Platform: Xbox 360, Xbox One
Developer: Turn 10, Sumo Digital (Xbox 360), Playground Games (Xbox One)
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
The Forza experience is one that will always stick around in your memories and they will always be ones that you’re fond of, good or bad. Forza Horizon 2 for the Xbox 360 is unfortunately, a disappointing addition to the series, but it’s not all terrible, promise!
If you’ve ever wanted to drive a Lamborghini Hurican through fields and take it off-road while racing other manic drivers, Forza Horizon 2 is something you need to play. While the realism has been pushed out a little far, it still feels like you’re in control of the car with full customisable options to adjust the car to your liking. If you want the full experience of driving a supercar off-road, take off the ABS and traction control and begin to drift around the hairpin corners. You’ll have so much fun it’s almost criminal.
The realism, as mentioned above, has been slightly toned down compared to the older Forza games - which is unfortunate. The cars feel like they all have the same amount of grip on the track, no matter what you take out or put into your car. Let’s be honest here - in real life there isn’t a chance you’d be able to slide perfect corners in your powerful 5.2 Litre V10 Lamborghini Huracan - and if you can, you’d be a hero to many if your car (and yourself) were still in an acceptable condition. This aside, the fantasy can live on in your Forza Horizon 2 career. Slide those corners, go off-road in your little low beauty and last but not least, enjoy it!
The career mode doesn’t last as long as you’d like and you find yourself revisiting parts on the map like you’re having a crazy amount of deja-vu. Each part of the map is vastly different but nothing too special. The scenery seems a little washed out and there’s a significant lack of detail added in, which is very unlike the Forza games we know and love. The attention to detail has always done well in Forza’s favour, but Horizon 2 seems to forget about everything that will immerse you in the game. One extra thing that was missing on the Xbox 360 copy which upset a lot of fans, the weathering system.
The weather didn’t change once. It was always sunny and bright, which obviously paid off well in the cars favour as you don’t need to think about driving risks in the dry too much, but I won’t fail to say that this really disappointed me in the long run.
The Xbox 360 version has really had a lack of little additions that Forza fans love. There are no physical damages done to your car, no matter how much you crash or mess it up, no dirt splattered up the sides from the dirty race tracks and the physics when jumping over ramps in whatever car takes your fancy at the time is something to be questioned.
Forza Horizon 2 for the Xbox 360 feels reused and old, gameplay hasn’t been enhanced from the first game and it feels like it’s the first Horizon but with a shiny new case and disc. The DLC announced also won’t be heading for the 360 either, which means what you get on the disc is all you’re getting. Needless to say, Forza Horizon 2 is really fun despite all the nitty-gritty details it lacks.
It seems that everything included in the Xbox 360 version of Forza Horizon 2 was dulled down, and understandably to keep within the restrictions of the console, but it just seems as if it’s been lazily put together for the sake of sticking to the release date. A few more months in development and the game could have been infinitely improved for the Xbox 360.
Forza Horizon 2 is one to keep on your list of games to try out this year, but I would advise to stay clear of the Xbox 360 version if you want the full, incredible experience that Forza can give you and head for the Xbox One version, where you will also be able to purchase the DLC as it arrives. Forza Horizon 2 is definitely not a bad game, but it’s been put in peoples bad books for not delivering in the way we were promised. Don’t let this hinder your view on it though, I highly advise that you try it out yourself and let me know your thoughts!
By: Dominique Sharp
PlayStation is going big this December with a community inspired even in Las Vegas, where some new games will be shown off and gamers can get their hands on some big games for 2015.
Prepare for two intense days of PlayStation gaming, content, and activities. Attendees will sit in on in-depth panels, meet the industry’s best developers, score hands-on gameplay with tons of upcoming PlayStation games, collect free swag, and get a chance to purchase rare collectibles directly from their favorite game studios. Attendees will also get an exclusive first look at what’s coming next in 2015, which I am told you will not want to miss.
The two-day community event will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 6th and 7th, 2014. And stay tuned for October 20th, when we release details on how you can be part of this legendary event; the one-day pass will cost $50.00, with the two-day pass going for $90. The venue is huge, too, so we’ll have plenty of room and plenty of games. Bring your friends and family (if they are 18 and over)!
If you can’t make it to PlayStation Experience in person (we’ll miss you!), don’t worry. Per usual, PlayStation.Blog will be offering comprehensive coverage of the event, including breaking news as well as live video through multiple distribution channels. Stay tuned for further details on the event, programming information and much more.