Forza Horizon 2 Review
by Donovan Taylor
Developer: Playground Games
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Platform: Xbox One
Forza Horizon 2
Being one of the most anticipated racing games this year, Forza Horizon 2 blows you away with stunning graphics and high speed racing from the fans of street racing circuit all the way to off-road racing.
Some races can be on the edge; can you adapt?
It’s not about the way your car looks, it’s the way your car moves.
Running at 1080p 60 frames per second, Forza Horizon 2 shows us why we all need next generation gaming in our lives. The game starts you off racing in a yellow Lamborghini Huracan to the Horizon Festival and provides a drivatar, a cpu that adapts to your driver style. Forza’s greatest moments may come from the most unexpected circumstances such as the option of free roaming to sharing paint online with competitive players. The new bucket list challenge gives you the opportunity to select race events for hyper cars all the way to classic cars. With the inclusion of 700 events in the Forza Horizon Festival, you won’t be surprised if you look up and you’re on a road trip with friends. Hardly lacking in fun activities, Forza Horizon 2 leaves you right where you want to be.
Stills of the many great cars you can drive in Horizon 2
Forza Horizon 2 sets a new standard for open-world racing games with the roaring engines. The real time weather looks amazing at night as your headlights slice through the darkness. Even with fun mini games such as King of the Hill, Tag and Zombie where it requires a lot of turns and burns, it’s still as fun and exciting as the names given. You can just feel the love from Forza Horizon 2, whether it’s the music mini games or leveling up. The excitement of winning is well worth the celebration due to the competitive nature of online players. After winning many awards and adding fresh new ways to play, Forza Horizon 2 shows us exactly why it’s setting a new standard for racing games on all platforms.
A still showing the power of the real time weather effects of rain and let’s not forget the beauty in the picture shall we
We all know every game has their moments. With that said, I don't think the "bad" is that bad in a game like this: I don't want the perks to be considerable things that might change the outcome of the race, and the world is much more open than before. But, the most important parts of a game are the cars, the handling, the world, and the competitive racing. Forza Horizon 2 nails the cars, the handling, the world is great, and then it drops the ball on the racing by having segregated multiplayer. The open world really makes it stand out and we all know that it can be fixed with a minor update. The Shadow pops in and creates environmental glitches, which can sometimes be a distraction from an otherwise beautiful game. At times, the load screens can be longer than usual and I drove into some invisible walls throughout my time playing. It’s disappointing that the single-player progression and online racing aren't better integrated. Forza is able to pick up the slack when you’re playing with friends and even with strangers, road trips are that more good.
Overall Rating: 8/10
To sum it all, Forza Horizon 2 is a great buy for racing fans who own an Xbox one. With so much to do and a lot of replay value, this is a racing game that can hold you over until the next big game hits the market. I myself enjoy Horizon 2 tremendously and you would too.
Forza Horizon 2 http://www.forzamotorsport.net/en-us/games/fh2