Nice, France. A city dominated by the sheer beauty of the French Riviera and the surrounding mountain passes. These passes act as playground to those fortunate enough to race around in some of the fastest, most visually stunning cars on the planet. Racing at illegal, break neck speeds with the sun setting on the horizon, providing the perfect backdrop to the exhilarating core of what driving really is. In every way, Forza Horizon 2 feels exactly like this - A playground for you to lose yourself to at 200 km/h.
Forza Horizon was a gem of a racing title on the Xbox 360, and Horizon 2 looks like it’s just going one better in every way possible. But you don’t need to worry about racing around the world alone, because Horizon 2 is going to have to connected to your friends…all the time.
Yesterday saw the announcement of not one, not two but three new games within the span of an hour. Amidst fatalities and revolutions however, one new titles was announced, full of kudos and drifting around the bend. Ladies and Germans, Forza Horizon is getting a sequel.
I’m not great at racing games. Oh hell, who am I kidding? I’ve seen orangutans behind the wheels of cars that were doing a better job than me until my inner jackass shouted “BANG CLYDE!” just so that I could watch the car wreck. But as far as racing games go, I loved me some Forza Horizon. And the rumour mill is pointing to a sequel on the way.
We’ve all been pretty disappointed with Microsoft, about not getting Halo 3 or Assassin’s Creed 2 (okay, maybe not so disappointed about that one) for free on Xbox Gold. And then there was the whole colossal fail with just about everything relating to the Xbox One. But Microsoft is really sorry, and they have started a journey to rectify everything. Dare I say the Xbox Live Ultimate Game Sale is making things look just a little bit better?
When it came to racing games last year, Forza Horizon stole the show. Slick, quick and inviting, the game didn’t just make me enjoy fast and furious cars. It made me love them. And somewhere along the line, one of the developers at Turn Ten said, “we need some rallying content, stat!”.
Okay, stop laughing. Yes, the Xbox 360 may be about as exclusive as a bad Kempton Park night club, but that doesn’t mean that the limited releases we saw this year on that platform were half-arsed. Well, except for quite a few Kinect ones, but that goes without saying. No, if there was one exclusive game to have this year on that platform, it would have to be…
I live my life a quarter vote at a time. It wasn’t the most tightly contested genre in gaming this year, but when it came to racing games, there were quite a few games scrambling to reach the finish line. Only one of them could take the top spot on the podium though, and that speed demon was…
What exactly is Forza Horizon? An open world racer? A stripped down version of a technical giant? A playground for people who have a Vin Diesel shrine in their house and tattooed go faster stripes on their juiced biceps? In a nutshell, Forza Horizon is all of that…and more.
It’s still quite a while before we get our hands on the wheel of Turn 10 and Playground games Forza open-word action-racer Forza Horizon. There’s still two weeks to go until release – which makes the fact that reviews of the game have started trickling out pretty surprising.
The open-world sandbox Forza spinoff Horizon will only be getting to us towards the end of the month – which no doubt makes petrolheads who like a slice of arcade racing a little sad – because frankly, the game looks great – even if its makers are trying to fleece you by charging nearly as much for the game’s dlc as they are for the game.
Forza Horizon, PlayGround Games and Turn 10’s new open-world arcade spin-off racer that looks like Forza but plays more like PGR is coming late next month. The game’s going to be heavily supported post release by DLC - but be prepared to empty your wallet if you plan to experience Horizon in its entirety. Microsoft’s released details of the game’s Season Pass - a pay now, play later discounted DLC option - and it’ll set you back 4000 MS Points, or $50; nearly the cost of the game itself.
Microsoft’s announced that its new blend of arcade action racing and simulator, Forza Horizon (though some may argue that Forza 4 already fills that spot) will be getting a “VIP membership pass,” which means you’ll get a ton of extra stuff. If you’re cynical, it means they’ll be charging you for content they’ve not made yet. If you’re cynical and jaded, it means they’ll be charging you for stuff they have already made, but have opted to keep off the retail disc.
The year so far has released some fantastic games so far, great content that we’ve all had a chance to sample and own. And 2012 has only just crossed the halfway mark, so here’s a look at what the rest of the year has in store for us, from futuristic warfare, driving on the horizon and all the way to some revolutionary war tomahawk action.
There’s still a great year ahead, that’s for certain.