This probably wasn’t the content that Forza players were asking for, but sometimes you don’t know you want something until you actually get it. With the Hot Wheels expansion, Playground delves into new territories as the Forza franchise gets a chance to show its more playful and lighthearted side.
Right off the bat, the expansion throws us into the fray as we’re launched onto the tracks of Thrilltopia, the newest installment in the Horizon festival. The asphalt roads and dirt of Australia make way for a giant network of bright plastic roads, twisting and turning across this island just along the coast. It’s pretty much clear right off the bat that this franchise in the festival is a different beast altogether (if the Hot Wheels branding didn’t make that clear in the first place, of course.)
Rather than focusing on a different type of motorsport like the Blizzard expansion, players are now thrown into the most outrageous style of gameplay that the franchise has seen as of yet. Featuring twists, turns and even loops, all suspended high in the sky, a completely different style of gameplay takes over as the familiar physics of Horizon are mixed with the wild imagination we all had when we were kids, boost pads and all.The handling model of the game hasn’t really changed (of course, this is a case-by-case basis, including the new cars), but the new surfaces and the crazy layouts of tracks do make for quite a challenge when it comes to making your way throughout the courses. Highly banked turns, loops, boost pads and more make for a very different style of driving. It’s such a departure from the main game, though in a very refreshing way, offering a much-welcomed change of pace to keep things fresh.