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Forza Horizon 4 is the highest-rated Xbox game this generation, has over 2 million players a week in

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Forza Horizon 4 launched on the Xbox One and PC last week, and it’s one heck of a game. Sure, it may not do anything especially new, but it takes the Horizon Festival formula and pretty much perfecting it. It’s now gone on to be the highest rated Xbox exclusive of the generation, though that’s not really saying too much given how few of them there have been.

Crucially, the game gathered up over 2 million players in its first week. While Microsoft hasn’t quite divulged how many of those are split between full-paying consumers and those who’re playing on the cheap with Game Pass, it scarcely matters. 2 million players is a lot. Microsoft also shared the following details:

  • More than 4.6 million hours of Forza Horizon 4 gameplay have been watched across Mixer, Twitch, YouTube and Facebook as of Oct. 9***
  • Players have logged more than 822.7 million miles – that’s probably not covered under manufacturer warranty
  • The community has settled in quite nicely living the Horizon Life, purchasing more than 4.1 million properties and owning more than 74.4 million cars
  • More than 377.7 million roads discovered – you’ve been looking for miles and miles and miles…

It’s now a live game too, so there’s plenty more to be added to the game as it transitions through seasons. If you have an Xbox One (or don’t completely hate the Windows Store) and like racing games, then you really ought to grab this.

I gave it a lovely 9/10 in the review, saying:

“Forza Horizon 4 isn’t as surprising or inventive as the last one, but that’s hardly a slight considering how good it was. Playground Games’ latest sequel continues to shine as one of the best things on the Xbox One. It’s beautiful to look at, it’s fast and it’s unbelievably fun. Forza Horizon 4 is a joyous, enthralling celebration of racing.”

Last Updated: October 11, 2018

20 Comments

  1. Allykhat

    October 11, 2018 at 15:25

    This article makes me sad for not hopping in yet… I just dont have the time :'(

    Reply

    • Geoffrey Tim

      October 11, 2018 at 15:50

      itssssss sooooooo gooooooooooooooooooood

      Reply

      • Allykhat

        October 11, 2018 at 16:24

        Dick.

        <3

        No seriously though, I've been fighting the urge to just buy it every day since a week before launch…

        Reply

  2. Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

    October 11, 2018 at 15:25

    Saw the title and immediately thought: “That’s not saying much.” Then you said the same

    Reply

  3. Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

    October 11, 2018 at 15:26

    Is it worth it to buy an XBox 1 just for this game? I’ve been thinking about this since Forza Horizon 2 was released

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    • Original Heretic

      October 11, 2018 at 15:35

      If I had the funds to do that, I’d do it.
      I fell in love with Forza Horizon 1 and 2 on the X360. Only games I miss on the PS.

      And FH3 has that awesome Hot Wheels expansion.

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      • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

        October 11, 2018 at 15:50

        I spent countless hours on FH1 on 360. What a lovely game that was.

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        • Original Heretic

          October 11, 2018 at 15:53

          Ditto.
          It was even great to just watch. My mates and I would swap out. I always got saddled with the Style Point races, because nobody else could come close to the scores I set.

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          • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

            October 11, 2018 at 16:01

            Ironically I used to drive mostly at a sedate pace lol

    • Allykhat

      October 11, 2018 at 15:48

      Its a play anywhere title, so can play it on PC.

      Reply

      • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

        October 11, 2018 at 15:50

        Yea but PC’s always need to be upgraded and tinkered with to play games on. Too much of a headache. I’d rather just use a console.

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        • Allykhat

          October 11, 2018 at 16:26

          If you have a PC already and no will to use the XB, don’t do it. I bought one for Halo and Forza, both of which will be playable on PC now… so the Xbox doesn’t even get switched on.

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          • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

            October 12, 2018 at 10:42

            Yea I’ll stick with my PS4 then lol. Still have Asseto Corsa which has much better handling anyway

          • Allykhat

            October 12, 2018 at 11:13

            AC is a sim, Forza Horizon is essentially an open world sim-like arcade title. If such a title exists lol. For an “arcade” game, it has the best handling of any open world game out there.

      • Matthew Holliday

        October 12, 2018 at 09:59

        FH3 was apparently awful on PC though, not sure if that was just at release or something, but it massive fps and graphics problems.
        Have they fixed that?

        Im mostly just annoyed at having to go through ANOTHER platform to play a game

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  4. G8crasha

    October 11, 2018 at 16:24

    The truth is that my virtual driving sucks, so I’ve never invested in driving games. Am I missing out on something special here?

    Reply

    • Geoffrey Tim

      October 11, 2018 at 16:30

      Yeah look. I’m terrible at racing games – but Horizon lets you tweak it somewhere between sim and full-blown arcade racer. Not the biggest fan of driving games, and I love this series. If you’re playing on Xbox or Pc, maybe just try a game pass subscription (there’s a limited time trial, and it’s just R159 a month) and give it a go.

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    • miaau

      October 11, 2018 at 16:43

      Yes.

      you can set it to any settings, any combination. It caters for all,

      It is just… fun. Plain and simple. Awesome fun.

      Reply

  5. Skittle

    October 12, 2018 at 07:14

    The only Xbox game of this generation

    Reply

  6. Legends Legends

    October 12, 2018 at 21:47

    Game is great i dont run on high end computer either. I build mine in 2013 and it runs fine 60fps for me on i7 3770 and GTX 1050ti and 8G DDR3 1866 no lag or problems runes just fine for me and love the game. 60 fps on high steady. Only thing new is the SSD i have and video card

    Reply

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