Fortune IsleThe opening promises a lot: you crash to the ground in a Dodge RAM, conquering roads and trails while your annoying “friends” whisper in your ear about the upcoming Island Conqueror races as the rain falls around. from you and lightning crashing in the distance. Like most openings in the Forza Horizon series is a lot of fun. You get a cool car and a fun zone to drive and there are awesome weather effects. The rain hits the trees, lightning strikes all around you and at the end of it you take a huge leap as the Northern Lights dance across the sky. It’s easy to be convinced, playing this opening, Island of Fortune will be something special. He has that Forza Horizon feel, the one that invites you to experience the absolute joy of driving great cars to the sound of great music in cool places. He feels good.
It’s a con in two parts, this opening mission. Fortune Island’s initial beauty wears off when the sun rises, and the feeling of a good environment for driving cars wears off soon after. That’s not to say that Fortune Island is a bad expansion or that it’s of no value; it doesn’t and it does, but the opening streak qualifies for a check that the island itself can’t cash, which is a bit ironic considering the cashout is the name of the game.
“Completing a challenge goes as follows: you solve puzzles, which will unlock a photo of a chest somewhere on the map. Once you’ve found the safe, all you need to do is crash into it and boom: a seven-figure salary. “
You see, the big new wrinkle in Island of Fortune are island challenges, which reward 1 million credits each. There are ten of them scattered around Fortune Island, and the cash prize, plus the novelty, make it the most popular thing on the island. Completing a challenge goes like this: you solve puzzles, which will unlock a photo of a chest somewhere on the map. The game will provide you with a general location, but the research is up to you. Once you’ve found the safe, all you need to do is crash into it and boom: a seven-figure salary. The puzzles are fairly straightforward, often giving you a car to drive, a place to go, and a challenge to complete, delivered in slightly vague terms. Here’s an example: “A sixty-five wild horse has crossed the United States, follow its trail to Viking Bay.
Well, Viking Bay is one place on the map. And anyone who knows a thing or two about cars knows that a sixty-five wild horses that “shone across America” could only be one car: the inimitable Ford Mustang. I checked out the auto show and the Horizon bingo: a ’65 Mustang, like it was just waiting for me. From there I transported it to Viking Bay, where I had to trace a trail across the map in a certain amount of time. It took me a few tries to learn the best route, and I ended up dropping a powerful V12 in the Mustang to gain a few more seconds – work smarter, not harder, kids – but I got it. Done, which got me a snapshot of a chest on top of a mountain overlooking a winding road.
Because I’m lazy and didn’t want to drive to the festival to change cars, I tried to take the Mustang up the mountain. It… didn’t work so hot. So after falling off the mountain several times and going to the festival, grabbing the Dodge RAM I was driving when we first made landfall on the island and coming back, I went hunting. treasure. I fell off the mountain a few more times – it was a steep climb, even with the RAM’s superior off-road handling – and it took me a while to find the right angle, but eventually I got grabbed my chest and a million.
“The scavenger hunt is fun and like most things in most Forza Horizon titles, looks like a community event. If you see a group of players driving in the same location, in an area that you know is teeming with treasure, they’re probably on to something. “
This is how Island Challenges tend to play out on Fortune Island, and they’re a lot of fun. Yes, solving the puzzles is pretty straightforward – another asked me to drift the Needle Climb (a winding road in the hills) with “an Italian 456”, an obvious reference to the Ferrari 458 Speciale – and the challenges themselves. are simple (unless like me you suck adrift), but the scavenger hunt is fun, and like most things in most Forza Horizon titles, looks like a community event. If you see a group of players driving in the same location, in an area that you know is teeming with treasure, they’re probably on to something.
The rest of what Island of the Fotune has to offer is pretty standard stuff. You’ll take part in a variety of events, from road races to cross-country circuits to dirt races. Some are limited-time events, while others require you to use a certain class of vehicle. Almost all of them are fun. The real issue here isn’t the available events or the scavenger hunt gadget. The problem is the island itself. It just doesn’t offer a lot of variety. Because it’s an island with a mountain in the center, the courses almost universally favor off-road, mud and dirt. This is great if you just want to have fun in a truck, SUV, or buggy, but running anything else is often absurdly fun, especially when it’s raining, which seems like it is all the time. Of course, there are a few races if you’re looking to try out an expensive new toy (I found a particularly good race that I used to put my new Aston-Martin to the test), but you wouldn’t Wrong to think that the fastest way to complete the island would be to stay in this RAM whenever you don’t solve a treasure hunt puzzle or complete a race that requires specific cars.
It also doesn’t help that the environment is inconsistent. You can plow most of the rocks, walls, and railings, which appear to be made of particularly inexpensive papier-mâché, but other rocks and the fences that keep the Horizon festival going will stop you in your tracks. This can add uncertainty to any given driving route and almost immediately breaks the game’s sense of environmental immersion. On top of all that, Fortune Island feels small and there’s no real driving force behind it. anything other than completing enough challenges to unlock the riddle of the next chest.
“Island of Fortune feels… a bit dull. It’s fun to be had here: The challenges themselves are compelling and there are some really interesting areas to explore, but I’d be surprised to see anyone other than Forza’s most dedicated fans stick around long enough. to see all it has to offer. “
Add your boring ‘friends’, who are unable to shut up, a lack of variety in the races available and similar environments, and Island of Fortune feels… a bit dull. It’s fun to be had here: The challenges themselves are compelling and there are some really interesting areas to explore, but I’d be surprised to see anyone other than Forza’s most dedicated fans stick around long enough. to see all it has to offer.
Maybe things will change when Horizon 4The seasons change – I imagine this place will be fun every season, but especially in winter and summer – but I’ve seen enough of Fortune Island and left a little richer. Now, however, it’s time to make a fortune elsewhere – at least until the seasons change.
This game has been tested on Xbox One.
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