XBOX ONE Forza Horizon 4

Last updated date: September 19, 2019

DWYM Score
9.3


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Overall Take

This game's breathtaking backdrops and detail-oriented cars make you feel as if you're in the center of the action. The open-world setting  (as opposed to a closed racetrack) is also overflowing with activities. Unparalleled car and driver customization add oomph. In our analysis of 72 expert reviews, the XBOX ONE XBOX ONE Forza Horizon 4 placed 1st when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note September 20, 2019:
Checkout The Best Racing Game for a detailed review of all the top racing games.

Expert Summarized Score
9.4
7 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.1
284 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Enjoy a wild racing festival atmosphere as you seamlesly meet and make friends with other drivers. There's so much to see, experience, and unlock in this beautiful game-it'll keep the most dedicated racing fans entertained for a while.
- BestReviews
April 1, 2019 | Full review
The Forza Horizon formula is clear now: give people an open-world racing game with approachability, some real driving dynamics, good variety, and lots of fun. This iteration adds seasons and keeps pushing replay value. It’s a fast, fun, action-packed racing game that fans can keep playing for, well, seasons
- Digital Trends
Forza Horizon 4 improves on its predecessors with a diverse set of changing locations like lakes, valleys, castles, forests, and other spectacular sights that take place all over Britain. Choose from 450 licensed cars from Ferraris to Audis, each with their own set of upgradable perk trees. Instantly jump into activities like off-road rally races or create your own race.
- Lifewire
February 27, 2019 | Full review
The upgrade, modification, and customisation system on offer in Forza Horizon 4 is also very detailed, with almost every aspect of most makes completely customisable (certain cars have more fixed specs, while others allow massive changes to be made).
- T3
The game overall looks absolutely fabulous, with the graphics and lighting picking out every weather and scenic detail. Playing the game through Xbox Live on Windows 10 on my mid-tier PC rig, everything ran rock-solid even in the heaviest rain or snow conditions with no noticeable framerate drops.
- Tech Radar
September 25, 2018 | Full review
Visually stunning open world overflowing with activities. Features over 450 licensed cars. Stunning amount of detail and visual variety. Solid handling as ever with a huge number of vehicles to unlock. Online functionality creates the impression of a dynamic world
- Tech Spot
It's fun purely to drive, but also offers unparalleled customization for creative types, and an assortment of activities outside of being first to the finish line. It's approachable, but never watered down. Quite simply, Horizon 4 is whatever you want it to be.
- Tom's Guide
September 19, 2019 | Full review
What experts didn't like
the "Ultimate Add-Ons Bundle" is an expensive upgrade, but may be worth it for hardcore fans.
- BestReviews
April 1, 2019 | Full review
Some side events can be tedious.Multiplayer can still jump in and ruin your races
- Digital Trends
One slight issue was moderate pop-in at medium and long distance, with AI cars and roadside objects very obviously spawning in and textures sometimes struggling to load in time.
- Tech Radar
September 25, 2018 | Full review
Forzathon Live events are tedious. It takes a while, though repetition eventually sets in
- Tech Spot
Confusing progression system
- Tom's Guide
September 19, 2019 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

4 CHANGES EVERYTHING. Dynamic seasons change everything at the world’s greatest automotive festival. Go it alone or team up with others to explore beautiful and historic Britain in a shared open world. Collect, modify and drive over 450 cars. Race, stunt, create and explore – choose your own path to become a Horizon Superstar.

Overall Product Rankings

1. XBOX ONE Forza Horizon 4
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 7
2. XBOX ONE Forza Horizon 2
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 5
3. XBOX 360 Need For Speed Rivals
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 9
4. XBOX ONE Project Cars 2
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 5
5. XBOX ONE Forza Motorsport 7
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 7
6. XBOX ONE Forza Motorsport 5
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 7
7. XBOX ONE DiRT 4
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 5
8. XBOX ONE Forza Motorsport 6
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 6
9. XBOX ONE ONRUSH
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 6
10. PS4 DriveClub
Overall Score: 7.8
Expert Reviews: 8

An Overview On Racing Games

There’s no doubt that you’ve seen car commercials where the car moves at top speed through mountain roads or races through the desert. As the commercial ends, tiny print at the bottom of the screen appears: “Do not attempt.” 

