Forza Motorsport 2 XBox 360 Review - -

Gameplay 9.2
Graphics 9.2
Sound 8.9
Value 9.3
Distributor: Microsoft
Review Date:
June 2007
Tyrone Williams


Forza Motorsport 2

Forza Motorsport 2 is probably the most realistic racing simulator on the market that has been created by developer Turn 10 and offers one of the most thrilling and realistic racing experiences on the XBox 360 that has not been matched since Gran Turismo on the PlayStation 2. However unlike the Gran Turismo series, Forza Motorsport 2 features authentic damage and accurate driving physics that go hand-in-hand with the photo-realistic graphics to truly immerse you into the world of racing. 


  • Lap the competition with truly next-generation features. Made possible by the power of Xbox 360, Forza Motorsport 2 burns rubber at 60 fps with 4x full-screen anti-aliasing, motion blur, and high-dynamic-range lighting in crisp 720p high-definition glory. And you can feel every nuance of your car and the road thanks to support for the official Xbox 360 Wireless Racing Wheel.
  • Experience uncompromising physics simulation. Top automotive engineers, professional race car drivers and programmers teamed up to create the most complete racing experience available. Cars incur dramatic damage and wear, which affects car performance. Advanced tire and suspension models respond to heat and pressure changes as well as weight transfer and aerodynamic load.
  • Master real-world tracks from around the globe. From the famously challenging Nürburgring Nordschleife track to the spectator-lined streets of Rio de Janeiro, race on meticulously designed tracks with an incredible sense of speed and realism. Forza Motorsport 2 features more than 60 tracks carved out of 18 environments, including 13 real-world licensed circuits such as the Road America race track, Silverstone Circuit, Tsukuba Circuit and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Sebring International Raceway is among four new real-world licensed circuits added to the repertoire of Forza Motorsport 2.
  • Collect, upgrade and tune hundreds of cars. From sport compacts to purpose-built race cars, collect more than 300 cars from over 50 of the world’s leading manufacturers such as Ferrari, Porsche, General Motors, Lamborghini, Nissan and Volkswagen. Take your car to the garage and install alternative engines, suspension kits, bolt-on superchargers, brakes, rims, racing slicks and more. Dial in advanced suspension settings, tire pressure and gear ratios. Forza Motorsport 2 allows you to own the cars that will own the competition.
  • Create and share your masterpiece with the world. Express your inner artist in the paint and upgrade shops with near-endless visual personalization. Customize the shape of your car by combining licensed rims, performance parts and aftermarket body kits. Create your own unique paint scheme using millions of paint and decal options. Take in-game pictures of your creation in Forza Motorsport 2 Photo Mode.
  • Compete in a vibrant online community. Take your personalized car onto Xbox Live for some intense online wheel-to-wheel racing. Earn in-game credits and complete single-player career objectives while racing over Xbox Live. Watch the best racers as well as your friends from around the world compete on Forza Motorsport TV.

The control system of the game is perfect on the cordless XBox 360 remote control and for those have the official XBox 360 Wireless Racing Wheel, well my friend then you are really into something special. With the standard controller, the shoulder buttons are used brake and accelerate with the analog sticks used to steer. You can also change your views with the Y button, depending on your preferred style.  

The main crux of the game is that Forza Motorsport 2 is a realistic racing simulation which means depending on your level of difficulty, cars accurately react to the conditions of the road and the driver. That is, the harder you handle your cars, the more likely they are to become damaged which effects the way you can drive.

For instance, crashing into a wall will effect a variety of attributes on your car such as your suspension, tyres and handling. The developers have also ensured that you get a real sense of speed while racing the various tracks in the game, however this depends on which view you select, whether in-car or an over-head view.  

With over 60 tracks from around the world with 13-real world tracks that include Silverstone Circuit and Laguna, the tracks are quite diverse, ensuring that gamers will have their favourites. Some of the licensed tracks look quite stunning, however there are some tracks that look quite sparse but fortunately the detailed car models more than make up for this.  

The best part of Forza Motorsport 2 is that all the cars are licensed and with over 300 cars to choose from, the developers have ensured that all companies and cars get enough air time to keep even the most staunchest of car fans happy. Manufacturers such as Ferrari, General Motors and Nissan are just a few of the manufactures in the game.

Apart from a variety of cars from around the world, including different ages, really enthusiastic gamers can also upgrade and tweak their cars in the garage. This is done by winning races or even just racing that awards the gamer with “driving experience points” for gamers to purchase new tyres, turbo systems or even new cars.  

Graphically, Forza Motorsport 2 is visually stunning on the XBox 360 that maintains a sturdy 60 frames per second with four times full-screen anti-aliasing at an outstanding resolution of 720p. The result is photo-realistic graphics and to make things even more compelling, all the cars have been accurately recreated from their real-world counterparts.

The car models of Forza Motorsport 2 are easily the most realistic graphics that I have ever encountered in a racing title and looks quite stunning on a high definition TV. Unlike competitor titles, Forza also offers real-time damage to your vehicles that in turn effects your driving which adds to the realism of the title. Even the special effects such as the motion blur or reflective surfaces come together to create something unique. The only downside to the graphics are the sometimes lackluster background environments that range from sparse to detailed.

Forza Motorsport 2 also contains a great soundtrack for the menus of title and match that with a variety of realistic engine sounds and all the sounds of tyres shrieking on the road or crashing at high speeds and sliding onto the sand, developers Turn 10 have flawlessly implemented these niceties successfully into the title.  

In conclusion, Forza Motorsport 2 is definitely a must have title for gamers that simply want to race a plethora of cars, whether through arcade or simulation. Go our and buy this title now! Vroooooooooom!


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