Microsoft’s friendlier version of its Forza racing series turns three and celebrates with a glorious open-world romp through Australian dream-locales like Byron Bay and Yarra Valley. Cooperate with other players, and compete cross-platform, whether you’re racing on Xbox One or Windows. You’re now also the director of Oz’s global racing festival (instead of just a player), giving you custom control of races and events, including who can or can’t compete in them.
Buy this game if… You want to pilot any of 350 outrageously beautiful cars through gobsmacking scenery in a sprawling sandbox you can explore at leisure.
Steer clear if… Racing or obsessing over automotive minutia isn’t your thing.
What critics said: “…captures the childish glee of playing with toy cars and combines it with the adrenaline of throwing yourself around in a very expensive hunk of metal.” (Trusted Reviews); “A must have for casual car fans and hardcore gearheads alike.” (EGM); “As an open world racer Forza Horizon 3 is epic and diverse, as a racer it’s satisfying yet deep, and as a place to hang out it’s a whole heap of fun.” (VideoGamer)