Forza Horizon 2 Lets You Hang Out in a Van Down by the River

Autoesoterica.

Microsoft and Playground Games are showing a new demo of Forza Horizon 2 here at Gamescom 2014, and it's one that's absolutely packed with new features. It includes a look at the new day-night cycle, a feature that lets you hang out in a parking lot trading liveries with other players, and the return of custom tuning settings that never made the transition from Motorsport to the first Horizon. To be honest, there were so many new features unveiled that I had kind of a hard time stringing them all together into one coherent story. But one thing I do know about Forza Horizon 2 is that you can finally hang out in a van down by the river.

First, it's important to know what Playground is aiming to do with the car selection in Horizon 2. With over 200 cars available at launch, the development team wants to complement the standard selection of race cars with more esoteric selections that players might not expect. That includes offroading options like the Local Motors Rally Fighter and even the 1945 Willys Jeep, but also classic--if not always beloved--options like the 1963 Volkswagen Camper. Yes, that signature vehicle from the Summer of Love collecting dust in garages all across Berkeley, California will exist within the same selection of vehicles as the brand-new Lamborghini Huracan.

Next, you need to know about the world of Horizon 2. Set in a geographically diverse stretch of Southern Europe that's three times as big as the world of the first Horizon, the setting of this game offers far more off-roading options than its predecessor. At one point in the demo, the Playground rep driving spent a good two minutes avoiding any sort of road whatsoever, careening through vinyards and grassy plains and even a shallow river bed. Sure, there are plenty of roads too, but it's definitely a game that gives you the option veer off the beaten path.

With a day-night cycle and real-time weather effects, that means you can do all of that off-roading in the dead of night while rain is pouring down from the sky. I can only imagine what it would be like cruising through a muddy river bed in a 63 VW Camper with nothing more to guide you than the light of the moon. Alright, so maybe that's a little impractical...and dangerous...and also a bit ridiculous. But hey, isn't getting a little crazy half the fun of an open-world game, racing or not?

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naughtygamer806
naughtygamer806

Forza 5 was the main reason, I chose to get an xbox one. If the ps4 had a racing game at launch (other than need for speed) maybe it would have made my decision harder. I could have imagined GT6 with Driveclub graphics, sign me up!! But that didn't happen :( Hope to get a PS4 by the time project cars comes out so I can have the best of both worlds. Forget all the console war bs. If you can afford it why not own both and then you can live a happier life knowing that you will have access to the best games these two company's have to offer. If you can't afford it then buy the one that best suits your needs, that has the kinds of games you like and be happy. So tired of the fanboy bs. But anyways can't wait for Horizon 2! The first horizon was awesome, this one gonna be AWESOME to the tenth power.

futureops
futureops

Project CARS vs Forza Horizon vs The Crew vs Driveclub and Project CARS has the lead!

nachk
nachk

the first one was amazing, i want  this one, but i would like to know if this one have split screen


Gankstar_VX84
Gankstar_VX84

I want an x1 at some point this would be the game to get, was always a Playstation dude but my mates 360 and forza horizon was a great gaming experience, remaster the gears of war  trilogy boom I'd buy one.

strothers101
strothers101

So as someone who has played every Forza since  Forza 2 there is one thing that when announced had me doing cartwheels ( or my approximation of) around my living room, weather...finally weather. Also the updated engine sounds, the Huracan sounds bonkers, Now...if we just had the LP 610-4 Super Trofeo.....

DarkReign2022
DarkReign2022

Never been a huge fan of racing games in the past, but I have always been a fan of Sandbox worlds and driving for non-racing related purposes, so with the selection of vehicles, the open-world design, and the most astounding visuals of any game currently in existence, I'm going to say I might just be willing to own this. Even if I don't participate in the game, it'll be fun just pimping my rides and showing them off to the communities.

stickybun
stickybun

This game looks so awesome. I can't wait.

Piris
Piris

horizon is probably my favourite driving game. Can't wait to see how the second turns out.

smackdowner360
smackdowner360

Damn i cant wait for this game already got it pre ordered september 30 just needs to get here

rasterror
rasterror

Man this game is sounding better and better. And they're making an even better 1000 club. As a long time Forza fan this is probably the game I'm most excited for this season.

Pupchu
Pupchu

My van will be filled with beer, and i wount share... Muahhahaha!

doozie78
doozie78

Best headline ever to grace Gamespot's home page, congrats to you sir!

amdreallyfast
amdreallyfast

Will dinosaurs attack you if you drive too far off the road?  I'm having a hard time understanding the appeal of driving offroad in what is normally a racing game unless there is something spectacular to find and then flee from.  I mean, unless a T-Rex wakes up from a nap and decides that you look tasty as you're gassing up at a convenience store 20mi from nowhere, where's the appeal?

sonyonly4
sonyonly4

Great so On PS4 you can Hide in a Box and X.bone you can Hide in a van hurray I am so happy you see PC Master Race you only hide in real life but we can do it in games YAY Console Master race.

CapnStuber
CapnStuber

Something I noticed about one of the cars, at 2:03 they show a Hyundai I've never seen before. They said they'd include cars that aren't even out yet, but I have yet to see a Hyundai with those tail-lights. They've introduced the new Sonata and Genesis sedan with both of them not having lights like that. Same as the 2015 Genesis coupe, pretty sure they aren't going to have tail-lights like that.


