One surprise from this year’s E3 was that there was no new
Forza game announced, instead we were treated to the news of the Lego Speed
Champions expansion for Forza Horizon 4.
What was best was that we didn’t have long to wait to get
our hands on the expansion as it was to release the Thursday after the Xbox
The start of the expansion begins in truly Forza-esq
fashion, having you race from one point to the Festival site, while at the time
trying out several cars, and in this instance, as it’s a Lego expansion, they’re
Lego Cars. We get the Ferrari F40, Lego Mini and the McLaren Senna – You start
the game off in the Lego Mini and gradually as you work your way through the
races and events available you will have all 3 cars in your arsenal.
The first thing I did with this expansion (and it was the same
for Fortune Island) was to have a drive around the new area and get myself acquainted
(and clear the achievement for all roads driven on) with what it had to offer.
I must admit I was loving what was on offer, mixing the Forza structure with
the world of Lego was a thing of beauty. Seeing Lego items all around me, but
suddenly seeing a real tree there was just… different, so totally different,
but this was for me, the thing that helped shape the expansion. Keeping the
Forza ethic and reminding people that they were still playing a Forza game,
while at the same time saying ‘Hey, look at this new awesome crazy expansion’
was a balance that was finely tuned and displayed perfectly.
Lego Speed Champions also added in some new features as well
to keep the game fresh for players and also to get more involved, especially to
try and make it enticing for those who would have to pay for the expansion. One
of the new features in the expansion that makes up for most of what you do is
the Master Builders house. As you go through races and do the different
challenges available, you collect bricks, and when you collect certain
milestones you can build your house and add to it and each milestone will bring
you something new to the house, such as a pool, football pitch and extra levels
on the house. In the grand scheme of things, it means nothing, you can’t do
anything with the house, but it looks cool and gives you a purpose to do each
of the challenges and races that are on offer.
I like the variety that Lego Valley brings to the game, you
have the dirt roads, the town centre, the desert area and the racing track at
the top, which all provides a good variety for the races and challenges on
offer. Which I will say is pretty much how Forza Horizon 4 has been since it
released last year. The variety not only in Lego Valley, but the main Great
Britain area and Fortune Island is something that always pulls me back into the
game, the expansions are always worth the price you’re paying (or paid if you
bought the ultimate edition) because there is so much more content to play
through and there is always something new for you to try out and especially
with the Lego Speed Champion expansion it brings a whole new dynamic to the
game while keeping the Forza formula going.
If you haven’t picked up any of the expansions for Forza Horizon 4, I would highly recommend them and none more so than the Lego Speed Champions one. The content available and the additions to the game are worth every penny.