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Featured Forza Horizon 3: New Alpinestars DLC and Snow Preview

Discussion in 'Forza Horizon 3' started by Paul Jeffrey, Nov 2, 2016.

  1. Paul Jeffrey

    Paul Jeffrey
    Sim Racing News Editor Staff Premium Member

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    Turn 10 Studios and Playground Games have released the Alpinestars Car Pack DLC for the new Forza Horizon 3 title, adding an additional seven new vehicles into the open world driving game.

    Alpinestars adds seven new vehicles ranging from the late 1960's all the way through to the new for 2017 Hon... Acura NSX, as well as previewing an upcoming weather expansion to the title - due to bring snow and ice conditions to the wild Australian outback map (does Australia even have snow?..). Already proving to be a popular addition to the best selling Forza franchise, the new pack brings yet more driving variety to a game renowned for its interesting mix of vehicles spanning across a wide range of automotive history.

    Although many players have been quick to criticize the studio for a range of bugs and issues found in the release version of Forza for PC (the first full PC release of the game by Turn 10), recent updates and improvements have gone a long way towards bringing the game onto a level playing field with its console counterparts. Although still a long way to go before all the issues are ironed out completely, the new update and DLC package will be a welcome inclusion for fans looking to increase the shelf life of a title rich in environmental detail and visual fidelity.

    To mark the release of the Alpinestars DLC, Turn 10 and Playground Games have created this rather neat trailer for the pack, as can be seen below:


    Alpinestars Car Pack DLC Content

    • 2017 Acura NSX
    • 1998 Nissan Silvia K’s
    • 1990 Mazda Savanna RX-7
    • 1967 Ford Falcon XR GT
    • 2016 BMW M4 GTS
    • 1979 Talbot Lotus Sunbeam
    • 2016 Dodge Viper ACR
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    From the official release notes -

    2017 Acura NSX
    The new Acura NSX may be a hybrid, but it’s a hybrid supercar. A mid-engine, all-wheel-drive, twin-turbo, hybrid slice of pure performance. With 650 hp from its combined 3.5-liter V6 and three electric motors driving all four wheels, what you have is a balanced and capable car that can compete with other supercars nearly ten times its price. There are nine gears to work your way through as you pass 60 mph in just over three seconds and torque-vectoring to smooth you through the curves. All the while you can still look back fondly on the original NSX that made the 2017 model possible in the first place"

    1998 Nissan Silvia K's
    If you drift what you drive, this S14 Kouki model is your dream car in the making. The K’s model has the later version of the SR20DET motor with variable valve timing and a larger turbo under the hood. Outside you have a slightly larger body that is accentuated by the rounded styling, as well as a modest wing and ground effects. When Nissan built the Silvia they knew their market of enthusiasts. That was long before the entire drift movement was little more than a small cultish group of enthusiasts. This Silvia has a chassis that lends itself to going sideways or just looking good going down the road. What will you do with your build?

    1990 Mazda Savannah RX-7
    The second-generation RX-7 (FC) was specifically designed to appeal to the largest market—the United States—by looking at what sports cars were selling well at the time, namely the Porsche 924 and 944. Under the hood, though, the Porsche and the Mazda couldn’t be more different. Mazda’s latest rotary, a two-rotor design known as the 13B, saw the addition of a turbocharger and a host of other refinements to bring power (and more importantly, torque) up to 200 and 195 ft-lbs. respectively. Suspension improvements include a particularly advanced independent rear suspension. Not only does the second generation RX-7 perform wonderfully, the sound of the rotary alone is enough to make this car your go to drifter or racer.

    1967 Ford Falcon XR GT
    The Falcon holds a prominent place in Australian muscle car history. When Ford Australia Managing Director Bill Bourke introduced the XR GT, its racing provenance was soon in the making. With a 289 V8 powering the car, Harry Firth of the Ford Works Team took the Falcon racing at Bathurst – Mount Panorama. It was groundbreaking since the course had previously been considered too difficult for a full-bodied car like the Falcon. Firth and Fred Gibson won the then named Gallaher 500 by 11 seconds and set the course for GM’s Holden and Chrysler Australia to get involved in racing. The resulting rivalries and brand loyalties have built generations of muscle car lovers in Australia.

