Forza Horizon coined a new term for itself, more out of self-defense than to describe its creative goals. "Action racer," we were told at E3, because another racing genre known by the A-word would be a scarlet letter on a motorsports brand as precise as Forza.
Arcade racer, action racer, either term is accurate to describe the driving. But those insubstantive synonyms don't describe Forza Horizon's real and lasting appeal. It is an open-world racer. And the world Playground Games has created provides a powerful sense of place, and a time in life to celebrate—or remember—with a tender smile.