Forza Horizon

Xbox 360

Developer: Microsoft

Rating out of five: ****

Forza Horizon breaks free from the confines of track racing, setting you loose in the picturesque surroundings of the state of Colorado.

Arriving in a beat-up VW to compete in the fictitious Horizon festival, you must take on a varied series of challenges in order to get the wristbands required for the next set of races.

You can approach events systematically, or choose to ignore them altogether and cruise through the luscious American panorama. This open-world approach works exceptionally well, and combined with the ever-professional Forza handling makes for an addictive racing blend. - The Independent