Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Good times

I don't think I can put into words how Forza Horizon 3 makes me feel. It satisfies like no other racing game. On the spectrum of sim versus arcade, Gran Turismo vs main series Forza, it gets about as close as it can to the old Rush games (San Francisco, etc) without descending into full blown silliness. It is just silly enough, just loose enough, that every moment of racing, even when it is just getting from one event to another, is enjoyable.

And it looks damn fine to boot. HDR really does make a difference. For example, driving at night (there is a real time day night cycle) is impressive enough, but the cars' tail lights pop off the screen in a way that must be seen to be believed. Weather effects are equally impressive, spraying the car with individual droplets.

The game makes me happy, even when I am running the same race for the third time because each previous attempt resulted in my taking second place. If I am forced to muster up a complaint is would be that it is not possible to win races just by tweaking the shit out of your car. My second car was a Porsche Carrera 4 that I dumped the best possible parts into. The result was an uncontrollable beast of a machine, one that should easily outclass similar cars. But it didn't, and not just because I spent as much time sideways as I did pointed in the correct direction.

The game filled events with cars fast enough to be competitive. It made me actually drive the monster I had created. If that is the only negative I can find it is going to be an enjoyable, relaxing few days.

...Amnesia Collection just came out for PS4? Well shit, no rest for the wicked.

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