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Forza Motorsport 2 is a real racing simulator for the Xbox 360. The driving physics and realism of the cars speeds and handling is impressive and requires skill to master.

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      19.01.2012 23:59
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      This is still a great racing simulator, and recommended!

      @ About, Gameplay Experience @ This game is the Xbox 360 equivalent of Gran Turismo - It's a real driving simulator and I find, much more realistic than Gran Turismo. For a start the driving position isn't so stiff and the car does actually have some give in the tyres. The physics are not that bad when you are driving, drifting is highly realistic and handbrake turns, skids and spins are all related to gravity and dimensions of the car. For example, spinning out at 200MPH in a Toyota GT-ONE is harder than in a Peugeot 207 because the Toyota has a low centre of gravity. There are simple customisation menus as well so you can really get into the technical side of racing by adjusting tyres right down to the smallest detail like 0.5psi pressure changes. In the more competitive side of racing though, you can start on a full 8 player racing grid and compete with more or less assists to your difficulty liking. You can turn ABS and TCS off, and these have a realistic effect too. Skidding off a corner with no traction control sends you into a flat spin and often ends up in a crash. Just like real life... The thing with crashes though is that damage is not realistic aesthetically. You cant crumple your bonnet or get dents or gaping holes in your car, and even a crash at 100MPH will only scrape layers of paint of your car, make the wing mirrors fall off etc. There are also, no weather or night and day effects and in my experience, you often race at near sunset, so late afternoon when the sun is halfway in the sky. @ Graphics, Sound, Xbox LIVE @ Tyre squeal is an excellent feature in forza motorsport 2 and is reflected by the telemetry on the HUD. So if your tyres are peaking at 1000% because you are sliding sideways at high speed, you get a high-pitched tyre noise and when you slow down the skid or begin to control it, it becomes quieter and softer. Engine sound is fantastic but not completely realistic at higher revs. Whilst they have tried to get the sounds from real life versions of the cars engines do get a drop in audio quality at higher revs, like a muffled sound where the sound clip has reached a limit. At maximum revs sometimes the sound will become distorted in more low pitched engine cars such as muscle cars. Graphics though are pristine, very clear and even the grass has small details like tiny colour changes. Although, clouds don't move and car interiors are blacked out. The cars themselves though aren't exactly GT4 quality with less polygons per car but do still accurately reflect the cars real life version in terms of parameters and details such as badges and headlights. @ Overall @ This is still a fantastic game but there is room for improvement. The one thing I cant fault is the driving physics, and how realistic the tuning and drive feels. But no weather effects and sound quality lets it down.

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      A superb car racing game with lots of cars, tracks and tournaments!

