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E3 2016 – Australia sure looks enticing as hell in Forza Horizon 3

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I’ve never once wanted to visit Australia. Giant spiders? Slithering Snakes? Heat that makes your sweat, sweat? Yeah, it doesn’t sound very appealing, does it?

Forza Horizon 3 though, makes me want to explore the outback from top to bottom. With so many different and varied biomes on offer, it sure looks like driving paradise.

Sadly, I never got to the chance to play the game myself at E3. I did get to sit in a session presented by the Creative Director, Ralph Fulton however, who shared some insight into the new racer.

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First off, I need to talk about the visuals. Forza as a series has always looked gorgeous, and Horizon 3 is definitely no exception. The presentation kicks off on the beach, behind the wheel of the very sexy Lamborghini Centenario. The car is certainly beautiful, but so are its surroundings. The sky in particular, is surprisingly lifelike.

There’s a reason for that. Ralph explains that he and his team spent several months in Australia, where day after day, they photographed the clouds so that they could stitch them into their in-game engine. It sounds simple enough, except it was all rather challenging from a logistics point of view. Lenses for example needed to be changed every 30 minutes thanks to the heat. That, and whoever was manning the camera had to do spider checks every so often. That alone made me respect the development team at least four million times more.

Anyhow, the proof is in the pudding. The sky with its scattered clouds and burning sun looks proper legit

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That’s not all that does though. Australia is incredibly diverse in terms of its locales, and believe me, there are lots of different ones to explore in Forza Horizon 3.

After drifting around on the beach, we are taken onto a nearby tar road. After driving a kilometre or two at breakneck speed, we turn onto a random stretch of dirt. A few seconds later, we’re in the thick of a nearby forest, drifting between the towering trees with our Centenario. This is just one example of how a location can change seamlessly.

After that short bout of dirty driving, we are shown the world map. It’s simply huge! According to Ralph, the playground of Forza Horizon 3 is twice the size of Forza Horizon 2. Apparently, getting through all the racing discs scattered across the game will take more than one hundred hours to get through. That in itself is a lot of content. But wait, there’s more! There will be a 350 cars on offer. That’s 150 more than what Forza Horizon 2 had. There’ll be returning favourites, but also new additions such as racing buggies, which are more suited to the wild, varying surfaces of the outback.

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Ralph then touches on how Forza Horizon 3 emphasises putting the power in the player’s hands. As you’d expect, customisation is there in full force. You can change loads of things on your vehicle, right down to the number plate and car horn.

Though the game features its very own soundtrack (which spans from classic to rock we are told), drivers can tailor what they listen to as well by streaming their very own music into the game. At this point in the presentation, a song from Queen starts playing, which quite frankly, fits perfectly to the driving taking place. Were I to demo the game, I’d definitely have includes some classing Portuguese jams.

Lastly, players can create their very own events, from races right down to random other challenges such as tasking a player to do a huge jump. Forza Horizon 3 has a huge social aspect to it, so naturally, these events can then be undertaken by friends, or even complete strangers.

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I’m by no means a racing fan, but I can honestly say that I really enjoyed what I saw of Forza Horizon 3 during that session. Visually, it looks phenomenal (it runs nice and smoothly too I might add), and in terms of gameplay, it looks like a lot of fun to play. Driving fans should be excited. Australia looks like it makes for an excellent playground!

Forza Horizon 3 will be out this September, for both PC and Xbox One. Remember, it’ll feature cross-play. This will make the player base nice and large as a result.


Last Updated: June 21, 2016


  1. I’m still puzzled as to why this only earned an “Honourable Mention” in the Best of E3 article. Anyway, mine’s already pre-ordered. 😀


    • Gareth Lagesse (eXCheez)

      June 21, 2016 at 13:07

      For realsies, how can you *not* get goosebumps during the lat 30 seconds of this trailer?


      • Matthew Holliday

        June 21, 2016 at 15:29

        drifting does look spectacular


    • Mark Treloar

      June 21, 2016 at 13:34

      because cross-play?


    • Fox1 - Retro

      June 21, 2016 at 14:58

      Because it’s not a console exclusive?


      • Gareth Lagesse (eXCheez)

        June 21, 2016 at 15:02

        How’s this rule different from any other Xbox One game now though?


        • Fox1 - Retro

          June 21, 2016 at 15:06

          Apparently spreading the love is a problem. Whichever way critics put it, MS wins as Windows 10 will become the dominant gaming OS.


  2. Ottokie

    June 21, 2016 at 13:03

    That pre recorded gameplay they did on stage made me lol


    • The Order of the Banana

      June 21, 2016 at 13:42

      lol, that was funny!


      • Ottokie

        June 21, 2016 at 13:46

        If you don’t have faith that your game will look fun when actually playing it live, then why would I even give it a try?


  3. Original Heretic

    June 21, 2016 at 13:22

    Damn, missing out on this. Loved Horizon 1 and 2. I always used to be a NFS lover, but one hour with Horizon and it became my new favourite.


  4. Darren Peach

    June 21, 2016 at 13:44

    Yep. PS4 is yet to fill this gap.


    • Geoffrey Tim

      June 21, 2016 at 15:35

      try DriveClub. it’s a very different game now than the mess it was when it launched.


      • Darren Peach

        June 22, 2016 at 06:05

        I was impressed with the visuals od Driveclub when I had it.


  5. miaau

    June 21, 2016 at 13:48

    I would love to have this.

    I made an error buying Forza 5. Horizon is way more for me, I love the race anywhere, varied environments. I just want to have some fun, racing a car I cannot YET afford.


    • Fox1 - Retro

      June 21, 2016 at 14:59

      Have you tried The Crew that’s available this month? It’s far better than any NFS to come out this generation.


      • Matthew Holliday

        June 21, 2016 at 15:26

        The Crew had me excited in the trailers, but reviews had some stuff to say about the handling and controls that made it sound like NFS most wanted reboot


      • miaau

        June 21, 2016 at 15:54

        It is an MMO, so I did not even download it.

        Should I? I am not into MMOs, I play DC Universe Online, but only alone.


        • Fox1 - Retro

          June 21, 2016 at 16:31

          There’s a proper SP campaign that you can do solo. Ever since the WILD RUN update, the graphics, AI and everything else was improved. It’s a pity reviewers don’t update their reviews. It’s like NFS but you can go anywhere. Well worth the price of a few months of GOLD.


          • miaau

            June 21, 2016 at 16:40

            ok, well, then, I download it tonight.


    • Matthew Holliday

      June 21, 2016 at 15:24

      horizon is the one game that could convince me to get the xbone.
      ive been close a couple of times, hopefully i can hold out till the scorpio then i can splurge on these


      • Gareth Lagesse (eXCheez)

        June 22, 2016 at 00:31

        Scorpio should release with Forza 7. 😉


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