    2016 Dodge Viper ACR
    The appropriately named ACR, or American Club Racer, version of the Viper is little more than a race car with a license plate. The tires are basically slicks with some superficial groves to make them street legal. Built for the track with a massive wing that contributes around 2,000 pounds of downforce at top speed, the ACR is actually slower than other Viper models, until you take it into a corner, where is sticks like glue and corners like nothing else. With 8.4 liters of V10 under its long nose, you won’t be longing for power either. Unleash this venomous snake for one of the rides of your life.

    2016 BMW M4 GTS
    The M-Class inspires the performance-minded driver, but when you add the GTS to the badge you better be ready for something special. New water-injection technology helps maintain intake manifold temperatures which allows higher boost pressures and increased horsepower. But, of course, the special model was going to have more power. The real sweetheart in the GTS is the roughly 200-pound weight loss that makes the GTS more nimble and able to accelerate quickly. Add in some great appearance enhancements in the way of cool lighting elements, a deleted back seat and a huge wing and you have a standout model worthy of the special badging that lets others know to get out of the way at a glance.

    1979 Talbot Lotus Sunbeam
    The World Rally Championship has inspired some awesome hot hatches over the years, and the Talbot Lotus Sunbeam is one of the hottest. In the search to compete with Ford, Chrysler Europe came up with this British-French collaboration that earned the constructors cup in 1981. It may resemble the Plymouth Horizon or the Dodge Omni but this baby is rear wheel drive with a punched-out two-liter making the better part of 150 hp. A classic late-70s oddball that’s ready for anything you can throw at it in the game.




    Forza Horizon 3 is available for Windows 10 and Xbox One now. The Alpinestars Car Pack DLC is available to purchase for $6.99 and is included in the Forza Horizon 3 Car Pass, which is available for purchase on the Xbox Store.


    Check out the Forza Horizon 3 sub forum here at RaceDepartment for the latest news and discussions regarding the game. Hang out with your fellow community members and join in the conversation today.

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    Have you purchased the Alpinestars DLC yet? What do you think of the new pack? How is the game performing on your system following the post release patches? Let us know in the comments section below!
     
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  2. M D Gourley

    M D Gourley
    Premium Member

    Agree 100%...and having watched a number of You Tube videos with game play on FH3 I would have to say it does look very tempting and visually beautiful...sadly though, after watching 'Empty Boxes' You Tube video giving a Sim Racers perspective on FH3 I am a little disappointed...hope fully down the track Turn 10 will give the Steering Wheel compatibility a serious go so the Hardcore Sim Drivers like me can enjoy it also.
     
  3. Did i see snow ? But in what form ? Season change troughout the whole map or just some portions ( maybe future expandability )? Can't wait to see that ! A little disappointed for the wheel compatibilty ( allowing multiple controller setup would be great - csw1, cspv2, Th8a )and with a controller the range of the steering ratio is still difficult to master and improvements on performance in the surfer paradise city is still needed ( did they fix the issue in the upgade menu - fps dropping to 0 when changing from different upgrades ). That aside, it's a wonderful game in 4k and the list of cars is incredible, and not to mention the upgrades. This franchise is always evolving ( cough, cough GT ) in so may ways.
     
  4. Is there a cockpit view without visible wheel closer to the dash? Triple screen support?
     
  5. Just a note, I appreciate the Hard core sims, and value quality FFB, driving physics, and Drving Feel most. If a game doesn't have this I just cant enjoy it. That said, the Xbone version is pretty good compared to the PC version and the FFB etc, that i mentioned is just barely good enough to enjoy the game, especially with arcade type design. Really, its alot of fun and a nice change, and of course, great Looking!!!

    The PC is catching up, and hopefully it continues!!
     
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  6. jlnprssnr

    jlnprssnr
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  7. No, there is not. Unfortunally you have to use hood or front bumper cam, if you dont like ingame wheels only turn 180°. It should be possible to give us a option to just remove the wheel or to remove the driver animation and let us set up a steering range at least, but that seems unimportant since several years to them.
     
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