Xbox Game Studios Forza Horizon 2

Last updated date: May 15, 2019

DWYM Score
8.4

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 55 expert reviews, the Xbox Game Studios Xbox Game Studios Forza Horizon 2 placed 7th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
8.1
5 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.0
414 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The Forza series is a tale of two different racing games. On the one hand, you have Forza Motorsport, the serious and sterile racing simulator. On the other, you have its Ecstasy-gobbling, Burning Man-attending hip racing cousin Forza Horizon. Apparently, Motorsport convinced Horizon to share some of its drugs, and the two have joined forces to give us Forza Horizon 2: a sprawling open-world racer that can be as arcadey or as sim-y as you want it to be, and is an excellent addition to the series.
- Games Radar
September 25, 2014 | Full review
Online races are easy to access and perhaps the biggest focus of the game. The map is full of free-roam events you can enter whenever you like, and Road Trips are developer-created playlists of events you and participating racers tackle and travel between in succession.
- Game Informer
September 26, 2014 | Full review
FH2 puts a surprisingly big emphasis on offroad action, which has you laying waste to crops, getting ridiculous amounts of air as you jump a hill at 130mph, and yes, occasionally drifting through a field of lavender in a $300,000 supercar.
- The Verge
September 25, 2014 | Full review
By virtue of Drivatar technology, the online integration in Forza Horizon 2 is seamless and deeply embedded.
- Game Revolution
September 25, 2014 | Full review
There's a basic leveling system, with points awarded after each race and for other small activities around the game world, and each new level rewards you with ... a prize wheel spin, and that's about it. Performing "tricks" also fills a wheel over time which in turn rewards you with perk points once the meter is full. But these perks have little effect on the game. In fact, Forza Horizon 2's various means of "progression" rarely give any actual sense of progress.
- Polygon
September 25, 2014 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Could have some more tailoring for hardcore Forza players. No avatar customization.
- Game Revolution
September 25, 2014 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Race through a massive wide-open world featuring dramatic weather and day-tonight cycles. Instantly connect with friends in the ultimate celebration of speed, style, and action-packed driving. Explore beautiful and exotic locations in more than 200 of the world's greatest cars, all created with precise detail in stunning 1080p.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Xbox Game Studios Forza Horizon 4
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 7
2. BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Project CARS 2
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 5
3. Xbox Game Studios Forza 7
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 5
4. Codemasters DiRT 4
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 3
5. Frostbite Need For Speed Rivals
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 5
6. Xbox Game Studios Forza 5
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 5
7. Xbox Game Studios Forza Horizon 2
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 5
8. Codemasters Onrush
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 3
9. Xbox Game Studios Forza 6
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 5
10. Evolution Studios DriveClub
Overall Score: 7.8
Expert Reviews: 7

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