Forza Horizon 2

Game review by
Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
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Outstanding driving game has some street-racing concerns.
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Parents say

age 6+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 14 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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

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. 

Sex

Cut scenes show women dressed in scanty outfits (bikinis, low-cut tops) that reveal cleavage.

Language

Some songs contain lyrics with the word "damn."

Consumerism

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.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 13 year old Written bystaradar5. July 24, 2015

Not as good as the first

This game wasnt as good as the first one but has new cars better graphics and new races. Sad to see no real competitors/characters like the last one.
Adult Written byHattanTawili July 26, 2018
Kid, 10 years old April 20, 2015

A great racing game for free roam lovers, car lovers, and just eager gamers.

This game is a must buy for a kid who wants a new racing game. When your kid says "Oh mom or dad I want to buy Grand Theft Auto V because of the great view... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old November 25, 2014

Epic Game!

It's an amazing game. And the multi-player is fantastic. I don't see where violence is in the game, unless you call crashing into cars violent..

What's it about?

After conquering the American West in the first game in Forza Motorsport's spin-off series, Forza Horizon, FORZA HORIZON 2 shifts the franchise's titular racing festival to southern Europe, allowing players to race across urban, rural, inland, and coastal areas of France and Italy. As in the first game, players can expect a lengthy series of championship races that encourages them to experiment with a variety of authentic real-world cars. But that just scratches the surface of what's available in this expansive racer. Players constantly earn rewards, whether they're engaged in official races, trying to complete side missions such as the imaginative new "bucket list" challenges (think: jumps, journeys, and joyrides), or simply going for a ride along a beautiful ocean-side highway. With more than 100 hours worth of challenges -- plus additional objectives sure to be offered via updates -- this is the sort of racing game that will keep both gearheads and casual racing fans occupied for weeks or even months. 

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about online safety. How can you protect yourself from potential bullies and predators when playing online games? What would you do if you were uncomfortable with other players' conversation?

  • Discuss studies that suggest kids who play driving games may be more prone to taking risks while driving real-world cars. How might driving games affect your behavior behind a wheel?

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