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With a release date set for September 30th, 2014, Xbox One owners should be excited about Microsoft’s other Forza racing game. In this sequel to the original Forza Horizon that was released on the Xbox 360 back in 2012, racers will get to explore southern Europe in 200 different cars. The new title will also thrill racing fans with a much larger in-game world to explore as compared to the original game. In fact, this is set to be the next-generation’s very first open-world racer.
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As July is coming to a close, Forza Horizon 2 developers Playground Games and Turn 10 Studios are working hard to polish and put the final touches on their game. Gamers can expect to drive along the Cote D’Azur and into Italy, and around Southern Europe. All of the vistas, landscapes, and roads that players will explore in the game will be rendered in 1080p, offering some truly memorable visuals. As players drive along rural back roads, or along a coastal route, they should be impressed with the beauty of the landscapes that they are driving in; this attention-to-detail was made possible because Playground Studios designers actually drove some of the courses to see what they really feel like, in hopes of recreating those feelings for their players.
The replayability of this game is also quite immense. With the 700 race events along your map for you to discover, Playground is claiming that there will be more than 100 hours of content jammed into Forza Horizon 2 right out of the box. Including your standard street races, there are also a number of exciting racing events for users to uncover that should keep them entertained for many hours.
One of the features that should really excite former Forza fans is the fact that real weather will be making an appearance that was very long overdue. Weather will affect how you drive and the amount of visibility you have while navigating through the streets of Italy and France. What’s really cool is how the team modeled the absorbency of rain on different surfaces. Puddles on roads will dry in real time, and the additive of weather will make your driving experience that much more authentic. With an impressive weather system included, racers will also get to experience driving at day and night as well. No matter what the conditions are – fog, mist, rain, etc. – they will affect how you drive and should make your racing experience that much more challenging.
Much like Forza 5, even when you’re physically not playing the game, your “Drivatar” will remain constantly connected to the Forza Horizon 2 world. What this means is that your Drivatar will learn how you drive and use that information to create an AI version of you that other drivers will race against when you aren’t playing.
Original Forza Horizon players will also like the fact that this game will keep the same skill system, which will reward you for driving with style. The fact that there will be around 200 cars in the game should also excite players. With each car designed to mimic the real thing, drivers will get a taste of handling everything – from supercars like the Lamborghini Huracán and the McLaren P1 to old muscle cars – in some very interesting driving areas. Recently, the list of the first 100 cars in the game was released.
Finally, with a Club feature that encourages racers to set up teams to compete together, and Car Meet areas set on your map so that you can chat with other drivers, this racing game is going to be a truly unique experience. As if it couldn’t get any better, car tuning is going to be in the game which should make it even more memorable. With the ability to tweak and alter the different parts on your favorite cars, Xbox One owners should be getting excited to get behind the wheel in Forza Horizon 2 this fall.
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