If Forza Horizon 3 Is Coming In 2016, A Serious GOTY Contender Has Emerged

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Forza Motorsport is a very popular racing video game series that’s exclusive to Xbox.  Starting back in 2005 on the original Xbox console and have been adding a new release every other year ever since. But in 2012 they created a new series to be released every opposite year of the main series known as Forza Horizon, so far they have released two of these popular spin-off games. And Forza Horizon 3 is expected to be released later this year. It’s yet to be confirmed but it’s almost a certainty that we will see its’ release. (we will hear about it by E3 at the latest, is my guess) But, if it does we may have a serious Game of the Year contender for 2016.

In many video game franchises, sequels can often ruin what made the game series so great to begin with. But, Forza has managed to keep it’s head above water so far with it’s total count of eight games with both the main series (the latest game was Forza Motorsport 6 in 2015) and the spin-offs. Their lowest aggregate review scores for any game in the franchise is a 79 for Forza Motorsport 5 which was released in 2013. All seven of the other games have been at least a 85 or higher. This is incredibly impressive for a franchise that’s released eight games in just over a decade.

Both of the games in the Forza Horizon series have scored 85 and 86, and it seems likely that the third game would be somewhere along those lines of quality. And with scores that high, it’s a good possibility that it has a shot to be in the running for Game of the Year. Even though there are a lot of AAA titles that have been announced for 2016 but not yet confirmed, the more of them that get pushed back, the better chances it has.

Again, also being a console exclusive, I find that developers are able to really put forth a little more effort to get the game to work well on one console vs games that are on multiple platforms. This isn’t always the case, but just an observation of mine. Plus, this is the third game in the franchise to be released on the Xbox One. (Yes, the Xbox has already been out for nearly three years, how time flies) So, they should have the new console really figured out by now, to help push their game just that much further.

The Horizon series helped to keep the series feeling fresh, and I feel like it helped to revitalize the franchise in a way that also allowed for them to release a new game every year. There are a lot of game franchises that have been able to capitalize on sales by releasing a new game every year, usually using multiple studios to accomplish this. It also, reinvigorates the series with a fresh game annually.

But a big question I have isn’t whether or not Forza Horizon 3 will be released, (because I’m very confident that it will) but will they keep making more entries in the Horizon series? It was a spin-off after all, so will they make Horizon 4 and beyond, or will they create a whole new spin-off trilogy? This could begin a new era of spin-offs to help keep the series fresh for another four years.

What do you think? Does this game have the potential to be Game of the Year material? Should they keep making more Forza Horizons, or just leave it as a trilogy and start a new trilogy to be released semi-annually? So many questions that only time will answer. But in the meantime, leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Mike Smith

Mike Smith is a writer of articles and reviews for ThisGenGaming. When he's not writing, he likes to read, play video games, runs a video game clan and likes to go camping. An aspiring novelist who can be found on Facebook and Twitter. Currently playing: Halo 5: Guardians, Halo Wars 2 Beta, Destiny
  • VenomSnake421

    No matter how serious you think any game is, Uncharted 4 will beat them all.

  • Psn Merc

    When was the last time a Racing game was even nominated for GOTY let alone won it. FH3 has no chance. Racing games in general will never win GOTY.

  • Bilal Prince-Ali

    First of all Does this website have a fucking Xbox agenda or something!? this past week you guys have posted an article claiming “Quantum Break has GOTY written all over it” and now this! like are you guys not even trying to hide your agenda/bias or something!?

    Secondly when was a Racing game put up for game of the year!? Like were sure FH3 will be a great game but these BS articles need to stop being shat out by this shit fucking website!

    If Xbox announced extreme chess 2016 next week you guys would SWEAR that the game has a running for game of the year! tbh im surprised tihs piece of shit website hasnt claimed somehow the game ‘Recore’ hasnt got GOTY written all over it even without ANY gameplay available or anything! -___-

    • JerkDaNERD7

      Well they’re the odd ones out compared to the rest of online gaming news media. So leave them be, they’re like Fox News of the major news networks.

      • Bilal Prince-Ali

        i literally dont understand what you’re trying to say….

  • Sylmaron

    No chance in hell. Apparently they are in it for the clicks.

  • XanderZane41

    Well FH2 is still the best racing game this. Only other racing game even close to it is Forza 6. As for GOTY, I don’t know about that. I don’t think any racing game has won GOTY in a long, long time, so it’s probably unlikely.

  • Revolver Ocelot

    Heeehehehehehe!