If you are looking for a new Xbox One game and price is not an issue for you, look no further than Forza Horizon 3. Everything from the sound effects to the driving mechanism has been researched carefully and brought to life to give you the most engrossing, realistic experience in a video game. Get lost in the beautiful vistas of Australia as you immerse yourself in one of the most beautiful games of the series. However, we reviewed a few similar games in case arcade-style games are more your cup of tea. Keep reading to see which game will be most worth your hard-earned money.
What Is Forza Horizon 3?
Forza Horizon 3 is a car racing game that allows you to explore Australia without ever leaving your home, choosing between one or more of over 350 of the world's greatest automobiles. The game allows you to hire your friends to drive popularity in your festival and gives you the option to fire them if they are not living up to your expectations.
Forza Horizon 3 brought about gameplay features that had never been seen before in the Forza universe such as convoys, drift zones, and danger sign jumps. There are eight diverse in-game radio stations, and you also have the option to stream your own music. The game allows you to customize your car, license plate, horn sound, and more. You can also select your driver character. Create custom race events, Bucket List challenges, and championships and share them instantly with your friends.
Prices are always fluctuating, but you can usually purchase video games, be they used or new, digital or physical, on Amazon for around $ to $$$. Less popular, older games will go for much less while games such as Forza Horizon 3 cost much more thanks to the brilliant musical score and sound effects, hundreds of hours of entertainment value and the quality of the graphics and driving mechanism.
How It Compares
We picked a few similar products available on the market to see how they compare.
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You can purchase Forza Horizon 3 on Amazon for around $ to $$ depending on if you get a used or new copy.
Whether you have played Forza games from the beginning or Forza Horizon 3 is the first one you are playing, you will have no trouble learning the controls for this game. The handling is phenomenal.
Forza Horizon 3 has amazing features, mostly the realism of everything from the ability to tune cars to feeling like you are driving 100 miles per hour because you are going significantly faster than NPC cars. If you like the arcade style of gameplay, enjoy the Hot Wheels expansion which takes racing to a whole new level with its mind-blowing, impressive graphics. The game runs only at 30 frames per second, but the realism of the rain droplets streaking across the windshield and being wiped away by windshield wipers is just one example of how unparalleled the graphics are.
Forza Horizon 3 is developed and published by Microsoft Studios and is available only on Xbox One and Microsoft Windows. However, cross-platform play is available between the two platforms.
Depending on whether you are downloading on Xbox or PC, the size of the game file is between 46.34 and 60 GB. If you have a download speed of 200 megabits per second, a 60 GB file will take 42 minutes to download and install. A 46 GB file will take less than 34 minutes to download and install.
Travel the United States from county to county, state to state and coast to coast, on the road and off of it, in cities and suburbs with a crew of four. With over 50 cars to choose from and a massive selection of customizations to make ranging from paint jobs to rims and everything in between, expect hours of enjoyable gameplay without the game ever getting old. Tune your cars to take them to the next level based on the terrain you wish to drive on and your driving styles and preferences.
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You can purchase a copy of The Crew on Amazon for around $.
The handling is a lot more arcade-like than Forza Horizon 3 or Need for Speed, but you get used to this quickly. The controls are easy to learn, so it is easy to jump in and enjoy the game.
It is to be expected, but the map focuses much more on the larger cities such as Chicago, Detroit, Denver, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles. The vistas between cities are beautiful, but there is a lot less realism than you get with Forza Horizon 3. Unlike other games, such as Forza Horizon 3, you can take your vehicles on any terrain including sand, snow, asphalt, grass, and dirt.
You can purchase versions of The Crew playable on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
The internet is flooded with installation issues and wait times of 50 minutes or more before users delete the installation helper to move on.
Need for Speed: Rivals brings to life the ageless battle of the good guys versus the bad guys. Play as a lone wolf maxing out your favorite car's stats as you evade police and take part in reckless high-speed races against other racers. Evade police with such technology as electromagnetic pulses and jammers. Or, team up with fellow officers using spike strips, roadblocks, shock waves, helicopter support, and more to slow down and catch the criminal racers.
