Every year, I buy the new Forza game Ultimate edition. So I did this year, with Forza Horizon 4. A game that has a few awesome features like seasons, dynamic weather and for the first time since Forza Horizon, all types of races are in the same difficulty. But, Forza Horizon 4 isn’t as amazing as it first looks. There aren’t many events and it’s sometimes too much built around stunts, drifting zones and doing more stunts. And guess what? Fortune Island is completely built around the element I dislike most about Forza Horizon 4: Stunts and drifting.
Stunts and drifting
As i said, i really don’t like this element of Forza Horizon 4. But in the main game, you have the option to completely avoid this by just not doing the events. In Fortune Island, this is different. Since it works with riddles. To solve each riddle, you need to do a stunt. This can be driving fast enough in a certain road, getting enough points in a drifting zone or making a awesome jump. When it’s done, you get one million credits. Exactly, this makes it something you can’t avoid anymore. And with that, this is the worst part about Fortune Island.
Here is the part of Forza Horizon 4, I do love the racing part. In all areas, road racing, offroad racing, dirt racing.. Just RACING! Exactly what people buy a racing game for. In Forza Horizon 4 this is finally all at the same level. In 1,2,3 there was always the problem that the difficulty was different per type of racing. I am glad to see that this was finally reviewed. In Forza Horizon 4, it’s finally that when I do an offroad race, I don’t have to set the difficulty of the game lower. I love this!
In Forza Horizon 2 and 3, the DLC races were a lot harder than the base game. In Forza Horizon 4, this is not the case! That is a huge improvement. This makes it so that everyone will be able to play the base races.
Normally, the DLC always came with a set of cars. And Fortune island might have done this, but the game never shows where cars are given to the player. So besides a car that is given at the start of the DLC, I have no idea if there are more Fortune Island cars.
Map & weather
Fortune Island could have been standalone DLC – it plays on a completely different map. But a benefit that it isn’t standalone DLC is that the player still earns credits and levels for the main game while driving on the separate DLC island. The island is pretty big and fun to explore. But it doesn’t really add anything that stands out. The new weather is thunder, but where Forza Horizon 2’s Storm Island added special weather which was really different and really influenced the gameplay, and Forza Horizon 3 had Blizzard Mountain that added blizzards that the main game didn’t have, the thunder doesn’t feel special at all.
At night there is polar lights in the sky, which reflects on the environment. This looks really cool.
The racing part is great. Fortune Island adds a variety of new racing events that are fun to play and the difficulty is finally the same as the main game, instead of harder like in previous games. But that the DLC is build around stunts and drifting, exactly what I don’t like about the game, ruined the DLC for me. And if you buy your race games for racing, I think Fortune Island shouldn’t be on your list to buy at full price, but it could be a fun addition to your collection if it is in a good sale, for the racing events. If you like stunts and drifting? Fortune Island is your DLC!