I have played 40 hours of Forza Horizon 4. I love it. I made a 22-minute video about how much I love it.

This post originally appeared 9/27/18. We’ve bumped it today for Forza Horizon 4's release.


In Forza Horizon 4, players experience all four seasons of a fictionalized British Isle, which includes one Scottish city (I won’t spoil which one). In keeping with this theme of four seasons, I divided my video into four chapters. Each of these chapters focuses on one wish I found myself making while playing Forza Horizon 4.

I wished this game had existed when I was nine years old. I loved cars then, though back in 1988 a kid could only get so far loving cars through Hot Wheels. I would have played no other game than this if it had come out when I was a kid.


Forza Horizon 4 is the Rolex watch of Hot Wheels playsets.

I wished that I could convince some of my friends to play this game with me. They’re all so busy, or they’ve fallen off of video games, though I know for a fact they would love this one and we would have an incredible amount of fun.

I wished I had a car again. I moved from a suburb in Northern California to New York City a year and a half ago, and I spend a lot of time on the subway fondly thinking of my old Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor. I tried as hard as I could to unlock that same car in Forza Horizon 4 so as to include an overly detailed 45-minute segment about it in my video. Unfortunately, the car is exclusive to the game’s prize wheel spins, so I’d be better off buying a lottery ticket.

The last wish was pretty much just an excuse to talk about the graphics. Oh my god: the graphics. I want to eat this game.


So come along and hang out with me. You’ll get to see me drive a Skyline, a GT-R, a 1998 Subaru WRX, a ridiculous Ken Block Hoonigan, a couple of Lambos, a Ferrari, and a hilarious Jeep Trailcat. It’s all my favorite cars!

Except Toyota cars, because Toyota apparently decided they don’t like putting their cars in racing games anymore. Is a racing game without a Toyota Supra even really a racing game? (Mitsubishi is absent as well, though I’m not as upset about that.)


There is the awkward presence of a handful of Toyota trucks. They look so lonely, representing their brand without their famous car siblings anywhere in sight.

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Much to my overjoyed surprise, one of those Toyota trucks is a 1993 Toyota Baja Trophy Truck, done up with the sponsorship worn by none other than Ivan “Ironman” Stewart. I paid 500,000 credits for it, and I gotta say: that right there is definitely the Toyota Supra of trucks.

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Hadrian Mosley

I’ve played the one already on Games Pass...Motor Sport 7? And god damn it bored me to tears. So much unnecessary bullshit before you even start to race.

What I want to know is is that game a good representation of the series? I want a good modern racer and I love the likes of Gotham/Metropolis Street Racer, Burnout, Need For Speed (before they went to shit), Mario Kart (not Wii or 7), F-Zero and all that cos I like to just fucking start a game and race.