Back in September of this year, Microsoft and Playground Games released the third iteration in their open-world racing franchise Forza Horizon. Forza Horizon 3 is arguably one of the best racers to debut all year, and this past week saw a new expansion release. The new expansion is Forza Horizon 3 Blizzard Mountain and it delivers more of the excellent gameplay players found in the original release.

Blizzard Mountain is a snowy, icy and slippery new slice of land that tests a player’s patience and precision. Its world is massive in size and delivers plenty of new gameplay opportunities. The new expansion includes things like bumpy slopes of the mountain, icy towns, frozen lakes, rocky turns and death-defying cliffs. Clearly, there is a ton of new fun to be had in Blizzard Mountain.

Forza Horizon 3 delivers new ways to earn credits in Blizzard Mountain. When you see a snowman, make sure you take it out as you’ll gain an easy 1,000 credits for doing so. Snowman are also included in a new Bucket List Challenge, which has you plow through twenty snowman before time expires.

Speaking of Bucket List Challenges, the new setting adds an excellent new dynamic to creating your own challenge. Being able to adjust the weather makes a huge difference in the type of challenge you create. Controlling the roll snow plays in your challenge gives you greater control over difficulty and helps you personalize the event. I had a wonderful time creating the “Snow Your Role” speed trap event, and I believe other players will too.

A wide glimpse of the massive new world of Blizzard Mountain (Courtesy of Microsoft).
A wide glimpse of the massive new world of Blizzard Mountain (Courtesy of Microsoft).

Snow has made Forza Horizon 3 Blizzard Mountain a joy to experience. Whether you are free-roaming or participating in an event, snow reinvents the experience. Not only is the terrain you’re racing on more challenging, but it is absolutely stunning to behold. Snow glistens as you rip up and down the mountain, and the spray of snow from your tires enhances immersion. This is yet another example of how beautiful Forza Horizon 3 looks. Eye candy is everywhere and you’ll want to utilize Photo Mode more than ever before.

Hours and hours of new content is here for you to enjoy. Blizzard Mountain delivers 50 new roads for players to discover, a throng of new barns to find, new bodykit upgrades for your cars and more. Additionally, there are new speed traps, races, jumps, drifting challenges and much more.

Playground Games adds a new flavor to the progression system in Forza Horizon 3 Blizzard Mountain. Instead of gaining fans as your means of overall progression, gamers have to collect stars. For every 10 stars you collect, you move a round forward in the King of the Mountain challenge. Races become far more difficult as you participate in later rounds, but they are just as enjoyable.

Each race or event comes with a potential three stars to gain. While early races allow you to capture three stars quite easily, later rounds make it more difficult. One star is usually given for completing a race, another for winning it and the last for completing some sort of skill challenge. The latter challenges can include things like earning the wreckage skill 15 times or earning three ultimate clean start skills.

Accomplishing these skills before the end of the race means you gain the additional star. However, these skill challenges place gamers in an interesting dilemma of trying to win the race or trying to complete the skill challenge.

Capturing all three stars in later rounds proved to be extremely challenging. Often times, I lost a race when I tried to focus on completing the challenge. By the same token, I failed the challenge when focusing on winning the race. This presents a challenging dynamic that will provoke the inner perfectionist in everyone who plays.

Forza Horizon 3 Blizzard Mountain delivers gamers an expansion that is more than worth picking up. The new expansion delivers more of the amazing gameplay we saw in September, and the snowy setting helps change things up in a big way. Blizzard Mountain is a great example of DLC that greatly enhances an already great experience. You can now pick up Forza Horizon 3 and Blizzard Mountain on Xbox One and Windows 10. Stick around here at We Write Things for more on Forza Horizon 3.

About Steve Ruygrok

Gaming, Spirits, and Craft Beer enthusiast. If you say you don't like beer, then you just haven't had the right type yet. Great spirits keep away the bad ones. Video games are art in the finest of forms, yes, even when someone goes on a 20 player kill streak. Contact me at weplaythingssteve@gmail.com

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