Forza Horizon 3: Hot Wheels DLC
Game review on Xbox One
Clinton Raethel / Fri 26th May 2017
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OVERVIEW Microsoft has partnered with Hot Wheels to create one of the most fun and unique DLCs the racing series has seen to date. Combining the iconic orange tracks with the Australian Horizon Festival is a genius stroke and gives you a great incentive to re-visit the critically acclaimed franchise.
STORYLINE There really isn't much of a story to tell, other than the festival organisers have been busy building a ridiculous island off the coast between Surfers Paradise and Byron Bay. Even the organisers struggle to believe it's real, but let's be honest, we don't care about those semantics. We're here to race in the world's biggest playground.
The Hot Wheels DLC plays exactly the same as Horizon 3 except now, we're in Hot Wheels land. Everything from the iconic orange tracks, loops, banked turns, boost zones, outlandish cars and even robotic dinosaurs has made its way into one of the best racing games ever made.
You read that right - we now have stunts and boost zones! The Horizon universe has always been about providing an experience we could only dream of, and show me one kid who played with Hot Wheels that didn't want to bring that to life. But don't think that it's turned Forza into a ridiculous fantasy arcade racer; it's incredible just how natural and realistic it still feels.
The physics fully hold up as you race around these tracks. Cars slow down and handle as you'd expect if such this was actually possible. Hit a boost section wrong and you'll struggle to maintain control as you land if you land at all. If you don't carry enough speed through the stunt sections you will fall off. Thankfully the new content paces the class requirements and tracks in such a way that if you fail, it's your fault, not the cars.
The usual Horizon items are here too: boards to smash, bucket lists to complete, drift and speed zones to master and even another barn find. To complement the new track design though we're given a new tool called 'Stunt Swap'. As the name suggests, it offers you the option to swap out feature stunts along a track as you see fit, which adds some great replayability to the tracks.
GRAPHICS The graphics are just as stunning as they were before, but the extra attention to detail is phenomenal. Riding inside the Hot Wheels cars is a real treat and you'll even see accurately rendered joiners in the track as you race around it.
AUDIO The audio is as good as it's always been - realistic sound effects and engine noises combined with a banging soundtrack, there's really nothing to fault.
VERDICT Whoever came up with this idea is nothing short of a legend. To me, it's like chocolate and peanut butter. Hot chips and ice-cream. Fish fingers and custard (believe me, it's awesome). It seems outlandish at first but once you try it you'll wonder where it's been all your life. What's most incredible though is that it still retains the realistic Forza feel - this is not a cheap money-grabbing add-on. You can tell that a lot of love has gone into this to bring many of our childhood dreams alive. If you're even semi-intrigued by this DLC, trust me, just get it.