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The opening 10 minutes of Forza Horizon 4

How does Forza Horizon 4 kick things off? How good will it look? Where does it begin? What cars will we drive to the festival in? And where does the festival start? Enough with the questions – feast your eyes on this instead, what appears to be the opening 10 minutes of Forza Horizon 4, which includes a taste of all the seasons…

Forza Horizon E3 Gameplay | Xbox UK

10 minutes of pure, unadulterated Forza Horizon 4 gameplay from #XboxE3. You’re welcome. ✌

Posted by Xbox UK on Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Forza Horizon 3 is now Xbox One X Enhanced

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.

 

Are you ready to control the ultimate festival?

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.

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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.

14 more Forza Horizon 3 cars revealed

The wheels of Forza Horizon 3 keep turning, getting closer to the start line. This week, a further 14 cars have been revealed in a list of over 350 models that will ship with the game.

1940-1960
1948 Ferrari 166MM Barchetta
1953 Maserati A6GCS/53 Pininfarina Berlinetta
1957 BMW Isetta 300 Export
1958 Plymouth Fury

1961-1980
1966 Ford Lotus Cortina
1969 Jaguar Mk II 3.8
1977 Ford Escort RS1800
1979 Chevrolet Camaro Z28
1980 Abarth Fiat 131

1981-2000
1985 Ford RS200 Evolution
1997 McLaren F1 GT

2000-2017
2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe
2015 Infiniti Q60 Concept
2015 Lexus RC F

More cars make their way to Forza Horizon 3

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…

1940-1960
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

1981-2000
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

2001-2017
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

VROOM! Here comes 150 Forza Horizon 3 cars

Playground Games have lifted the hood of Forza Horizon 3 and shown off an impressive list of 150 cars to CNET. This isn;t the full roster of cars mind, over the coming months leading up to the September 27 launch, more will be revealed – VROOM! VROOM!

1940-1960
1945 Jeep Willys MB
1956 Jaguar D-Type
1957 Ferrari 250 California
1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa

1961-1980
1961 Jaguar E-type S1
1961 Maserati Tipo 61 Birdcage
1962 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso
1964 Aston Martin DB5
1964 Chevrolet Impala Super Sport 409
1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA Stradale
1965 MINI Cooper S
1965 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe
1966 Ford GT40 Mk II
1967 Ferrari 330 P4
1967 Lamborghini Miura P400
1968 Abarth 595 esseesse
1968 Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale
1969 Dodge Charger R/T
1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302
1969 Oldsmobile Hurst/Olds 442
1969 Pontiac GTO Judge
1970 Chevrolet El Camino Super Sport 454
1970 Datsun 510
1970 Dodge Challenger R/T
1971 AMC Javelin AMX
1972 Mazda Cosmo 110S Series II
1973 BMW 2002 Turbo
1973 Ford Capri RS3100
1973 Ford XB Falcon GT
1973 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am SD-455
1973 Renault Alpine A110 1600S
1974 Lancia Stratos HF Stradale
1975 Fiat X1/9
1975 Ford Bronco
1977 Holden Torana A9X

1981-2000
1982 Lancia 037 Stradale
1983 Audi Sport Quattro
1983 GMC Vandura G-1500
1985 Toyota Sprinter Trueno GT Apex
1986 BMW M635CSi
1987 Buick Regal GNX
1987 Ferrari F40
1987 Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500
1990 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z
1991 Jeep Grand Wagoneer
1992 Ferrari 512 TR
1992 Honda NSX-R (Tier 2 Reward Car)
1993 McLaren F1
1993 Nissan 240SX SE
1994 Ferrari F355 Berlinetta
1995 BMW M5
1995 Ferrari F50
1997 BMW M3
1997 Land Rover Defender 90
1997 Volvo 850 R
1998 Subaru Impreza 22B STi
1998 Toyota Supra RZ
1999 Dodge Viper GTS ACR
2000 Ford SVT Cobra R

