the vast desert and rocky canyons of the Outback to lush, wild rainforests, and to the sandy beaches and gleaming skyscrapers of Australia’s Gold Coast.
CHOOSE FROM OVER 350 OF THE WORLD’S GREATEST CARS
Every car is recreated with ForzaVista™ detail including full cockpit views, working lights and wipers, and new vehicle types bringing all-new driving experiences never before seen in Forza.
DISCOVER THRILLING NEW DRIVING GAMEPLAY
Danger Sign Jumps, Convoys, and Drift Zones are just some of the exciting new driving challenges that await you. Star in Thrilling Showcase events that pit you and your car against a fleet of powerboats, even a giant zeppelin!
HIRE AND FIRE FRIENDS
You’re the boss. Hire your friends’ Drivatars to help you gain fans and expand your festival, and form Convoys with them to explore the world even when they’re not online. If they’re not winning you fans, fire them!
Horizon Blueprint gives you the power to modify every aspect of race events, championships, and Bucket List challenges – and instantly challenge friends to beat you at your own game. Choose your driver character, create custom paint jobs and vanity license plates, add new body kits – even select your own car horn sound.
DRIVE TO THE MUSIC YOU LOVE
Choose from eight diverse radio stations, or create a custom station from your own music collection.
START AN ONLINE DRIVING ADVENTURE
Online 4-Player Co-op allows you and your friends to experience the variety, competition, and rewards of a Horizon campaign together for the first time.
PLAY THE AUCTION HOUSE
Find rare cars and incredible works of art by the most talented creators in the Forza Community.
If you have a little more cash to spare, you can pick up the Deluxe Edition for $79.99/£69.99. This option adds the following:
The Forza Horizon 3 Deluxe Edition includes the full game of Forza Horizon 3, VIP Membership and cars, and the Motorsport All-Stars Car Pack, which lets you take 10 of the hottest modern race cars off the track and out on the open road!
Whichever version you decide to go far, you’ll be gaining access to one of the best racing games of this generation, and arguably one of the best racing games ever created. With the game marking the Forza series’ PC debut, even more people now have access to this gem. With the PS4’s Gran Turismo Sport delayed until 2017, Forza Horizon 3 basically has the road all to itself to open up the throttle and reel in the sales. Will you be one of its drivers?