A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Encourages street racing on open roads in virtual versions of recognizable cities, with none of the real potential consequences of high-speed racing (ruined cars, accidental deaths, and so on).
Positive Role Models
Drivers have no real presence in the game beyond names and faces. The people running the Forza festival actively encourage dangerous street races on roads populated with civilian traffic.
Ease of Play
Players can adjust a variety of difficulty modifiers until they find a level of challenge that suits their abilities. Driving controls are precise and intuitive and shouldn't take long for even casual players to pick up.
Violence & Scariness
The player's car rams and crashes into other cars. Players are generally encouraged not to bump into others, but collisions are required in some events. No driver or pedestrian injuries or deaths are depicted.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Cut scenes show women dressed in scanty outfits (bikinis, low-cut tops) that reveal cleavage.
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Some songs contain lyrics with the word "damn."
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Products & Purchases
Scores of authentic cars from real-world manufacturers are shown in exacting detail. Game functions as kind of an interactive ad for each of the vehicles featured.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Forza Horizon 2 is an open-world racing game. It has a generally upbeat and positive feel and doesn't depict anyone being killed or even injured. But the free-roaming design means that players are essentially street-racing in a world filled with non-racing traffic and that cars frequently get into accidents. The consequences of high-speed collisions are minimal; drivers are never hurt, and cars typically just keep plugging along, showing only cosmetic damage. Beyond the driving action, players will encounter suggestively clothed women in cut scenes and a small amount of mild language in song lyrics. A bigger concern is the unmoderated chat feature, which can expose kids to inappropriate language and strangers when they're playing online.
Is It Any Good?
Forza Horizon 2 expands on the formula established in Forza Horizon by providing players a bigger, truly open world to explore, more objectives to complete, and prettier graphics -- especially if you're playing the Xbox One edition, which builds off the next-generation visual benchmark established by Forza Motorsport 5. Off-road racing is a very real thing in Horizon 2, with players challenged to careen through Italian vineyards and hilly fields of lavender that sometimes prove much more challenging than driving on pavement. "Bucket list" challenges -- objectives, the game suggests, that simply need to be completed before leaving this year's festival -- sweeten the deal. Imagine racing through a forest at midnight in the pouring rain or being told to drive a Ferrari "like you stole it" to a specific location, and you'll have an idea of what these creative challenges represent.
But the true genius of the Horizon games is in how they offer real cars and authentic handling to please gearheads while simultaneously providing a much more game-like experience than what's found in rigid, traditional driving simulators. Forza's Horizon games are just plain fun, and Forza Horizon 2 improves upon the original in just about every way.
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