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How to Master the Four Seasons
in Forza Horizon 4

Tips and tricks to overcome the racing game’s changing seasons

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In Xbox One’s Forza Horizon 4, players experience a shared world with dynamic seasons and must master driving in dry, wet, snowy and icy conditions. With over 450 cars, beginners and veterans alike can explore the beautiful open world of Britain all year round. Since each season presents a new challenge on the road, it’s important to consider each and every weather condition when choosing your car. In partnership with Xbox, here are some tips and tricks on how best to tackle each season and what to expect.

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Summer

Under a high, midday summer sun, conditions are perfect for putting the pedal to the metal on Britain’s fastest motorways. Or for ripping along the golden sands of the northern coast past the brooding Bamburgh Castle. You may encounter the occasional summer rain, but most of the time you’ll find dry weather.

If you take a shortcut through fields, you’ll easily plough through tall grasses and flowers. Don’t worry about wood and wire fences, small trees or stacked drystone walls. Whatever you’re driving, if you’re going fast enough you’ll break on through without damaging your car.

Keep an eye out for gameplay events, challenges and rewards unique to each season. You’ll find the summer events often take advantage of the perfect driving conditions and feature faster cars on smoother, paved roads.

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Autumn

Whether you call it autumn or fall, it’s perhaps the most beautiful and most colourful season to drive in. Curve the tree-lined, winding roads of Britain’s Lake Country or tackle the 4×4 Adventure Park’s muddy playground.

Autumn follows the harvest, so fields that were full of tall grass in summer will be ploughed and full of soft or muddy earth that’ll slow you down. Be careful, and watch out for those pesky bales of heavy hay too. Rain is more frequent in autumn and the roads do become a bit slicker in the wet, so make sure to plan a little earlier for hard turns.

Each season features a vintage car to discover and restore, so keep your eyes peeled for an autumnal classic.

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Winter

With the low sun shimmering through bare trees across frosty landscapes, you might be worried that you’ll be sliding all over the place. But don’t worry – as long as you remember to brake and turn for curves, you’ll be just fine. And if you really do want more grip on the snow and ice, simply improve your car with studded winter tires in the upgrade shop.

The weather ranges from clear, crisp skies to the occasional blizzard, and the higher you explore the deeper the snow gets. Coastal beaches are still sandy while motorways, the city streets of historic Edinburgh and other major roads are cleared of ice and snow.

And regardless of your car and tires, you can slide around as much as you like on the frozen lake. Keep an eye out for snowmen, too. Smashing them is fun and will score you combo points.

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Spring

After a cold winter, the landscape bursts to life once again in vibrant colour. Of all the seasons, spring probably has the most varied conditions. You can be sure of a lot more rain but you’ll get equally as much sun too.
Previously dry or shallow riverbeds become deep, rushing streams. This might bring low-slung supercars and lightweight cars to a crawl, but aren’t a challenge for off-road vehicles like SUVs, trophy trucks and buggies. And if you climb to a mountain peak in the north, you’ll still find pockets of snow to play around in.
As with autumn, spring events tend to feature more mixed-surface races to suit the varied conditions. Whether it’s in a sturdy new Subaru WRX Sti or a classic Group B rally monster from the 80s, you’ll be sure to discover some trail-blazing events in cars built to tackle all the tarmac, gravel and mud.

Master the seasons on QLED TV

Experience Forza Horizon 4 as it was intended in the immersive depth and detail of QLED TV.

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2018 75'' Q900R Flagship QLED 8K HDR 4000 Smart TV

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