gamers (97%) found this review helpful
Forza motorsport 2 is really a quality packed title with tons of replay value fueled by that special quality in special games that just makes you not want to stop playing.
I am admittedly not very good at racers, but yet ive been able to scale up the single player in FM2 and make 250k credits, and have 20+ cars. Career mode, the heart of the game, is set up perfectly. If racing isn't your thing, dont worry, you can still play! FM2's difficulty system is advanced and fully customizable at all times. Feel like you could do OK vs medium AI but still want your ABS on? No prob. What makes Forza so special is that it opens up the once daunting racing sim genre to the general masses, and if you are a die hard racer fan, crank up the difficulty, turn on the telemetry and do your thing, (and make more cash).
The online features in this game are groundbreaking. You can buy/trade any car at the auction house, which is further enhanced by the incredible(and hard to master) graphical editor included with the game. Design an appealing car and make more cash. There are people online who spent more time in the graphical editor then they do racing. The ability to snap a pic of your car and sent it to the forza website for viewing is a forumites dream. No longer do you need a capture card or high-res digital camera to show your car off. And of course you can race using a car from your garage, or you can use any car in the game if you would like when you race competitively online
All in all, the only flaw I could find in this game is that the tracks get very repetitive after 15+ times. Remember, I don't like racers and really rented this by accident, but trust me, give it a try, you won't regret it.
gamers (100%) found this review helpful
This game beats all other racing games, hands down. GRID, Gran Turismo 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, and any other existing games. It's career mode is lots of fun with monstrous rewards when you win. It's arcade mode is also very enjoyable with exhibition, time trial, and free run. My favorite is the free run because you can choose any of the unlocked cars and try for the best overall time on any track. Single player is absolutely perfect but the Live play is a bit flawed and difficult to understand. I haven't yet figured out how to join AND race in an online game. The only thing that makes this game better is it's compatibility with the Xbox 360 Wireless racing wheel. This is so much more fun than wiggling a joystick. Be that as it may, the force feedback is much heavier than that of a normal car at speed. Compared to Test Drive unlimited, where the steering is very light, you have to almost force the wheel to turn. Be that as it may, it gives you a perfect feel of what the car's doing. I rate this game 10/10 for it's entertaining and rewarding(understatement) career mode. Although the Live is a tidbit flawed.
gamers (85%) found this review helpful
My favorite thing about Forza is the realistic damage modeling. I'm sick of "realistic" racing games that let you slam into a wall at 200 mph and not even scratch the paint. While the realism could take away some of the fun for some people, like the people that enjoy arcadey racers like Need For Speed, I think it makes it more rewarding to nail a sharp set of turns without spinning or smashing into something.
The graphics are also stellar. The cars look great and have real-time reflections. It runs really smooth, and I haven't experienced any slowdown yet.
As far as gameplay, there's a career mode that has you selecting a region (North America, Asia, etc.). This makes the cars in your region cheaper compared to other cars that you have to "import". You can trade cars with people that chose a different region to make things cheaper, so it kinda promotes interaction with other people other than just racing against them. Kinda cool. You can also race online with 7 other people. I've played quite a few games online and haven't experienced any lag yet.
The biggest draw for Forza though is the the cars. There's 300 cars from 50 manufacturers (or so I've read). You can customize them out the wazoo and create custom paint jobs. It's pretty neat. There's also a mini-game when you upgrade stuff to keep you from upgrading to the next car class, something I wish they had in Test Drive Unlimited. Overall, it's a fun game with a lot of substance and great graphics. If that sounds like your kind of game, then go ahead and check out this game.