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« Reply #40 on: October 02, 2014, 03:35:11 AM »

Still frigging outstanding. I had a long day, so around 9PM I figured I'd start this up, jump into the first barn car, and just cruise the map a little while knocking off a few things. I still can't say enough good things about just how good this game is for gorgeous scenery while cruising around in a slower car.

Two and a half hours later, I'm done the rest of the first tier of bucket list challenges, have knocked off a ton of boards, and crept over the 100 mark for car photography. The servers for clubs and stuff seem to be flickering on and off for me though - I was barely able to join the Gaming Trend club, and none of the functionality worked.

Oh, and I still haven't spent a single credit - just my starting car, the Ferrari, a wheelspin car, and three barn cars in my garage now. Nearly a million credits banked after some favorable Wheelspins on leveling, and with my first set of Bucket List challenges depleted I think I'm going to have to just suck it up and start buying cars pretty soon to be competitive in different championships. I know there's fast travel but there's so much to do along the various roads that I can't imagine using it until I'm trying to knock off the last couple of percent completion of the game.
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« Reply #41 on: October 02, 2014, 05:19:52 AM »

I guess I still haven't unlocked the photo missions?  Do you have to do more of the main missions to unlock that or something?
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« Reply #42 on: October 02, 2014, 12:19:03 PM »

Quote from: EngineNo9 on October 02, 2014, 05:19:52 AM

I guess I still haven't unlocked the photo missions?  Do you have to do more of the main missions to unlock that or something?

Yeah, it unlocks a little later in the game. Probably a few hours, if you're solely focused on championships. That guy will offer you a job and the Horizon Promo section of the Progress menu will unlock. Then you get 1,000 CR per car photographed, and an escalating bonus every 20 cars. It gets a -lot- easier when you get the perk that puts a little icon over every active car you haven't photographed in the open world.
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« Reply #43 on: October 02, 2014, 04:06:26 PM »

Quote from: Clanwolfer on October 02, 2014, 12:19:03 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on October 02, 2014, 05:19:52 AM

I guess I still haven't unlocked the photo missions?  Do you have to do more of the main missions to unlock that or something?

Yeah, it unlocks a little later in the game. Probably a few hours, if you're solely focused on championships. That guy will offer you a job and the Horizon Promo section of the Progress menu will unlock. Then you get 1,000 CR per car photographed, and an escalating bonus every 20 cars. It gets a -lot- easier when you get the perk that puts a little icon over every active car you haven't photographed in the open world.

Oh, I already have the perk, I just can't make any use of it yet.   icon_lol
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« Reply #44 on: October 02, 2014, 04:23:44 PM »

Quote from: EngineNo9 on October 02, 2014, 04:06:26 PM

Quote from: Clanwolfer on October 02, 2014, 12:19:03 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on October 02, 2014, 05:19:52 AM

I guess I still haven't unlocked the photo missions?  Do you have to do more of the main missions to unlock that or something?

Yeah, it unlocks a little later in the game. Probably a few hours, if you're solely focused on championships. That guy will offer you a job and the Horizon Promo section of the Progress menu will unlock. Then you get 1,000 CR per car photographed, and an escalating bonus every 20 cars. It gets a -lot- easier when you get the perk that puts a little icon over every active car you haven't photographed in the open world.

Oh, I already have the perk, I just can't make any use of it yet.   icon_lol

One thing that's been a lot of fun - the game seems to do a really good job of mixing up everything on the road. So you're not struggling to find a rare car because everyone's driving the same Nissan or Mazda. I've spotted some of the most interesting cars (supercars, classic cars, offbeat stuff) already in the open-world driving, and I seem to get 2-3 new ones still anytime I drive between destinations. You can also snag photos of the bucket list cars before you drive them, and I'd assume also at car meets.
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« Reply #45 on: October 09, 2014, 01:27:35 AM »

For those who have yet to pick up an Xbox One, it looks like the 360 version might be quite good as well.  At least this video comparison from Digital Foundry make it look good. 

Obviously it can't compete in detail, lighting/shadows and everything with the new gen version, but if I only had a 360 I'd definitely check it out.
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« Reply #46 on: October 09, 2014, 02:57:44 AM »

Although the 360 version won't be getting any of the DLC. Nor will you be able to accumulate towards the Forza Rewards. Didn't know if that was already common knowledge, I just saw it mentioned today.
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« Reply #47 on: October 16, 2014, 03:39:03 PM »

Just did Train in Vain.  So much better than the Italian airplane race!  That one felt scripted. This one may have been, but it really felt neck and neck.

I got an Epic Finish.
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« Reply #48 on: November 04, 2014, 03:29:17 PM »

Who's drivatar do I have to PIT to get into a clan around here?!
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« Reply #49 on: November 04, 2014, 05:22:45 PM »

Quote from: Purge on November 04, 2014, 03:29:17 PM

Who's drivatar do I have to PIT to get into a clan around here?!

The GT! one is open to anybody I think.  Once you get to the point where you can join a club it will give you the option to join one your friends are already in or enter the name, but you have to complete several races before that option opens up.
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« Reply #50 on: December 16, 2014, 07:00:27 PM »

Apparently the first DLC pack for this, called Storm Island, comes out today.  It's a new island area full of offroad races, 6 new offroad vehicles, more offroad and rally car parts and whatnot. 

Here's the trailer for the DLC and IGN has some other videos of it in action with their write up as well.

$20 normally, $10 if you're a Horizon 2 VIP member. 

I'll probably pick it up even though I wish they had gone with a different environment type than more of the same.  Maybe an alpine set or something for the  next one to make it really stand out.  Overall I've felt like this open world is less memorable and all too same-y compared to even the first Horizon, but it especially pales compared to something like The Crew.
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« Reply #51 on: December 19, 2014, 12:45:58 PM »

You didn't mention the storm part of storm island.  Holy shit!  This isn't just some rain falling, this is tree-bending wind and sheets of rain so thick you can barely see the corner just ahead.  It's intense stuff.  And, to me, at least, it makes this a totally different environment.  I've been very impressed so far.
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« Reply #52 on: February 25, 2015, 11:01:13 PM »

Apparently there is going to be a Fast & Furious stand alone expansion pack coming out on March 27th.  It will be FREE if you download in the first couple weeks, otherwise it will be $10 if you get it after April 10th, and you don't need Horizon 2 to get it.

As a stand alone I guess it will have it's own set of missions and content, though I'm not sure if that means any F&F characters show up or what.

The cars currently listed to feature in it:
  • 1970 Dodge Charger R/T Fast & Furious Edition
  • 2012 Nissan GT-R Fast & Furious Edition
  • 1998 Toyota Supra Fast & Furious Edition
  • 2014 Maserati Ghibli S Fast & Furious Edition
  • 1970 Plymouth Road Runner Fast & Furious Edition
  • 2015 Dodge Charger R/T Fast & Furious Edition
  • 1970 Plymouth Cuda Fast & Furious Edition
  • 2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Fast & Furious Edition
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« Reply #53 on: March 27, 2015, 05:47:32 PM »

That free Fast & Furious standalone expansion thing went live last night.  I downloaded it but didn't have time to actually try it out yet.
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