2001-2017
2001 Acura Integra Type-R
2002 Ferrari Enzo Ferrari
2002 Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec II
2003 Nissan Fairlady Z (Tier 3 Reward Car)
2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII MR
2004 Saleen S7
2005 BMW M3
2005 Ford GT (Tier 10 Reward Car)
2005 Subaru Impreza WRX STI
2006 Audi RS 4
2006 Hummer H1 Alpha
2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX MR
2008 BMW M3
2008 Lamborghini Reventón
2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
2009 Ferrari 458 Italia (Tier 6 Reward Car)
2009 Ford Focus RS
2009 Honda S2000 CR
2009 Lotus 2-Eleven
2009 Pagani Zonda Cinque Roadster
2010 Abarth 500 esseesse
2010 Aston Martin One-77
2010 Lexus LFA
2010 Mazda MazdaSpeed 3
2011 Bugatti Veyron Super Sport
2011 Ford Transit SuperSportVan
2011 Lotus Evora S
2012 Aston Martin Vanquish
2012 BMW M5 (Tier 5 Reward Car)
2012 Bowler EXR S
2012 Cadillac Escalade ESV
2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8
2012 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor
2012 Hennessey Venom GT
2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
2012 Lotus Exige S
2012 Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series
2012 Nissan GT-R Black Edition
2012 Pagani Huayra
2012 Vauxhall Astra VXR
2013 Ariel Atom 500 V8
2013 Audi R8 Coupé V10 plus 5.2 FSI quattro
2013 Audi RS 4 Avant
2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed
2013 Donkervoort D8 GTO
2013 Ferrari LaFerrari
2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 Track
2013 KTM X-Bow R
2013 Lamborghini Veneno
2013 Lexus GS350 F Sport
2013 McLaren P1 (Tier 8 Reward Car)
2013 Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG
2013 Mercedes-Benz G 65 AMG
2013 MINI X-Raid All4 Racing Countryman
2013 Shelby Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Shelby
2013 SRT Viper GTS (Tier 7 Reward Car)
2013 Subaru BRZ
2014 Alfa Romeo 4C
2014 Audi #45 Flying Lizard Motorsports R8 LMS ultra (All-Stars Pack)
2014 BAC Mono
2014 BMW #55 BMW Team RLL Z4 GTE (All-Stars Pack)
2014 BMW M235i
2014 BMW M4 Coupe
2014 Chevrolet #3 Corvette Racing Corvette C7.R (All-Stars Pack)
2014 Dodge #94 SRT Motorsports Viper GTS-R (All-Stars Pack)
2014 Ferrari #51 AF Corse 458 Italia GTE (All-Stars Pack)
2014 Ferrari California
2014 Ford FPV Limited Edition Pursuit Ute
2014 Ford Ranger T6 Rally Raid
2014 Holden HSV GTS
2014 Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge
2014 Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 (Tier 9 Reward Car)
2014 Local Motors Rally Fighter Game Reward Car
2014 Maserati Ghibli S Q4
2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith
2014 Tesla Model S P85D
2015 Chevrolet Baldwin Motorsports Monster Energy Trophy Truck
2015 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28
2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat
2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
2015 Ferrari 488 GTB
2015 Ferrari F12tdf (VIP Car)
2015 Ford Falcon GT F 351 (VIP Car)
2015 Ford Falcon XR8
2015 Koenigsegg One:1 (VIP Reward Car)
2015 Lamborghini #63 Squadra Corse Huracán LP620-2 Super Trofeo (All-Stars Pack)
2015 Mercedes-Benz GT S
2015 Nissan #1 Nismo Motul Autech GT-R (All-Stars Pack)
2015 Polaris RZR XP 1000 EPS
2015 Ultima Evolution Coupe 1020 (VIP Car)
2016 Ariel Nomad
2016 Audi R8 V10 plus (Tier 4 Reward Car)
2016 Chevrolet Camaro Super Sport
2016 Ferrari FXX K
2016 Ford #55 Supercheap Falcon FG X (All-Stars Pack)
2016 Ford #66 Racing GT Le Mans (Forza Horizon 3 Motorsport All-Stars Pack)
2016 Ford Shelby GT350R
2016 Holden #22 Sharkbite HRT VF Commodore (All-Stars Pack)
2016 Jaguar F-TYPE Project 7
2016 Koenigsegg Regera (VIP Car)
2016 Lamborghini Aventador LP750-4 SV (VIP Car)
2016 Lamborghini Centenario LP 770-4
2016 Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Coupé
2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Game Reward Car
2017 Ford GT

Forza Horizon 2 Storm Island review

Forza Horizon 2: Storm Island is the first piece of DLC that expands upon the content of the main game. The action takes place on the fictional tropical island of Isola Della Tempesta (Island Storm), its terrain is harsh and its weather is devilish. With 90 events that include new modes and cars to race, Bucket lists to dominate and discount boards to find and smash, you won’t be left feeling short-changed after dropping £15.99 (£7.99 for VIP members) on this great piece of DLC.

