Forza Horizon 2 is the latest addition to the Xbox-exclusive Forza video game series. While the popular Forza Motorsport series focuses more on precision driving and features the world’s top race tracks, much like the vaunted Gran Turismo series, Forza Horizon is an open-world driving game that allows players to cruise around freely, interact with other cars and drivers, and also participate in a wide range of driving activities. Think Grand Theft Auto but with a focus on driving instead of mischief.
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The first game allowed you to drive around scenic Colorado, and you were mostly limited to the state’s roads. Forza Horizon 2 takes you to Europe, namely southern France and Italy, and now you can drive virtually anywhere in the game world—and there’s even a dynamic weather system to boot.
Oh, and then there are the cars—more than 100, in fact. It's an eclectic mix, with everything from the expected—like the Ferrari LaFerrari—to the unusual, with Ford Transit vans, Hummers and a 1963 Volkswagen Type 2 van. The hero car, as shown above, is Lamborghini’s new Huracán.
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There’s even some racing, such as the Horizon Festival events where you can compete against gamers all over the world or against the AI. Forza Horizon 2 will be available for Xbox One and Xbox 360 from September 30 (you can pre-order it now). Note, the versions are different, with Xbox 360 owners missing out on the weather effects, some of the cars, and the AI Drivatars that mimic the driving style of you and your friends.