Forza Horizon is now backwards compatible on Xbox One and free with Games with Gold - Team VVV

News Forza Horizon is now backwards compatible on Xbox One and free with Games with Gold


Martin Bigg


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Game: Forza Horizon

Platform: XB360, XBox One

Publisher: Microsoft Studios

Release Date: 23/10/2012

The original Forza Horizon has joined the growing list of Xbox 360 games that are now backwards compatible on Xbox One via Microsoft's Backwards Compatibility Program. If you own Forza Horizon digitally, it will show up as 'Ready to install' in My Games & Apps. Alternatively, just insert the disc to begin installation.

Better still, it's currently free to download, as Forza Horizon is part of this month's Games with Gold along with the classic parkour platformer Mirrors Edge. Both are free to download from September 1st to September 15th 2016.

Originally released in 2012 and developed by Playground Games, Forza Horizon was the first game to take the long-running series into open world territory. It marked a new era for the series, as Forza Motorsport and Forza Horizon have been released bi-annually ever since. You took part in the Horizon Festival set in Colorado, rising the ranks by collecting wrist bands, competing in races and participate in Showcase events such as racing against a plane.

We were quite smitten with Forza Horizon back in 2012. In our original review, we said "Forza Horizon achieves what many thought was impossible: it fuses the arcade accessibility of open world driving, the depth of simulation racing and a raw passion for car culture together in one picturesque playground."

With Forza Horizon 3 now less than a month away having recently gone gold, there's no better time to revisit the original – there's plenty of content to keep you busy until Forza Horizon 3's release. Hopefully we'll start to see the remaining Forza Motorsport games join Xbox One's Backwards Compatibility program in the near future. 

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