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There are six tiers you need to progress through if you are to reach the island finale, although you won’t have to complete them all to unlock it. Each tier has four championships that span across the different car classes, you can use your current cars that you have stored in your garage but be warned, if you don’t install the Storm Island mods your ride will have trouble clinging to the terrain. Each tier has its own mini finale – Gauntlet. This extreme offroad event takes place on floodlit courses in the dead of night. They are particularly tricky to navigate, not least because of the tight turns and high jumps but because of the harsh storm rolling around in the background attempting to distract your attention from the road. As if that wasn’t enough to contend with, you are forced to use a pre-selected vehicle with no option to tweak the parts.

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The weather effects in Storm Island are really impressive; sheets of rain swirl across the track, trees almost double over in the wind and fog hangs over the track to conceal hidden dangers. Your windscreen wipers fight in vain to try to keep your view clear from the elements but is it all just for show? I never really felt like the weather played too much of an active role in manipulating the track or my vehicle, instead it merely served as a backdrop to the events while trying its hardest to distract you from focusing on the road ahead.

Courses are bumpy with extreme jumps, they twist and snake-like a roller coaster and often you will lose sight of the next checkpoint particularly during night races or in a storm – it’s great fun and while racing from the cockpit view I felt glad to be inside – it’s nasty out there! While the rough terrain is a joy to wrestle with the island lacks character, I didn’t find much in the way of points of reference for navigating around the 50 island roads – everything looks the same and hardly my idea of ‘tropical’. There is a Roman Temple overlooking the action and of course there’s the Forza festival hub where you sign up for each race, but that is pretty much it save for the odd collection of buildings but we didn’t come here to sight see, we came for the thrills of offroading and to see the spectacle of the new storm effects – both of which I’m happy to say didn’t disappoint.

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Your progress through Storm Island is tracked through a separate tab in the pause menu, handy for checking which Bucket Lists you have left to complete without them getting mixed up with the mainland events. Drivatars return and seem more determined than ever to push you off the track and leave you choking on dust as you scramble across the countryside. The events try to reinvent themselves with new names but really there’s nothing new here save for a few obstacles strewn across the tracks in Rampage and Brawl events. What’s ‘new’ is the focus of extreme environments and weather.

For those that like to take the action online there are several multiplayer championships to master but be warned, if you thought it was rough against the Drivatars then wait until you get online versus real people – you can try to play nice but the rough terrain makes it almost impossible to complete a clean race.

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Forza Horizon 2 breaks the modern confines of racers by allowing you to go anywhere and do anything but the mainland doesn’t quite tick the hardcore box when it comes to offroad racing – this is where Storm Island steps up to the plate. You’d be forgiven in forgetting that you’re playing Forza Horizon 2 because the events are so heavily weighted towards a rally style, which gives the game that DiRT feel.

If rally games aren’t your thing then I’d save your pennies, even though there’s plenty of content and some superb weather effects to experience, Storm Island is heavily centred on offroad events. Hopefully Playground Games will look to do another new area that is a little less on the DiRT(y) side. For me though, this first piece of content for Forza Horizon 2 is ‘The Perfect Storm’.

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Forza Horizon 2: First 100 cars announced

Playground Games have announced the first 100 cars that will be hitting the tarmac later this year in Forza Horizon 2.

A Blog post on the Forza Motorsport website tells us that each of the cars has been built from the ground up for the new generation of console, there will be everything from state-of-the-art supercars like the 2015 Lamborghini Huracán, to my absolute favourite, the 1963 Volkswagen Type 2 De Luxe.

Below is a list of the first 100 cars:

