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  1. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Dec 31, 2018
    Again a little bit better and not because of continuity, but because of two years worth of obvious work. Thanks to that you can drown dozens or hundreds of hours racing on the ground that gave the world Jeremy Clarkson. And yeah, it has a couple of good cars too. [Issue#289]
  2. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    Nov 21, 2018
    This gorgeous, event-packed racer earns its place as a must-have for your Xbox. [Dec 2018, p.80]
  3. Oct 6, 2018
    Forza Horizon 4 is a prime example of a complete racing title, and although the racing genre is not as popular as it once was, Horizon 4 still manages to raise the standards and present itself not only as the best entry in the Horizon series but as one of the best racing titles of all time. What we see today in Horizon 4, including both superb offline and online sections, is incredible sound design for every single vehicle, and amazing visuals that are mixed with a beautiful change of seasons. All are examples that other developers can use for their future titles.
  4. Oct 5, 2018
    After the success of Forza Horizon 3 it seemed almost impossible for Playground Games to top what was achieved in that game. But the truth is that Forza Horizon 4 is even better, a triumph of fun, “arcade” racing that hits all the right spots and delivers a sensational experience.
  5. Oct 4, 2018
    I think it would be easy to argue that this is the best Forza Horizon game yet. I’ve generally enjoyed the series, more so than even Forza Motorsport, and Forza Horizon 4 is no different. The enhanced online features, the season changes, and yes, even the avatar customization, are all welcomed additions. But aside from that, the core racing experience, the thrill of driving recklessly through fields, cobblestone fences, city streets, and sandy beaches…it’s darn near unmatched in current racing games. So yeah, Forza Horizon 4 is amazing.
  6. Oct 3, 2018
    It’s great that Playground Games have not rested on their laurels but have created a game that not only looks amazing but more importantly plays well on the Xbox One/X. The gameplay mechanics work well and whether you’re playing this online or offline, there’s plenty to do and see. Given how much fun I’ve had with Forza Horizon 4, it will definitely become my go to game in the months to come, especially with its online component. So if you’re looking for some racing fun that packs a punch, Forza Horizon 4 is definitely that game!
  7. Oct 3, 2018
    This game is a beautiful experience. As driving games go, it’s the best I’ve ever played, not only because of its irresistible scenery, exhilarating driving and perfectly-recreated cars, but because spending time with it puts me in a lasting good mood. It is uncomplicated and thrilling escapism in a shared driving paradise.
  8. Oct 2, 2018
    Forza Horizon 4 absolutely nails the driving experience with its tight handling and dynamic seasons, and is as close as you can get to a perfect racing game.
  9. Sep 27, 2018
    If you’re a fan of Forza as a whole then Forza Horizon 4 will not disappoint, and whilst the progression and seasons systems change up the core experience, Forza Horizon 4 still shows the key signs for an exemplary racing experience that must be applauded.
  10. Sep 25, 2018
    The game is a stunning achievement, so far ahead of any racing title or driving sim on the market, it’s bordering on obscene.
  11. Sep 25, 2018
    I adore every second. Forza Horizon 4 is potentially the best racing game I’ve ever played in terms of the sheer amount of stuff and how much fun I’ve had.
  12. Sep 25, 2018
    Playground Games managed to improve on an already almost perfect formula, adding even more modes and freedom for the players, with gorgeous visuals and the added variety of season changes in a shared world. Simply the best, prettiest and most content-filled arcade racer around. A must buy for everyone.
  13. Sep 25, 2018
    Forza Horizon 4 can be summed up with a single word: Masterpiece.
  14. Sep 25, 2018
    Can you improve something that was already perfect? Forza Horizon 4 does it. The best Xbox driving game of all time.
  15. Sep 25, 2018
    By this stage, it should come as no surprise that Playground Games finds a way to raise the bar for each release in the Horizon series, and they've once again found another gear in Forza Horizon 4 that leaves its competitors trailing in the dust. The roster of cars is bigger than ever, the setting of Britain is stunningly recreated down to the finest detail, the shared online world is a resounding success, and the addition of seasons adds something completely new and unique to the series both in terms of the gameplay and the aesthetics of the world. I don't know how they do it, but Playground Games has once again set the standard for other racing games to strive for.
