Amazon may well have price-matched this offer, but ShopTo are the only ones to have Forza Horizon 2 currently available. With a few other retailers waiting to get more copies in, it means that there's a saving of around £6 over the next retailer with stock.
We've got two cheap Forza Motorsport 5 Xbox One deals for your attention today. The first is for the digital GOTY Edition, which is being sold for an insanely low £13.99 by very reputable eBay seller wanna-bid (Gamesbite). The code will have to be posted out to comply with eBay regulations, mind.
However, if you'd rather not use eBay or otherwise take the risk, 365Games are also selling the standard edition for £18.99 via email.
In case you were wondering, Forza 5 is an excellent track racer, as detailed in our 8/10 review, especially now that the worrisome microtransactions have been ironed out. Forza Horizon 2 is the superior game, though, so keep an eye out come Black Friday. Thanks to jazzywildchild @ HUKD!
Platforms: Xbox 360 | Xbox One (reviewed)
Developer: Playground Games
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Forza Horizon 2 is the most fun I've had on four wheels since BurnOut Paradise.
It's not really a racing game, but there's certainly no shortage of races. More than 700 events and dozens of championships are scattered over a gorgeous open swathe of idealised European countryside, a playground for two hundred cars rendered in the series' fetishistic attention to detail. You'll challenge capable Drivatar AI to ad hoc showdowns with a single button, thrash monstrous off-roaders across vineyards, chase down an aerial stunt team in a Ferrari, form online clubs and get together with your friends for virtual multi-event road trips, all while trying to make your way to the Horizon Festival's grand finale.
But at its core, Forza Horizon 2 isn't about memorising apices and placing first. It's the primal yet powerful joy that comes from simply driving beautiful machines around stunning scenery. It's the thrill of sliding a 1969 Ferrari Dino around a perilous mountain road to The Marriage Of Figaro. The heart-stopping roar of your Lamborghini Diablo perfectly setting off the William Tell Overture as you cruise over a sun-baked hill, or getting air in a VW Camper Van during a midnight thunderstorm as fireworks explode in the distance. A thousand beautiful, personal, perfect automotive moments.
Oh, and I just smashed a Bentley through a greenhouse for a laugh. The races may be intense, but Forza Horizon 2 comes alive when you're just driving for the sheer sake of it.Click here to read more...
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Forza Motorsport 5 might be one of the only launch titles across the board for next-gen that I'm actually excited about in a genuine, I WILL BUY THIS fashion. I've been a fan of the series since Microsoft started packaging the second game in with Viva Pinata and an Xbox 360 controller at the advent of that console's lifespan, and it's easy to see why. Turn 10 have never subscribed to the binary choice between arcade and simulation racing, instead preferring to see things as a spectrum and offering players the choice of defining (and then re-defining) the Forza experience that they want to have.
And if you've read anything I've written over the past year or so, you'll that my perspective on things is very simple: choice rocks!
But there's a lot riding on Forza 5. The next-gen race is set to be the closest one yet -- enormously similar PC architecture, near-parallel release windows, increased connectivity and openness -- and Forza 5 is leading the charge for Microsoft. It's looks big, bold, and beautiful, but what's actually changed? What does the new tech afford Turn 10 that hasn't been the case before? What the hell does Drivatar even mean?Click here to read more...
Xbox One's cloud computing potential has been one of the most confusing and fiercely-debated features of the upcoming entertainment system. Though latency issues mean that we almost certainly won't see GFX or lighting processing offloaded to Microsoft's server farms in the foreseeable future, Turn 10 Studios believes that Forza 5 will benefit from significantly improved AI thanks to its 'Drivatars' being handled server-side.
Which, in turn, frees up processing power for shinier visuals. Apparently.Click here to read more...
In perhaps the least exciting headline and story I've ever editorialised on, Microsoft has revealed the box art for Forza Motorsport 5... and with it, what Xbox One game packaging will look like. Spoiler alert: it's green.
However, a suggestive Top Gear logo all but confirms another Clarkson collaboration, perhaps with some themed tracks, voiceovers and an appearance from The Stig. You can behold the stately image after the break.Click here to read more...
The April Top Gear Car Pack arrives today for Forza Horizon, and it will featuring six cars chosen carefully by Turn 10 and the Top Gear magazine team, including a souped-up Ford Transit.
In the words of a fictional Ray Winstone soundalike who exists only in our minds and the occasional PWNCAST, get in the van!Click here to read more...
Cars have happy places too according to a surreal new trailer for Forza Horizon.
I'd elaborate, but it's probably easier if you just watch the crazy thing.
Forza Horizon is out this Friday on Xbox 360. You can read our Forza Horizon review for Matt's ultimate verdict on Playground Games' petrolhead paradise.
Platform: Xbox 360
Developers: Playground Games | Turn 10 Studios
Publishers: Microsoft Studios
Forza Horizon is a game that showcases perfectly the positive side of the importance of a brand name, obsessed as it is with brand identity. If Resident Evil 6 gave us a glimpse of the negative effects of forgetting just how important a name can be, then Forza Horizon provides a textbook example of how to take a successful series with firm expectations of what a franchise game should be, and spin it off to allow for expansion, innovation, and series progression.
