When I find a game I absolutely love, and can spend countless hours in you bet I’ll at least try to 100% the whole thing.
With FH4, I got pretty close. All exclusive cars collected, all roads, boards, races, Xbox achievements were complete. But then there was the Star Card. I got EVERY SINGLE category of the Star Card completed, all EXCEPT the “Superstar Creator” category. No matter how many designs I made, photographs I took, tunes I created, I could never get those levels up no matter how hard I tried. It’s extremely unfair that completing these challenges is strictly dependent on other players deciding to download them.
Now, looking through the Accolades (which I intend to complete all 1,876) I’m absolutely devastated that not only do these challenges return, they completely DOUBLED DOWN ON THEM. Now, to get every Painting, Tuning, and Photo branch of the Creative Accolade category, you must have a minimum of 500 LIKES AND DOWNLOADS EACH ONE.
This is utterly beyond ridiculous for a normal person like me, especially the photo challenges. The front page of photos for FH4 basically never changed in the three years I’ve played and that’s because no one viewed especially liked any photos. If I wanted some great Forza Horizon Photography, I’d go to Twitter or Instagram, not the main game. It’s super unfair considering the only people that really tend to be able to complete these are Youtubers, they have an entire platform and plenty of fans to showcase their designs to.
I doubt this will change anything because you’ll need the entire population of every first world country collectively screaming at the devs for them to consider changing anything, but the Creative Accolades should be based around MAKING things, NOT HAVING THEM DOWNLOADED. I should be able to complete EVERY Accolade using my OWN skill, not depending on what others do.
In the last few months of FH4’s lifecycle, I was desperately trying to complete that last section of Star Card. Every second I wasn’t at work or school was spend BEGGING people online to download my designs and tunes. A few people pulled through but I never got any of those stupid levels beyond five, which was ridiculous considering I have easily 400 total downloads across all of my designs, and only about 100 or so for my Tunes (I LOVE tuning, had over different tunes, and of course that’s the best I could get)
I even took this guy’s advice which was just to copy whatever the first page design was. Did that for two cars and only got about 150 downloads each. I think it’s completely ignorant and disconnected from your playerbase to think EVERY single player is easily going to have AT LEAST FIVE HUNDERED DIFFERENT, UNIQUE HORIZON PLAYERS DOWNLOAD, AND LIKE AT LEAST ONE DESIGN, TUNE, PICTURE, AND VINYL. 99% of players just download whatever’s the first option, and those usually just being the YouTubers that already pumped their creations to the front of the page with their fanbase just PUSHES all our creations out of the light.
REWARD ACCOLADES FOR SIMPLY CREATING AND UPLOADING CREATIONS, NOT HAVING THEM DOWNLOADED.