We love Forza Horizon 3 here at TiX, and the great news is that it has now been updated to be Xbox One X Enhanced! Yes, now we can all race around Australia in stunning native 4k!
Forza Horizon 3 on Xbox One X is powered by the same state-of-the art ForzaTech engine at the heart of the Forza franchise, also used to develop Forza Motorsport 7 for Xbox One X which brought native 4K resolution racing to the new platform. Forza Horizon 3 enhancements let players experience the game in native 4K along with a host of additional visual updates, including improved car reflections and shadow resolutions, improved texture detail for road and terrain surfaces, and more. In addition, 4K resolution enhancements will be fully compatible with both Blizzard Mountain and Hot Wheels expansions for Forza Horizon 3. Whether you’re careening across the dunes of the Outback in your favourite off-roader or building up a legion of fans with death-defying stunt driving in the rainforest, the 4K-enhanced version of Forza Horizon 3 is a thrilling blend of fantastic gameplay and cutting-edge visuals.
Playground Games continues to add new and free content to Forza Horizon 3. Hot on the wheels (pun intended) of the Hot Wheels expansion sees the addition of Prince Noctis’ Regalia from Final Fantasy XV, which will arrive to the game on August 1st.
You will have needed to play FF15 on the xbox to be eligible for this free content, with Forza Horizon 3 players able to redeem the Regalia via the in-game messaging system, and Final Fantasy XV players will get a code to redeem the car in an Xbox Live message.
It’s getting cold outside and now things are getting chilly in the world of Forza Horizon 3. Playground Games have announced that the first expansion to the game, Blizzard Mountain releases on December 13.
For the first time in a Forza title there will be snow, ice, extreme elevations and blizzards to challenge players in their quest to become the King of the Mountain. Players will get to explore a new snowy mountain playground and drive 8 new vehicles including the 2016 Ford GYMKHANA 9 Focus RS RX – there will also be brand new events to take part in.
More details on pricing and the new vehicles can be found right here.
As the plane hit the tarmac in the Introduction video of Forza Horizon 3 I felt a tinge of excitement, the previous two titles had been my favourite racing games and I was sure the third one wouldn’t let me down. 10 minutes later, as I reached the site of the first part of the Horizon festival, it was clear the game was going to be one hell of ride.
The first race sets the tone, as you line up against a Jeep that is attached to a helicopter, it’s fixed, you’ll rarely lose the first race, and you’ll always hit the jump that starts a slow motion scene as the two vehicles almost touch, but nevertheless it’s an exciting race.
Forza Horizon 3 has moved over to the other side of the world (and the other side of the road), allowing us to explore the outback, the Yarra Valley the city streets and beautiful countryside of Australia. Put simply, this game is stunning to look at. Day or Night, sunshine, fog or rain, every setting is a treat for the eyes. Speeding through the pouring rain at 120mph is stunning, the rain drops bash off the screen and the reflection from the roads look perfect.
Things are bit different this year, rather than competing at the festival, you are in charge. You decide what events take place, recruit other Drivatars to take part in the festival and even create events. It’s a nice twist to the game, generating hype – perhaps by taking part in PR stunts or drift challenges – as you compete you earn more fans and as you hit a milestone you get the chance to upgrade a festival site or open a brand new site in a different location. The ‘upgrades’ are superficial ultimately, the site looks more impressive but really all it does is unlock more events.
A neat feature allows you to control how each event runs, choose the weather, class of car, even the amount of laps. It’s always fun to put supercars on dirt tracks in the rain at night… right? There are all the events you would expect from the Horizon games. Point-to-point, laps around a circuit, as well as PR events including speed traps, speed zones and stunt jumps, there is quite a cool event that challenges you to hit 250mph on an airport runway too. All of these events bring you more and more fans to add towards your upgrades and new sites.
Barn finds are back, but this year you can take advantage of a drone to help pinpoint where the barns actually are. The drone is quite a neat feature but the fact you can’t take pictures with it is a real shame. You can create some awesome racing videos though.
Not only are you in charge of creating events you can also share them with friends, the new blueprint mode for events and bucket lists allows to create your dream events, take part in them and share them with the community. It works really well, it would have been great to be more specific on routes as I’d love to create a lap of the whole map but it only seems to allow you to specify one point on a map and a route gets generated for you. Despite that it’s brilliant being able to take on different events with all sorts of combinations.
