Our first look at one of the year's biggest racing games!
Before the cover art and first screenshot for Microsoft Game Studios' new video game Forza Horizon were released, I had my suspicions about the project. Would it be able to differentiate itself enough from Forza Motorsport 4 (9.5/10), a game which in itself represented the pinnacle of racing innovation on consoles and even then didn't manage a full 10/10 due to this genre being one that has been retread so many times it could never feel totally original? Well, despite the rather atrocious game logo- let's hope that gets changed before or after E3- things are actually looking pretty darn attractive on the Horizon front, with a cross-terrain kind of open world racing teased by Microsoft and overseer to Playground Studios, Turn 10 (who make the mainstream franchise, to which this is a spin-off). There's no sign of the 'Better With Kinect' banner on the cover art, which could suggest a return to arcadey basics this time around, or simply that Microsoft don't want to play all of their cards before E3. Either way, you can guarantee we'll be seeing a lot more of this at their conference, and that short of a global catastrophe that Forza Horizon will be with us this Autumn as per the new annual release schedule for the series. Yep, we've got a Treyarch-Infinity Ward system going on here for Turn 10-Playground, whereby Forza Motorsport 5 will then be with us presumably as an Xbox 720 launch title in Autumn 2013! Weird thoughts, eh...?