Forza Horizon 2 Preview – More Than Racing
Xbox One users have now the great opportunity to try out the new Forza Horizon 2 demo ahead of the game’s official release date. As an avid gamer, I couldn’t say no to this great offer — and I found myself downloading the 10GB demo for the upcoming racing title. But why so much space for just a demo? Well, because Microsoft is not only handing away a demo, it’s giving a full preview of the game, based on which you can simply make a decision whether to buy it or not. Forza Horizon 2 takes racing to a whole other level, alternating between off-road madness and regular tracks. You get both sides of the world in all races you’ll start in the demo, and you can play either safe or fully reckless. Crossing vineyards and small woods will give you the advantage in the race, but will also scratch your car or even worse. It’s fun not to obey the laws, or the usual restrictions in racing simulators, and just go wild and find hidden shortcuts. The freedom that Forza Horizon 2 offers it’s not something you usually find in other games from this genre. Of course, Horizon 2 will not get into the hearts of hardcore simulator fans that play titles such as Gran Turismo, but for those like me, who just enjoy a casual racing game from time to time, this is the perfect title. Surprisingly enough, the demo is quite complex. There’s only three single-player races, but it also has a lot of side content and the awesome free-roam multiplayer lobbies to dive in when you’re done with single-player. In the beginning you’ll get to chose from three cars, which are not really spectacular but will get the job done.
After each “story” race, you’ll be challenged by anyone who wants to try again defeating you on the road. But those races will happen on the same tracks as the first one, which makes things a bit less interesting. On top of everything I mentioned before, there are certain optional objectives such as “The Bucket List”. This list will unlock a few more five-minute objectives, one of them requiring you to steal a powerful car and race it all over the city. They are not as great as you’d expect, but the Bucket List seems exactly like something every cars enthusiast would do before they pass out.
The game does a great job immersing you into the world the developer created, with amazingly beautiful graphics and life-like transition between day, night, and different weather. Everything is build with care, the few cars I managed to see and use were visually perfect. I’m almost never impressed by demos, but this one managed to get me on board to buy Forza Horizon 2. Forza Horizon 2 is not only about racing and having the best track record, it’s more about having to figure out how to beat your friends using dangerous shortcuts, taking risks and have a great time in a open-world racing scenery.
The game can be bought starting with 30 September, 2014 exclusively on Xbox One, and Xbox 360.