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Forza Horizon 4 (Series) Review
Posted: 20 months ago, last updated 5 days ago.
There may be 420 cars to earn and race against other players, but it’s the world you race through that stands out. Seasons change, leaves fall, lakes freeze or the summer heat shines off the tarmac. Each day the sun rises and sets, and different weather blows in to complete the sense of immersion.
This isn’t just a world to race in but one to freely explore. Uniquely in racing games, this is distracting enough to make players pull over and just watch the view changing in front of them.
Challenging family members to set the fastest times on particular challenges and races is a popular way to enjoy the game together. Finding the right place to break, or the racing line that saves seconds, parents and children egg each other on to improve their times and get a genuine understanding of driving and racing mechanics along the way. Forza Horizon 4 also has a battle royale mode called ‘The Eliminator’. 72 drivers compete against each other in frantic head-to-head races where only one driver can come out on top.
With its changing weather, day–night cycle and beautiful British landscape, there’s also considerable enjoyment to be had from finding the best views and sharing them with each other. Then there’s a Forza Horizon 4 Lego Speed Champions purchasable add-on that turns the cars and landscape into Lego. Families and younger drivers enjoy exploring the Lego valley and collecting bricks for items in their Lego house and garage.
View our choice of games like Forza Horizon 4. This game is good if you want to:
- Play someone with a different schedule
- Play popular blockbuster games
- Set your own difficulty
- Play with motor impairment
- Play games with Deaf/HoH features
- See the sun rise and set
- Practice photography
- Learn how buildings are built
- Distract yourself from pain
- Inhabit another world
- Play battle royale online showdowns
- Play autumnal games
Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 72 players online. Single-player on one system, with Xbox Gold Live online multiplayer for 2–12 people and Xbox Gold Live co-op for 2–6 people. For split-screen racing Forza Motorsport 6 or 7 is a better option.
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Forza Horizon 4 And Forza Motorsport 7 Bundle
Forza Horizon 4 Deluxe Edition
Forza Horizon 4 Demo
Forza Horizon 4 Standard Edition
Forza Horizon 4 Ultimate Edition
Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. This includes a regular subscription fee (known as a 'battle/season pass') to unlock access to reward items and other aspects of the game. Forza Horizon 4 offers Passes, VIP Memberships and Packs to access exclusive cars, double credits rewards, special item maps, a free player house, and vanity items. You can buy these individually, via seasons passes or with deluxe versions of the game. There is a Hot Wheels Legends Car Pack available to purchase that grants access to these cars.
You can buy Forza Horizon 4 on Steam including the new game modes like The Eliminator and Super7 as well as two expansions Fortune Island and the LEGO Speed Champions.
The following in-game purchases are available:
Forza Horizon 4 Expansions Bundle
Forza Horizon 4 Ultimate Add-Ons Bundle
Skill RatingThis game is enjoyed by 8+ year-olds as it's a good match for their ability and maturity. One family told us about younger children enjoying this. "My 3-year-old loves Forza Horizon. He can't do the races but loves smashing through the countryside. Connect a second controller and then use the Xbox co-pilot mode to both control the same car. Kind of like being a driving instructor, so you can help them out."
A range of customisable settings in the general "Driving Assists", as well as switching off damage and tyre wear make the difficulty highly flexible. The rewind option enables you to redo some driving if you crash or miss a corner. You can also specify car and tyre volumes separately. There is the option of voiced advice for driving. The majority of menus are narrated. There is vibration feedback for audio cues when the tyres loose grip, that can be disabled.
Note: When exploring the open world, the selected assists won't take effect. However, if you set a Waypoints via the map where you can select a destination route. Useful preset layouts are 8 (triggers not used), 14 (controls all on left stick ideal for chin controls), 16 (useful for one left-handed controls).
Our Forza Horizon 4 Accessibility Report documents 28 accessibility features:
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