Ever present in Forza Horizon is the community, as your drive around Oz you’ll see all of your friends there too, some have proper Drivatar data with them while others just show gamertags. Honking your horn as you drive alongside them will allow you to create a convoy of drivers, which gives you a chance to earn even more skill points as you all work towards collecting them.
One of the first things you learn about is recruiting Drivatars to your Horizon team, depending on how much they have played the game determines what worth they are to you. Higher rated drivers bring more fans, XP and cash. You are only allowed four at a time, so as more are discovered you have to decide who gets hired and who gets fired. To recruit them you have to drive to certain locations, once you have found them you can challenge them to a race, win and they will join you.
There are plenty of options when it comes to teaming up. For the first time in Forza up to four players can play through a co-op campaign, while earning experience, fans and money for their own single player campaigns. Another new mode is Adventure mode, which gives you the option to play through pre-built events and games set up by the Forza team or a custom adventure that lets you be more selective about what you do. Online freeroam returns allowing you to do whatever you please. Further into the game you’ll be able to unlock clubs, so no matter what you do in-game, you’ll be contributing to your team. Getting online is a seamless experience, the only downside is that it takes at least 90 minutes to unlock the online features, which is frustrating when a friend has only just started playing.
Now you are probably thinking, that’s great Dave, lots of awesome features, but what about the cars? Good point, I say. Horizon comes with over 350 vehicles ranging from the Robin Reliant to the Lamborghini Centenario, the beauty of Horizon is that no matter what your driving ability is you’ll be able to handle any car thrown at you. They all drift beautifully around corners and you’ll nearly always feel in control whether you are on the tarmac, throwing up dust in the outback or smashing your way through the fields. It’s a just a joy to play.
Simply put, Playground Games have exceeded my expectations with Forza Horizon 3, this is how much fun driving games should be. Being able to quickly jump online with your friends to cruise around Australia is just so much fun and I can’t wait to spend more time doing it.
Today saw the release of the official Forza Horizon 3 Launch Trailer, just days away from players being able to get hold of the game on Pre-order early access. Already winner of 29 awards at E3 including “Best Racing Game”, Forza Horizon 3 puts you in charge of the festival allowing you to customise every detail to your liking. You even get to hire and fire your friends whilst exploring Australia in over 350 of the world’s greatest sports cars.
Forza Horizon 3 is the ultimate celebration of cars, music and the open road, but if you still need convincing then download the free demo now. Forza Horizon 3 is available to pre-order now and will be on early release for Ultimate Edition holders on the 23rd September before going on general release on the 27th September.
Forza Horizon 3 has gone gold, yay! It also means we are only 26 days away from driving some amazing vehicles.
What’s that coming over the hill? Is it a Warthog?
Yes, Yes it is…
The M12S Warthog CST will be available at launch for Forza Horizon 3, and will be sent as a free download to everyone who has played either Halo 5: Guardians or Halo: The Master Chief Collection on Xbox One. Eligible players will receive codes to download the Warthog via an Xbox Live Message, and codes will begin to be sent out during the week of Sept. 5. In addition, players who have not played an Xbox One Halo game will still have the chance to earn the Warthog via a special #Forzathon event coming to Forza Horizon 3 in October.
The Forza Horizon 3 achievements can also be found below:
Welcome to Your Horizon
Celebrate opening your Horizon Festival site by putting on a spectacular Showcase.
You’re the Boss
Expand your Horizon Festival for the first time.
One of Us
Win your first Exhibition race as Horizon Festival Boss.
Stay on Target
Get 3 Stars on a Danger Sign.
“Do you even… oh, you do”
Get 3 Stars on a Drift Zone.
Hire a Drivatar for your Drivatar Lineup.
Fill your Drivatar Line-Up and fire a Drivatar to make way for another.
Open a Festival in Surfers Paradise.
First Time Buyer
Visit the Autoshow and buy your first car.
Blueprint and complete an exhibition.
Complete another player’s Exhibition Blueprint.
Win your first championship.
Tonight We Ride
Win your first Street Race.
I’ll Just Take This Now
Win your first Midnight Battle.
Street Racing Champion
Win every Street Race and Midnight Battle.
Like a Needle in The Outback
Find your first Barn Find.
Restore all Barn Finds.
