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Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Forza Horizon 4 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 8 weeks 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.
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7+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it’s important for parents and guardians to ensure they understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up. 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."
Forza Horizon 4
Forza Horizon 4 Lego Speed Champions
Forza Horizon 4 Standard Edition
- In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
- In-Game Pass: Purchase a season/battle pass to gain access to limited in-game purchases, 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.
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Release Date: 25/09/2018
Out Now: PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S
Content Rating: PEGI 3
Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds
Players: 1 (72 online)
Genres: Race (Adventure, Simulation and Traversal)
Accessibility: 28 features
Components: 3D First-Person, 3D Third-Person, Day and Night, Open World and Weather
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