      == FORZA MOTORSPORT 2 == Forza Motorsport 2 is the second game from the growing franchise of the car racing game exclusively for the Xbox 360. The first Forza Motorsport game was released back in 2005 for the original Xbox and is compatible with the Xbox 360. Then in 2007 Forza Motorsport 2 was released and is fairly different to the first and in my opinion much better. Forza Motorsport is labelled the Xbox 360 version of Gran Turismo (PS3) even though they are actually two different games. Turn 10 Studios developed Forza Motorsport 2 and Microsoft Game Studios are the publishers for the game. There are many car racing games out there and most are different types of car racing games. There are street racing games, world championship racing games and there are a few games that feature rallying. Whilst there isn't an actual story to Forza Motorsport 2 it is still one of the better car racing games available at an incredible price. === GAMEPLAY === In Forza Motorsport 2 there are over 300+ fully licensed cars available. You don't start with all 300 however and almost every car has to be bought in the game with money. At the start of the game the cars you can buy are all mediocre cars but slightly better than your opponents so you can progress in the game quite easily. As you get further in the game better cars become available, faster cars become available and you will also unlock cars for completing races and events. There are lots of different race tracks overall in the game and most of them are actual racing tracks in real life so the game gives you that full on feel. Some of the tracks are mirrored as well which makes things a little more interesting. Mirrored is basically reversed. There are numerous game modes available in Forza Motorsport 2 and this is one of the reasons it has become fairly successful. Career mode is the main game mode in the game for single player gamers and this game mode consists of the most gameplay features. At the start of this mode you pick you favourite region out of the select few and this basically then lets you pick a car to start with that you can afford. After picking your car you then choose your difficulty/assistance required. There are numerous settings Novice being the easiest and Expert being the hardest. Novice is far too easy though and it takes away enjoyment from the game because all you need to do is steer the car and accelerate. The computer does all the breaking and so on. On expert you do absolutely everything with no assistance what so ever but this is far more challenging and not recommended at first. intermediate is 50/50 and works well. From this you now can go and race in cups, check your vehicles, buy new vehicles and buy upgrades for your vehicles. There are 9 massive cups on the game and each cup has a certain amount of events and a set amount of races. For example the first cup is called Proving Grounds and is basically to get you up and running. There are 10 events on this cup with 30 different races. Each event needs to be won to progress further. Different events may require certain cars to be raced with. You can only do Proving Grounds at first but more open and become available but you need to spend your money wisely because certain cups or races will need certain cars. You can also add vinyl and decals to your cars! Arcade mode is another fairly decent game mode. There are different race types in this mode such as time trials, practice or full on races. You can unlock new cars in this game mode and the new cars can be used in Career mode. Probably worth doing Arcade mode first. In multiplayer mode there are numerous races and events available. You can compete in exhibition races on the same console with friends or you can compete in friendly races with people over Xbox Live. You can also compete online by playing online tournaments or by racing in a career race. Each one you will receive bonuses if you win and in turn could lead to your driver level increasing. If your driver level increases then new cars become available and new tracks. Also new championships and events become available and you will also rise in the rankings overall. In multiplayer you can also buy cars from people on Xbox Live and you can also sell you unwanted cars. To play most of these modes you do need your Xbox 360 connected to Xbox Live with a gold membership. When your actually racing the game comes fully to life and really impresses with the beautifully designed cars and tracks. There are a total of 8 cars in each race including yours. Racing against 7 opponents is probably a good amount because too many can become frustrating if you start badly and also it can become packed so 8 is about right. The racing runs smoothly and makes the game feel like your actually driving sometimes. There are a certain amount of laps that you have to do and its always best to finish first. As you get further in the game you are required to complete more laps in the bigger and more challenging tournaments. If you come into contact with other vehicles then you may get a penalty but this doesn't really matter because as long as you finish first everything is okay. The game becomes more hectic and more competitive as you progress. Online play may vary depending on connection. Overall its a smooth racing game and on of the best out there. === GRAPHICS === Forza Motorsport has some realistic graphics. The cars in the game are superbly designed and look like they do in real life. This is one of the major improvements from the first game and its definitely noticeable. The tracks are also detailed really well and look how they do in real life. The sense of realism the game has is