You’d think I would’ve taken my own advice after reviewing Forza Horizon 2. Just like that game, Forza Horizon 3 is an open-world game that is better if you take it in at a varied pace. It’s tempting to just blaze through as many of the different races and options as quickly as possible so you can level up, earn credits to buy cars, and earn fans to unlock more events. And I played that way for the first five or six hours. But trying to plough through a Horizon game is a bad way to go. The events get repetitive. The open world that separates the events becomes a hassle to traverse because you’re just trying to get on with it already. Even the car painting and design aspects fall to the backseat if you’re just trying to build yourself up as quickly as possible. But if you lean back a little bit and just kind of see where the road takes you, Forza Horizon 3 might be the most enjoyable game to bear the Forza name thus far.
FanVision is, in some ways, difficult to explain. We’ve struggled to boil it down to a single sentence, primarily because its value is best realized when you take advantage of everything it offers. As simply as possible, FanVision is a handheld screen and radio network, which allows patrons attending a live sporting event to dive far deeper into what’s happening in real-time than those who are left to use their own two eyes. For analytics geeks, there’s simply no event companion more enthralling.
PlayStation Vue, the new live TV streaming service that intends to compete with Sling TV, has all the makings of a home run. It has loads of content (over 80 channels if you shell out for the “elite” package), is able to record an unlimited amount of live TV for up to 28 days and uses something 40 million people already own, the PS4.
ReCore is one of the most frustrating games I’ve played in a long time, and not because it’s overly difficult. Here’s this charming marriage of Japanese and Western design philosophies–mixing fast-paced platforming and cutesy robots with pretty deep RPG-style crafting and customization, respectively–tied together with a story about saving the human race that initially rises above your typical video game cliché. ReCore offers a lighthearted, fun first few hours, but all that promise is quickly buried in a torrent of bugs and oversights, poor storytelling, and disjointed pacing that all make the game a pale shadow of what it could have been.