Easy to play, hard to master. It’s a mantra that fits many genres but one would be hard pressed to find a genre that applies it better than racing games. Despite this, the racing genre is broad in scope, containing everything from the most purist recreations of motorsport culture to the extreme rush of mind numbing futuristic speed and weaponry. This year’s nominees for Best Racing Game of 2012 nearly cover this spread in its entirety while sticking true to providing any level of depth the player seeks.
Here are the Nominees:
And the Winner is...
Forza Horizon is all about creating your own car experience. It's a game that can be completely tailored to provide just about any racing experience you’re looking for, be it forgiving and frantic or calculated and cut-throat.
Added to that, the setting of Colorado is a truly breath-taking place and Forza Horizon’s open world representation definitely does it justice. More importantly, it uses this variety in setting to enhance the gameplay with varied tracks and a day/night cycle, providing the most unique and ever-changing driving experience amongst this year’s nominees.
Turn 10's Dan Greenawalt has gone on the record to express that the Forza vision is much more than just that of a simulation racing franchise, and we’re excited to see how advancements in this side project affect the scope and execution of the next main-line Forza game.