brilliant and definitely another reason of the games success. I am also very impressed with the scenery in the game and the way the weather can change at almost any moment in the game. The sky, trees and even crowd give a really good feel about the game. The weather is fantastic because sometimes it could be all sunny and the next race could be absolutely thrashing it down. Plus the way the weather effects your races is phenomenal. Overall I was very pleased with the graphics to Forza Motorsport 2. === SOUND EFFECTS === Something I was in two minds about at first with the game was the sound effects but they actually grew on me as I got further into the game. At first it just seemed slightly unrealistic and the music to the game was very disappointing. As I got further the sound effects seemed to get a lot better and the music actually grew on me and there are actually a lotn of different types of music tracks available in the game. You can turn music off in most games but in my opinion its part of the game and there for a reason. There are certain sound effects to the game that are spot on where I cant fault them at all. Things such as the way different cars sound, the weather sound effects and many more. The game actually is quite impressive for a fairly older game for the Xbox 360 now. === DIFFICULTY & LONGEVITY === The games difficulty definitely varies in career mode because of the difficulty you pick at the start. I feel the game can be far too difficult for most gamers on a much harder setting because there are no assistance's on and they can come in handy at times. One of the assistance's is braking and another is a line sort of telling you when and where to slow down at corners. With these the game is fairly simple but without it can become increasingly difficult. Also the controls to the game are very simple. Online play difficulty may be harder but may be easier it depends on the skill level of your opponent. Arcade mode is much easier than career mode for single players. The length of the game is actually really good. Most car games can be played numerous times for many reasons. Career mode is probably a good 30 hour game mode mainly because of endurance races that can take a long time. Arcade mode is around an 8 hour game mode and multiplayer modes can last a lifetime so overall the length of the game is really good and definitely a strong point. The fact you can start again and again after finishing the game is great because the outcome will always be different with the choices you make and the difficult you choose. === ACHIEVEMENTS === Forza Motorsport 2 features a total of 44 different achievements. Most of them are fairly simple to get as you will get most as you play through the game as normal. Some of the achievements will take time and require a lot of patience. There are a few secret achievements as well. One of the biggest disappointments is that there are some online achievements as well which is bad for people who don't play online because they wont be able to get them. Overall there is a mix of achievements available but there not the best bunch to get and can cause problems if you leave them for too long. === PROS === *There are numerous game modes available to play offline and online! *Over 300+ different cars available and you can buy as many as you want! *Lots of different tracks full of variety and can be raced in different weathers! *The graphics & sound effects to the game are really good! *Lots of different difficulty settings for different types of gamers! *This is a real racing game very much like Gran Turismo! *There are lots of unlockable cars and other bits! === CONS === *The main game menu looks boring and career mode looks a little plain at times! *Not a massive fan of the leveling up in this game because it seems pointless! *There isn't an awful lot of variety in the races or tracks overall! *Not so many people play the game online anymore probably because of Forza 3! === FINAL THOUGHT === Forza Motorsport has officially taken the world by storm by putting Gran Turismo behind the quality that is Forza. Gran turismo was all the rage a long time ago but with Forza now in pole position. Forza 4 is out now and looks set to leave other racing games for dead. Forza 2 however will still sit fairly strong because it was the first to be released for the Xbox 360. The game has a lot to offer even more so at 4 years old. There is still lots of fun to be had playing the game. I would recommend the game to many people especially if your a fan of racing games at their best. I would also recommend the game if your a fan of driving because with the steering wheel and the correct camera angle this is a very real type of game. Its realism is fantastic. Forza Motorsport 2 is definitely a game I would recommend but Forza 4 is out so you may want an updated version that can also be played with Kinect. The game has an age rating of 3+ which is perfect and suitable for most gamers. It could be seen a little difficult for the younger gamers but they would still enjoy it. The game manual is okay but its just a little plain but lists all relevant information. I bought the game a few years back now for about £5 which is great value for money. However now the game is much older and the 4th installment is almost here, the game is actually selling for only about £2 for a used copy on Amazon which includes postage and is definitely worth it. Any game is worth £2! Brand new copies are around £8-£10! Its a fantastic car game. Better than the 1st Forza but slightly worse than the 3rd game. I would give Forza Motorsport a solid 8/10! Review also on Ciao under the username: MrBrightside1987!

