Maybe it’s the Australian from me, but after walking away from a hands on and behind closed doors demo of Forza Horizon 3, it’s hard to deny it as one of E3 2016’s strongest game on show, with some fantastic in-depth gameplay and some of the most gorgeous visuals I’ve ever seen in a racing game.
What possibly could be Forza’s greatest graphical achievement lies in the skybox: Playground Games took a custom built, 12k HDR camera to Australia not to only capture the setting but to capture the skies, and it looks absolutely jawdropping. Clouds roll, thunder and rain feels incredibly atmospheric and it looks to really capture that schizophrenic weather that Australia is famous for. We all know the weather effects in Forza are already impressive, but the way clouds will roll in and different climates will change will not only look amazing, but will feel so much more realistic.
One could only be envious of how Playground set about capturing the various biomes and vistas of Australia: driving around with high end cars kitted with 360 cams and Go-Pros to capture as much high quality real life footage as possible across various areas, it’s something one could only dream of doing and Playground have done a wonderful job condensing all these different geologies into one cohesive, for lack of a better word, playground.