First and for most I am mainly making this as I have been a absolutely massive fan of the horizon games. what Play Ground has been doing with them has been brilliant.
I am a huge fan of just the fun forza that lets you play around in a giant world with cars doing crazy outlandish races. to be honest I found myself a few years ago getting super bored with the main line forza games, so a game that uses that driving model BUT lets you have burnout paradise kinda fun with it… sign me up.
So first impressions of FH4 was that you nailed it. Changing up just enough things to make it more interesting but also making it a much smoother experience. the seasons were a brilliant idea of making the main games race tracks really have longer lasting appeal. Outside of removing the Datsun 2000 which was my favorite car from FH3 so far FH4 is better in all the ways it could be better. Also the MGA Twin Cam 1959 seems to be a solid replacement for the Datsun 2000 as my A class perfect car.
But… then after a few nights of playing solo my friend an I jump into the online. For context my friend an I played hundreds of hours of both FH2 an FH3 online doing the adventure mode. We would build out special cars for each class for each race type, when the DLC came out we would build special cars for them to.
With all that said I’ll start with what i like about the multiplayer update in FH4. first… racing to the event with the % complete at the top is actually much nicer. The playground games modes are vastly improved by having them be more team focused. the zombie mode now having a in-between state where a infected person can be healed is awesome same goes for the crown slowing the king until they hand it to another player… these changes are awesome.
Now for the less great stuff. Lets face it the lack of voting is crushing. it might actually be the sole reason why my friend an I wont be playing FH4 as much as we did FH3. We absolutely love driving cars in the D-A classes because they force you to make really important choices when customizing the cars. S1 is ok… but S2 is just boring. S2 customizing your car is basically just tossing everything at it and seeing how that worked… no creativity involved at all. So with no voting now in the online adventure means that the chances of us getting D, C, or B seems either low… or impossible. which is extremely disappointing.
After voting it seems that all the online adventure modes are team ONLY now. This is also super disappointing, again we like team modes sometimes they are nice an refreshing, but only when they are a once in a while thing. Every event being a team event also ruins things pretty badly. Problem is that in team events players tend to get more aggressive. they see the other color and push them out of the checkpoints. In one game last night I actually got pinned by 3 of the other teams players while 2-3 others raced ahead. This kind of game play makes me want to never play the adventure mode… and if all the events will be team based that means there is no escaping it.
It really makes me sad that the old online adventure of FH2 and FH3 seems to have been torn appart. I dont love that there is less impact for things like skill points either. You can no longer win championships by skill chaining. However that brings up another point… with less use of skill points to contribute to adventure championships… why have skill points at all. they seem to serve almost no purpose now. Before they encouraged you to drive cleanly just so that you could hopefully score better because of it… I have won championships before purely because I drove clean, and didn’t smash people. but now these days are gone. with no benefit to them and every event being a team event it seems everyone just wants to push each other out of gates.
After all of that you might think I hate the game… and I DONT. I in fact really love the new game, looks great, plays great, the single player is better then it ever has been in the past. The extra focus on character customization is fun and leans even harder into this being the more fun forza game.
I would absolutely love for a Dev to see this. I want them to know I really like their game, it is fantastic… but please bring back the online adventure mode like it was in the past. with voting, and non team events… and maybe even bring back the use-fullness of the skill points.