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        26.11.2010 18:43
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        fun for a while

        Forza Motorsport 2 is generally a good game the extensive list of cars is good, the racing tracks are all brilliant. There is plenty of downloadable content available helps aid the game in being up to date with new cars added. The game play is brilliant with the realism a delight. The scenery is well done the game has definitely been researched heavily and resulted in such a good development but this is where it stops the game initially fun gets quite repetitive the races are varied but not to an extent where the game becomes a game above all the rest, this game took effort to complete which I believe to it's main downfall as it shroud be constant fun and a game should never become a chore. When actually driving a car it feels very smooth but generally becomes to easy and when changing difficulty it can become rather the opposite and I found myself at times getting bored of it being to easy and just plain annoyed when changing the settings. Instead I look upon this game as a typical racing game. This is all well and good but what difference does this game offer to the others I can only compare to this game to another and this game reminds of Gran Turismo 3 which is many years older. So the developers have managed to recreate a good game without originality.

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          08.04.2010 13:27

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          Wonderful racer

          Forza is the xbox 360's answer to Sony's Gran Turismo. Always a fan of Gran Turismo i was skeptical of this title not having played the first forza at this point but Forza 2 truly delivers. It does what Gran Turismo does, only better and more fun. The racing in Forza seems like it has been made both realistic but not painfully realistic as seen in Gran Turismo which seems like it punishes you for not being a car expert. The gameplay is great, the inclusion of cosmetic damage on cars which have collided adds a deeper level of realism which immerses you into the game more so. The structure of the game is good too, there are different race leagues you can compete in, and each set of races you complete you are awarded a new car and points which will raise your level to unlock new races and cars which can be purchased. This is a great game and well worth a buy for a fiver, if you love realism this is for you, and if you love just some fun on a track in a supercar its still for you.

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          24.01.2010 21:21

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          Wonderful game

          The original Forza Motorsport on the Xbox was a great game that remains the best opposition that Microsoft have managed to pose to Sony's excellent Gran Turismo series. The sequel is not without its flaws, but it builds on the original game's ideas and is a visually stunning game that's fun for both racing fanatics and relative amateurs. What's most noticeable about this game if you haven't played the first game is the immense realism of the physics, meaning racing each car is a unique experience. The customisation options are also great if you're into your cars, as you have the ability to entirely transform vehicles, and build up a relative "hunk-a-junk" so that it can compete with recognised sports cars like Ferraris. The Career mode is the really fun bit, though, and has you choosing one of three territories - North America, Europe, or Asia - and competing to win the cars in each dealership. Whichever territories you DON'T pick become a lot harder to win cars from, and therein lies the game's major challenge. Visually, this is a stunning looking game, and is the only legitimate contender to the Gran Turismo series' attention to detail in my opinion. However, the fact that you can only race during the day, and a lack of weather options is a shame, and for some daft reason there's no camera inside your car. However, it is still a robust package, and when combined with some superb sound effects, makes for a wonderful package. Through and through this is a meticulously crafted game that will keep you occupied for ages, aided entirely by the online environment which is extremely fun and still going strong. Undoubtedly the best racer on the 360 (well, until Forza 3 came out), this is one for enthusiasts AND newbies.

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          22.01.2010 20:27

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          Great game with good graphics, addictive if you like Gran Turismo

          Fantastic game, on par with Gran Turismo. The cars are excellent to handle and you have a wide range of them to choose from. The customised paint/sticker scheme allows you to paint your car a different colour and put various stickers on it to make it look cool. The only thing I don't like about the game is that you tend to race the same tracks over and over again which can get repetitive. Once you get so far in the game, you eventually compete in 45 lap races, which can be a turn off, considering you have just played the same tracks before. However, there is a feature that allows you to choose another driver to do the driving for you so you can sit back and watch the action at the expense of you perhaps losing the race and a sum of your race money deducted and paid to your chosen driver. The new Forza 3 has just come out but if you can't afford that then this is worthy to pick up as a second, cheaper choice. You wouldn't be dissappointed with it if you liked Gran Turismo.