Customize your car with decals, license plates, liveries and paint jobs to show off to your rivals and your friends. Earn points through activities and events and bank them, but only after you reach a safehouse successfully. On the PS4 or Xbox One, revel in the smooth beauty of running at 1080p and a seamless 30 frames per second. Playing on a computer with a monitor results in a beautiful 720p that still does not hold a candle to playing on a 1080p television.
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You can purchase a used copy of Need for Speed: Rivals on Amazon for around $.
This game is hard to play if you have never played a Need for Speed game before. The game is terrible at offering instructions on how to use the special techniques unique to cops' or racers' cars. There is also no instruction manual for controls available with the game.
Need for Speed: Rivals has some cool features, but the game also has many flaws. For example, if you go off-course or experience a rough wreck, it takes several seconds to populate you back on the course. Also, sometimes the race dissipates without warning or reason.
You can purchase copies of Need for Speed: Rivals for PS3, PS4, Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. You can play Xbox 360 games on Xbox One. You can play PS3 games on your PS4 through PlayStation Now which allows you to use the internet to stream and download games from an online library.
After you install the game and play through the tutorials for racing and police cars, you must go through a second installation process for the game. Regardless of internet speed, this takes around two minutes and 45 seconds per percent of completion.
Released globally on April 28, 2017, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe includes all previously released downloadable content, new content including five new characters, enhanced gameplay, native 1080p graphics, and 60 fps when docked. Battle Mode features eight new arenas and multiple modes of gameplay. The Feather and Boo items have been restored, and players can carry two items at once without dragging the first item.
We were promised further updates in July 2018 by Shinya Takahashi, the head of software development at Nintendo.
The first is to be an alternate costume for Link, similar to that seen in The Legend of Zelda; Breath of the Wild and a new vehicle. Choose from 42 beautifully rendered characters to play against up to 11 other players simultaneously, race ghosts of Nintendo employees, or just try to beat your previous fastest time. Play in Grand Prix mode, time trials, VS race, or battles and enjoy all this game has to offer in higher definition than ever before.
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You can purchase a digital copy of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on Amazon for around $$$.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is great for small children or those who are not familiar with Nintendo controls. With Smart Steering, a blinking antenna sticks out of the back of your kart, making it impossible to drive off-course. It also includes an auto-accelerate feature which can be used simultaneously with Smart Steering, so your child does not have to hold the accelerator constantly throughout the race.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe features five new characters: King Boo, Bowser Jr., Dry Bones, and boy and girl inklings. It plays at an extra frame per second and features 1080p rather than the 720p you got from the Wii U's Mario Kart 8. There are five different battle modes: balloon battle, coin runner, ba-bomb blast, shine thief, and our favorite, renegade roundup. Some courses are the same as those featured on the Nintendo 64, which is great for a feeling of nostalgia without the terrible graphics.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is made for only the Nintendo Switch. Similarly, Mario Kart 8 can only be played on the Nintendo Wii. Multi-platform gameplay for Nintendo games is hit or miss, especially in recent years. If you already own Mario Kart 8, you have to buy the same game with only slight modifications (Mario Kart 8 Deluxe) to play on the Nintendo Switch.
This tiny 6.7 GB game downloads quickly.
Overall, we have to give Forza Horizon 3 five out of five stars. The graphics, sound effects, music, handling, ease of use and other features are riveting. The price of some cars in relation to how much you earn by winning a race is frustrating, but we were very impressed by how realistically the cars were priced.
We were disappointed that the game had no Porsches, but there were over 350 vehicles to choose from including Vipers, monster trucks, Ferraris and Range Rovers. At less than 50 GB of hard drive space required, it will take less than 40 minutes to download this game. The graphics are unparalleled as are the sound effects and the ability to choose from eight diverse radio stations or stream your own music.
While Need for Speed: Rivals surpasses FH3 in some customization aspects, there truly is no contest. FH3 is the clear winner for its realism and even has downloadable content that provides the arcade racing feel for those who prefer that style of racing.
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