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Forza Horizon 2Familiar Yet Sublime

by Yo Snyder | 2014-10-22 | Movies, Reviews
Taking the precision and beauty of the Forza Motorsport series and unleashing it on the open roads of Colorado was a stroke of genius in Forza Horizon. Sure the handling was a bit more forgiving, but to be able to take your favorite car – classic, supercar, hatchback, muscle car, whatever – and race around the high plains and twisty mountain roads of Colorado was pure bliss. Forza Horizon 2 brings back everything, adds more, makes it bigger…but pretty much keeps to the formula established by the first game. In the end, it’s just more; which left me wondering if that’s all I wanted in the follow-up to one of my favorite racing games of the last generation of consoles. While I miss being in Colorado (my home state), I can’t fault for the team at Playground taking this sequel to the roads of France and Italy. Having spent some time there, I can say that it’s unequivocally gorgeous, and a perfect setting for an open road racing game. Forza Horizon is lavishly gorgeous. The cars look amazing (as one would expect from a game with Forza in the title) and the environment is lushly beautiful. Rolling hills, vineyards, mountains and gorgeous coasts make this the perfect setting for driving around in a bunch of fantasy cars. Rain effects add to the beauty, and the night racing gives events a nice, unique feel. Speeding down some back roads with only your headlights showing you the way is thrilling. Oh, and thank you Playground for allowing cars to get dirty when they go off road; that was a major nitpick of mine in the first game. Having driven some of those dusty Colorado roads for real, I could never get over how my car remained pristine when driving those same roads in the game. Speaking of off-road, the first Horizon felt oddly confined for an “open world” racer due to many barriers like guardrails keeping you from racing across the open plains. In Horizon 2, when you go off-road you can pretty much go off any road you like.... read
 

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