  16. Sep 25, 2018
    Forza Horizon 4 is one of the best games I’ve ever played. Incredible driving mechanics, cutting-edge seasonal changes in a shared-world, and addictive RPG mechanics make exploring Great Britain an absolute blast.
  17. Sep 25, 2018
    It's hard to imagine an arcade racer playing and looking much better than Forza Horizon 4. It's by far the best Xbox One exclusive for 2018, and among the best games this console generation, period.
  18. Sep 25, 2018
    Forza Horizon 4 feels like a labour of love; a game for car lovers by car lovers. But also, it's an engrossing experience that's rewarding every step of the way. Exploring the map feels just as worthwhile as completing events. And its seamless multiplayer features, Forzathon challenges and seasonal events mean that you're not likely to grow tired of it for years. It is, without a doubt, the best racing game available right now.
  19. Oct 3, 2018
    At the end of the day Playground Games has made what some may consider a racing game masterpiece, given how much you can do, how you can do it, and how much you will enjoy it. This game is one that anyone who is looking for a rock-solid racing game with longevity should seriously consider.
  20. Sep 26, 2018
    The Forza family of games continues to excel in technical quality and content quantity, raising the bar each year and giving the series a strong shot at being the best racing series ever. Forza Horizon 4 reinforces that statement with new ways to experience the joy of driving, whether alone, with friends, or fellow enthusiasts you happen to cross paths with in this gorgeous shared piece of Great Britain.
  21. Sep 25, 2018
    Forza Horizon 4 is the best game of the saga. With almost perfect gameplay and a variety of events that are distributed by a huge map. We will spend many hours driving in the UK and we will not get tired. Arcade driving for all audiences.
  22. Sep 25, 2018
    Forza Horizon 4 is the most stunning, deepest and most engaging Forza Horizon game to date. The sheer volume of utterly diverse and wildly interesting content pushes the game’s longevity through the roof. There’s no shortage of activities to take to, set across a sprawling, vividly detailed representation of Britain. Safe to say that if you enjoy the series, you’re going to love this.
  23. Sep 25, 2018
    It changes the game beyond visual sheen and charges players with new ways to think about races; about their cars or their car setups (if you’re so inclined). It makes the racing even more visceral this time around, which when you consider the heritage here, is no small feat.
  24. Sep 25, 2018
    Forza Horizon 4 is invincible in the area of racing games. The landscape is beautiful, and the number of cars is greatly expanded. If you are keen on racing games, don't miss it.
  25. Sep 25, 2018
    Playground Games manages to surpass themselves with Forza Horizon 4, a stunning masterpiece of open world driving games with loads of contents, outstanding graphics and gameplay that makes full use of the new seasons in the game.
  26. Sep 25, 2018
    I’ll always have a massive soft spot for the down under delights of Forza Horizon 3, but open-world racing has never looked as good as it does in Forza Horizon 4. It combines a beautiful world that’s really four hugely distinct maps in one with a constantly rewarding and self-renewing racing experience and I really can’t tear myself away from it. Playground Games hasn’t just upped the ante once again; it’s blown the bloody doors off.
  27. Oct 14, 2018
    While it’s easy to find areas to improve, the British countryside is gorgeous, the driving is incredibly well-balanced, and seasons have been masterfully implemented, allowing for more variety than ever before. Make no mistake that Forza Horizon 4 is one of the most comprehensive and polished racing games ever made.
  28. Oct 9, 2018
    Forza Horizon 4 is the best game in the franchise yet. Playground Games stayed home and took Forza there. There are enough cars and modes to keep you on the road for hours. As a racefan you simply need this game.
  29. Oct 4, 2018
    Forza Horizon 4 continues to deliver what the series is known for, and that's great racing fun in a huge open world map. And when it comes to visuals on Xbox One X, the game reached new heights especially with the help of the new four seasons weather themes.
