Now for Windows 10 and XB1, including crossplay between the platforms, FH3 is looking like the ultimate simcade driving experience. They have taken the best parts of FH2 and the expansion, Storm Island, and created a base game that looks to nail this genre down. The setting is now Australia, and it feels like a perfect way to incorporate urban and extreme environments.
From E3, this an example of people playing on both platforms and joining up together in an open world racing environment.
Also, they are now including Groove Music Station on the in-game radio, which lets you upload your own music to OneDrive, create a playlist, and then steam that as your in-game radio station.
Forza Horizon 3 will let you stream your personal music collection into your game through Groove Music
Forza Horizon 3 includes a cool new feature that allows you to play your own music when you are driving your favorite car in the game. There is a brand new Groove Radio station. Groove Radio lets players stream their own personal music collection from the cloud – just add your music to your OneDrive, create a playlist in Groove Music on Windows 10, and Horizon 3 will stream that playlist into your game on Xbox One and Windows 10.
They have also added more radio stations – featuring new music styles like hip hop, heavy rock and punk – alongside Horizon favorite stations like Bass Arena and Horizon Pulse. Forza Horizon 3 will feature stations from labels like Hospital Records, Epitaph Records, and Vagrant Records, as well as the latest music from cutting-edge Australian label Future Classic.
One reason I hope we see more people playing online are the some of the fun game modes like Infected and other tag type of games. These were pretty great in FH2, but there was a limited audience at the time. With a larger install base, and the inclusion of PC gamers, there could be some really fun nights playing this.
The way it worked in FH2 is that you would set up an online road trip, and the folks from your party would come along. There would be five races set up, and some would be races, and others tag games. Between matches, you race the other cars in your party to the new location, earning XP if you beat the others.
With everyone in a party chat, these modes were a lot of fun. Playing randoms, not so much.