Ehh, everyone has their opinions but I enjoyed Forza Horizon 3 more than Burnout Paradise.
That's fine. I'm not saying it as an objective thing.
Agree to disagree. I am a huge fan of the Burnout Series but the Forza Horizon games kick ass in terms of open world racers. Not even close.
Hell even critics agree : Burnout Paradise 87 on Metacritic. Forza Horizon 3 - 91, Forza Horizon 4 - 94. Personally think 3 is better than 4 but this is just to illustrate your “bland” imitation thing is a load of crap.
But to each their own.
Load of crap? Wow. Tell me what you really think. It's fine if you prefer Forza Horizon over Burnout Paradise, but it's not an objective thing.
The Forza Horizon games have always come off to me as bland, corporate Burnout Paradise clones with none of the style and attitude to them and nothing that's arcadey about them despite the way people constantly claim they are arcade racers. I still like FH and FH3 a lot, but FH4 undermines the potential fun with lots of bugs/issues and poor design. Burnout Paradise makes exploring the world fun with no collectibles put up in weird places that you can't access until late game when you're done other activities that eventually make them accessible. The game actually emphasizes going about playing the sorts of races you want towards the eventual goal of beating the game and not some weird endless mess of icons that just wants to steal all of your time. The way you unlock cars is actual fun and challenging without resorting to loot crates that are full of boring cosmetics that add nothing to the game. The weather system makes sense and doesn't make a week every month less fun to play the game and doesn't include the dumb Forzathon system where you're asked to spend a week playing in boring, low power cars completing goals that are kind of boring. It's kind of just a superficial game for me that just wants me to play it forever without much giving me a sense of accomplishment in it. Forza Horizon 3 is cool because of the unique environment and the DLC campaigns showing that they didn't take themselves too seriously in going for some crazy locales, but Forza Horizon 4 completely went back on that stuff to a boring British area that is the same kind of forested location like the first two games and from what I've seen, the DLC campaigns aren't changing that much. It's weird to have such a big departure from what made FH3 a cool game.
For me, Burnout Paradise has a great feel, great action with the takedowns, and overall great design that just makes it timeless enough that I've beaten the game a few times and own it on every platform. The multiplayer is a thing of beauty that nothing else has really come close to it in terms of giving people some fun challenges to complete as a group. The DLC added a lot of cool types of cars, including some generic versions of legendary cars that play very differently to the rest of the cars, and the new area is a great change of pace from what Paradise City offers. The post-game support even sets it apart to add bikes and a whole campaign around that along with a lot of other features that helped keep that game feeling fresh a year later.