Unfortunately, it doesn’t live up to expectations. The demo was a disappointment and the final game wasn’t any better. This game seems like the ultimate combination on paper but it doesn’t deliver in execution. Playing through the game is so monotonous. The Colorado roads all end up looking the same after some time and no challenge I’ve come across feels fresh and new.
The one factor I keep coming back to in my verdict is that I rarely pick it up anymore. I find myself going back to Forza 4 and Forza 3 much more often. “Horizon” attempts to blend the arcade style of the Need for Speed series with the tried-and-true Forza racing experience and it just doesn’t work. I think they were trying to create a new sub-genre here in between being a racing sim and an arcade game, but to no avail. I know I’m in the minority here, but I just plain don’t like this game.
Also, I think the little things bug me more than the bland racing experience. Each character looks like a huge DOUCHE in the way they talk and how they dress. I’ve been to a million car meets and few enthusiasts actually LOOK like this (achem, some BMW/Infiniti owners). It all just rubs me the wrong way and in a few years it will look very dated because guys wearing cardigans and ties is a fashion trend that won’t last.