As a big fan of racing games, I really liked Horizon 2, but started to get bored after about 20 championships. Now with Horizon 3, there’s something about it that makes it feel like a chore to play. Maybe it’s the constant “Hey [insert name here]” or ANNA or the enormous number of collectibles, barn finds, skills, designs, auction house being very slow and basic compared to Motorsport 2 even, the endless stream of events, challenges, “would you like to send this to your friends?”, fans, expanding festival, barn finds, cruises, Horizon promo, bucket lists, championships, skill songs, recruiting drivers to line-up etc. - it’s all just too much “clutter”, if you know what I mean. In Motorsport, you can just focus on what matters - racing and time trials, without having to travel everywhere. You feel like you’re making progress and you can just hop on for a race or two on tracks you know and love, or even just go hotlapping.
I should mention I’m a big fan of Test Drive Unlimited 2 which doesn’t get anywhere near the credit it deserves but even with the emphasis on character customisation and pseudo-RPG mechanics, it somehow felt more… pure and free.
Of course this is my opinion, I just felt compelled to leave feedback here and see what others think. Now I’m not saying I don’t care for the open-world, and I appreciate the differences between Horzion and Motorsport, but somehow I feel that Horzion 3 is lacking in refinement. In my view, a simpler game with fewer elements would make for a better experience. If anyone’s played Far Cry 4 and actually tried to make a dent in the side-quests and collectibles, you may appreciate where I’m coming from.
I know Horzion 3 promotes that “it’s YOUR Horizon”, but I can’t turn off all the annoying commentary, cheesey tutorials/introductions, ANNA, all the festival nonsense etc. I just wish instead of trying to cram in all these different features, game designers would instead focus on refinement.
TL;DR: Less content can make for a more enjoyable experience by focusing on what matters; more content can dilute the experience with unnecessary “ceremony”.
What do you guys/gals think?