Often most games try to reach too far and for the clouds. Drive Club is this title that fails miserably. And to top it off – how terrible a game can be to offer such a marketing campaign as “Forza-killer” and then follow up with such disappointing performance that made me snore in front of the wheel. Thankfully there is Forza Horizon 2 for anyone actually looking to spend their money on a title that is not possibly one of the most deluded titles in history. Forza Horizon 2 is exceptionally metallurgical in terms of the quality of features offered, and the pure adrenaline rush of the specialty that is one thing: DRIVE. Forza Horizon 2 keeps the pace up with incredible details from environment to the cars themselves, full weather system, and yes open horizons in a open-world driving game similar to EA Black Box’s Need For Speed open world. Forza Horizon 2 really carries on the legacy that Forza Horizon started – and creates a stunning title in the process and one of the best racing titles out so far.
Forza Horizon 2 takes place on the luscious fields of Italy. You get more than 200 of the best cars and race them against each other in an open world. The entire living open world is around the border of northern Italy and southern France, an interesting edge to a title that likes to ride on the edge. The environment really plays well into the reality of you owning a supercar, which is fun and exciting. Something about Europe also seems to hold a more fond history for Westerners than Europeans necessarily in terms of the culture, which makes it far more interesting than the American landscape. The enviornment is bigger than Colorado from Forza Horizon and even though it is not a completely landscape recreation, there is still so much to do.
The essential bulk of Forza Horizon 2 comes with challenges and activities such Bucket list or Barn Finds, which is pretty obvious from its name. There are 700 events or so that provide skill points for the player and the Cross Country events are incredibly fun and rather chaotically intense. There is a tension there that is constant but when the race comes to an end, it really makes you want to balance it out with other events from the game or fun extracurricular Barn Find challenges.The skill points every player gets can be put towards upgrading your vehicles or even adding the cool decals to your car for your friends to see. As you race, you can use AI profiles from your friends list, which makes the experience more personal than random A.I. and what not, which is more than appreciated. The online is seamless and this is something that seems simple enough, but the last time I remember a game that did this good in terms of seamless online experience was Burnout Paradise, which also had its fair share of disconnection issues. Forza Horizon 2 had none of these online issues and remained incredibly fun online.
Forza Horizon 2 looks incredible with the day/night cycle feature. The lights are all in real-time through dynamic global illumination and the headlights have great protrusion into the darker nights. The horizons in Forza Horizon 2 light up just right and the real time reflections are stunning when it rains or gets foggy. The only thing I would have liked is more real-time effects on the windshield from rain drops and what have you. That would have made Forza Horizon 2 perfect, but I am sure they will get there eventually.
Forza Horizon 2 simply kicks Drive Club’s ass in every sense of the action. It is thee racing game to get, and a part of me feels sorry for people who have limited themselves to only 1 console and get stuck with a game that over-promises and under-delivers. Luckily, there is another option on the horizon, and that is Forza Horizon 2 as the silver lining (if they can shelve out money for the Xbox One).