FORZA HORIZON 2
Playground Games/Turn 10/Microsoft Studios
really don’t want to be sitting here reviewing this.
much rather still be playing. Yes, we’re suckers for a good car
game, and Forza Horizon 2 is a good car game. A very good
First up, the Xboniness. Glorious 1080p pixels flit
about at 30 frames every second – not as slick as
Forza Motorsport 5, but still
good. The desirable trade-off, however, is that weather exists.
Sunny days may get all overcast, before it’ll suddenly piss down.
Roads get wetter, handling gets edgier, knickers get nervier...
Wipers wipe, raindrops refract, we poleaxe our trusty Fiesta ST
because prettiness. Even night occurs!
Otherwise, if you know
the first Forza Horizon
then you’ll be boned up for this. If you’ve NFI, please save us all
some hassle and click here.
If you’re too indolent to click a link, ‘Horizon’ is a
music/substances/cars festival. This time it’s taking place in the
hideously ugly surrounds of France and Italy. That’s “hideously
ugly” in the George Clooney/Megan Gale sense. The key thing’s
nailing car stuff, from classic races to challenging speedy things
without wheels. Most everything earns points, from slamming phone
boxes to playing pollo with oncoming traffic. Like most every game
ever, points mean good stuff, from score-bolstering perks to bucks
to buy any of 200-plus brrrm-brrrms. A prize wheel triggers each
level up, yielding points or wheels (with chassis’ attached).
Collectibles abound, from smashable signs to barns secreting
clapped-out shitboxes requiring restoration, road
Bucket list challenges are new, letting
players toy with some of the more exotic vehicles possibly
affordable later on. Friends’ ‘Drivatars’ also appear, and online
Annoyances? Load interruptions are horrendous, and
you’re still mandatorily penis-equipped. Thankfully most other
irritating original game traits have been dialled back somewhat,
like DJ idiocy and advertising.
Succinctly, FH2 is
currently the best now-gen racer.
Now, screw you guys, we’re