Forza Motorsport 2

 
(i)

 

If racing's your thing, a must-have Xbox360 title!

What parents need to know

Positive messages
Not applicable
Ease of play

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

Violence
Not applicable
Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

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

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360
Price:$59.99
Available online?Available online
Developer:Microsoft
Release date:May 30, 2007
Genre:Racing
Topics:Cars and trucks, Sports and martial arts
ESRB rating:E for (No Content Descriptors) (Xbox 360)

This review of Forza Motorsport 2 was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

Quality

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About our buy links

When you use our links to make a purchase, Common Sense Media earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes. As a nonprofit organization, these funds help us continue providing independent, ad-free services for educators, families, and kids while the price you pay remains the same. Thank you for your support.
Read more

See more about how we rate and review.

About Our Rating System

The age displayed for each title is the minimum one for which it's developmentally appropriate. We recently updated all of our reviews to show only this age, rather than the multi-color "slider." Get more information about our ratings.

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Teen, 17 years old Written bySpotlight Sunny D July 28, 2009
 

Any age for people who like racing games

This is a great racing game. and the actual physics of driving a car are very focused on. i.e. accerleration slows over hills, and around turns the car will start to lose control if taken too hard. certain ways of entering a turn will be more succesful just like in real life. very fun game. although a little difficult. Great for people who enjoy racing games
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
Kid, 12 years old December 20, 2011
 

Not what it seems.

This is a game that has no issues until online. I'm not sure where to put online. The car designs are sexually explicit and that creates a huge issue. Offline, it's for everyone 6+. Otherwise, monitor the online actions.
What other families should know
Too much sex

Poll

Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?

Digital Compass