We now live in a particularly special kind of hell. Barack Obama is pushing for a one-world government, citizens are being told to censor alleged “hate-speech” en mass on YouTube, and Google’s search results have been re-wired to avoid any link containing information that could offend only the most fragile of individuals found in society. If you use modern video games as your escape from the daily grind, and have been looking forward to blasting around the eastern coast of Australia in Forza Horizon 3 – a mammoth automotive sandbox that represents the pinnacle of open world driving games – you’re shit out of luck. Basically everyone who received early access to the game, whether it be by press credentials or those who pre-ordered the special edition, are reporting a vast array of crippling issues. That’s right, if you’ve suffered through abominations like Project CARS, Assetto Corsa, F1 2015, Need for Speed, MX vs. ATV Supercross, and NASCAR Heat, the third edition of Forza Horizon is just another game to add to that list.
Our boy Simon I. has come through with the full recap for PRC.net’s 118th Reader Submission.
Hi guys. As you may know, Forza Horizon 3 is coming to PC, and is actually out now for Ultimate Edition users, but the number of issues with the game on PC, as well as with the Microsoft Store, is just mind-blowing.
First of all, you have to pray to God that the download doesn’t freeze and restart itself from the beginning. Yep, it’s fun to download 50GB worth of data all over again. And there are multiple errors on the Microsoft Store; some people don’t have the download option at all, some have already re-downloaded the game upwards of five times… It’s ugly. Personally, I’ve hit the 37GB mark, and now it’s started all over again.
- Framerate Instability
- Game Skipping Frames and Teleporting You
- Ultimate Edition users don’t have the VIP pass and DLC they were promised
- Bank Account glitches to $999,999,999 after one prize spin
- Wheel support issues, even though Forza Apex recently received wheel support
- Constant crashing
- Endless loading screens
- $50 Expansion Pack not included with the supposed all-inclusive pre-order edition.
The list goes on and on; the worst part being Microsoft and Turn 10 are totally avoiding addressing any of this – no comment at all, and people who talked to a live support member were told to just re-install the game. I personally spent $123 on this garbage and will probably miss the early access phase because it will take another 72 hours to download, and when it’s finally completed I’ll be subjected to a million more issues. Please cover this, people need to know about and avoid any game coming from the Microsoft Store!
I guess this is the future of sim racing. Companies make a game that barely works and skirts around various national & international consumer protection laws, customers buy into these products based on carefully crafted trailers, and when shit hits the fan, the weaponized fanboys attack anyone who’s critical of the game and paint them out to be entitled basement-dwelling monsters who can’t appreciate a company’s “hard work.”
I won’t be picking up Horizon 3 because I’m one of those losers who believes there’s something sinister going on with Windows 10, so unless Sev gets his hands on a functional copy, don’t expect any sort of lengthy review in the near future. Apparently, we aren’t missing much if these threads are anything to go by, but I loved the original Horizon and played the ever-loving shit out of it. It’s disappointing to see a series like this, one which initially stood for quality and was used as a benchmark in the world of racing games, fall flat on its face in such a spectacular way.