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Forza Horizon 4 (2018) is a thrilling racing game where you race all manner of vehicles across a wide range of landscapes. This fourth iteration is set in the United Kingdom, with Edinburgh’s narrow streets, the Lake District’s hills and rainfall and the Cotswolds’ historic villages.

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.

Our examiner, Ellen Robertson, first checked Forza Horizon 4 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 2 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Race game with Adventure, Simulation and Traversal elements. You can play this by yourself or as a 12-player online game. 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.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 10 hours and 30 hours to complete. Although you can complete the main story in 10 hours, doing everything will take around 30. Being an open world, there is then a beautiful environment to explore.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 3. Players can, however, intentionally crash into roadside objects and other cars while driving. As a result, cars can sustain visible damage, including scratched paint, cracked windows, and dents. In addition, some car parts, such as side view mirrors, can detach from cars due to the impact from collisions. It is not possible for any driver depicted in any car to be injured or killed. There are no visual representations of bodily injury or death to any human depicted in the game, whether it be drivers in cars or the spectators who line the track.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Skill Level

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."

Account Rating

Previous Forza Horizon games are also PEGI 3 apart from the first game Forza Horizon which was PEGI 12 and ESRB Teen.
  • You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.


Forza Horizon 4 usually costs £54.99.

Forza Horizon 4

XBox Store Xbox X|S £54.99 Free

Xbox Game Pass

XBox Store Xbox One £54.99 Free

Xbox Game Pass

XBox Store PC £54.99 Free

Xbox Game Pass

Steam Store PC £54.99
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • 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.
  • You need a subscription to play online:
    • You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
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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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 25/09/2018, updated in 2021

Out Now: PC, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Players: 1 (12 online)

Genres: Race (Adventure, Simulation and Traversal)

Accessibility: 31 features

Components: 3D First-Person, 3D Third-Person, Day and Night, Open World and Weather

Developer: We Are Playground (@WeArePlayground)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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