Create and complete your first Bucket List Blueprint.
Play 10 player-created Bucket List Blueprints.
Drive to the Music You Love
Sign 4 Radio Stations to your Festival.
Screaming through the Valley
Open a Festival in Yara Valley.
Open a Festival in The Outback.
Fully upgrade a Festival site.
YOU MUST CONSTRUCT ADDITIONAL PYLONS
Perform 10 Festival Upgrades.
Like a Boss
Fully upgrade all Festival sites.
Best. Horizon. Ever.
Complete the Final Showcase.
Complete an Exhibition at every race route in the game.
Complete a championship starting at every race route in the game.
Earn at least 1 star on any 50 PR Stunts.
Get 3 stars on all PR Stunts.
Eat My Dust
Complete 10 Convoy Races.
Got Ourselves a Convoy
Convoy for a total of 100 miles.
Complete every Horizon Bucket List challenge.
Drop in the Bucket
Complete 5 Bucket List challenges.
Who’s Hiding These?
Smash all 150 reward boards.
Discover every beauty spot in the game.
I Know These Roads
Drive down every road in Australia.
This My Jam
Take part in 5 Skill Songs.
Perks of the Job
Obtain a car from the Skill Shop.
I Want It All
Complete every page in the Skill Shop (excluding temporary perks).
Fit parts from Rocket Bunny and Liberty Walk.
5 Star Seller – A+++++
Sell 5 cars via the Auction House.
Win a car in the Auction House, then add it to your garage.
Welcome to Horizon Online
Complete 5 online events across Adventure and Freeroam.
Complete 25 online events across Adventure and Freeroam.
Bring a Friend
Complete an event in Co-op Campaign.
Complete 10 events in Co-op Campaign.
Take a photo of 300 cars for Horizon Promo.
Create and complete a Championship featuring only Australian cars.
Spend 1 million Credits on a car.
Fly Like A Regal
Get 300ft on the airport Danger Sign using the Reliant Supervan.
Life’s a Drag
Complete a drag race at the Airstrip in every Car Class.
Create an exhibition with 25 laps with rolling time of day and complete it against Pro Drivatars.
This. Is. FORZA!
Create and complete a Championship with 100+ miles of racing over 10 events.
Obtain your first Horizon Edition car.
Reach Level 20.
Reach Level 150.
Visit the Forza Hub from the Pause Menu.
Create a paint, setup a Tune, and start your Horizon Promo career.
Throw Your Weight Around
Get a 3 Stars on a Drift Zone in a car weighing at least 2500kg.
Win a race in the Lamborghini Centenario.
Get 3 Stars on 5 different PR Stunts in the 2017 Ford Raptor.
At the top of the list, we have the original Meyer’s Manx dune buggy, a vehicle that broke new ground for adventurous drivers. For those looking for race-bred technology at its best, the Penhall Cholla has chalked up wins just about everywhere in Class 10. And when it comes to overall brawn, the Toyota FJ40 is a worldwide favourite.
Playground Games have revealed 34 more cars that will be making their way to Forza Horizon 3 – they’re becoming a bit like Pokemon, gotta catch ’em all. So far, 184 cars have been revealed from a list of over 350, hopefully there’s something you like…
1951 Holden 50-2106 FX Ute
1956 Ford F-100
1961-1980 1966 Chevrolet Nova Super Sport
1968 Ferrari 365 GTB/4
1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT
1970 AMC Rebel “The Machine”
1970 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1
1974 Holden Sandman HQ panel van
1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am
1978 Ford Mustang II King Cobra
1981 BMW M1
1990 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II
1991 GMC Syclone
1992 Bugatti EB110 Super Sport
1997 Lamborghini Diablo SV
1998 Aston Martin V8 Vantage V600
1999 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI GSR
2000 Nissan Silvia Spec-R
2005 Lotus Elise 111S
2007 Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione
2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR
2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X GSR
2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STi
2010 Renault Megane RS 250
2011 Audi RS 5 Coupé
2011 BMW X5 M
2011 Ferrari FF
2012 Infiniti IPL G Coupe
2013 Mazda MX-5
2013 Mercedes-Benz E 63 AMG
2014 Lamborghini Urus
2014 Land Rover Range Rover Supercharged
2015 Jaguar XFR-S
2016 Holden Special Vehicles GTS Maloo