Forza Horizon 4

While racing games are certainly not my primary game genre, I do love a good open-world racer. However, it’s been a good long while since I actually played one. I think the last open-world racer I truly sank my teeth into was 2012’s Need for Speed Most Wanted. Yeah, I’ve been out of the loop for a while.

But the Forza Horizon 5 footage shown at this year’s E3 really got me interested in grabbing the wheel and hitting the roads once again. I dabbled with a few other games for a little bit, including Need for Speed Heat, but nothing was properly scratching that persistent little itch.

That is, until I realized Forza Horizon 4 is on Game Pass. So I fired this ol’ girl up on my shiny new Xbox Series S.

In the very beginning, you’re asked to choose a name. Instead of typing out your preferred title, you’ll select it from a robust list of already-created monikers. While it was a bit overwhelming to actually choose one, I finally landed on “My Lord.”

Forza Horizon 4

And, my lord, was this a good choice.

The reason you have to select your name from a list is that every one of these is voiced in the game, and you will be referred to your chosen name. So now, my GPS and my handler are both constantly referring to me as “My Lord.” Which is amazing.

“Hey, My Lord, welcome to the winter season.”

“Okay, My Lord, I have plotted your route to a nearby race event.”

I get an endorphin shot every time my GPS talks to me. I feel like royalty, being perpetually referred to as “My Lord” by a soothing robot voice. If the thrill of driving incredibly expensive supercars across a digital English countryside isn’t enough, then this really takes it to a whole new level. It’s hard to put into words just how amazing this feels.

In fact, I might have to change my Half-Glass Gaming byline to “My Lord.”

So, while my decision-making skills aren’t always on point, in this case, I made the best choice available to me. This has me hoping that I have the same option in Forza Horizon 5, because I would hate to be demoted. Now that I’ve tasted this power, I can’t imagine having to give it up.

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