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Forza Horizon 4’s first expansion will take players to stormy Fortune Island

Forza Horizon 4’s first expansion will take players to the mysteriously named Fortune Island, up off the northern coast of Scotland. There’ll be dramatic weather, treasure to hunt, and, at least if you’re anything like me, plenty of cliffs to drive straight off. It’s coming on December 13th, and you can take a peek at it below:

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Forza Horizon 4 is getting a route creator in this week’s update

I definitely have too much to do in Forza Horizon 4. I’m a bit smitten with it, and consequently I’ve spent more time with it than any other racing game since Burnout Paradise, but my map is constantly overflowing with races and events. I can't drive a few meters without bumping into another dirt race or cross-country exhibition. This week’s update adds yet another distraction,…

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Feature: British Beef

Driving the uncanny valley: Forza Horizon 4 is befuddlingly British

There is a phenomenon of culture that I'm not convinced has a name. Living in the UK, the vast, vast majority of the media I consume is from the US. And nearly always has been. While television was more localised, all my life the films and games (and indeed an awful lot of the TV) I've watched and played has not only come from America,…

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Feature: Lights, camera, rock, paper, shotgun!

The Thursday Matinee: Highlights from the RPS video department

Whew, Thursday already? How did we get here? For those of you who enjoy our video matinees, or for those who didn’t even know we had a YouTube channel (you can subscribe here, by the way), here’s this week's. Yeah it’s a bit late, but we’ve been pretty busy -- you’ll see why on Friday -- and Matthew’s off trying not to get killed in…

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Parp parp! Forza Horizon 4 is out now

You are cordially invited today to tear around a cut-down chunk of northern Britain with a serious disrespect for road safety and the craft of dry stone walling, as Forza Horizon 4 launched this morning. And the latest arcade-y open-world racer from Playground Games is a good'un, Stirling Matheson said in our Forza Horizon 4 review. "It was fun and relaxing and not too difficult…

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Feature: Greasing the wheels

Forza Horizon 4 graphics performance: How to get the best settings on PC

If there was ever a game series that had a Jekyll and Hyde-type relationship, it would definitely be Forza. On one side you've got the serious Forza Motorsport games that have been oiled to perfection for no nonsense racing sim fans, and on the other you've got the wild, off-the-cuff Horizon crew that would sooner blast a novelty air horn in your face than worry…

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Feature: Cars served with some light seasoning

Forza Horizon 4 review

Mostly, I play the more hardcore racing sims. I want to be reminded of my time on real tracks, driving real cars. I want to work on my skills. I want to watch my replay and analyze mistakes and correct my technique. Taking it all a little too seriously is part of the fun for me. However, sometimes I'm bloody tired. I'm tired from managing…

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10 PC games we’re still looking forward to in 2018

As we stare into the weary, craggy face of the final quarter of 2018, there is still a glimmer of hope. The games are not yet done. They will never be done. And the impending release of them, some close, some a little further away, stirs something within us. The delicate, easily crushed butterfly of excitement. We may catch it yet, to keep in our…

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Take Forza Horizon 4 for a scenic British test drive with this free demo

I'm not much of a car person, but even I can appreciate Forza Horizon 4's open-world ambitions. Set across a large chunk of Britain's twisting roads and scenic hedgerows, players explore and compete in events both static and scheduled in a wide variety of (mostly) expensive-looking cars. You can give it a spin today, as a free demo just popped up on the Microsoft Store.…

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Feature: On the horizon: zero yawns

Video: The most exciting PC games still to come in 2018

Has it really been six months? 2018 is passing in a blur of frozen architects, drug-pushing prophets and accordion duets. Hell, six months ago the RPS Video Department was but a glint in Graham’s eye. You may also recall a gathering of the most exciting games of 2018, a rundown of the year as it looked back in January. With E3 done there’s a clearer…

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Microsoft buy Forza Horizon and Hellblade studios, and more

Microsoft have gone on a spending spree, buying four studios and opening a new one of their own. During their E3 pressblast tonight, Microsoft announced that they've picked up Forza Horizon developers Playground Games, Hellblade developers Ninja Theory, State Of Decay developers Undead Labs, and We Happy Few developers Compulsion Games. They've also opened The Initiative, a new studio in Santa Monica with a name…

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Forza Horizon 4 racing across Britain in October

The next race 'em up in Playground Games' fine Forza Horizon series will zoom around a land near and dear to our own hearts. Microsoft today announced Forza Horizon 4, racing across "historic" Blighty in an open shared world. Their gameplay demo on stage included a street in Edinburgh I walked along less than an hour ago, which was surreal but quite pleasant to see.…

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A new Fable game is reportedly in the pipes

A couple of weeks back, rumours started spreading that a new Fable game was in the works. That seemed odd considering Microsoft shut down Lionhead, the studio that made the Fable games, nearly two years ago. According to Eurogamer, those rumours were on the money: new Fable is coming, and it'll be "a story and character-focussed open-world action RPG" made by UK developer Playground Games.…

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Forza studio Playground Games open a new UK studio with some serious pedigree

It seems that every other industry story lately is one of woe and lamentation. Of studios cut loose by publishers, employees fired or indies struggling to make ends meet, so it's nice to be able to write about a developer on the up-and-up. As reported on Gamesindustry.biz, Forza Horizon creators Playground Games have officially opened up a new 200-man studio in Leamington Spa, with plans for…

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Parp Parp! Make Way! Motorsport Manager Released

It's only three days ago -- on the 7th -- that Adam told us all Wot He Thought of new sportsdad 'em up Motorsport Manager [official site] yet it feels so much longer. Should you have been dazed and possibly a bit drunk this week, slightly out of sync with the world, you might well appreciate a reminder that the game has now actually come…

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Parp Parp! Forza Horizon 3 Demo Hits Windows 10

If you fancy a Sunday drive, you might want to take a look at Forza Horizon 3 [official site]. A demo for the open-world racer has arrived on Windows 10, letting folks pootle around a hunk of its virtual Australia for free. I suppose you can also drive quickly in those there races, but that seems very undignified. It's also an opportunity to check out…

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Brrr: Forza Horizon 3 Teases Icy Expansion

Microsoft have teased that the first Forza Horizon 3 [official site] expansion will be going somewhere a fair bit chillier than the beaches and rainforests of the main game. It'll launch later this year. They don't have much to say about it but we can safely assume that Microsoft wouldn't be so irresponsible as to promote driving in dangerous conditions. So we can reasonably assume…

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Bonza Zooming: Forza Horizon 3 Released On Win 10

Australia's natural car ecosystem was ruined by the arrival of European invaders and the foreign cars which stowed away on their ships. Facing no natural predators, car species like the BMW M3 and Reliant three-wheelers quickly dominated all biomes. Forza Horizon 3 [official site], as I understand it, is a game about subtly stamping out those invasive species by driving them quite quickly and unsafely.…

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