This is Forza Horizon 4 in 2021

Everyone knows it, everyone assumes it, but no one stops to think about the dimensions that the Forza Horizon saga has acquired with respect to Forza Motorsport. Because little by little Playground Games has managed to make Turn 10 almost in the background with an approach to racing games for absolutely all audiences. Kids, adults, driving fans, online game enthusiasts, challenge seekers, or just those who just want to have fun all get to connect with Forza Horizon on some level. An authentic feat to which we are dedicating an editorial for the next Forza Horizon 5.

Since last October 2, 2018 (yes, it has been released for more than 2 and a half years), Xbox and PC users can enjoy Forza Horizon 4, but the title received a brutal push in the form of Xbox Game Pass. And it was precisely in January 2018 that Microsoft announced that the Xbox Game Studios titles would arrive at the service premiere, something that took the entire community by surprise and that definitely attracted all the eyes of the industry to the Redmond giant . Because yes, that same year Crackdown 3, State of Decay 2 and the now also gigantic Sea of ​​Thieves would arrive at the service. But none carried the trail of success that surrounded the Forza Horizon saga.

Xbox Game Pass was not the culprit for its success, but the perfect catapult

Sea of ​​Thieves was a great premiere and time has proved all the users who bet on it right, with Xbox Game Pass helping to build a new community from the ground up that after 3 years has become huge, but in its In the beginning, the title was lacking in content and it took a long time to start. This is not the case of Forza Horizon 4. Many of us wondered how it was possible for a game of such magnitude and quality to be “free” for everyone, something that was difficult to assume and many already predicted that there would be obstacles imposed in some way.

Nothing Beyond Reality: Forza Horizon 4 was an absolute success from the start, and both the Standard and Ultimate versions sold in stores with equal force. These are some of the achievements only at launch:

But that was only the beginning. As you well know, Forza Horizon 4 has not stopped growing. Its main claim, the 4 stations that the title is capable of representing on the same map of the United Kingdom and that totally change the experience, began to take turns weekly to add as if it were an MMO, daily objectives, weekly and missions for keep getting rewards in the form of cars, upgrades or roulette. In 2 and a half years, it has never stopped updating and ultimately, “The Eliminator” has arrived, a true Battle Royale mode in which only one can remain and which has already been confirmed for Forza Horizon 5.

There’s so much to talk about in Forza Horizon 4 that we almost forget what’s really important: Is there a nicer car game? Can you take such ultra-realistic shots in other games? The Internet is full of user creations that are difficult to differentiate from reality, Youtube has videos with hundreds of thousands of visualizations of simple stunts in the game. Even TIK TOK or instagram have live shows almost daily of people playing on the streets of Forza doing impossible drifting, races that are known by heart or simply driving through the beautiful roads of the game with steering wheel sets, pedals so realistic that some They include bits of actual dashboards. It is amazing to see the quality of the content generated by the players and of course, the quantity. Take a moment to enjoy this wonder:

Is it an MMO? Is it a Battle Royale? No, it’s Forza Horizon 4

For those who wanted more, they could have their two great paid expansions (not included in Xbox Game Pass), Fortune Island and LEGO Speed ​​Champions, which added their own custom map apart from the main one and enormous possibilities of fun. But the content expansion in addition to being weekly was also in the form of car packs, which we could purchase in the form of a VIP pass or separately, which has left us in 2021 with almost a total of 639 cars that with their variants and special editions exceeded 750, a brutal figure for the level of detail they have.

But the ceiling was still very high, well On March 9 of this year, Forza Horizon 4 premiered on Steam, a platform on which it has managed to position itself in the top 10 for several consecutive weeks, achieving huge sales. And it is not for less, because exclusive titles like this one or the Master Chief Collection are authentic candies for those who have been wanting to put the glove on both of them for a long time.

All in all, in this personal editorial of appreciation for Forza Horizon 4, we can categorically state that it is in all likelihood the most successful and highest quality exclusive to come out of Xbox Game Studios in recent years. It is almost impossible to deny that it is one of the best driving games of the moment and absolutely the best in its category. The bombshell that definitely catapulted Xbox Game Pass as a must-have service, which we have not stopped paying since then. That it appears on all possible platforms is not another opportunity to make any gamer see the wonder they are missing.

Tags: ,