I gotta say, the game looks fantastic. I love how they're setting it in a music festival and how the game seems to feel like almost a medium for social racing. But this I think will tend to remind people of the great Burnout Paradise and how it was also set in an open world. The game looks phenomenal. Actually, from what has been shown of the game so far, I am getting huge vibes from different racing games: DiRT, Project Gotham, Forza, and Burnout.
1. It has the offroading of the DiRT franchise (devs from the DiRT series are helping create Horizon) - not saying they will include full on offroading Imprezas and whatnot, but there are over 65 different types of terrain so one can assume they will take advantage of this.
2. The Kudos system from Gotham seems to be emulated in Horizon, adding to your style and ranking at the festival and what could most likely lead to a sort of upgrade or levelling system. In demos, developers take all the chances they get to drift and are awarded points for it based on how well they've executed it. Can't remember if things like this were part of Paradise or not.
3. The physics and tech of Forza are taken and placed into this game, and
4. The open and arcade-y world of Burnout Paradise. This includes smashable objects and scoring. When they open up the map it makes me giddy.
I am loving everything they've showed off so far, and I especially like the addition of style points. It's been a long time since I've played a Project Gotham game so it's very welcome. I think this game is shaping up to be extremely interesting. I would love it if they included a "collectable" based aspect to the game as well, much like how Paradise's stunt jumps and yellow blockades had counters based on how many unique ones you've hit throughout the city. Even if they don't include that I'd be happy though.
What are your thoughts GB? Hoping it will fill that Paradise itch?