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Girl Gamers UK (Oct 01, 2014)
Forza Horizon 2 easily out drives the previous game in the series. With more than 150 championships to take part in, plenty of reasons to cruise around and explore, and a solid online mode, this is a driving game that will keep players entertained for a whole season of gaming. With Summer now becoming a distant memory, Forza Horizon 2 offers a chance to relive, and perhaps exceed, your own Summer adventure. Absolutely brilliant!
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Destructoid (Sep 25, 2014)
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.
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Multiplayer.it (Sep 25, 2014)
Forza Horizon 2 migliora praticamente tutto dal capitolo originale, proponendosi come un vero seguito capace di portare la serie in nuove direzioni. L'inaspettata vocazione off-road si rivela una carta vincente, rappresentando al meglio il senso di libertà che il prodotto vuole comunicare, anche se qualcuno potrebbe non apprezzarne lo scarso realismo. Ma è solo un aspetto di una produzione mastodontica. La quantità di roba da fare e vedere è semplicemente impressionante, con un'ambientazione che non finisce mai di stupire nei suoi scorci mozzafiato e una struttura che sposa con rara armonia la campagna singolo giocatore con le modalità online. L'estate di Playground Games rapisce come pochi altri titoli di corse sanno fare, anche se a risentirne è la presenza di una storia che leghi i passaggi che portano alla gara finale del festival. Se possedete una Xbox One, non ci sono motivi per non farlo vostro.
90
The Games Cabin (Sep 25, 2014)
Forza Horizon 2 provides the thrill of the chase and the exotic destination to match. Superb gameplay, intelligent design and an immersive world make Forza Horzion 2 the go-to racer for those looking for an accessible racer.
90
Darkstation (Oct 14, 2014)
Forza Horizon 2 has raised the bar for open-world racing games. The beautiful setting and sensational visuals are one thing, but when you mix it in with heart-pounding races, an extensive car list, intense competitive online play, and a vast explorable world, it all translates to Horizon 2 being the cream of the crop in the genre and the best in its class.
90
The Digital Fix (Oct 17, 2014)
Forza Horizon 2 is simply a joy to play - combining the gorgeous graphics, authentic but forgiving car handling, a wealth of single player content along with some fantastic social features. The the Xbox One does appear to have its first killer app.
90
Games TM (2014)
It’s a tough game to criticise. The setting is perhaps not quite as striking as the original game’s clay-coated Colorado, but that could be as much to do with the familiarity of the European landscapes for a European reviewer as it is the actual layout of the roads. Perhaps the offline mode could have a little more structure to keep you locked in to its most thrilling events, but that would damage the freeform amiability of everything. It’s just a very special racing game. There’s a depth of content here that matches the game’s undoubted class, and ensures Playground Games is a genuine powerhouse in the world of digital racing. Forza Horizon 2 is a gorgeous, confident and relentlessly gratifying drive, and easily the best first-party exclusive on Xbox One.
90
Less serious than its more refined big brother the Forza Horizon series is bigger and better than ever in its debut on the Xbox One with Forza Horizon 2. Buckle up.
90
Eurogamer.net (UK) (Sep 25, 2014)
It's going to be a busy season for racing games, with sim hopeful Project Cars, ambitious online "CarPG" The Crew and the social score-attack of DriveClub all jostling for attention. Horizon 2 sets an intimidatingly high bar for those games to meet on every front, but in one aspect it seems unbeatable. I can't imagine any of them are going to feel this happy.
90
Playground games have once again met, and even exceeded, my expectations for Forza Horizon 2. The open world of southern Europe, rain or shine, not only provides a great backdrop, but it is an awesome automotive playground too (did you see what I did there?). With so much in-game content fans will find themselves racing for many days and nights (not just virtual) and the multiplayer modes add even more playtime for fans. If you are an Xbox One owner and looking for a racing game that is an open world, fun, and has a lot of replayability while being both accessible to beginners and a challenge racing veterans given the number of gameplay options, then you really shouldn’t look any further then Forza Horizon 2.
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IGN (Sep 25, 2014)
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.
90
games xtreme (Nov 06, 2014)
Forza Horizon 2, with 200 or so cars at the get-go, superb online and single player racing is one of those games that will delight Forza fans old and new looking for something a bit different than going round the same tracks over again and again. It has a superb graphics engine with nicely detailed vehicles, buttery-smooth gameplay and a beautiful day/night cycle including ambient lighting and dynamic weather. With a mix of old and new events it's a great way to break the racing mould and yet stay true to what made Horizon 1 so good. Well worth a grab!
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TrueAchievements (Oct 10, 2014)
Forza Horizon 2 picks up where the first game finished, and improves on just about every area. The FM5 engine produces some absolutely stunning graphics, which is matched in equal parts by the audio and sounds of the cars. The world is as open as it can be and leaves the players to drive and race wherever they want. Add to this all of the single-player events, multiplayer races, co-op events, road trips, and car clubs, and this is a mammoth package of pure petrolhead pleasure. The festival atmosphere is felt throughout the game. It is fun from start to finish. Due to its diversity and replayability, it's hard to say what more you could want from such a title. In short, following in the tire treads of its predecessor, this could well be the racing game of 2014.
