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  • Summary: Race through a wide-open world featuring dramatic weather and day to night cycles. Connect with friends in this celebration of speed, style, and action-packed driving. Explore exotic locations in more than 200 of the world’s greatest cars.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 81 out of 85
  2. Negative: 1 out of 85
  1. 100
    Arcade racing in a stunning world that is so enjoyable and addictive that topping it seems impossible. [Issue#246]
  2. Sep 25, 2014
    93
    Forza Horizon 2 improves almost everything from the original chapter, serving as a real sequel able to take the series in new directions. The unexpected vocation of off-road proves to be a winning card, although some might not appreciate the lack of realism.
  3. 90
    The open world of southern Europe, rain or shine, not only provides a great backdrop, but it is an awesome automotive playground too.
  4. Oct 22, 2014
    90
    An amazing example of online and offline racing built around an engaging, satisfying handling model with the looks to match. Very, very nearly worth buying an Xbox One for alone.
  5. Sep 25, 2014
    86
    It sets a fun vibe without coming off as silly or childish. The racing is serious business, but there are plenty of ways to play that aren't so ardently competitive.
  6. The level of choice when it comes to Horizon’s 2‘s core circuits is surprising and ensures there’s something for everyone, regardless of your taste in cars.
  7. Oct 10, 2014
    20
    The most disappointing thing about Forza Horizon 2 is how little it’s improved since the first Horizon. There is still no meaningful career progression or economy. The career is quite literally running a circle around six chunks of Europe, over and over and over again, in the pursuit of colored bracelets with, as far as I can tell, no significance. Canned bucket list challenges and barn scavenger hunts supposedly break up the action if you feel like heading off in that direction.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 17 out of 159
  1. Sep 30, 2014
    10
    Outstanding racer . Graphics are amazing and every detail is just so nice . This game is seriously polished to a fine shine. Online play isOutstanding racer . Graphics are amazing and every detail is just so nice . This game is seriously polished to a fine shine. Online play is unmatched by any game or console . Xbox live really shines.

    Also not to hard for kids = great
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  2. Oct 7, 2014
    10
    Very polished and well presented game, I was really impressed by the whole premise and build-up to the actual races. The atmosphere isVery polished and well presented game, I was really impressed by the whole premise and build-up to the actual races. The atmosphere is stunning, the cars look great, and the music is enjoyable. Most importantly, it's very fun. Expand
  3. Oct 30, 2014
    10
    Great arcade racer with awesome graphics. Day and night cycles and the rain make this game even more beautiful than it already is. The rainGreat arcade racer with awesome graphics. Day and night cycles and the rain make this game even more beautiful than it already is. The rain even affects your car's handling. The cars handle perfectly. Not too arcadey like NFS and not to sim-like Forza 5. It's a perfect middle ground which feels like you have full control. Plenty of races which keeps you playing for plenty of hours and the multiplayer works seamlessly. Great selection of cars and a huge map to race across. Only little complaints I have is that there is some times when the screen freezes for a quick second while I'm driving and I wish the audio was on par with Forza 5 (not as loud and not enough bass for the cars). I'm guessing the audio had to be dumbed down a little for the music as well as the extra graphics like rain and such. Expand
  4. Oct 1, 2014
    10
    A sweet joy-ride. Having a blast playing this right now. Beautiful game as well. More of a casual racer fan myself as I lean more towards theA sweet joy-ride. Having a blast playing this right now. Beautiful game as well. More of a casual racer fan myself as I lean more towards the Burnout series, but this one if a perfect blend of elements of all great racing games. Notably the Project Gotham style combo meter. Expand
  5. Oct 13, 2014
    9
    Horizion 2 is the biggest non-hyped racing surprise for this year, with considerable improvments at the right areas, as well as the DrivatarHorizion 2 is the biggest non-hyped racing surprise for this year, with considerable improvments at the right areas, as well as the Drivatar implement, Playground Games was able to snatch everything again in terms of fun and freedom, as well as beauty, Horizion brings again the perfect combination of a superb soundtrack and a super fun driving mechanics, all mixed and shown with gorgeous graphics, superb Xbox exclusive. Expand
  6. Oct 3, 2014
    9
    Forza Horizon 2 is an excellent racer, and great fun, so it's well worth your money. Great soundtrack, excellent gameplay and handling, andForza Horizon 2 is an excellent racer, and great fun, so it's well worth your money. Great soundtrack, excellent gameplay and handling, and there's so much to do in the open world environment. The only criticism I have is sometimes the Open trail races need better indication of where to go, and it sometimes feels like the AI is cheating. And lastly will people please stop comparing Forza Horizon 2 to Drive Club, they are completely different games, ones an open world racer, and the others a track racer. Expand
  7. Oct 3, 2014
    0
    Very boring. What's the point of an open world when you're stuck inside a car? Waste of effort into world building imo. They should stick withVery boring. What's the point of an open world when you're stuck inside a car? Waste of effort into world building imo. They should stick with just track racers. On that note, the graphics were also disappointing, not much better than the 360 version. Sound design is also lacking compared to other racers, overall a very disappointing package. There are better racing alternatives out there on all platforms. Expand

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