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          18.01.2010 11:21
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          A classic game

          This game is massive. As big things go, this is like 20 elephants on stilts who are stood in a que to join weight watchers. You start off in a small way with a reasonably priced car with which you can enter a limited amount of races to win money to buy cars to unlock new races to win more money to spend on upgrades to beat other cars to earn more cash....... phew, it's like the poem about an old lady who swallowed a fly. As you progress through the ranks, the races get longer and the opposition is more of a challenge, because their cars are of a better quality. To offset this, the prize money increases so at least you can buy cars to match the opposition. Top tip number 1 - when you recieve a new car, don't rush to buy upgrades before racing in it. Instead, check the "Factory Spec" races to see if your new car is elligible to enter a race in this category. If you buy upgrades for the car before checking race elligibility, you may see the message "no cars elligible in your garage" at the race selection screen. Top tip number 2 - it's a good idea to hire a driver for endurance races. They dont cost anything to hire, but will receive a cut from any winnings you make. At 25 to 35 laps a race, most of the endurance races take about 50 minutes to complete. This amount of time can be a true test of endurance for the gamer - many a time I have started an endurance race only to need the toilet, an eye bath and a good lie down by lap ten. End of tips. The game has more than 300 cars to own, but you can't buy a Maclaren F1 or a Koennigsegg straight away - this privelege must be earnt by spending long hours track bashing and carefully spending your winnings on the right next car or upgrades that will guarantee sucess in the next races. The range of cars is impressive, from classic to contemporary, family cars to flashy mid life crisis roadsters, this game has it all. Im not a technophile, so can't comment on the performance of the graphics engine or AI interaction and sprite integrity, because, I couldn't really give a monkeys. All I know is that the game looks realistic when being played, and it "feels" like you are driving - corners "feel" like corners and a sense of speed is present when overtaking or squeezing through a bend a bit faster than you should. Overall, a massive game with a realistic feel and enough races and cars to prevent you getting bored with it. Well worth its five stars.

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          18.01.2010 11:15
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          A Very Comprehensive Racer.

          In the absence of any new Gran Turismo game, developer Turn 10 have filled the console racing sim niche with three separate Forza titles since the release of Gran Turismo 4 AGES ago! Gran Turismo is the obvious comparison as Forza closely follows its career progress model and the role playing element of win races, earn cash to buy new cars, gain eligibility for events and repeat. Many, many times. Judged solely against Gran Turismo, Forza 2 does an excellent job if you don't mind it being a bit too derivative. It doesn't have quite the range of cars that Gran Turismo has and it doesn't look quite as pretty or share the in-car view fellow XBOX 360 racer Project Gotham Racing 4 but the racing experience is what separates it from the competition. Gran Turismo as impressive as it is has allow felt a bit stale, less about the racing and more about all the stuff in between like buying and upgrading cars with the races feeling processional. In Forza 2 the races are much more exciting as the computer actually RACES you, battles itself and crucially makes mistakes like you. With proper physical damage to the cars which GT has never had the racing can be thrilling especially with the racing assists off. As someone who's never been too bothered about filling out a garage of cars and playing the game as its meant to be played (I just max out the abilities of a few cars and use them for everything) Forza 2 is excellent. The only real criticism I have with the game is the obvious padding to the career mode which just involves you redoing races you've already won later in the game with extra laps. This happens a lot and there's about eighty hours worth of game in the career mode. If you dont have a problem with that, you'll love Forza 2.

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          A really good game, probably cost you about £5 now, but check out Forza 3, its so much better.

          Well Forza by now has established itself as possibly the most realistic racing simulator, fighting neck and neck with the PlayStation's Gran Turismo series. The original Forza didnt have an overly large fan-base as it was the first game in the series, and had no foundation to build upon, Forza 2 however is a different story. Forza 2 had a massive online community, aided largely by its online auction house. The online mode is still popular among its players, even though Forza 3 is out. When Forza 2 came out, it became the most realistic race simulator available on the Xbox 360, and ultimately the most realistic race simulator on a console platform, Gran Turismo 4 didnt really put up a fight against this game. Forza 2 has a fairly small amount of cars compared to its competitor, with only around 350 cars available, including the DLC car packs. There is however a large amount of tracks in the game. Forza 2 changed the way racing simulators were viewed, before GT4 was viewed as the most realistic simulator, but the Forza series introduced damage and also damage models, not to mention far superior driving physics, no more hitting a wall and sliding along it, or hitting the back of a car and slowing down about 60mph without spinning out of control or affecting the car in front. The Forza series was also the first series of simulators on the console platform to get official licensing from manufacturers such as Lamborghini, Ferrari and Porsche. Really this game brought the racing genre to a whole new level, i highly recommend this game and its sequel Forza 3, which is even better.

