Being open-world games, the Forza Horizon series is able to layer the thrill of exploration and discovery over the usual racing game thrills of pulling off a perfect corner. It’s difficult to explain the je ne sais quoi the series has managed to build for itself, however – but this fan film gets pretty darned close to capturing it.
Gage Allen is the creative director at Player One Trailers, and he’s helped make game trailers for titles like Baldur’s Gate 3, Stellaris, and Crusader Kings 3. He’s also a big fan of games themselves – his ‘This is Battlefield‘ short film caught our attention in 2019, and it’s a love letter to the WW1 trenches and chaos of Battlefield 1.
‘This is Forza Horizon’ is a major shift in tone, but there’s the same loving wonder on display for the natural beauty in Forza Horizon 4, which is set in the UK countryside and features a constantly changing season system. The rolling hills, the ancient stone walls, and the powerful engines all shine in Allen’s latest short, and it’s a terrific way to get a handle on what makes the Horizon series special in just three high-speed minutes.
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