  30. Oct 4, 2018
    This is the best Forza Horizon game, and that makes it one of the best racing games ever. But that just doesn’t wow me like it once did.
  31. Sep 26, 2018
    If you have the least bit of love for cars and racing games, it is actually very simple ... Do you have an Xbox One X? Go and get Forza Horizon 4. Do not have Xbox One X? Go and get Forza Horizon 4 with an Xbox One X.
  32. Sep 25, 2018
    If the Horizon series is new to you, then this is a great one to start with – as it’s very user-friendly and allows you to tweak more of the world now than ever before. It has a lot of content, controls like a dream, and looks and sounds fantastic. Forza Horizon 4 has all the ingredients to deliver a fulfilling experience for quite some time.
  33. Sep 25, 2018
    Forza Horizon 4 marks a turning point in the series. It takes the best of everything that made the previous entries great, but it offers even more of itself with the addition of the seasons, new events and ranks to the formula. With Horizon 3 and its expansions, there was always an excuse to come back, but with Horizon 4, there is no reason to leave at all.
  34. Sep 25, 2018
    Forza Horizon 4 is a must have for any car enthusiast. It sports beautiful graphics and views, an awesome soundtrack and an addictive gameplay experience.
  35. Sep 25, 2018
    Stratified, immense, full of genuine fun and winning intuition, the title of PlayGround Games can be labeled in no uncertain terms a masterpiece.
  36. Sep 25, 2018
    As expected, a racing masterpiece, that improves its predecessor in almost every possible way, and whose few problems are absolutely negligible. There's still room for improvement here and there, sure, and yet we are still impressed by such a level of quality. Bravo, Playground Games.
  37. Sep 25, 2018
    We didn’t think it was possible, but Horizon 4 is even better than its predecessor. Playground Games is one of the best studios out there and has proved that it is possible to do new things in racing games. If you like the genre, even if it's just a tiny bit, please give it a try.
  38. Sep 25, 2018
    Make no mistake about it, for fans of racing games, Forza Horizon 4 is a must-own. It has a massive world map with dozens and dozens of events to choose from. The changing seasons is a clever way of keeping content fresh. It features a vast multiplayer experience that's sure to appeal to everyone on your friends list. The visuals are stunning and the soundtrack is banging - though I believe they should have included a Britain music station. I'm not a fan of the night driving but that's more personal preference and if you've played previous Horizon games, you'll notice a lot of familiar race and stunt events.
  39. Sep 25, 2018
    Forza Horizon 4’s handling is the best the series has ever seen, and its shared world gameplay offers an incredible amount of fun. It could well be the best racer out there.
  40. Oct 4, 2018
    Forza Horizon 4 is the "non plus ultra" of the open world racing arcade. It is better than the previous chapter and this thing is absolutely incredible.
  41. Sep 25, 2018
    Forza Horizon 4 is the best Xbox One exclusive to date: Playground managed to craft an exciting racing game set in a colourful open world full of things to do. That said, we can’t wait to see what this talented team can do outside the racing genre.
  42. Sep 25, 2018
    Forza Horizon 4 is the definitive arcade racing experience and the best tribute to racing games history.
  43. Sep 25, 2018
    An outstanding racing game that does everything near perfect to offer one of the best games of the year.
  44. Sep 26, 2018
    Once Forza Horizon 4 opens up and the map is cluttered with points of interest, you really can’t ask for much more from a racer. It hits all of the right notes in terms of racing, exploration, rewards, and customization. Depending on your focus of play, you can turn it into a difficult game of precision that requires proper vehicle tuning, or a light arcade experience of tearing across Great Britain with no cares in the world. Forza Horizon has long been my favorite racing series, and this installment shows that there’s plenty of gas left in the tank.
  45. Oct 6, 2018
    Playground Games has managed to deliver the best arcade games over the last decade and with Forza Horizon 4 proves it once again. It's a must for all Xbox One owners.
