Its been a while since I was excited for any new Need For Speed. The last two titles I truly enjoyed were ProStreet and the first Shift. I’m a simulator racer at heart and prefer fine-tuning a drift with a Mazda RX-7 in Gran Tourismo than in an arcade racer failure like Hot Pursuit (I dislike Hot Pursuit in general, it feels very cobbled together for me). I don’t like the new Ridge Racers and I hate the way Test Drive Unlimited 2 has degraded to being another arcade romp with little nodding in the direction of fans who enjoyed the previous titles in the series. Its times like these I wish I had an Xbox. Its times like these I also could play Forza.
I always stop at Look and Listen in P.E. whenever I get the chance to take some of the cars for a spin in Forza Motorsport and I enjoy it. Its like a beefed-up version of Shift and its a love letter to players who enjoy using racing wheels, rewarding to master and simple to pick up. The latest in the series, Horizon, will bring players into an open world with changing weather and road conditions as well as realistic damage of all kinds of shapes, bumps and squishes. Strangely enough, it seems, the game is actually taxing on the Xbox 360, prompting the developers to announce that it will run at a solid 30fps instead of the regular 60fps on most console titles. More info after the break.