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          24.12.2009 16:50
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          If you are good at racing car games and want to test yourself, buy it. If not stick to forza 3.

          Ah forza, a classic xbox 360 game nowadays. One of the original great driving games up there with PGR and Gran Tourismo. But the game can be a let down. I have this game and play it regularly and I love it! You can race in arcade mode, earn money in career mode, or race against your mates in multiplayer either split screen or online! But as you get into the game you realize that getting money is either really easy or hard. Personally I would like a perfect balance. But it isn't like that. Either you play "fairly" in a race and risk losing it all on the last lap when some idiot barges into you or you go out buy some upgrades and storm the competition, lapping the guy in 2nd place. I also find it hard to believe that when I start in last place and manage to win a 4lap race, yet others only gain or lose a couple of positions throughout... Also getting used to the game takes a lot of time effort and practise... and therefore I wouldn't recommend this to anyone who already struggles with racing car games. With the release of forza 3 with its "reverse time" capabilities that would be a much better buy for newer players.

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          04.12.2009 08:35

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          A must buy.

          Forza Motorsport for the xbox 360 is a racing game. Personally as forza motor sport 3 is out then i would get that. But that doesn't stop this being an all around good game. The graphics are simply amazing. In HD it almost looks like you are there. The selection of cars is also fantastic with big name manufacturers such as ferrari and mclaren. In the carrer mode it is a simple as many car racing games. To complete the game you earn redits from winning races and then unlocking new series of racing and also leveling up so you can have access to new stuff such as races and also different variation of cars. Multiplayer isn't too bad either with a fantastic auction house whereby you can sell cars or buy them or just try to make a profit. You can also design your own vinyls and you will be amazed how good some of the atristic design are. Overall i think this is a must buy game, unless you are buying forza 3

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          15.10.2009 09:57
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          Still Up There

