Xbox Studio Games Forza Horizon 4

Last updated date: July 31, 2019

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9.4

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 240 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.

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Expert Summarized Score
9.3
37 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.5
1,705 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The supporting cast of cars is the biggest it’s ever been in the series, and also the most eclectic, with rides ranging from the 59-kilogram Peel P50 microcar to the ludicrously large Unimog, which is fun but so big it can actually cause the chase camera a spot of grief sometimes when passing under structures.
- IGN Southeast Asia
September 25, 2018 | Full review
Race through all four seasons in a photo-realistic British countryside with over 450 cars alongside a huge community of racing fans. Enjoy a wild racing festival atmosphere as you seamlessly 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 for a while.
- BestReviews
This game is a beautiful experience. As driving games go, it’s the best I’ve ever played, not only because of its irresistible scenery, exhilarating driving and perfectly-recreated cars, but because spending time with it puts me in a lasting good mood.
- The Guardian
One of Forza Horizon 4’s strengths is that it tends toward freedom, letting us do just what we want, and liberating us from races and activities that we don’t fancy. Most of all, this is a fun, even joyful experience, a thrilling racing fantasy.
- Polygon
September 25, 2018 | Full review
Seasons are one of the biggest new features in Forza Horizon 4 and have a direct influence on the gameplay. Once you've qualified for the Horizon roster and begun the Horizon Life, the seasons will change weekly for every player at the same time.
- Windows Central
September 25, 2018 | Full review
Horizon's fourth open-world locale is a version of Great Britain that amalgamates and condenses iconic regions of England, Scotland, and Wales, offering some fantastic terrain to explore.
- GameSpot
October 4, 2018 | Full review
This is the most gorgeous racing game I’ve ever seen. Hell, it’s better than most open world RPGs I’ve played
- Game Crate
October 8, 2018 | Full review
There’s also a ton of cars to unlock, and thankfully Forza Horizon 4 doesn’t hide these cars behind excessive grinding. In fact, the game practically showers players with rewards, with its slot machine-like wheelspins usually offering up hefty chunks of change or brand new vehicles for players.
- Game Rant
In proper Forza style, the game kicks off with a moment of beautifully rendered glory that puts you in the car on the front of the package.
- Digital Trends
Forza Horizon 4 is an absolutely gorgeous game that encourages you to explore it your way. It wants you to keep coming back to it, and makes the idea of doing that deeply appealing.
- Techno Buffalo
October 19, 2018 | Full review
The game overall looks absolutely fabulous, with the graphics and lighting picking out every weather and scenic detail.
- Tech Radar
September 25, 2018 | Full review
Forza Horizon 4 is another fantastically fun Forza Horizon game even if it's tough to pinpoint Playground's grandest ambition. If it was to reinvent the series with seasons, that falls a bit flat and underwhelming.
- Destructoid
September 29, 2018 | Full review
Engine noises are superb, with every single vehicle sounding as it should, in every type of environment.
- God Is A Geek
September 25, 2018 | Full review
Forza Horizon 4 is the most stunning, deepest and most engaging Forza Horizon game to date. The sheer volume of utterly diverse and wildly interesting content pushes the game’s longevity through the roof.
- Xbox Tavern
September 25, 2018 | Full review
The game’s sound is equally impressive, boasting some of the most satisfying racing sound effects and an awesome, diverse soundtrack.
- Gaming Trend
September 25, 2018 | Full review
Forza Horizon 4 also excels at multiplayer, allowing players to experience most of the game in cooperative or competitive ways. This means you can cruise around the open world together (and with up to 71 other players) to make progress in your own campaigns.
- Game Informer
September 26, 2018 | Full review
Forza Horizon 4’s verve feels the most genuine it has since the first game, and I still think it all comes back to the flavour.
- CGM
September 25, 2018 | Full review
First, Warwickshire-based Playground Games isn't ashamed to admit that Horizon 4 isn't merely a love letter to the home of motor racing — it's a love letter to home, period.
- Tom's Guide
September 25, 2018 | Full review
These seasons not only change the look of the world; it also affects the driving. Summer and Autumn are drier giving you a bit more predictability with your vehicle?s traction while Winter and Spring tend to be wetter causing you to slip more often.
- Dual Shockers
September 25, 2018 | Full review
The shared world is extremely well designed
- True Achievements
It's a great-looking game across the board, though players with appropriately built PCs will have the best experience.
- Giant Bomb
September 28, 2018 | Full review
It's very much a adrenaline-inducing playground to mess around in while in fast and desirable cars.
- T3
September 25, 2018 | Full review
Online functionality creates the impression of a dynamic world
- Tech Spot
Forza Horizon 4 is an awesome experience if you want to play solo but it also has a fun multiplayer component.
- Video Chums
September 25, 2018 | Full review
The game also sounds phenomenal. Horizon radio is back with fan favorite stations, like Hospital Records and Bass Arena. These stations have always been great, so I normally would play music all the time, but I found myself occasionally muting the radio to just listen to car and environment sounds.
- Dark Station
September 25, 2018 | Full review
The new weather mechanics being the biggest difference and focus on the shared world experience certainly feel like it has more to offer than previous games.
- Attack Of The Fan Boy
October 5, 2018 | Full review
Forza Horizon 4’s digital garage is jam-packed with exquisite automobiles. And they all look amazingly photorealistic.
- Heavy
