The Best Games of 2017 So Far

More than 30 must-play video games of 2017

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'Forza Horizon 3 Hot Wheels'

Forza Horizon 3 wasn't the purest simulation of racing ever, but its pseudo-realistic handling and physics still placed it closer to that end of the spectrum. The Hot Wheels expansion kept that handling and those cars, but swapped racing across well-realized Australian countryside for oversized versions of plastic racetracks straight off a child's bedroom floor. These “Thrill City” tracks were full of bright orange loop-the-loops, corkscrews, jumps, and half-pipes as well as boost pads and animatronic dinosaurs, all pretense of real racing thrown out the window. The of real racing thrown out the window. The Hot Wheels expansion may seem goofy but it was an honest expression of a truth about racing games – that they're as much about reliving our memories of playing with childhood toys as they are fantasizing about motorsport. They don't always have to be Serious Business, and often they're better when they're not.

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