[Review] Forza Horizon 3: Hot Wheels Is Fantastic Fun

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The Good
Brings the Hot Wheels world to life
Great racing experience
Beautiful graphics
The Bad
Navigation can be confusing

Forza is arguably the best racing game franchise out there – with its realistic racing physics in the Motorsports edition, and Arcade style gaming in the Horizon edition. Now they’ve added huge orange half-pipes, boosts and loops that can go up to 20 stories high. It’s only getting better with Hot Wheels.

Turn10 Studios and Playground Games has honestly done it again with the Hot Wheels expansion for Forza Horizon 3. The details on the track is incredible – especially the mechanical T-Rex occasionally roaring and biting chunks of the track in dedication to Hot Wheels’ prehistoric predilections. It’s the practically a 7 year-old’s imagination come to life… and I love it. It encapsulates everything I love about Hot Wheels.

So, what do you get for your money? 4 Hot Wheel cars in the pack and 7 other cars, one of which is the 2010 Pagani Zonda R, and a barn find which I shall not spoil for you. The Hot Wheels world is significantly bigger than the Blizzard Mountain DLC. And just like Blizzard mountain, you play for medals to get you to the finale. The DLC still has the Horizon DNA with Races, Blueprints and Danger Jumps to keep you busy.

While it’s fantastic, it isn’t perfect simply because of how the Hot Wheels world is built with tracks of different tiers and levels. It take a bit of getting used to when trying to navigate the world. You need to use the in-game GPS to get to destinations. But there is a problem there too. While the GPS highlights the ‘blue’ parts of the track (mainly the inter sections) you can’t quire see it at times on the orange parts of the track. As colourful as the world is, in just needs a little more contrast at places.

However, these niggles won’t ruin the game for you and truthfully most wouldn’t care. You’re on an orange track, driving at insane speeds, doing a loop that’s 20 stories high and almost getting to be lunch for a dinosaur at the corner of your screen, what’s there not to love. The best part about the whole experience is that while it looks wacky and kiddish, you still get a solid racing experience that’ll boost your adrenaline more than any loop-the-loop.

The experience in the Hot Wheels DLC compared to Horizon just changes ever so slightly because it properly brings out the 7 years old in you. The expansion is available as either as part of the “Forza Horizon 3” Expansion Pass or as a standalone purchase for SG$29.25 (incl. GST) in the Microsoft Store.