FORZA HORIZON 4 looked one of the better games previewed at last week’s E3 in Los Angeles – and the great news for us Brits is that the game is set in good ol’ Blighty.

Previous locations for the Xbox One and PC open world driving game (Colorado, Southern France, Northern Italy and Australia) may have been a little more glamorous and a lot sunnier.

But while driving across the Outback or along the Mediterranean coast had its charms, the UK has plenty of its own unique driving challengers to offer gamers.

Imagine the emergent gameplay opportunities that will arise from being chased round the UK’s city streets by hammer-wielding thugs on mopeds, trying to smash your car window and grab the expensive watch from your arm.

And the potholes. My god, the potholes. If you thought driving across the rugged wastelands of Oz was a test on your driving skills, wait until you get set loose on our badly-maintained roads.

Developers Playground Games, who have impressed so much with their Forza Horizon series that Microsoft have bought the company this month, would be missing a trick if they don’t include traffic wardens as an end-of-level boss.

Seriously, though, Forza Horizon 4 is going to be great. The series has surpassed the main Forza titles for many as the best Xbox driving game and driving round locations such as Edinburgh and the Lake District is going to be jaw-dropping.

Just make sure to equip your wet tyres when the game comes out on October 2 this year. There’s going to be a lot of rain.

I PREDICTED the other week that one of the big announcements at E3 would be the next Halo game.

And, possibly for the first time ever, I was right. Microsoft showed off a brief teaser trailer for the latest iteration of their flagship franchise.

At the moment, we don’t really know a lot about Halo Infinite. Is it a Battle Royale take on Halo? Will there be a single-player campaign. It’s all guesswork at this point.

There was certainly no hint of a release date, so infinite may refer to the amount of time Xbox shooter fans will have to wait for the next instalment in the Master Chief’s adventures.

My hunch is the game may end up being a launch title for the next Xbox console in 2019 or 2020. We are coming towards the end of this generation of consoles and it seems unlikely a new Halo game won’t end up being used to help drive sales for the Xbox Tw, Xbox Four, Xbox 720 or whatever they decide to call it.

LONDON SPITFIRE secured their spot in the inaugural Overwatch League Play-Offs with a 4-0 win over Florida Mayhem in the early hours of Friday morning.

The victory meant Spitfire were guaranteed a top-six spot but it was sad to see the team limping into the knockout stages with a whimper after they announced themselves with a bang by winning the Stage 1 final.

Stages 2, 3 and 4 have been less impressive for the boys in blue and orange and their 3-1 defeat to Philadelphia on Saturday showed that London will enter the Play-Offs as outsiders rather than the favourites we thought they might be when the season began in January.

The Play-Offs will run from July 11-21 in California, with a cool $1million going to the winning team. Unless the Spitfire get their engines firing on all cylinders again, they aren’t going to be the ones walking away with the loot.

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