Before I’d purchased a shiny Xbox One, Forza was hardly in in my regular lineup of titles enjoyed – That is apart from being challenged by my brother to older games in the series. Basically, I’ve had little experience when it comes to this super popular racing series. Well now I have a new console and along with it a copy of Forza Horizon 2 and Forza Motorsport 5, so I thought I’d take a look at the former for the purpose of this review.
Developer: Turn 10 Studios
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Reviewed on: Xbox One
Also Available On: Xbox 360
Forza is a fantastic and interesting series that captures the essence of what a racing SIM is truly meant to look and feel like. When I first started playing, I was reminded of the original Forza Horizon that was released for the Xbox 360, as many of the elements can be found within this sequel. However, there are many improvements on the original title such as more vehicles to choose from and a bigger map.
When you first start, you’re a novice street racer who is keen to get his hands dirty and compete in the Horizon Festival which attracts the world’s best racers. You then must win a certain amount of championships in order to secure your position in the Horizon Finale and prove yourself as a championship racer. Apart from a very basic goal or story in the game (which is win the Finale) there are no other elements that amount to any plot or reason as to why you are racing in the Horizon festival.
This time around, you get to race on some of the best roads in France and Italy and take in some of the best scenery that I have ever seen in a game to date. There are many races to choose from and each championship sees you road tripping to different parts of the two countries. This helps to break up the gameplay in Horizon and gives you the chance to properly explore the country and discover all of the roads and hidden locations that are dotted throughout. I found the general car and handling mechanics absolutely flawless and superb to use and I really felt like a professional street racer speeding at 300 kmph through traffic. Horizon 2 really does do a fantastic job of making the player experience the true nature of what street racing should feel like, whilst also allowing the player to mess around a bit.
While exploring the world, you can compete in assorted races such as sprints, hill climbs, cross country races and rival events which pit you against an evenly matched online racer. You also have the option of participating in online road trips and an assortment of other race events which makes for a variety of things to do in the game. There are plenty of other downloadable content packs and vehicle add ons that you can access within the game.
Horizon 2 adds in a day and night cycle that also includes assorted weather. These can be major factors when participating in a race as you will have a hard time seeing in the dark and the roads can become very slippery when wet making for an extra challenge. There is also a huge selection of cars to choose from s well in Forza Horizon 2. These can range from old classics such as the Jaguar D Type, to the Enzo Ferrari and many in between.