1. 2002 Acura RSX Type-S
2. 2007 Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione
3. 2011 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde
4. 1986 Alfa Romeo Spider Quadrifoglio Verde
5. 1964 Aston Martin DB5
6. 2010 Aston Martin One-77
7. 2012 Aston Martin Vanquish
8. 2013 Audi R8 Coupé V10 plus 5.2 FSI quattro
9. 1995 Audi RS 2 Avant
10. 2006 Audi RS 4
11. 2011 Audi RS 5 Coupé
12. 2013 Audi S4
13. 1997 BMW M3
14. 1991 BMW M3
15. 2012 BMW M5
16. 2011 BMW X5 M
17. 1990 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z
18. 1979 Chevrolet Camaro Z28
19. 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
20. 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS-454
21. 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
22. 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
23. 1995 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1
24. 1964 Chevrolet Impala SS 409
25. 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T
26. 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8
27. 1957 Ferrari 250 California
28. 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa
29. 1994 Ferrari F355 Berlinetta
30. 2012 Ferrari F12berlinetta
31. 2007 Ferrari 430 Scuderia
32. 2013 Ferrari LaFerrari
33. 1980 Abarth Fiat 131
34. 2010 Abarth 500 esseesse
35. 2013 Abarth Punto Supersport
36. 2009 Ford Focus RS
37. 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302
38. 2000 Ford SVT Cobra R
39. 1993 Ford SVT Cobra R
40. 1987 Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500
41. 2011 Ford Transit SuperSportVan
42. 1997 Honda Civic Type R
43. 2006 HUMMER H1 Alpha
44. 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 Track
45. 1956 Jaguar D-Type
46. 1961 Jaguar E-type S1
47. 1954 Jaguar XK120 SE
48. 1945 Jeep Willys MB
49. 2011 Koenigsegg Agera
50. 1997 Lamborghini Diablo SV
51. 2014 Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4
52. 1982 Lancia 037 Stradale
53. 2013 Lexus GS350 F Sport
54. 2010 Lexus LFA
55. 1956 Lotus Eleven
56. 2012 Lotus Exige S
57. 2010 Maserati Gran Turismo S
58. 1994 Mazda MX-5 Miata
59. 2011 Mazda RX-8 R3
60. 2013 McLaren P1
61. 2013 Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG
62. 2012 Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series
63. 2009 Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG Black Series
64. 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG
65. 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
66. 1965 MINI Cooper S
67. 1999 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI GSR
68. 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII MR
69. 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X GSR
70. 2010 Nissan 370Z
71. 1969 Nissan Fairlady Z 432
72. 1994 Nissan Fairlady Z Version S Twin Turbo
73. 2000 Nissan Silvia Spec-R
74. 1971 Nissan Skyline 2000GT-R
75. 1993 Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec
76. 2012 Pagani Huayra
77. 2009 Pagani Zonda Cinque Roadster
78. 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge
79. 1973 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am SD-455
80. 1987 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am GTA
81. 1973 Renault Alpine A110 1600S
82. 2003 Renault Sport Clio V6
83. 2010 Renault Megane RS 250
84. 2011 RUF Rt 12 S
85. 1965 Shelby Cobra 427 S/C
86. 1998 Subaru Impreza 22B STi
87. 2005 Subaru Impreza WRX STI
88. 2011 Subaru WRX STI
89. 1994 Toyota Celica GT-Four ST205
90. 2013 Toyota GT86
91. 1995 Toyota MR2 GT
92. 2005 TVR Sagaris
93. 2012 Vauxhall Astra VXR
94. 2009 Vauxhall Corsa VXR
95. 2013 SRT Viper GTS
96. 1992 Volkswagen Golf Gti 16v Mk2
97. 2010 Volkswagen Golf R
98. 1984 Volkswagen Rabbit GTI
99. 2011 Volkswagen Scirocco R
100. 1963 Volkswagen Type 2 De Luxe

What car are you most looking forward to driving this Autumn?

Is Forza Horizon 2 In Development?

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Forza Horizon on the Xbox 360 was one of the most visually stunning arcade style racers around when it was released last year. It looked to take inspiration from Test Drive Unlimited as you raced around a festival on some of California’s long open roads. The attention to detail on both scenery, environments, cars and tracks was impressive enough for us to rate the game 9.5/10 in our review.

The developers’ Playground Games has listed a flurry of new job ad’s that suggest a new AAA racer is in the works which leads us to assume that a sequel or new side-line Forza racing game is in the development stages. The jobs on offer include, Senior Game Designers, Car Handling Designer, Vehicle QA Technician among many more that state the ideal individuals must have “an excellent working knowledge of, and a real passion for, the racing genre” as well as “an excellent knowledge of cars, tuning and car culture”. All ideal candidates must have had at least one game published on current gen consoles to be considered for the role.

Due to requiring experience of a full development cycle on a AAA game of current generation consoles, it is not yet known what platform the “obvious” new racer is intended for. It hasn’t been confirmed as a Forza Horizon sequel, but the development teams first ever project was the original Forza Horizon. The studio is made up of developers from Codemasters, Bizarre Creations, Criterion Games, and more who are well known to the racing genre.

We’ll report more information in due course.

Thanks: VideoGamer

Forza Horizon Review

Microsoft’s greatest racing franchise returns and is better than ever now cross-combined with the freedom of the wide open road, expansive environments and the world’s best cars recreated to participate in the Forza Horizon Festival. Celebrating speed, music and style, in what is not just a racing game, but a journey where “competition meets culture” through a reimagined take on Colorado USA. Continue reading Forza Horizon Review