          Although its been out for a while now, Forza 2 still remains one of the best racing games on the Xbox 360, only rivalled by Grid and NFS Shift. Now in the classics range, meaning you can pick it up for not much more than a tenner, is even more of an incentive to delve into your pockets and invest into the game. But is it really a 'classic', I mean can a 2 year old game hold up against new releases with better graphics and improved physics engines? With the new Forza on the way, is it really worth buying this older version? There is not short answer to be honest, it really depends upon the player on how much you will get out of the game. Like any other racing game on the market, Forza come with its own career mode, which as usual, entails the buying of a car, racing small races, buying a better car, racing bigger races. Its really that simple. From the start, you actually have a fairly wide range of cars at your disposal, and this only increases the more you play the game. The volume of cars on offer here is truly incredible and they run from your run-of-the-day Ford Focus, to some crazy looking Audi racing cars I've never heard of. And the great thing is, they all feel different, driving a new car feels like, well, driving a new car! And it really makes a difference if your car is rear wheel drive or front, if your car is mid-engine. The great thing about Forza is that all the little details matter, and you can feel them when your out on the track and you must drive accordingly. The career is quite deep and has a good lot of features for you to dig your nails into. Firstly, every race you complete earns you experience, as you gain more experience you increase your Driver Level which gives you access to bigger and better races, and also unlocks a few more cars. Ontop of this, each individual car has its own Car Level, and when you move up a level you receive a bonus, cheaper engine parts for example. It's a nice touch that adds to the game. The game is split up into series championships if you like, each championship involves a number of races. The catch is not every car can enter every race, so your actually being forced to jump into new cars and tear them around your track, for example the FWD championship is only open to front wheel drive cars, so you are going to have to mix it up a bit. But that's not a problem at all, by winning a championship, not only do you get a decent bit of money, but the game also rewards you with a prize car which can be used in future races. Most of the time these cars are old, collectors types that handle worse than my teenage sister can handle her drink, but some of the cars the game throws at you are actually quite good. The graphics for the game, even though they are a couple years old, are stunning. Each car looks superb out on the track, and even better in your garage. In the cockpit view, you can see all the dials and buttons you would expect to find in there. The tracks are very impressive, and are all (as far as I'm away) based on real tracks, and not only are they based on the tracks they're extremely accurate. All the big names are here, The Laguna Seca for example, and all are great to drive on. The sound? My god. Forza does it just right, the music in the menus are fairly catchy, but when you hit the track the only music you'll be hearing if from the V12 monster on your screen. This is the best thing a racing game can do, forget rocky soundtracks and fast beats, just let me hear the sound of the engine roar! The sound of the tyres screaming as I take a corner at 70mph, and boy do they scream. The system to upgrade your car is one of the best I've seen. While there aren't many options to modify the visuals of your car, you do get plenty of a chance to tinker under the bonnet and lets face it, that's really what makes the difference. You can change anything from the Flywheel to the width of the tyres, and each change you make changes the way the car feels on the track. You are also able to create your own vinals for your car using the cars in-game vinal editor, however I did try a few and they didn't turn out so well. I don't know if it was my bad design work or the games bad editor that caused the problem! The game can be quite challenging, and there is plenty to do. But I basically found that you can fly through the game with very little hassle just by making the right car choices. And eventually, I'm sad to say, the one trick pony does get a bit boring. Another race type or two would have been nice, just to add a bit of variation. It gets boring doing the same thing over and over and over again, if it wasn't for the fact that the cars feel so different the game would have become so tedious I probably wouldn't have finished it. Lucky that isn't the case. With Forza 3 on the horizon, you might be convinced to keep your money and get that instead. But with Forza 2 for less than 20 quid, it would be stupid not to buy it, your still picking up a top class racer, probably still one of the best on the Xbox 360, and even with its flaws it still proves to be an excellent experience that will provide you with many hours of track based fun.

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            10.10.2009 18:09
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            A great game that provides realism like no other.

            Forza Motorsport 2 is a fantastic racing game, it comes so much closer to realism than any other driving game available. There is one major catch though, play it with a steering wheel and pedals. The controller may be possible to drive with but the resposiveness of a good wheel and pedal set is second to none and will make the gameplay all the more enjoyable. The game will probably seem quite hard at first as it is a "simulator" rather than an arcade style game. Once you get around the initial learning curve you'll love it. The game has two main modes, Arcade and Career. In the arcade mode you have three game types, exhibition, time trial and free run. All pretty self explanatory but the exhibition races and tough races to unlock cars, they are not for the novice though! Time trials are a similar story but as expected you are trying to be a set lap time. Free run is just a practice session you can take cars out on the track. The career mode consists of a LOT of races where you must win money in order to progress levels and buy new cars. There is enough in here to keep you playing for an age! There are three AI difficulty settings easy, medium and hard. You can also adjust your personal difficulty by setting the drivings aids like ABS, traction control and stability control on/off. I prefer to only use stability control, gives a more realistic experience. The game is pretty darn realistic but still keeps the game within the realms of enjoyable gaming. Don't expect to drive around tracks at full throtle though, it is very realistic! The game provides a racing line telling you when to brake/accelerate, this can also be turned off. The force feedback for steering wheels is excellent too! All in all a great game and thoroughly recommended to all racing game fans. It will provide the closest to real racing you can get on a console. Anyone who says this game doesn't provide what it's meant to doesn't know what they're talking about and are probably a 15yo kid who knows it all and has never driven! Bring on Forza 3 at the end of Oct '09!

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            12.09.2009 20:27
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            The best racer on the 360, in my opinion. Get a copy yesterday!