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4Players.de (Oct 01, 2014)
Die Faszination des Vorgängers kann Forza Horizon 2 nicht mehr entfachen. Trotzdem ist der rasante Trip durch Südeuropa eine würdige und gelungene Fortsetzung, die vor allem mit einem fantastischen Fahrgefühl der detaillierten Boliden, zahlreichen Veranstaltungen, einer grandiosen Kulisse inklusive Wetterwechseln sowie einer schier grenzenlosen Freiheit begeistert. Nicht zu vergessen der stilistisch breit gefächerte Soundtrack, der den Festival-Rahmen des Spiels gut einfängt. Allerdings mangelt es den mediterranen Landschaften Frankreichs und Italiens an Abwechslung und Flair – hier hatte das virtuelle Colorado des Vorgängers mehr zu bieten. Zudem sollte man nicht nur stupide die viel zu kurzen und mit der Zeit recht eintönigen Karriere-Rennen abklappern, sondern sich auch nach den zahlreichen Herausforderungen abseits der Meisterschaften umsehen, um selbst für die Abwechslung zu sorgen, die der Karriere mangels Modi manchmal fehlt.
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Financial Post (Sep 25, 2014)
The racing genre seems to be experiencing a bit of a resurgence and Playground Game’s latest title is leading the charge. The big question that remains is how Forza Horizon 2 will compare to competing games in the genre once they’re released.
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Jeuxvideo.com (Sep 25, 2014)
Les plaisirs les plus simples sont souvent les meilleurs... Voilà une phrase qui résume parfaitement ce qu'est et ce que propose Forza Horizon 2. Sans faire dans le simpliste ni dans le limité, puisqu'il propose énormément de véhicules et beaucoup de défis, en local comme en online, le titre tape pile là où Playground Games avait visé. C'est un jeu de course sans prise de tête et entièrement basé sur le plaisir de se balader dans des voitures que l'on ne possédera sans doute jamais, le tout dans des environnements splendides, fleurant bon les vacances au soleil. Le jeu n'est pas parfait graphiquement mais c'est bien la seule chose que j'arrive à lui reprocher ; pour le reste, c'est carton plein. On vous le répète souvent dans le jeu, et c'est la volonté des développeurs : prenez votre pied ! Et à partir du moment où l'on aime conduire et que l'on aime un minimum l'automobile, impossible de ne pas apprécier ce qui nous est proposé.
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411mania.com (Oct 12, 2014)
Aside from a few minor complaints, Forza Horizon 2 is an amazing racer for the Xbox One. You'll find plenty to do and challenge yourself with before finishing everything, and even then you can hop online and try to be the best racer around. If you are a fan of any racing games, give this game a try.
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XboxAchievements (Sep 28, 2014)
Forza Horizon 2 is another impressive racer from Playground Games. That said, while the original Horizon nailed the single-player and lacked on the multiplayer front, Horizon 2 is the polar opposite to that. If they can nail the two at once in the inevitable sequel, then Horizon will surely take the crown off Motorsport.
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Giant Bomb (Oct 01, 2014)
Forza Horizon 2 is a solid open-world racing game that takes Forza's slavish devotion to car culture in a friendlier direction.
80
Digitally Downloaded (Oct 24, 2014)
Forza's combination of speed, presentation values, excellent handling and flexibility in letting players approach the game in a variety of ways makes it really hard to put the controller down. At the end of the day, it is just a whole lot of fun.
80
There’s an exhausting number of features that have been implemented into Forza Horizon 2. The open world isn’t just an empty free roam field to drive through; there’s so much stuff packed in that it’s a little daunting. Whether gamers fancy playing by themselves or participating in the online features, there’s something here for everyone that will keep them engaged for hours on end. Those seeking realism will be happy to see the highly upgradable and tunable options, while everybody else will find the arcade mechanics deeply enjoyable. With a strong communal focus and a sense of delight when driving around Southern Europe, there’s nothing more relaxing than what Playground Games and Turn 10 Studios have created. One of the most versatile racers on the market, Forza Horizon 2 fires on all cylinders.
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GamesRadar (Sep 25, 2014)
Despite minor faults, it's easy to love Forza Horizon 2. With many of the optional features the more serious Motorsport games are known for, along with Horizon's high-octane thrills and massive open landscapes to explore, Forza Horizon 2 is a culmination of the best parts of both games, all in one package.
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Polygon (Sep 25, 2014)
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.
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Quarter to Three (Oct 10, 2014)
Race through a supposedly European wide-open world featuring weather and day-tonight [sic] cycles that you won't care about. Instantly connect with friends and their drivatars in what the publishers call "the ultimate celebration of speed, style, and action-packed driving". Explore beautiful and exotic locations that look a lot like the first game's Colorado in more than 200 of the world's greatest cars, or at least the ones we licensed, all created with precise detail in stunning 1080p, but locked at 30fps.
 
GameAwards.ru (Oct 02, 2014)
Пожалуй, Forza Horizon 2 - это конечно не самая прекрасная гонка всей гоночной истории игр, но в этом году, обойти эту игру врятли кому удастся. К примеру, The Crew имеет очень большой игровой мир, но слишком постарела внешне; а не менее известный Project C.A.R.S. больше всего сделал упор на кольцевые соревнования и Driveclub затачивался больше на взаимодействие между игроками. Естественно, что Forza Horizon 2 может уступить всем этим играм в парочке функций, но по сумме ощущений смело выходит вперёд. А всё дело в том, что мчаться на авто по Лазурным берегам - это самое большое счастье для любого человека за рулём.