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Quick Look: Forza Horizon

Jeff and Brad, their hair waving in the Colorado air, race off into the sunset to the soft sounds of dubstep.

Sit back and enjoy as the Giant Bomb team takes an unedited look at the latest video games.

Oct. 12 2012

Cast: Jeff, Brad

Posted by: Drew

In This Episode:

Forza Horizon

215 Comments

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Edited By Kiori_Hayabusa

Mmm, cars.

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Edited By jayc

Excited for this game!

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@Kiori_Hayabusa said:

Mmm, cars.

Damn when I first saw this there were no comments and I thought I was finally gonna get that quest

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Whoa, where the hell did this game come from?

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@DystopiaX: As the avatar indicates, I am, in fact, a ninja.

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Open world was awesome when it was new, but now I just kinda miss good old fashioned tracks.

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fuck video games

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Man, isn't it midnight over at the West Coast?

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Five seconds in and yeah, I'm buyng this.

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Owwwwwwww! Spinnin' brodies!

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This looks soooooo good!

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@DudeOlav: SHIT, i might be in the same boat!

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SO FUCKING DIZZY!!!!!!!

This looks like everything I wanted Test Drive to be.

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Edited By Apollo87

Around the 6:30 mark there's a song playing on the radio that is also in Dirt 3's soundtrack. Odd.

Anyway, game looks cool, and honestly Forza has been the only franchise I'm jealous about the 360.

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The Nissan GT-R is sweeeet.

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Oh, if only Colorado actually had a dubstep radio station. I would be so happy.

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Whoa, a video game!

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Edited By turboman  Staff

"Gran Turismo looks like a hospital with cars in it" - Jeff Gerstmann, GiantBomb.com

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@CatsAkimbo: You might be, no one else would be ;)

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Oh man, Yuck is on the soundtrack? That's pretty sweet.

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THAT is how you start a goddamned Quick Look.

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Oh now it's a hard decision.

Forza or Most Wanted ??

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the quake wars car is a great laugh haha wow why

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Edited By Duffyside

Surprised at the glowing comments about this. I really hate the atmosphere of the world, and an open-world driving game coming out after Paradise and before Most Wanted seems like a crazy decision.

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Edited By cosmic

Hate to make this look like a YouTube comment page but, what's the name of the song at around 15 minute mark?

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@Robo said:

THAT is how you start a goddamned Quick Look.

QFT

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@cosmic: "Get Away" by Yuck. Great band. Highly recommend them.

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Well now I need an infinite donuts screen saver...

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Test Drive Forza or Forza Test Drive?

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All the NPCs in this game smell like Axe bodyspray.

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Racing games at 30 fps are unbarable for me. :(

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Criterion eventually patched in the ability to restart the last race in Burnout Paradise, by the way.

Also, the demo has been out for a few days. Anyone used to Forza's feel and physics should try it out. The driving model is definitely more forgiving and on the arcadey side and damage is purely cosmetic, but the most unfortunate change is the drop from the touted Forza standard 60 to 30 fps in Horizon. Apparently it was necessary for the open world and day / night cycle such but I'm not sure if it was worth it. The side effect is that it really kills the sense of speed when driving fast, which they try to make up for with an artificial camera shake when getting up there (optional and can be disabled), but it just doesn't cut it. Pushing a high end car to the limit isn't as exciting as it could / should be, which is a pretty big deal for a game that's all about racing and going fast.

Not a lot of people seem to notice it or even care though because the majority of games they play are locked to 30 on the console, I guess you really have to be used to PC games or console racers pushing 60 fps like Burnout Paradise, Wipeout HD, and the last few Forza games for it to register. Games like Horizon while fun and pretty and competent, just lack that white knuckled, edge of the seat driving experience because of the chugging framerate. You'll be going +170mph and it feels like you haven't even reached 100. It's like going from MW to BF on the 360, just doesn't feel as fast, fluid, and responsive even though the game's systems and everything else under the hood is doing its job. The game is still totally playable and fun enough but the basic act of driving is missing something.

Surprised the review and quick look failed to mention how the entire presentation and package feels like it was ripped right out of the Dirt series, too.

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@CatsAkimbo: The Fox is all you need homie.

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@SuicidalManiac said:

Oh man, Yuck is on the soundtrack? That's pretty sweet.

Oh yeah, that's what it is. I didn't have it loud enough to hear the vocals much was thinking "Oh great, Dinosaur Jr.!" Close, at least.

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OFF DA RAILZ

Also I noticed one of the songs (not one of the dubshit tracks, of course) was from Nitronic Rush. That's pretty cool because that game's rad as hell. It's also interesting to see a triple A racing title have music from an indie game.

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I love quick looks with jeff & brad!!

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I can't, but I can afford this game. i shouldn't get it, but i want to. ugh, why'd this have to be good.

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I forgot this game existed. Can you say no marketing budget?

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@TomA: The large Forza Horizon / demo advertisement is the first thing you'd see if you loaded up the dash in the last few days. Way more space devoted to it than any XBLA game released within the last few years and the retail release is still weeks away.

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Is Forza really pronounced 'fort-suh'? If so, I've been pronouncing the name of these games wrong for a very long time. Also, I forgot that this game existed.

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Looks like the donuts in this quick look came full circle.

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Dude, I came in here drunk and I fucking went "yeeeoowwww!!!" with Jeff as this video started... wait.. this is actually good? Fuck.

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@Lucien21:

Indeed... Indeed... BUY BOTH!

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Why have they basically just copied the look and feel from DiRT? This is not what I want from a Forza game and DiRT has already been made and was pretty good. This game can suck my balls.

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More like Forza Brotorsport, right guys?

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In game ads, microtransactions, and $60 season pass makes this seem a bit iffy

But I will probably get it anyway

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@sharkeh said:

Why have they basically just copied the look and feel from DiRT? This is not what I want from a Forza game and DiRT has already been made and was pretty good. This game can suck my balls.

There's a reason this game is considered a spin-off and not part of the main series.

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There's something a bit Top Gear about that Ferrari vs. Bi-plane race.

Which is something I can appreciate.

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Where are the camera views? This is why we need Vinny on the couch at all times.

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Hmm, why does the page scroll automatically when the mouse is over my windows task bar?