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Forza Horizon 4 Lego Speed Champions Trailer | Microsoft Press Conference E3 2019
Positive: 0 out of 2
Mixed: 0 out of 2
Negative: 2 out of 2
Jun 14, 2019What is Forza famous for? Cars. What is Lego famous for? Building.
So logically, what would be the only reason to place these twoWhat is Forza famous for? Cars. What is Lego famous for? Building.
So logically, what would be the only reason to place these two franchises together?
Well, if you could build your own cars of course.
So can you build your own cars? Can you at least swap out the outer parts of the Lego cars you're given in order to make different-looking cars?
No, of course you can't. That would be far too cool and interesting. Instead the only thing you can actually build in this game...is a Lego house.
This DLC has taken a long, long time to get here. I hoped it would be worth the wait, and when I finally heard it was going to be a Lego spin-off I was disappointed. But I at least thought there were possibilities there, genuinely interesting ideas that would only be possible with Lego, like building your own cars. That sounded like it might actually be a good reason to shoehorn a child-friendly franchise like Lego into a serious racing game like Horizon - the ability to reconstruct the outer shells of the Lego vehicles would have justified the whole idea, even though the combination of Lego and Forza still felt off. But it turns out we don't even get that. We are stuck with the handful of cars the game gives us.
Right at the start of this DLC the announcer says, in a mock-jokey, semi-apologetic way, 'I know half the fun of Lego is building the cars yourself, but I couldn't wait', and you're handed a fully constructed(slightly rubbish-looking) Senna. This is almost an admission on the part of the developers that they've scr-wed the players over and denied us the only reason for having a Lego DLC in the first place. They must know how ridiculous it is to hand us fully-assembled cars and not allow us to change a single thing about them.
It's the equivalent of buying a Lego car, taking it home, opening the box, and finding it already assembled, with all the bricks superglued together.
I focus on this issue because it's indicative of the DLC as a whole: it is a massive, massive wasted opportunity. The devs could have allowed us to use Lego cars in a way that would have HUGELY opened up the design elements in Forza and allowed our imaginations to roam free. The potential for player creativity was enormous; we could have created a Lego batmobile, a BTTF DeLorean, etc. Anything at all.
Instead we're handed a flat piece of land and told to build...a house. Oh yes - I forgot to mention that you'll have to go through a series of mind-numbing mini challenges just in order to earn a paltry amount of blocks in the first place.
It's better than not being allowed to build anything at all, but it smacks of the devs feeling guilty about not allowing us to alter the cars.
As for the rest of the game: the map itself feels tiny(about a quarter the size of Fortune Island, the previous DLC) and while it's mildly interesting to explore, the combination of Lego and Forza realism simply does not work. There's certainly no incentive to use the photo mode, which is a big thing for me in the base game. I'm a keen Forza photographer but I'm not exactly inspired by the sight of plastic ghosts floating next to rows of identical Lego trees.
Further issues: the handling of the Lego cars seems twitchy by comparison with the base game's cars, presumably as a sop to younger gamers who will play this, and the AI in races is almost non-existent. The races are lacking the intensity and relative realism of normal Horizon, and there is no real incentive to play once you arrive at the Lego festival except to earn bricks for your house. Maybe they wanted to have Ken and Barbie Dolls' House crossover but ended up with Lego and had to make do? Who knows. The rationale for Forza Horizon DLCs no longer makes much sense to me.
I concede that the DLC's shiny and gleaming and professional, and kids may enjoy it for the very brief amount of fun they'll get from the racing side of it, but it just feels...pointless.
At the end of the day there is no compelling reason why this game had to exist: building your own cars could have been that reason but it's not here. Instead we have a rather jarring combination of two worlds that just don't work together.
Playground Games need to be very careful because they are in slight danger of killing the golden goose here. They have made some of the greatest racing games of all-time, and Horizon is one of my favourite gaming series, but they do seem to be getting pulled down avenues they shouldn't go down. I suspect that Microsoft has been pushing them into making the game both broader and more 'endless', and it's been at the expense of the audience Horizon already has.
I don't like using arguments derived from anecdotal evidence, but the overwhelming majority of Horizon fans have absolutely hated the idea of this DLC and I can't see their opinions changing at all now that it's actually here.
In short? It's both pointless and a missed opportunity at the same time. Underwhelming in the extreme.… Expand
Jun 14, 2019This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I honestly couldn't wait for this dlc to drop. But don't waste your money, the map is tiny, you are only given 3 Lego cars. There is a barn find but nope you aren't allowed that until a future update. Which is a joke in itself, very few races, most of the dlc are little challenge's you have to go through to be able to unlock you house. Gets very tiresome after 2-3 hour's.
The 3 cars they do give you are twitchy, and apart from painting are not customizable looks wise. You can still upgrade the engine. But this is Lego. Why the heck are we not allowed to change some of the bricks out for other Lego pieces ..
Avoid, unless it's on sale cheap.… Expand