Review Round-Up – Forza Horizon 2

With the incoming windfall of games this Autumn, we thought it’d be a lovely idea to give you guys a round-up of all the reviews from across the inter-web, allowing you to make a well-informed decision about where to spend your pennies.

Playground Games’ Forza Horizon 2 on the Xbox One is first up, and is set to release on the 3rd of October. Our very own Peter clearly enjoyed it, giving it a very good 8/10 describing it as “a great core driving experience with plenty of variation to the events, a respectable catalogue of cars and a large map to explore, but there’s significantly more to it than that. The online system, friendlist leaderboards and clubs system are all relatively unobtrusive if you don’t want to use them but impressively powerful when you do and, although they still go big on the DLC car packs, the return to a lack of micro transactions is very welcome too.”

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It looks like it’s been enjoyed by a number of other critics as well, with positive responses across the board.

Eurogamer – 9/10 “It’s a new, friendly context for multiplayer racing that’s in total harmony with the solo game’s adventurous, celebratory tone. In the original Horizon, as terrific as it was, the festival theme felt like a marketing hook first and a clever game structure second. In Forza Horizon 2, it’s more like a philosophy, an outlook, a mood that has seeped right through to the core of the game and infused the whole thing with a pure, escapist joy”

IGN – 9.0/10 “The first Forza Horizon set a new standard for open-world racing games, and Forza Horizon 2 has comprehensively updated that standard. The location is right, the car list extensive, the handling nuanced but accessible, and the visuals are excellent. Above everything it’s always fun, whether you’re in a ludicrous Land Rover race or sniffing out a hidden Barn Find. Forza Horizon 2 is Test Drive Unlimited, PGR, Smuggler’s Run, and Forza Motorsport all crammed into a T-shirt cannon and fired into your face. It wears its inspiration on its sleeves but damn if that’s not a killer combination.”

Polygon – 7/10 “The excellent foundation below Forza Horizon 2’s open world and the experimentation that it occasionally encourages at least provide a reason to race there. But that same open world serves as a less well-executed space to race and drive than the tracks that have defined previous games, and the open-world activities can’t quite make up the difference.”

Destructoid – 9.5/10 “Every element in Forza Horizon 2 adds up to an exceptional experience. The story isn’t over the top so as to get in the way of racing, driving feels as good as it ever did in Forza Motorsport, there’s a ton of things to do, and the game looks absolutely beautiful — especially the long-awaited dynamic weather system. Forza Horizon 2 is a must-have on the Xbox One.”

Joystiq – 4/5 “Forza Horizon 2’s world isn’t the most lively, beset as it is by roaming bands of automotive enthusiasts, but it leaves room for the living – for you. There’s space enough to imprint your moods, whether you rocket into hairpins with a Ferrari or simply cruise around in a gaudy, gold Bentley. Forza Horizon 2 is a big, bouncy summer drive.”

Official Xbox Magazine – 8/10 “A triumph in so many respects that lets itself down with some technical issues and a world that needed more variety in the way it looks. That, however, shouldn’t stop you from picking this up and loving it until the end of this console generation. Forza Horizon 2 is an accomplishment, and a showcase for what open-world racers can do.”

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5 Comments

  1. I’m glad TSA have started to do this. Let’s hope review round ups are more frequent.

  2. Ah, yes. More of these please. Very worthwhile. :-)

  3. Great idea, I look forward to seeing more of these in the coming months!

    Whoever reviewed for Polygon seems to be bringing it down for being open-world, kinda like complaining about getting lost in Skyrim. Clearly missing the point.

    • Polygon gave an average review for the last of us, which left them very red faced.

      As a general rule, ignore their scores. If anything, a lower than average review from them means it’s A very good game.

  4. Really surprised at only 8/10 from OXM, you can’t accuse them of bias here.

    Anyway, I fell for the hype and preordered from Gameseek (£39.75, X1)

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