Superb: A hallmark of excellence. There may be flaws, but they are negligible and won't cause massive damage to what is a supreme title.
Forza Horizon 2 is a standout entry in the series and without a doubt a clear-cut favorite for best racing game of the year.
Horizon 2 sets an intimidatingly high bar for those games to meet on every front, but in one aspect it seems unbeatable. I can't imagine any of them are going to feel this happy.
This isn't the wide-eyed leap into new-gen we wanted, but it didn't need to be. A picturesque setting and a bold selection of new beats drive the genre into beautiful territory.
It's a racer informed by many others but, when it comes to open-world racing games, Forza Horizon 2 is best-in-class.
If you'd rather bounce maniacally in a Dotcomesqe euro-rave or rip up a hillside of vineyards in a re-conned VW van, then Forza Horizon 2 may be just your thing.
It lacks variety, both on and offline, and sometimes it strikes a difficult balance between arcade racing and simulation. But there are very few other racing games that can boast such impressive fundamentals, and certainly not very many with a world like this wrapped around them.
Forza Horizon 2 is an accomplishment, and a showcase for what open-world racers can do.
Forza Horizon 2 is a big, bouncy summer drive.
By combining open-world thrills with simulation racing and letting you customize the experience to your liking, Forza Horizon 2 is an excellent entry in the series.
Bigger doesn't always equate to better. Forza Horizon 2 definitely delivers a gameplay experience a step above its predecessor, but gutting story mode leaves the single- player soulless and more akin to a grind.
The excellent foundation below Forza Horizon 2's open world and the experimentation that it occasionally encourages at least provide a reason to race there. But that same open world serves as a less well-executed space to race and drive than the tracks that have defined previous games, and the open-world activities can't quite make up the difference.