Most of us would never try to drift around an airplane runway at night, but why should stunt drivers have all the fun? Racing video games can give you the same thrills and chills without the risk.

Today’s titles have unbelievable graphics that make you feel like you’re right there, speeding through gorgeous settings featuring British castles or rolling Irish hills. Realistic, dynamic weather and thoughtful soundtracks add an extra layer of shine on the latest games. 

There are two major sub-genres of racing games, and most players prefer one or the other. Simulation racers are designed to be as realistic as possible. The cars respond with physics that mimic real-life driving in an open-world setting. (Open world means that you’re not limited by a closed racetrack. You can drive off-road and you’ll never hit a wall where the graphics end.) Some people find these games more difficult to play, but diehard car and racing fans love them. The Forza Horizon series has some of the most popular simulation racing games

Arcade-style racing games put less emphasis on realistic controls and focus on creating the most enjoyable race possible for a general audience. You’re usually confined to a track, but the games are loaded with extras like weapons, boosters and ramps for trick jumps. The controls are usually easier to pick up. The Mario Kart series is one example of arcade-style games. 

Some games straddle the line between simulation and arcades, with ramps, missions and off-road activities hidden throughout an open-world environment. They usually have unlockable levels and fun extras to keep you playing. 

Both simulation games and arcade games have more options for cars, drivers and customization than ever before. You can choose from hundreds of vehicles, like Ferraris, Audis and Beamers. Online playing expands your gaming world, connecting you with friends and challenging players across the globe.

Now that you’ve got a solid grasp of racing games, zip on over to our Tips & Advice section to help you choose the perfect one.

DYWM Fun Fact

Racing games, or “racers,” have come a long way since they were first introduced in the 1970s.  The first car-based racing game was Atari’s “Gran Trak 10,” released in 1974. It was a single-player, black-and-white game where users raced a car around a dotted racetrack. 

The graphics weren’t much to look at, but players were wowed by the game’s included steering wheel, gear shift and pedals. You earned points by passing through certain parts of the course, and you played against a countdown timer. A black box in the center of the course represented an oil slick.

Despite the rudimentary graphics and sound effects, “Gran Trak 10” was tough to master. Spinning out and crashing into the side of the track were almost inevitable. The game was still an arcade favorite, and some lucky players across the globe still have the full arcade boxes as collectibles.

The Racing Game Buying Guide

  • First off, consider what gaming system you use before you buy. Most games are built to run on multiple systems, but there can be subtle differences between the controls and features from console to console. Make sure that you’re okay with any user differences on your console. 
  • Next, you’ll want to think about whether you’re looking for an arcade racer or a simulation racer. If you want to pull off high jumps, drifts and other tricks while you attack your fellow racers, look for an arcade racer. If you’re more concerned with realistic driving in gorgeous outdoor settings, a simulation racer is the right pick. 
  • The controls in some games are easier to pick up than in others. In general, arcade-style games have simpler controls and are friendlier to general interest players or kids. Simulation-style games rely on accurate physics, so their controls will be closer to an actual driving experience. They’re better for older players or serious racing game junkies.
  • Customization options abound in modern racing games. Some games let you modify every detail of a car down to the lug nut, while others just let you switch colors or models. Drivers can also be modified, or you can choose from a roster of professional racers. Pick a game with plenty of modification possibilities if that’s something you really want.
  • Today’s racing games offer far more than laps around a track. Face-off races, where you challenge other players online, can create a new challenge every time. You can also play against your old times in some games, or earn new cars or abilities if you master tricks or beat off-road challenges. Choose a game the type of add-ons that will keep you playing.
  • Racers take place almost entirely online. The type of server that each game has will affect how quickly it loads and how well it performs. For the fastest experience, look for a game that has a dedicated server. That means that the server is only used for gameplay and doesn’t waste bandwidth on other things like connected e-commerce stores. 
  • The speed of your home internet will also factor into how quickly your game loads and how smooth your experience is. Check out how much bandwidth each game requires and make sure your current Internet plan matches.