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Forza Horizon 3: My Goodness, You’re Beautiful

Forza Horizon 3: My Goodness, You’re Beautiful

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Playground Games always knows how to get the Horizon festival started with brilliant, full of hype opening videos that completely pulls the player in. The opening video for Forza Horizon 3 is bursting with excitement that gets the player pumped and ready to take over any vehicle just so they can begin driving around in the land down under.

There’s beautiful scenery, uplifting music, and very fast cars! Oh yeah, let the festivities begin!

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Forza Horizon 3 is a continuation of the greatest festival on Earth, and much of it feels very similar to fans of the first two titles. The cars are still fast, the in-game radio stations still provide great tunes, and the open world is still lovely to race on. For players of the previous games, you’ll fit right in to Forza Horizon 3 without missing much of a beat. However, while most of the game may feel familiar, it sure doesn’t look the same at all.

Forza Horizon 3 looks absolutely beautiful.

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It’s easy to tell right from the beginning that a lot of inspiration went into the creation of Forza Horizon 3, which is set in Australia. Once players get behind the wheel for the first time they are met with a bright and lush view of a much larger surrounding world. This openness and expanse allows the player to really get a sense for the world they are in, something I believe Forza Horizon 2 was missing. And while I still enjoyed racing around in Horizon 1 and 2 which featured its own unique eloquence, this is the first time I’ve become completely enthralled by the world around me in a Forza Horizon game.

Forza Horizon 2 is a beautiful game as well with a lot of its open fields that are full of color, but somehow, someway, I still felt as if it lacked a varied terrain that didn’t seem to pull the player in as much as Forza Horizon 3 does. I love, love, love seeing the mountains in the distance, coming across a waterfall in the middle of the woods, being surrounded by large trees on the side of a cliff that encloses the player to the roadway, and seeing the city skyline from on top of a hill that’s miles away. I also appreciate racing down a creek with bulky rocks on both sides, and then of course making it to the beach for a fantastic waterfront sunset.

There’s an entirely new feeling with Forza Horizon 3 when it comes to experiencing the world for the first time. It’s possible because it’s so vast that it establishes a grander view to all of the scenery, and because it’s on a larger scale it feels more open and almost endless than ever before. I just know that the world in Forza Horizon 3 is more special than anything we’ve seen before. It’s vast and fast!

It’s not only the terrain that is significant in creating an attractive atmosphere, but it’s also the sky that continues to feature magnificent sunsets and color that forces the player to step on the brakes and pause for a moment while taking out the camera for a perfect photograph. And speaking of that sky, talk about a perfect way to create beauty in one of the locations that’s mostly brown and full of sand.

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Forza Horizon 3, you are an absolutely beautiful game. It doesn’t matter if it’s day or night, cloudy with rain or a perfectly sunny day, it’s always a great sight to see. Playground Games did exactly what its name means by creating a perfect and superb playground for car enthusiasts and racing fans to drive in.

Fans of the series will feel right at home with the game and all the events surrounding the festival, but good luck with completing those events in a timely manner when it’s once again so tempting to stop and take a picture of the visually striking surroundings.

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I spent the majority of my time playing Forza Horizon 3 on PC through the Windows 10 Store. During that time I played the game in 1080p, 1440p, and an ultrawide resolution of 2560×1080. All of the in-game photographs below were taken while playing in the ultrawide resolution.

Below are performance videos and random gameplay videos of the PC version of Forza Horizon 3.

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Andrew Stevens Andrew Stevens is a Guest Editor at FanBolt for Gaming and Technology. He has over 8 years of experience working within the gaming industry which includes time at Bethesda Softworks. His unique view of the industry and passion for gaming can be found within each one of his editorials. Andrew also loves PC gaming and enjoys tinkering with new hardware. He also can’t get enough speed when it comes to racing games and doesn’t mind navigating through swarms of bullets in any shmup. He considers Rez as the greatest game ever. Andrew's opinions are his own and do not reflect the opinions of his place of employment.

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