This is the most beautiful game on Xbox One by a mile

Last weekend, I drove a Lamborghini Centenario through the Australian rainforest. It was even better than it sounds.

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Sadly, I didn’t personally pilot the Lambo. I was sitting on my couch in Brooklyn, holding an Xbox One controller, grinning uncontrollably. I’m talking, of course, about “Forza Horizon 3” – a new racing game on the Xbox One and PC.

Not only is “Horizon 3” a blast to play, but it’s by far the most gorgeous game on the Xbox One.


When you hear “Forza,” you might think “simulation.” In the case of the “Forza Horizon” series, that isn’t accurate.

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“Forza Horizon 3” is set in Australia, as this gorgeous coastline attests.
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“Forza Horizon” is the “Fast & Furious” of racing games. It’s reverent of cars, sure, but its focus is on FUN.

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The “plot” of the game is based around the Horizon Festival, a sort of commercial-friendly Sturgis for car culture.

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A Horizon balloon looms in the background — much of the game’s festival stuff feels like a Mountain Dew ad gone wrong. The good news is you barely have to deal with it.
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But it’s really just a backdrop for racing all sorts of amazing cars, trucks, buggies, and other stuff all over Australia.

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Lamborghinis aren’t so good at this type of racing.
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The game’s selection of vehicles is, to put it lightly, very large. Over 350 vehicles of all types are in the game, and they can all be tuned as you like.

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And the selection includes classics, new classics, and brand new. Yes, you can drive a Tesla Model S in “Forza Horizon 3.”
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Australia itself offers the game a ton of variety. You’ll race through lush rainforest:

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Dune-filled desert:

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Stunning coastline:

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And much more!

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There’s plenty of opportunity for street race-style challenges — again, the “Horizon” series is basically the game version of the “Fast & Furious” franchise.

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Streets is watchin’.
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Weather is also an important factor. Rain makes the game look even more impressive than it already does.

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A signature of the “Horizon” series is ridiculous races against stuff like trains, helicopters, and planes.

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It’s back, and more ridiculous than ever in “Forza Horizon 3.”

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They look silly — and they are silly — but they’re also a ton of fun.
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“Forza Horizon 3” launches on both the Xbox One and Windows 10 PC on Tuesday, September 27. Check out the game in action right here:

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