It kind of bugs me that there is none. There is the loadingscreen, then it jumps into the car and go…so basically you have to throttle when the race is loading. I find that a bit…unperfect. Really like the way the midnight battles worked with someone starting the race and your avatar looks towards the other car. In that time you can rev the engine to find the perfect spot.
So am I the only one who would like the classic, 3 2 1 go back?
For most casual racing games, the foot to the floor when starting is fine. The games are designed to keep you challenged in other ways than tuning setups and throttle control. Forza Horizon 3 though is mostly simulator with a giant fan base that dives deep into building, tuning, and perfecting their driving style. So not having this is a giant pain in the tail lights. Forza Horizon 2 did have the count down but all the horizon games have one gigantic annoying feature. The lack of the H.U.D. before the race starts. This means you either have to guess and guess quick or be forced to use the cockpit view.
The lack of timer isn’t as bad as not getting the HUD until well after you need to upshift at least once for most cars. Surely enough people play from 3rd person view with manual transmission that it’s a pretty significant problem.
So what gives with this. My first shift on every car has to be totally from memory and audible cues. Which honestly isn’t that hard if you’ve driven the car a few times. However I do commonly hit the rev limiter before I shift into second gear because I’m concentrating on trying to get around the horrible AI that love to destroy you at the start.
Not just 3rd person. I use cockpit and hood views exclusively, unless I’m searching for a barn. Even in cockpit (which is often dark, or the gauge is partly obstructed, or no there at all) the HUD tachometer is a necessity much of the time. It’s simply ridiculous to not get it until after 1st gear is pegged, or I’ve shifted by sound alone.