Forza Horizon, the best racing game this year has just got even better thanks to the brand new Rally Expansion pack. The 1.01GB download sits as a standalone option on the games title screen and unlike the main game there is no open world, you are simply taking part in different rally events until you have acquired enough points to take on the rally final in an attempt to become the Rally Champion.
There is no point rally driving without some decent cars to rip up Colorado with though right? Thankfully Playground Games thought of that too and have given us 5 awesome vehicles to play with. I was delighted when I bagged a ’92 Ford Escort RS Cosworth, but you also get to drive the Subaru Impreza WRX STi, the Lancia 037 Stradale, Toyota Celica GT-Four RC ST185, as well as the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII MR. Although 5 cars doesn’t seem like much you are able to install the rally kit to any car you already own from the main game. Those who like to get into the details when upgrading their cars will be pleased that they can adjust whatever it is that makes their cars go faster (can you tell I let the game get on with that side of thing?). Rims, Trims Spoilers, Tire Width, it’s all there for you to get your car geekiness on. Any cash and discounts you have earned from the main game will also be available to you too.
The thing you will notice about the rally expansion is that the seat next to you is now occupied by a co-driver, who is on hand with a complete knowledge of all seven rallies you’ll be taking part in. It’s just as well as you’ll have to be on top of your game to get round each stage in the quickest time possible.
There are four stages in each of the seven rallies; Playground Games have made use of the spare space on the Forza Horizon Map to bring you some great events. Sometimes you are just completing a reverse of a stage, but you will experience some fantastic turns mixed in with sections that really allow you to put your foot down, mixed in with the stunning Colorado backdrop it makes for an awesome experience. To mix things up some more there are night stages too, with the only light available coming from your car you’ll find out quickly just how good you are. Some of these rallies are pretty brutal even on a medium difficulty, if you are a more experienced driver it’s well worth driving from the drivers eye view so you can really experience the blind turns, it’s awesome.
So how do the cars hold up? This is a pretty easy answer, superbly. This is classic rally action it reminded me of the old Colin McCrae games, you can feel every movement over the dirt and as you hit the Tarmac the experience changes again. You are constantly adjusting the cars direction and it only takes the smallest mistake and vitals seconds are lost, of course I made use of the rewind function on more than one occasion to get me through. Once you are done with all the rallying and have become champion you can head over to rivals mode to try to better your friends’ times or head online to rally against some real world opposition.
There is no doubt in my mind that this is a quality piece of DLC and I fully recommend spending time with it but at 1600ms points for non-Season Pass holders I found it pretty expensive. If it had been somewhere between 800 and 1200 I would have snapped this up without question. My advice? Get a Season Pass…