Vrooom! Forza 2, any good?
So then, is it any good?
Forza Motorsport 2 is the new Racing Sim from the team Turn 10 and its well worth a test drive!
Get out of the way gramps!
The 360 has a few racing games available now and they each have their own appeal. Project Gotham Racing in my opinion is an easier game to pick up and play but if you want value for money then Forza 2 is the game for you?its literally huge.
Arcade mode gives you the option of unlocking race tracks and competing against AI racers, as well as playing every race track in time trial mode competing only against the clock. Your total time after can be compared online against other racers who no doubt will inspire you to re-do some of the tracks to try and shave a second or two off your current best time.
Career mode is where most of your time will be spent though. There’s a seemingly endless amount of races to partake in, not forgetting the endurance races which I have to admit, I almost fell asleep at the wheel on a few times (but nonetheless a fun activity when you’ve just lapped every car!). Each race gives you credits so you can afford upgrades and new cars as well as increasing your experience points so you level up and enter new races.
Speaking of upgrades, you’ll be pleased to hear that you can change almost everything you’d expect to be able to. However, word to the wise that merely purchasing a supercharger or turbo and giving your car an extra 300HP isn’t always the best idea. You have to think about its handling as well and upgrade more intelligently if you want to keep your car on the track (especially if you turn traction control off).
You also have the ability to customise your car by giving it a new lick of paint, or even applying shapes and text. Unfortunately you can’t upload any pictures and apply them to you car (presumably so there aren’t hundreds of cars driving around covered in porn?damn) but for the talented and patient designers and artists, some amazing cars can be created.
The auction house online can be used to buy and sell cars and if you create a nice looking custom car, this is by far the best way to make a quick cool million credits. I urge you to have a look at some of the custom cars online and remember that the whole process has been done manually with the basic shapes offered in the car editor, you, like me, will be amazed!
But enough of that, how does it actually drive?
Pretty damn good is the answer. The simulation of driving is top-notch and suitable for any driver skill as various aids can be turned on or off. These include anti-lock brakes, traction control and even driving assist arrows which appear on the track and inform you when best to brake (which is useful for beginners).
The physics are pretty good too, you slide around when you should, receive over and under-steer and when you hit the tail end of an unsuspecting car you can get them spinning off the track and into a barrier whilst shouting at the screen ?get out of the way gramps!?. However, having said that, the crash physics can be a little anti-climactic. Speeding at over 200 MPH head-on into a barrier and your car just bumps it, when you were clearly hoping for an apocalyptic explosion!
If you’ve had enough of playing against the AI, you can of course, race online for either fun or career credits. Yes, on the fun matches you’ll often get someone who can’t help but go the wrong way around the track and hurtle into you just when you’ve battled your way into first place which can be annoying, but for the most part it’s a fun race for the finish line. Besides, you could always be the person that goes around the wrong way if you want!
The game features a great sound track of well known artists and it’s only a shame you can’t choose to listen to songs during races, but at least you can listen to the roar of engines as the sound effects are mostly very realistic. As for graphics, it can’t be argued that the cars look ultra-realistic in-game, but they still are very good. You can pause and take a picture in single player mode and the pictures produced here, with the right background, can look pretty real.
The cars are all expertly modelled and the metallic reflections make them look visually stunning. That, coupled with the extreme attention to detail of the texturing for the race tracks (particularly Nürburgring with its graffiti over the road) makes the game look amazing, especially in HD.
The Microsoft Wireless Steering Wheel with Force Feedback that can be used for this game can make the whole experience an awesome simulation as you feel your cars wheels fighting against you as you go round a corner too fast and is worth every penny. If you’re looking for a quick race around a track, perhaps this isn’t for you, but if you want a big Racing Sim, which is worth time and investment, get this.