Forza Horizon 3's Hot Wheels Expansion is Pure Joy

By Mike Fahey on at

Miles of bright orange track winding through the sky, speed boost pads flanked by gigantic toy engines, loop-de-loops and dinosaurs — I can’t stop smiling when I’m speeding through Forza Horizon 3's Hot Wheels expansion.

Released yesterday alongside a substantial PC performance update for Forza Horizon 3, the Hot Wheels expansion is everything I wanted and more. If a series of islands connected by Hot Wheels track really existed off the coast of Australia, I’d gladly brave its supposedly “non-lethal” wildlife.

Witness my elation in the video below, in which I carefully adjusted my microphone levels and then proceeded to blow that mother out with giggly excitement.

You’ll note I do not participate in any races or events. Those are the “and more” in the “everything I wanted and more” from earlier. All I’ve been doing—all I want to do—since the expansion launched yesterday is leap and loop and explore all the colourful plastic overlaid upon this normally semi-realistic world.

The Hot Wheels Island commute must be a real blast.

But yes, there are new races and events, as well as ten new vehicles including some iconic Hot Wheels models. And should I get around to creating my own Hot Wheels events, I can customise them by swapping out pieces of stunt track as if they were children’s toys.

Oops.

Back at Toy Fair in February I was talking to the guy in the Mattel area showing off the Rocket League Hot Wheels tie-in. I said, “You know what would be awesome? An entire Forza Horizon expansion that was just Hot Wheels cars and tracks.” He just smiled. Turns out I was right. It is awesome.