Car horns once again return in Forza Horizon 4 following their debut in 2016’s Forza Horizon 3. However, this time there’s more of them, including horns inspired by other games and memes. One of them certainly shows that Microsoft has a sense of humour, as it’s the infamous ‘Windows XP Shutdown’ chime. The classic Microsoft operating system that’s been almost around for two decades is getting some well-deserved and humorous recognition in Forza Horizon 4. After all, the game is available on both Xbox One and Windows 10, but just don’t expect to be running it on your classic Windows XP master-race gaming machine anytime soon.
Forza Horizon 4 features a total of 20 stock horns. These are just standard, typical horn sounds – all of which are unique from each other. Nothing out of the ordinary, but there is a special Halo Warthog horn available for your choosing. With the Warthog available to drive in Forza Horizon 4, not to mention its epic presence in the ‘Halo
Showcase Experience,’ it makes sense there would be a few Halo horns to compliment this incredible vehicle. There’s also one based on the classic Halo theme tune, but the gaming crossovers don’t stop there. Sea
of Thieves and Killer Instinct, both of which are also Microsoft first-party franchises, each have their own dedicated horns in Forza Horizon 4.
There are also more musical horns on top of those, including all the favourites from Forza
Horizon 3 like ‘In the Hall of Mountain King’ and ‘La Cucaracha,’ as well as the full musical scale. In addition, there’s various sound effect horns in Forza Horizon 4, including ‘Level Up,’ ‘Royal Fanfare’ and ‘Boing!” It’s a little anticlimactic however, to just list these horns without allowing you to listen to each of them. Luckily, we captured all the different horn sounds in Forza Horizon 4 when we
played the full game recently at the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, Surrey.
You can check out that video below – and yes, we did capture the Windows XP Shutdown noise! Perhaps more than once, too. All the horns are recorded, including those which have transferred over from Forza Horizon 3. As for unlocking these horns, you’ll earn them from progressing throughout Forza Horizon 4. Wheelspins and the Forzathon Shop will frequently offer different horns to personalize your car with – but be aware that some are rarer than others. You can bet the horns for Halo, Sea of Thieves, Killer Instinct, and of course, Windows XP, will be the rarest of the bunch!
Overall, these new horns are a fantastic addition to Forza Horizon 4 – and they add to the overall immersion and fun factor delivered by the game. Whether you’re driving around beautiful
Britain in your McLaren Senna and want to rock out to the Sea of Thieves tune as it starts to bucket down rain or you’d rather constantly annoy your friends with the Windows XP Shutdown played repeatedly, there’s plenty of choice here, and most certainly something for everyone.
Forza Horizon 4 is out on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC from October 2nd, 2018 – but you don’t have to wait until then to start playing. In what has been a staple for the Forza franchise every year, a free
demo is available to download now from the Microsoft Store, and Ultimate
Edition owners will get access to the full game four days early on September 28th. For everything you need to know on Forza Horizon 4 ahead of its release, including our impressions, be sure to check out our
in-depth preview for the game, as well as our assortment
of captured gameplay videos.
Alan is the co-founder and co-owner of FullThrottle Media. As someone who enjoys spending all his free time playing video games, he delivers the latest in news stories, reviews, and feature articles to the website, as well as videos on his YouTube channel and livestreams over on Mixer.