            The only driving simulator worthy to make the claim 'simulator', Forza 2 is an old game nowadays, but easily the best racing game on the XBOX 360. To start with, the most obvious comparison to Forza is PlayStation's Gran Turismo series. I played the originals on the PS and then the PS2 and found the games to be an absolute blast. Unfortunately, since playing Forza 2, I look back at GT and can only view it as Forza's younger, less cool, brother. Lets talk physics. I don't drive, so I sure as hell have no idea how a car should feel, let alone how a Ford GT screaming down a back straight doing 200 MPH should feel, but Forza 2 gives me a pretty good idea. The car twitches if breaking too hard, will wobble if hitting the rumble strips too quickly, and touching the grass around the Nürburgring is the only ingredient needed for crash-pie. The damage physics are also top notch, not only in place for eye candy, but also affecting the performance of the car (should you crank the difficulty up enough). You can't rough and tumble your way through the pack and clipping other cars while cornering can be deadly and race-ending. This makes for a much more challenging game, as you can't just bounce from car to car and off the barrier like you could in GT. The selection of cars on offer is also impressive, with all the major manufacturers being represented. The game breaks the cars into categories, ranging from the D-Class (Mini, Ford Focus SVT), C, B, A, S and U, which are the supercars. Beyond this is the R-series, four levels of race tuned speed machines. All of the cars (bar the R-series) are customisable to such an extreme it will give you a nosebleed. Personally, I found a lot of the tuning options to be an overkill, but the upgrades you can get for your car is perfectly done, ranging from changing tyres and spoilers, to full engine swaps. This gives the game a great deal of depth, as any car you own could end up taking a completely different modification path to somebody else with the same car. Which leads me onto an aspect of the game that has certain fans going absolutely bonkers for - the customisation of a vehicles paint work. A quick Google search for Forza 2 paint jobs will give you a plethora of mind boggling designs. How people manage to create amazing works of art using nothing but simple shapes still astounds me. If its something you're into, then this will give you as much entertainment as the game itself. If you're like me though, then putting a monkey's face on the front of your car is about as far as it will get. The range of different race types is also extremely impressive. You can find a full list on Gamefaqs, but they broadly range from the amateur league (slow cars, easy tracks to ease you in) to leagues that limit the power of your car, the band that it falls in (C, A etc), factory spec cars only, as well as leagues dedicated to the creme de la creme of racing machines. Each league caters for a different type of car, so you will need to get used to the full selection of vehicles on offer - you won't be able to cruise through using the same car each time. Tracks consist of real world and a couple of fictitious circuits. Included in the mix are Laguna Seca, Silverstone and the infamous Nürburgring, all of which are beautifully detailed and exact replica's of the real thing. Mastering all the courses will take time, and with 47 total different configurations (source: Wikipedia) there is a lot of racing to be had. Online, and the game still has a solid following and you shouldn't have any problems finding somebody to race against (however, it has been a few months since I last played online). There is an arcade mode, but, holding my hands up, I have not touched this as I have been totally engrossed in the main game mode. My only criticism is that with all the different race types on offer, the game can tend to get a bit boring at times, as you churn through race after race. I have been playing through the game for about a year, and still haven't completed it. This isn't due to getting stuck on certain races, for instance, but at times I just need to put the game down for a while and have a go at something a bit different. Regardless of my final comments, this is still, in my opinion, the best racer on the 360 and being just over 2 years old now will be a steal for anybody who doesn't own it yet.

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            06.09.2009 13:57
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            wickedly brilliant

            forza is one of the top car games out if not the best you can customise cars in how ever way you want ou do it by using shapes and theres no end of what you can create you can then put them up for auction in the auction house where the highest bidder after a certain amount of time that you set wins or theres a buy now function so if you want a set amount of cash and sum one wants your car they can get it without bidding there is loads of tracks like silverstone forza has got the tracks in short or full and it has endurance races where you do like 30 laps which is good if you want sore thumbs but you can hire drivers who will take a percentage of your winnings but the only problem with that is you have got to watch it overall it is a very enjoyable game

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