  46. Games Master UK
    Nov 1, 2018
    The series' most polished, action-packed entry yet. A glorious celebration of open-world racing. [Issue#336, p.66]
  47. Oct 1, 2018
    This is the best game you can play on Xbox One. The game might hold your hand a bit too long, that is just a minor thing considering the great racing adventure Forza offers.
  48. Sep 25, 2018
    Forza Horizon 4 provides an expansive and immersive racing experience that'll keep your foot on the accelerator until the seasons change. Once they literally do, the racing feels fresh and exciting all over again.
  49. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Nov 21, 2018
    Forza Horizon 4 sets a new mark: from now on, any open-world racing game that doesn’t feature passing of the seasons will feel like it’s missing something very important both for immersion and variety. [Issue #233, p.50]
  50. Nov 5, 2018
    Horizon 4 is far and away the most joyous and welcoming racing game I’ve ever played. It’s flexibility in difficulty and customization are laudable, but there’s one word that comes to mind when I think of this game — freeing. Watching the stunning countryside of Britain whiz by in a dream car is just liberating.
  51. games(TM)
    Nov 1, 2018
    Both a great racer and a great sandbox. [Issue#206, p.74]
  52. Oct 11, 2018
    The game is still arguably the best racing game available on modern consoles, and even non-racing game fans will still be able to appreciate the top of the line graphics and impressive open world.
  53. Edge Magazine
    Oct 11, 2018
    There are whole essays that could be written about the depth of the tuning mechanics. [December 2018, p.110]
  54. Oct 9, 2018
    Overall Forza Horizon 4 is the greatest game I feel just kind of meh about. I mean there is absolutely nothing wrong with so many aspects of this title. It is polished, fun, smooth, and gorgeous. I think I am just growing tired of its structure. Still it feels like this title may see more updates than any previous entry. It has dozens of hours of content already packed into it. It is visually stunning and a blast to play with friends. It is hard not to love what Horizon 4 does.
  55. 90
    A changing world and opportunities to find or build your perfect rides make Forza Horizon 4 near endlessly enjoyable. While a safe follow-up to Horizon 3, the core "casual simulation" formula doesn't need much tuning.
  56. Oct 2, 2018
    Forza Horizon 4 might be a bit conservative. Apart from the continuously changing seasons and the amazing British landscapes, you could call this a new version of Forza Horizon 3.
  57. Oct 2, 2018
    Forza Horizon 4 continues the incredible success of this series, taking its already lofty achievement to even greater heights. The team at Playground games have created a title that cleverly balances realism with fun in a dynamic, beautiful world with a wide range of exciting and meticulously designed events and activities.
  58. Stunning and consistent as ever, this is more of the fantasy racing festival we know and love, but this time in a shared online world with even more driving diversity thanks to the regularly shifting seasons.
  59. Oct 1, 2018
    It’s the perfect racing game for the vast majority of gamers. Even for race sim fans, it’s going to be a delightful diversion for tired people who just can’t be bothered to focus hard and be very serious.
  60. Sep 26, 2018
    One of the best arcade racers ever made, with mountains of interesting content and a seasonal gimmick that makes perfect use of the new setting.
  61. Sep 25, 2018
    The addition of seasons adds variety to the racing conditions to greatly expand the functionality of the already-large map.
  62. Sep 25, 2018
    Forza Horizon 4 is another excellent entry into what I would consider the best racing franchise this generation of consoles has to offer.
  63. Sep 25, 2018
    A beautiful Britain, an exuberant driving engine, and generosity of spirit make Forza Horizon 4 a masterclass.
  64. Sep 25, 2018
    It seems that Playground Games can do no wrong and Forza Horizon 4 is not just another feather in their hat, it is also the best exclusive game on Xbox One right now. The graphics are drop dead gorgeous on One X, the gameplay is better than ever, and the enhanced online functions work great. Well done!
  65. Sep 25, 2018
    Forza Horizon 4 is grandiose. Racing into this beautiful and connected open world through all the four seasons is a real pleasure, even if we would have liked a more inovating trial system.
