The addition of a giant Hot Wheels playset to the Forza Horizon 3 landscape has added (quite literally) a whole new dimension to the experience. It also requires a different style of play to be successful. The new cars and circuits have brought in a completely new challenge to master.
If you're getting ready to race, here are some tips to help you out.
1. Speed is everything
Sounds silly, right? Usually, outright speed isn't always the key to racing success, as it needs to be balanced with handling and driver skill to get the best possible outcome.
In Hot Wheels, don't think about handling so much. Think about speed. When you're choosing a car to race in, go for better acceleration and a higher top speed.
When you hit the speed boost pads littered about the map, you'll benefit from this especially. If your car tops out at 130mph and everyone else can hit 160mph, they'll go sailing past and you'll be on the back foot again. Even the odds, and worry less about corners and more about going as fast as you can.
2. Aim for the middle
Part of the fun of the Hot Wheels expansion is the insane and disorientating circuits that involve high-speed loops, banks, jumps and other assorted ways to get out of shape very quickly.
The sides of the track in Hot Wheels are either completely open or home to a tiny lip. The former will leave you falling off the track, the latter has a habit of flipping you up into the air. Neither are much good for winning races.
A good tactic is to aim for the middle at all times, as you'll also find it the easiest way to keep a consistent, fast speed through loops and banks. And try not to look around too much!
3. Respect the speed boosts
Speed boosts are awesome. But they can also be your worst nightmare. If you try and move about too much while under its power, you're going to shape up for a big accident and lose your position.
As tempting as it is to try and use one to shoot past an opponent, they're also under its power. Try and keep 'er on the straight and narrow until the blurry part ends and you'll usually see a better end result!
4. Not just racing
The progression method in Hot Wheels requires collecting medals for completing challenges. If you're struggling to win races and collect all three medals, try refocusing on some of the other things out there.
Speed traps, drift zones, speed zones, bucket lists and danger signs are all included in Hot Wheels and follow the same model as the base game. Give these a whirl over continuing to struggle to win the same race over and over!
Those are a few of our tips to get off to a winning start in Forza Horizon 3 Hot Wheels, but if you've got some of your own be sure to share them in the comments below! Forza Horizon 3 Hot Wheels is available now for $19.99.
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Those sides were killing me. LOL. I squealed in delight as I fell off the edge the first time, pretty pissed after the 4th time.
I'm picking it up next week.
Definitely worth it, and lots of fun.
I hope this makes it into the Summer Sale, got Blizzard Mountain not too long ago for $10
Turn off the simulation damage, you hit the ground way too hard after the big jumps and it just makes impossible for your car to keep up with the others, not even rally spec'd trucks are fit for them.
Use the race guiding line for the first few races - it will really help in determining when to brake on the angle / slant turns which can absorb a bit more G-force. After a while, you will develop a knack for it. Awesome DLC!
Also, you might have to switch to an automatic transmission. There's a constant need to down shift and up shift and you might miss something because you're paying attention to switching gears. Since weight, momentum, and other physics are a factor, the auto tranny is the best solution.
Do not aim for the middle on the half pipes...ride high on the outside curves and you will blow past everyone.
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