Forza Horizon 2 Review (Xbox One)

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]The Forza Horizon and Forza Motorsport games are like twin sisters, they both may look the same on the surface but their personalities are totally different. If Motorsport is the serious kick-ass-and-take-names sister then Horizon is absolutely the carefree live-fast-die-young type. Forza Horizon 2 takes all the things you love about the core Forza games and just takes them a little less seriously. World renowned racetracks are traded for scenic European beaches and countryside, asphalt is swapped for grass and gravel, and pristine paint jobs are given new muddy finishes, all of which add to the amazing Horizon formula.

I wasn’t joking about the mud!

The game opens with a cutscene highlighting the game’s fictional “Horizon Festival” that takes place across southern Europe, celebrating a love of cars and a carefree lifestyle and putting you behind the wheel of the game’s poster car, the Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4. The opening sequence sees you driving the gorgeous and powerful Lambo along the European coast and through the mainland to give you your fist taste of all of the excitement that the game has to offer.

For those who may be new to the racing genre or who have had difficulty with driving games they’ve played in the past, Forza is a completely different beast, allowing you to increase or decrease difficulty in ways other than just lowering AI difficulty. The game allows you to add driving assists like stability control, anti-lock brakes, automatic transmission and more, hoping that as you feel more confident in your driving abilities you start to turn the assists off, with the added incentive of cash rewards for using less driver assists! Eventually, learning to play with things like simulated steering and a manual transmission w/clutch will bring your money up and your lap times down.

Leveling up my baby Supra, Charmander!

Horizon 2 sports over 200 cars from 48 different manufacturers, all of which look, sound and feel like their real life counterparts. The list may seem a little intimidating to some but, believe me, the incredible selection means you’re always doing something that feels different, and that feeling is awesome! Right out of the gate you’re given your first car and have the choice between the European BMW Z4 sDrive35is, the Chevy Camaro SS Coupe and the Toyota Supra RZ –or as I like to call them, Squirtle, Bulbasaur and Charmander.

Naturally, as any Pokemon tr… er, car enthusiast would, I picked the fun and sporty Supra, aka Charmander, and headed off to my first race. Soon after that I had a few championships under my belt and thought I’d treat myself to a new car, the Mitsubishi Evolution 10 GSR, and participate in a few rally races! The championship series I opted into saw me taking part in Modern Rally events, which basically means Evos, WRXs and Fiestas in amazing off-road races. Also, it should be known that you’ll never be forced to use your car of choice in a championship series where it can’t compete, meaning you’ll never be asked to take your Camaro into the Italian Exotics races or your FWD Volkswagen Golf into the rally championship.

It doesn’t get more epic than this!

Every once in a while, just when you think you’ve experienced everything the game has to offer, Horizon throws a wrench into the formula and throws you into an epic race against some fighter jets! The race takes your adrenaline levels from 10 to over 9,000 — yes, I just did that. For this race, the game straps you into the gorgeous 2003 Ferrari Challenge Stradale supercar and has you competing against a Blue Angels-esque team of fighter pilots and their jets in a point to point race that comes down to the wire every single time. Oh, and you get to keep the car if you win!

Yeah… I know it’s gorgeous.

In addition to the game’s endless list of cars, the game also offers extensive customization options for both paint jobs and tuning. Creating liveries can be a bit intimidating your first time around, but the game offers extensive shapes and stencils that can be manipulated into beautiful creations. The same intimidation factor can be found in the game’s tuning page, where everything from tire pressure to individual gear ratios can be tinkered with in order to give you the handling and maneuverability you need in every type of race for every condition. Oh, and don’t worry if you’re not creative enough to make a kickass livery or knowledgeable enough to tune a car, chances are you’ll be buying those from the thousands of the game’s community members!

Horizon 2 also offers lots of open world game features like collectibles that give XP and money to The Bucket List, my personal favorite. The Bucket List is a set of challenges scattered around the map that have you take the wheel of the game’s most lavish cars completing various objective, like driving a Koenigsegg Agera (yes, I spelled that correctly on the first try, btw) through a speed trap at over 125 MPH, or taking the Ferrari LaFerrari for a ride through a speed zone at an average speed greater than 85 MPH. The Bucket List offers lots of fun so be sure to take a break from the main races every once in a while and try to conquer them all!

Between the epic races, thrilling yet chill soundtrack and unparalleled customization, Forza Horizon 2 has everything you could want in a racing game and more. See you at the Horizon Festival![/vc_column_text][vc_raw_html]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[/vc_raw_html][vc_progress_bar values=”70|Story,95|Gameplay,85|Graphics,90|Entertainment” bgcolor=”custom” units=”%” custombgcolor=”#51db1a” el_class=”square-corners”][vc_column_text]

Pros

  • Diverse collection of cars and manufacturers ranging from hot hatches and muscle cars to super and hypercars
  • Thrilling yet chill soundtrack puts you in the racing mood
  • Endless customization options make it so you’ll never see the same car twice
  • The Bucket List offers new ways to enjoy the game outside of races

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Cons

  • Flawed fast travel system takes away your hard earned credits
  • Same terrible microtransaction system as Forza 5
  • STILL no Porsche (RUF doesn’t count)

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