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Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast and Furious [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

Fast & Furious is one of the biggest movie franchises out there, and now they are teaming with Forza Horizon 2, one of the best racing games, for an experience that is intended to suck you into the movies and Forza with a bite size offering completely for free. Yes, for free, AND you don't even need to own Forza Horizon 2 to enjoy it. While it may not feel like a true Fast & Furious experience, it's a great showcase of what Forza has to offer for those new to the series.

The Pros: 

+It's FREE (until April 10th)
+Very easy 1000 achievements and only takes 2-3 hours.
+You get to drive some amazing high-end cars.
+Very smart way to promote Fast and Furious plus Forza Horizon 2 demo.
+Ludacris actually voices his character in the game as narrator.

The Cons: 

-Aside from the supercars, it doesn't really feel like a Fast and Furious experience.
-Only one radio station.
-Limited selection of cars.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
7

While Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious might be a mouthful (simply referred to as Fast & Furious from here on), it's an interesting take on DLC even though it's clearly promoting the upcoming movie (which looks great) that tries to do something different with an already proven franchise. First and foremost, this Fast & Furious DLC is completely free AND is a standalone offering, so you don't even need Forza Horizon 2 to enjoy it.

Forza Horizon 2 [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

Horizon 2 feels like the core concept for the design team was two fold: Freedom and Fun. The game allows you wishfulfillment in the form of not only a cross-continental road trip with the breath-taking beauty of Europe but a phenominal level of car customization to make exactly the kind of ride you've only ever dreamed of (unless you're super rich).

The Pros: 

+In Depth Car Customization
+Wide Open Road and Exploration
+Beautiful Scenary to Drive Through
+An Impressive and Ever-Expanding Car List

The Cons: 

-There Could Be More Options for Upgrades
-The Road Trip Story Line Progresses Too Quickly (if you stick with one car class)

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
8

Ever since I was a child I was influenced by my father's extensive love and knowledge of automobiles. It shaped how I viewed transportation as a whole, and for decades since has been the root of my fascination with classic cars. It’s a hobby that I would absolutely love to have as my own, but as a mere writer there’s no way I’ll be able to collect like the comedians with millions in the bank to fuel their passion for automotives and its sports.

Thankfully as gamers, we’re not wanton for venues of wish-fulfillment.

Forza Horizon [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

A brilliant blend between high-stakes, full-throttle racing and meditative country drive in your dream car, Forza Horizon takes a well-loved, established franchise and dares to do something a little different. Fans of the franchise may miss the game’s simulation edge, but for a game that offers so much variety strung together, quite nicely, with a core concept that holds throughout, it’s hard to stay angry at the decision to change for more than a couple minutes into the game.

The Pros: 

+Intelligent use of the world, environment, menus and audio to create a unified theme throughout.

+Combines the best of both worlds: full-throttle super-speed racing, and a relaxing Sunday drive through the country.

+Slightly more relaxed atmosphere/controls than the previous games, lowering the barrier of entry for new/casual players.

The Cons: 

-Some of the “challenges” push the boundaries of casual into straightforward boredom, i.e. the photo challenges (where you just need to get your car to a visually stimulating point without wrecking the car, without any form of time challenge).

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
9

Forza has spent the last seven years working its way into my heart. Originally a franchise I passed off as Microsoft’s attempt to be Gran Turismo. It’s grown over the years in leaps and bounds, the most recent iteration, Forza 4, becoming one of my favorite racing games of all time. When Horizon was announced, so shortly after the launch of four, I found myself wondering if it was a bit too soon for a sequel.

TL;DR - Mar 5 - Fable Heroes, Forza Horizon, Halo 4

This week, as many of you are already aware, marks GDC 2012. Ian and I will be reporting from the show-floor all week long, and (hopefully) will be providing a bit of a video wrap up at the end of each day to talk about what we’ve seen. In the meantime, here’s a couple stories that broke today for your standard TL;DR goodness: The reveal of Fable Heroes, new media for Halo 4 and an announcement for the next title in the Forza series.

Forza Motorsport 4 [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

Forza 4 is less of a game, and more of an experience. It encompasses every racing fantasy that you've ever had, and presents it to you with both gorgeous graphics, visceral sound bites and the raw 'feel' that all proper racing games need to have. Forza does a bit better than pull it all off, it nails it, making it the best of all worlds in the racing genre, and my personal new favourite sim.

The Pros: 

+Ultra-realist graphics that help pull you into the world.

+One of the best feelings to a racing game. 

+Autovista feature allows you to get up-close and personal with a wide-birth of vehicles.

+Insane amounts of customization.

+Expansive car list.

+Race viritually every major circuit world-wide.

+The addition of the Top Gear track and Jeremy Clarkson make it huge win for fanboys.

The Cons: 

-The uncanny valley on the cars' dashboards can get a bit annoying.

-Navigation of the games massive list of features can be a little wonky.

-The Kinect features feel a little tacked on/useless for the most part.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
9

I'm going to be completely honest. I've never played a Forza title. Well, at least not for any significant amount of time. As someone that grew up with a family of automotive enthusiasts, I love cars and the idea of getting to tool around with vehicles that will never be within my price-range has always been an intriguing one, but I honestly didn't think anyone could do it better than Gran Turismo. As far as realism goes, that has always been the game that defined racing simulation for me.

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