  66. Sep 25, 2018
    Forza Horizon 4 brings new ideas and new elements to a base that was already excellent. A base that has also been revealed to be a foundation on which to raise amazing things. Finer in its driving experience and in perfect harmony with the playground it offers, everyone can play FH4. FH4 is as open as its world and it is waiting for you.
  67. Sep 25, 2018
    Building upon everything that has continued to mark out the Forza Horizon series as something special and unique its own right - beyond being Forza Motorsport's carefree sibling - Forza Horizon 4 demonstrates once again just how recklessly entertaining driving roughshod across an open environment can be. Revelling in what makes Britain great, Forza Horizon 4 also proves once more that Playground Games is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to delivering a polished, deep, and thrilling open-world racing experience.
  68. Sep 25, 2018
    You can debate the merits of some of this version's additions, but the same strong core that has pushed Forza Horizon to the top of the driving sim heap remains firmly in place here. It's an incredibly impressive graphical production that puts even its beautiful predecessor to shame, and it's a true pleasure when out on the road. Forza Horizon 4 is one of a handful of showcase games that truly ought to sell you on an Xbox One X and a 4K TV.
  69. Sep 25, 2018
    Beautiful, British and bold, Forza Horizon 4 sets a new benchmark for open-world arcade racing.
  70. Sep 25, 2018
    Forza Horizon 4 is an outstanding evolution of not only the Forza franchise, but the open world racing genre as a whole. Bolstered by an in-depth and varied roster of vehicles and race types, seamlessly executed multiplayer, a stunning world to explore that is altered by truly game-changing seasons, hundreds of on-road challenges and collectibles, and a nearly endless amount of customization for races, cars, characters and more, Forza Horizon 4 proves that Playground Games still has plenty left in the tank for their racing series.
  71. Sep 25, 2018
    Playground Games continues to set the standard in the genre and Forza Horizon 4 is no different. This is open world driving at its absolute finest. The spectacular visuals and stellar roster of cars are great, but the shared world and new weather system is really what makes this one of the best open world racing games this decade.
  72. Sep 25, 2018
    One of the best arcade racing game series successfully married with the typical online experiences of the current generation.
  73. Sep 25, 2018
    Forza Horizon 4 is a delight to play, packed with incredible visuals, a colourful narrative, myriad customisation options, a star-studded soundtrack and a tremendous sense of style. It will easily keep any gamer engaged.
  74. Sep 25, 2018
    Forza Horizon 4 isn’t as surprising or inventive as the last one, but that’s hardly a slight considering how good it was. Horizon continues to shine as one of the best things on the Xbox. It’s beautiful to look at, it’s fast and it’s unbelievably fun. Forza Horizon 4 is a joyous, enthralling celebration of racing.
  75. Sep 25, 2018
    Forza Horizon 4 is another fantastically fun Forza Horizon game even if it's tough to pinpoint Playground's grandest ambition.
  76. Sep 25, 2018
    Playground Games has gone further, improving the already huge third chapter in every single component. The dynamic seasons, the shared world, the magnificent graphics and the fulfilling driving model are enough to wipe out the competition and make Forza Horizon 4 a must buy for all Xbox One and PC owners.
  77. Sep 25, 2018
    With the changing seasons, a large variety of cars, and tighter track design, Forza Horizon 4 has done with arcade racers what Forza Motorsport has done with racing sims. It’s created an attractive package that is readily accessible and keeps you engaged even if racing isn’t really your thing. It’s fun to play for hours or just a race at a time, and it’s this that gives it the staying power that will keep you coming back for more.
  78. Sep 25, 2018
    Playground Games continues to excel at making the act of virtual driving exciting, approachable, and entertaining without sacrificing complexity.
  79. Oct 1, 2018
    No matter the season: Forza Horizon 4 delivers spot on driving physics, a stunning gameworld and loads of thing to do so you can escape boredom even before you switch to 2nd gear.
  80. Sep 25, 2018
    Forza Horizon 4 seals the IP as the best arcade racer on the market, and even further, as a very good software to help players to improve their skill and get into true sim racing. With loads of content and a very rich environment the game only lets us down by its quite dull setting of Great Britain. We would have loved something bigger and more exotic.