There's a damn good reason this Forza game doesn't have a number in its title. But make no mistake; it's definitely a Forza game.
Dan Greenawalt suggests that Forza Motorsport 1-4 was all about shaving tenths of a second off of your lap ties around the Nurburgring, but in truth there's so much more to the series than perfecting your racing line. Real cars, real physics, real handling, real choice: these were the things that made Forza great. And they're still in Forza Horizon...apart from realistic crash physics, but then again, you don't have regular amounts of oblivious civilian traffic on race circuits.
Forza Horizon transports the racing action from internationally famous racing circuits onto hundreds of miles of hand-crafted Colorado roads, from speedy freeways, to delightfully winding mountain passes. Having embraced the spirit of Top Gear in Forza 4 with the jokey minigames on the test track at Dunsfold, this game goes even further, providing reams of open road and gorgeous vistas to behold as you take cars both large and small, old and new, around the next bend.Click here to read more...
Microsoft has announced that Forza Horizon's Rally DLC pack will release on December 18th, costing 1600 Microsoft Points or included in the season pass. The expansion will feature "immersive and authentic rally racing on the roughest, untamed roads of Colorado," along with "deeper ruts, higher jumps, and new surface types to explore".
"Players will experience authentic rally action behind the wheel of rally-tuned cars, complete with co-driver calls, and much more."
Six monthly car packs will also be introduced from launch, starting on October 25th with six premium rides. We've got the list of new vehicles below.Click here to read more...
Xbox Live gold members can sample Forza Horizon in a meaty new demo, which is now available to download on the marketplace. You'll have access to some street races, the Horizon festival and even some limited free-roaming.
Playing the demo will unlock the 2013 SRT Viper GTS in the full game.
Matt describes Forza Horizon as a "petrolhead playground" in our recent hands-on preview.
With Playground and Turn 10 gunning for the festival vibe with Forza Horizon this November, getting the soundtrack right is absolutely key. Thankfully, they roped in Rob da Bank to sort out the music side of things, and they've now announced the full setlist, which will be spread across three different radio stations: Bass Arena, Pulse, and Rocks.
And yes, of course Nero is in there. Though we reckon they should have put Jon's version in there instead (skip to 01:24).
The radio will also serve to provide hot tips on special events, rumoured hidden vehicles, and barn locations for snapping up some unique wheels. Don't expect any humourous Rockstar-esque ads, though.Click here for the full tracklist >>>
Platforms: Xbox 360
Developers: Playground Games | Turn 10 Studios
Publishers: Microsoft Studios
"The whole simulation vs. arcade debate is bullshit," says Turn 10's Dan Greenawalt. Of course, one would expect a fairly emphatic response like that considering that for the past six months journalists and fans alike have been looking at Forza Horizon and wondering why the hell the Xbox's petrolhead jewel is seemingly coming over all Burnout. You can tell that Greenawalt has made this impassioned speech a hundred times already, that there's some grit behind it, that he's concerned that somehow people still aren't getting it. "This isn't an arcade game," he says. "Don't create sim vs arcade, that's just an excuse for lazy design. In arcade games, the car is disposable. You might start off with something like a Ford Focus, for example, but as soon as you unlock that Mustang the Focus is forgotten about, it's redundant. Now I'm not saying that's not fun, there are plenty of good arcade games. But it's not Forza."
Authenticity is a word that Greenawalt uses to emphasise this distinction. Real cars, real physics, real roads, real DJs. The whole idea of Forza Horizon is focused around the concept of a petrol-fuelled festival held out in the Colorado desert. You start the game en route to Horizon as an onlooker, when a radio broadcast announces that the next ten cars to show up will earn the last handful of wristbands into the driving events.
Greenawalt suggested that previous Forza titles were all about shaving milliseconds off of your Nurburgring lap time. The thing is, I'm not sure that's right, and I'm glad he expands on the series' legacy when he says that "it's about turning gamers into petrolheads and petrolheads into gamers". Forza 4 with its Autovista Mode, Top Gear extras, and more tuning options than ever before had a beautiful balance that made it that rare thing: a hardcore game that every driving fan could enjoy. Horizon, if the 90 mins I spent playing it is anything to go by, simply pushes that mantra to the limit.Click here to read more...
Turn 10's Dan Greenawalt has hit back at suggestions that Forza Horizon is abandoning the series' "simulation roots" to become an arcade game, suggesting that the team have never approached development with those terms in the back of their mind, calling the debate out as "bullshit" and suggesting that teams who do speak in such terms are merely excusing lazy design.Click here to read more...
Turn 10 gave their baby over to Playground Games - a new studio comprised of some of the finest UK racing devs around - for Forza Horizon. There's a fat preview coming this afternoon, so stay tuned for that, but if you want to pre-order the game, your best bet in Sainsbury's. Just remember of type in the SETOK12 code at the checkout.
Forza Horizon is looking to be a petrolhead's dream, at least according to a new developer diary from Turn 10 Studios. This new video illustrates plenty of daytime and night-time racing footage, and showcases the Horizon Festival that celebrates car culture in all its forms.
It's out on October 25th for Xbox 360 - Matt will be getting a closer look next week.Click here to read more...