Forza Horizon 2 Review
Forza Horizon 2 Box Art
System: Xbox One
Dev: Turn 10 Studios
Pub: Microsoft
Release: September 30, 2014
Players: 1 (2+ Online)
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Mild Lyrics, Mild Suggestive Themes, Mild Violence

I usually don’t talk about graphics in my reviews, because I honestly believe graphics are secondary to gameplay in all instances. However, it’s really worth talking about them, just a little, for Forza Horizon 2. The racing genre is, traditionally, an eye-candy genre. Gear heads love to drool over the makes and models of real cars being rendered to perfection. I myself am not a gear head, so I could not tell you whether or not the siding on a particular sports car is exactly how it is on the factory model.

Forza Horizon 2 Screenshot

What I can tell you, is that the locations in the game are absolutely beautiful. Remember when I talked about driving through a dark forest or through a field of flowers. Part of the reason that you find yourself doing that is because the landscape is just breathtaking. You can easily go on a sightseeing trip just to see the crisp and smooth visuals of the ocean, or the mountains, or even busy city streets. On the flip side of that coin, crashes are absolutely harrowing. You flip and turn and flail your arms as pieces of your car break off and scatter everywhere. They actually induce a bit of nauseous panic so… don’t flip your car over.

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Forza Horizon 2 is just a better game than pretty much every open world driving game before it. I mean it. It may not revolutionize the formula in brand new and interesting ways, but it understands what it’s trying to be. It understands what all open world racing games should strive to be. If you are a racing fan, you should definitely try this one out.

By
Angelo M. D'Argenio
Contributing Writer
Date: September 30, 2014

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
5.0
Graphics
Great views, awesome cars, and nauseating crashes.
4.0
Control
Cars handle tight and uniquely./div>
4.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The soundtrack is many and varied, from classical to rock.
4.5
Play Value
This is probably one of the better racing titles this year, and this has been a heavy racing year.
4.5
Overall Rating - Must Buy
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Explore a Massive, Living Open World - A world of beauty and freedom awaits. The next evolution of the best-in-class Forza graphics engine delivers full day and night cycle with spectacular weather, lighting, and visual effects. An epic road trip career mode adapts to your car choices with hundreds of events across a beautiful and diverse European landscape. However you like to play, there is an endless variety of free-roam driving fun. Whether you're racing, hunting hidden treasures like exotic barn find cars, or showing off your customized rides at car meet locations spread across the world, the choice is yours.
  • Action-Packed Driving - Take risks and earn rewards for showing off your driving skills and style. Smash through fences onto back country dirt trails, plow though fields of crops and dense forests, and discover new shortcuts on your thrilling, high-speed adventures. Race against aircraft and trains in thrilling Showcase events. Make your name at the Horizon Festival. Whether you're racing in traffic, catching huge air, or racking up skill points and combos with awesome stunts, your legacy begins here.
  • Instantly Connect with Friends - Only on Xbox One. Jump between solo and online play instantly. No lobbies, no waiting. Join friends online and free roam together, compete in races and team modes, or take part in fun co-op Bucket List challenges. Join or create your own Car Club of up to 1000 members to expand your network of friends and rule the leaderboards. In solo play, Drivatar technology fills your world with your friends even when they aren't online.
  • Your Ultimate Car Fantasy - Drive more than 200 of the world's greatest cars. A diverse collection of amazing vehicles ranging from extreme off-roaders to modern supercars, classic muscle, and much more. Every car and truck is recreated in obsessive detail, with full cockpit views, including functional windshield wipers, working headlights, and authentic interiors.
  • The Horizon Festival invites you to join its celebration of cars, music, freedom, and fun on the world's greatest roads. Get ready for the road trip of your life!

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