Forza Horizon 4 is built around seasons. In its opening moments you drive a McLaren Senna across autumnal country roads, race a Polaris RZR across a frozen winter lake, skid through mud in a Ford Fiesta in spring, before hopping back into the Senna for a road trip on a clear summer's day.
- PC Gamer
September 25, 2018 | Full review
The big gimmick for Horizon 4 is the new seasonal system, which sees the environment change every week as the in-game season shifts.
- VG247
October 1, 2018 | Full review
I’m pretty convinced that this is by far a more rewarding progression route than we’ve seen in recent entries. With two ways now to level up, getting a new reward or wheelspin is something that happens a lot more frequently.
- The X Box Hub
September 28, 2018 | Full review
Forza Horizon 4 is stunning. Racing games are always technical showpieces, but I don’t think you could get a better looking game for your Xbox One X right now.
- Venture Beat
September 25, 2018 | Full review
Forza Horizon 4 is fun. It's really, really fun. At the end of the day, that's what you want out of a game: hours of exhilarating, continuously evolving gameplay. Whether you are into racing or exploring, it's a complete blast.
- The Drive
October 2, 2018 | Full review
Forza has tried to bring weather experience even better with Seasons. When you first start the game, you get a glimpse of all four seasons including Winter with Snow all around.
- The Windows Club
One of the biggest new additions this time around is seasons, which allows you to race around the UK at different times of the year.
- Cultured Vultures
October 11, 2018 | Full review
This is exactly the sort of game that has you staring bleary-eyed at your watch at 3am and wondering how convincingly ill you’ll sound when you phone in sick tomorrow.
- Top Gear
October 1, 2018 | Full review
Another new multiplayer feature in Forza Horizon 4 is the Team Adventure multiplayer mode, which is a lot of fun. There are three types of Team Adventure modes mixing different type of races (including a capture the flag mode), but every mode puts two teams of players against each other and the one ending the most points across different rounds will be the winner.
- On MSFT
July 31, 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
Initial loading times still quite long. Forzavista mode a little janky.
- Windows Central
September 25, 2018 | Full review
You'll earn currency to spend in an exclusive Forzathon shop if you're successful, but these events become tedious quickly, as you'll be running the same activity--like a single drift zone or danger jump--repeatedly until the group hits the score target.
- GameSpot
October 4, 2018 | Full review
In terms of control there’s good news and bad news. The bad news is that playing on a racing wheel is a nightmare. With a pad, I can crush a track and come in first every time. On the same track with my racing wheel, I come in dead last. It comes down to recovery.
- Game Crate
October 8, 2018 | Full review
Something else we found disappointing about the game was the customization of the player character. Yes, in Forza Horizon 4 players can also customize the driver that represents them in-game along with cars, but the customization options are oddly limited.
- Game Rant
The only things that weren’t fun were a bug in which all in-game, but not in-menu sound, muted itself. We had to delete our game files entirely to fix it.
- Digital Trends
A few minor quibbles: The soundtrack is, in my estimation, not as much fun as those of the last three Forza Horizon games.
- Techno Buffalo
October 19, 2018 | Full review
Showcases are running short on ideas
- God Is A Geek
September 25, 2018 | Full review
Unfortunately I have to say that shadows still kind of tick like a clock across the landscape instead of spreading across the ground which does break the realism somewhat.
- Xbox Tavern
September 25, 2018 | Full review
My only real gripe in this regard is the painful step backwards that comes with the closure of Microsoft Groove. Horizon 4 offers no alternative for players to bring their own music into the game, which is a shame, especially since after hours of gameplay you’ll have heard all the music in Horizon 4 multiple times.
- Gaming Trend
September 25, 2018 | Full review
I’m only complaining because the cast of Forza Horizon 4 is really quite charismatic, this team clearly has the writing chops to do even slightly more ambitious work.
- CGM
September 25, 2018 | Full review
One of my biggest gripes with one of Horizon 4's contemporaries, The Crew 2, is that so many of your journeys in that game are spent on sleep-inducing highways between city centers.
- Tom's Guide
September 25, 2018 | Full review
There are a few caveats. Some events only allow certain types of cars.
- Dual Shockers
September 25, 2018 | Full review
Some occasional frame rate issues on the Xbox One X
- True Achievements
But in a world where the other big open-world games have ranged from mildly to extremely disappointing,
- Giant Bomb
September 28, 2018 | Full review
Load times, especially from fresh launch, are long
- T3
September 25, 2018 | Full review
It takes a while, though repetition eventually sets in
- Tech Spot
Unfortunately, there's no local multiplayer but I didn't exactly expect there to be given the history of the series.
- Video Chums
September 25, 2018 | Full review
On the other hand, the Showcase events are very different and feature some of the most exaggerated over-the-top moments in the game. My only issue with these events is that I wished there were more of them - much more of them.
- Dark Station
September 25, 2018 | Full review
One of the newer mechanics on deck for Forza Horizon 4 is Forzathon Live. Unfortunately, it’s not as effective in delivering the high fun factor the rest of the game is known for.
- Heavy
Lack of Mitsubishi and Toyota is a glaring loss
- The X Box Hub
September 28, 2018 | Full review
This map is pretty expansive, and fast travel is restricted to the festival site (where you modify your cars) and the various houses and garages you own at first.
- The Drive
October 2, 2018 | Full review
Lastly, the Groove Music support is sadly gone because the service doesn’t exist anymore. It was one of my favorite feature of Horizon 3.
- The Windows Club

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.

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