Point is, I think we'll have even more customization with the body style of the vehicles, unless that's a new Hyundai model.

themc_7
themc_7

I have no idea why a day/night cycle wasn't added to Forza 5. Every race, on every track, is the same time of day. Racing a track at a different time of day or in different weather conditions can refresh and renew a boring old track

DVONvX
DVONvX

I wonder how many people don't get the reference. 

hermitkiller
hermitkiller

Please port this to pc please please.

Sign petitions please, we want this please.

Praise lord gaben please thank you please.

Every game for pc please, sign petitions and beg please.

We are the begg....I mean master race.

hayabusa13
hayabusa13

@nachk @nachk  I agree - a split-screen option would be awesome! Additionally, I hope they actually have a PROPER RZ Supra MkIV. In all the other Forza games, the supposed RZ model, which is a twin turbo, has been given the N/A model spec (which is between 0.3 and 0.7 seconds slower 0-60 (4.6s on the UK-spec twin turbo, with a top speed of 184mph+; 4.9/5.0s for J-spec twin turbo, with a top speed of 173mph); and is even eligible for N/A races, which means it isn't a RZ - which drives me nuts! RZ is specifically a twin turbo model of the car! (otherwise Turn 10, I'm not "driving my dream car"!) Also the tail lights with the more defined black fill between the bulbs as opposed to the grey fill would be a nice mod option.

rasterror
rasterror

It's more of a game for clubs and fun.

homey_d_clown
homey_d_clown

@amdreallyfast 

I'm guessing you like dinosaurs?

It's basically to give it that Dukes of Hazard feel, where in the past you could only go on roads, this time you may go off road and discover a shortcut.

rasterror
rasterror

You really make Playstation fans look bad and make me want to get a ps4 less and less you post one of your moronic comments. You're one pathetic person.

wookiegr
wookiegr

@sonyonly4 I'd rather hide in a box using a PS4 game than actually be a box made purely of poop in a box.

sammoth
sammoth

@CapnStuber  They said new cars and they offer mod kits for almost every car in game so it's a possibility.

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

@themc_7 Because weather effects and cylcle dont make any sense in 3-4 laps races

brockelley
brockelley

@DVONvX maybe if he didn't die more than half a decade ago people would still find him relevant. 

doozie78
doozie78

@hermitkiller PC has no issue with lack of games, I'm sure the racers on PC will suffice quite nicely. No need for begging really.

gibemoniplox
gibemoniplox

@hermitkiller amazing how the "master race" keeps begging for every game the console peasants gets, forza is a xbox exclusive so shut up and go back to your goat simulator

zrex2metagor
zrex2metagor

@hermitkiller You're an absolute idi*t if you think GTA 5 happened cause of petitions. It was gonna happen, the consoles just served as beta tests for the game :) GTA always was and will be on the PC now go get a shower, your comment reeks of ignorance. And can it with the master race, hate that word

RicanV
RicanV moderator moderator

Two X1 titles are already being released on PC. DR3 and Ryse. Might just have to wait it out.

themc_7
themc_7

@sladakrobot @themc_7 that's not what I mean. I don't need a day to night transition during a race. I want to race the track at different times of the day and in different weather conditions.

DVONvX
DVONvX

@brockelley @DVONvX .......because nobody is relevant after their death? Let's just forget about Richard Pryor and George Carlin too. They're dead...not relevant anymore. 

lonesamurai1
lonesamurai1

@gibemoniplox @hermitkiller  No see you're quite confused, it's the developers who are begging Gabe for the privilege of having their games on The Steam Money ATM Machine, do your homework man.

wookiegr
wookiegr

@gibemoniplox @hermitkiller The Master Race has plenty of racing games. We do not need Forza and those that care even a little bit about it even with the nearly limitless options already available on PC will just get the X1 and dish out the $60. The begging comes from having to downgrade the experience to the lowest common denominator current console.

RicanV
RicanV moderator moderator

There was no need for that.

Banyek
Banyek

@RicanV the two forza title and killer instinct ,and there will be no ONE exclusive AAA title left.. Sorry Xbox fans, but Im rooting for that to happen! I really dont want to have to buy the ONE for 2 titles...

brockelley
brockelley

@khelandros @brockelley @DVONvX yeah my bad it was 1997, I meant a decade and a half.

brockelley
brockelley

@DVONvX this culture of ours that celebrates comedians when they knee deep in depression, in the throws of drug abuse.. it's sad.


That's my point. Of course funny is still funny, funny will always be funny.. unless it's Napoleon Dynamite type comedy and you're no longer 14 years old.

hermitkiller
hermitkiller

@Banyek @RicanV Classic excuse; not needing to buy a console for it's games.

Do you really think pc is gonna get every game consoles have, really???

Pc only, your loss.

lonesamurai1
lonesamurai1

@gibemoniplox @wookiegr @hermitkiller  Crying for Forza? please Forza is great but it's a turkey sandwich. Project CARS and Assetto Corsa are fine French cuisine at a luscious 2K and 4K with all the fixiings.


I love Forza but it's an endless DLC pit and none of the cars ever carry over to the next game, you just do it all over again at the man's mercy like an endless cycle.