Forza Motorsport 2

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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If racing's your thing, a must-have Xbox360 title!

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 8 reviews

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Ease of Play

The game can help you with your steering by letting the computer aid in gear-shifting, braking, and other automated options.


The game features licensed cars and parts from many auto makers.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this game offers an intense and realistic thrill for those who want to put the pedal to the medal -- virtually. Parents of new teen drivers might want to consider a study that suggests that playing some racing games can increase willingness to take risks while driving in real life. This game permits kids to log online for head-to-head races via the Microsoft Xbox Live service. This online component allows for chat so that will be exposed to whatever other online racers care to say.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byjedi8625 January 2, 2009

Great for any age

The people who are mentioning the inappropriate cars in the marketplace should know that anyone who sells a car with anything that violates the Xbox Live terms... Continue reading
Parent of a 10, 14, and 18+-year-old Written bySEHayes1965 November 17, 2008

Fun Racer!

A great racing game all the way around, great online racing as well. However they allow people to make their own cars designs and all. Although they have trie... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byGamersnews32 July 16, 2019

It's fun, but events are uninteresting

Forza Motorsport is a racing game, obviously, that competes with Gran Turismo™. The game is for those who like arcade mixed with realism on a racing circuit. Vi... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byWREN345 July 1, 2012

If you like racing its the thing for you

I didnt love it just beacuase it was a racing game witch arent my thing If you like racing you will LOVE it

What's it about?

If you think you've got what it takes to drive competitively, you can put your clutch where your mouth is with Microsoft Game Studios' FORZA MOTORSPORT 2, a high-definition sequel to the hit 2005 racing simulator. Microsoft Xbox 360 gamers can collect and customize more than 300 of the world's hottest cars -- from Ferraris to Porsches to Lamborghinis -- and take on tough opponents on dozens of real-world tracks.

At first, you have access only to a few training courses and a small stable of vehicles, but place in the top three and you'll unlock more exciting tracks and tournaments, as well as new race cars, which are divided into six production classes. Microsoft tapped automotive engineers and professional drivers to re-create a realistic racing experience. But you can have Forza 2 play more like an arcade game than a hard-core simulation by letting the computer aid in gear-shifting, braking, and other automated options.

Is it any good?

One of the most enjoyable parts of Forza Motorsport 2 is customizing your vehicles. You can unlock licensed rims and other aftermarket body parts, dabble with a custom paint and decal job, and tune your cars in one of four performance upgrades. After you've created the ultimate showpiece, you can go online for head-to-head races via the Microsoft Xbox Live service ($49.99 a year).

You can watch others compete with the TV spectator mode. A virtual Auction mode lets you bid on rare or custom-made cars (in exchange for game credits) or you can create an auction of your own. Whether you use the Xbox 360 wireless controller or the preferred Xbox 360 Wireless Racing Wheel ($129), Forza Motorsport 2 feels as good as it looks -- and it's quite the looker with near-photorealistic cars, tracks, and scenery. Add a truckload of cars to collect, virtually limitless customization, and deep online options and you've got one of the finest Xbox 360 games to date.

Online interaction: The online game mode allows for open chat so that kids can be exposed to whatever other online racers can to say, including swearing and other inappropriate comments.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the thrill of racing and driving fast. Did this game make you aware of the risks you are exposed to when driving at such high speeds? Would you want to be a race car driver for a living?

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