Forza Horizon 2 is the follow-up to the critically well received Xbox 360 game released in 2012. It was developed by Sumo Digital for Xbox 360 and Playground Games for Xbox One. Turn 10 Studios (developers of the base Forza Motorsport games) have also worked closely on both titles to ensure that they are both above par. The game takes place during the fictional ‘Horizon Festival’. Southern Europe is the reference point for the game’s large map with major events taking place across Southern France and Northern Italy. The game world has approximately three times more driveable area than that for the original Forza Horizon, with events set in Provence, Tuscany and Côte d’Azur, among other regions. Players will explore the region, taking part in races and special events in order to advance through the game.
Forza Horizon 2 is without doubt the best looking racing game that I have ever played. The game does extremely well to integrate a huge variation of different locations within one large map. You’ll seamlessly go from driving within the narrow paths of Italy to quickly being able to let loose in huge open country terrain.
Seamless weather and night to day transitions are a huge talking point of Forza Horizon 2 and they deserve to be. You’ll often find yourself cruising along smoothly at 250 KM/h when rain hits and you instantly start to slip around the racecourse. It’s things like this that instantly provide an extra point of challenge and realism to the game. Similarly, day changes to night whilst driving, your headlights come on and it instantly becomes a whole different race.