  81. Sep 25, 2018
    Forza Horizon 4 shifts the series to a well executed shared online world with four weather seasons, and though not every aspect of the transition is perfect, excellent racing and amazing presentation will definitely entice players to stick around and explore this atmospheric recreation of Britain.
  82. Sep 25, 2018
    Forza Horizon 4 feels more focused and creative than its immediate predecessors, thanks to a well-designed open-world that readily encourages hijinx.
  83. Sep 29, 2018
    Forza Horizon 4's connected world and seasonal weather help make what's otherwise a very familiar-feeling experience feel fresh one more time.
  84. Sep 25, 2018
    Forza Horizon 4 delivers another standout racing experience with plenty of cars, races, and charm, but the way the game implements its much touted seasons feels unnecessarily restrictive and takes away from what would otherwise be a neat addition.
  85. Sep 25, 2018
    Forza Horizon 4 isn’t as bombastic as its predecessor, but still a challenging and all-encompassing online racer. And the more introverted moments of driving through autumnal or snow-dusted Britain are beautiful, especially as a showcase for Xbox One X.
  86. Sep 25, 2018
    But even if Forza Horizon 4 has the hallmarks of a victory lap; its flair, fun and sense of driving pleasure make it one that is richly deserved.
  87. 80
    Forza Horizon 4 offers racing fans endless, ever-changing amounts of fun.
  88. 80
    Forza Horizon 4 is likely the best looking and most robust game in the series, even if Forza fatigue is beginning to set in with only slight changes to the established formula in this release.
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  1. Sep 25, 2018
    Comfortably Xbox’s best 2018 exclusive.
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 1523 Ratings

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  1. Sep 28, 2018
    Лучшая гоночная игра из когда либо выпущенных.
    Великолепная графика, огромный автопарк, шикарная физика для аркады.
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    Лучшая гоночная игра из когда либо выпущенных.
    Великолепная графика, огромный автопарк, шикарная физика для аркады.
    плойка сделала конкретный отсос
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  2. Oct 2, 2018
    I have never ever seen a better looking racing game and both the visuals and sound design have been done to perfection because each aspect isI have never ever seen a better looking racing game and both the visuals and sound design have been done to perfection because each aspect is packed with realism. There’s a huge amount of cars for you to get to grips with and each car has had a lot of thought and effort placed into them which means every car is thrilling to race. Everything about the gameplay feels rewarding and the progression system means you’ll return back to the game time and time again. The content the game possesses will no doubt keep you satisfied for a huge number of hours and the variety the content has is absolutely spectacular. Technically the game is straight perfection and the controls and handling stay tight and responsive throughout your time with the game. The world in which the game takes place is mesmerizing and the added effects of the different seasons means your racing style can change at the drop of a hat. I was very impressed with the online components in the game and racing against real people gives the game even more replayability. Forza Horizon 3 was for me the best racing game of all time and I didn’t think it could be surpassed in any way. I will however hold my hands up and admit I was wrong though because Forza Horizon 4 blows Forza Horizon 3 out of the water which is very impressive to say the least. Everything about this game is pure perfection and there have been many times where the game just had me in awe. The visuals and sound design are breathtakingly brilliant and the attention to detail in the world in which the game takes place in makes racing an immersive and fantastic experience. Speaking about racing there’s an abundance of cars you can get behind the wheel in and each of them handle like a dream and that’s because the technical side of the game is so realistic. In fact the content on the whole is very realistic and that’s very impressive considering that the game has a huge amount of content for you to get to grips with and you’ll no doubt return back to the game time and time again. In terms of problems and shortcomings the game has none in my opinion and when it’s all said and done Forza Horizon 4 is without a doubt my game of the year so far and I think it’s going to be extremely difficult to beat. Full Review »
  3. Sep 28, 2018
    Not a big fan of it at all. Don’t get all the good reviews. Got it today, couldn’t return it, so it’s up for sale