So the demo for Forza Horizon has come out and I'm wondering what you all think of it. I have been a big fan of Forza since 3. I thought 4 was one of the best games last year partly because I got really crazy with the simulation aspects of the game. But I was not particularly excited about Horizon because a more arcade feel to Forza felt like the wrong direction. The demo really impressed me though. I played half the demo with the default settings and the other half with more difficult settings (so simulation driving, manual transmission, harder opponents). I think both felt good which was nice to see. The default settings felt like a more arcade version of a Dirt game. The simulation version felt like a mix between Forza 4 and Dirt 3. Both driving styles made the cars feel lighter and turn sharper then the previous Forza games. In simulation mode the tail of cars kicked out a bit more then in the default mode.
I'm really happy with the demo overall. It felt enough like Forza that I enjoyed it but was arcade enough that it felt like a new experience.