Horizon 3 is a great game and a huge improvement from FH2! Visuals are as everybody knows improved, it looks nice! Sounds are also better, lots of engine noises never before heard in Forza! In my experience its quite stable (not counting PC), way less issues than FH2 or FM6, very few crashes however stats tracking issues. As of now frequent patches for most issues. Rivals have finally gotten a good update in Horizon, no more wallriding! Its a great game but i don’t think its quite 10/10 yet.
What i think needs improvement!
Drivetrain swaps. So here we go again, same issue but new game. 4WD swapped cars are often a lot more competitive than they should be, out of a class points perspective. The launch and acceleration is not balanced compared to equal class 2WD cars. 2WD often have better pure handling, breaking and top speed while 4WD have driveability, acceleration (especially low/mid speed, but might be slower at high) and the ability to corner with the handbreak. 4WD swaps needs tweaks in points. I think this is worse here than FH2 but thats probably due to FM6 handling and the fast tracks with many 90° corners. To me this i a casual think that people can play with in freemode and i don’t mind it there, but when a 4WD RX-7 with a V8 rams me to a stand still in a corner and then launches away, i do mind.
The Community. There are a lot of good people in the Forza community, however there are usually a lot of bad ones to. FM6 however is a nice place to race, few crashers, a lot of skilled racers, but most important of all, no crashers that end up winning. Driving a speedtuned AWD car and crashing into people or wall riding is actually a way to win in FH3! Why doesn’t T10 have wallriding, old Le Mans racers with 4WD crashing everybody, people being forced out of checkpoints and into trees in their trailers? Thats unfortunately way to common in online racing and its way to many high level and experienced players doing it. Anyone have a solution? I think with a AWD nerf, people would have to race cleaner to win!
Singel player, Drivatars. The campaign is a lot better than previous games, to complete the game you’ll need to do around 330 races, luckily not to many offroad races or laps and no need to win, except street races and head to head. Unfortunately the drivatars are not very nice to race. (I did most races on Pro, used as many perks i could and pretty good cars) They still shoot down the inside and crash you and they take corners at unreal speeds, almost TDU2 style! (Especially in Pro and Unbeatable!) Personally i think the SP is a choir, i only did it for achevements, its still not really ”fun”. I have an issue with exhibitions not counting properly, 62/63 with everything greyed out. On TA I’ve read about issues with several other achevements so i hope there is a patch soon.
Car Classes. Have to mention this, I’ve been tuning lots of cars for online racing and i think there is an issue here. The classes are not good atm, the gap in between is to great! FH1 had its S, R3, R2, R1 and i think something of that should be brought back. There is no need to start the classes so high, why not have F and E and keep the numbers lower? In prior games a car was usually good for 2 + classes, in FH3 many can only be tuned for barley 1 class. Many A cars can’t reach full S1 and i think about 0 S1 cars can reach full S2, not even every S2 car can reach full S2! (W/O AWD and engine swaps, wouldn’t matter that much tho.) Regera doesn’t even reach S2. Solution for this could be adding another class, S3 maybe, let cars like 488 and F12 be S2 and send the better cars up to S3. Now both those cars can only be used i S1 and more or less stock.
Minor issues. Number of tunes that can be saved. Downforce on race cars? Not including expansion pass in ultimate. Auction house is slow. Losing cool cars from prior games. The Reliant is pretty useless even with the helping wheels lol. You can buy ∞ 250 GTOs but only get 1 RX7 FD. And why all the rain in street races?
Summary, great game that fixed many issues with previous Forzas! Except from the drivatars and the rotten people online, I’ve really been enjoying this! Some balancing in the PI system, AWD and lots of power need an increase in points, people need to race better(everlasting issue in Horizon), drivatars are still not good to race against and the classes need some work for next game!
West, LV 490 something and 20 GS from complete!