Forza Horizon 2: Storm Island - Xbox One

Release Date:

December 16, 2014

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8.2

Summary:

Forza Horizon 2: Storm Island was released in December of 2014 for the Xbox One. This expansion pack was developed by the crew at Playground Games for release as part of a wave of DLC taking aim at the massively popular Forza Horizon 2. Storm Island has been lauded as one of the best expansion packs that the genre has ever gotten a hold of and absolutely one of the best expansion packs that Forza Horizon has seen. So while we aren’t typical fans of racers and vehicular sims we still had to give the DLC a shot.

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by Microsoft Game Studios
Release Date: 09/30/2014

Details

  • Developer(s):
    • Playground Games
  • Publisher(s):
    • Microsoft Game Studios
  • Distributor(s):
    • Xbox One Store
  • Release Date(s):
    • December 16, 2014
  • ESRB Rating:
    • Everyone 10
  • Player(s):
    • 1
  • Player(s) (Co-op):
    • 2 (Xbox Live)
  • Online Player(s):
    • 1-12 (Xbox Live)
  • Series:
    • Forza
  • Add-Ons:
    • Available

Technical Information

  • Required Disc Space:
    • 3.07GB Minimum
  • Supported Video Output:
    • 1080p
  • Game Format:
    • Digital Download
  • Average Playing Time:
    • 58 Hours
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2015-07-16

Steven_Shaw

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Xbox One

8.2

Forza Horizon 2: Storm Island was released in December of 2014 for the Xbox One. This expansion pack was developed by the crew at Playground Games for release as part of a wave of DLC taking aim at the massively popular Forza Horizon 2. Storm Island has been lauded as one of the best expansion packs that the genre has ever gotten a hold of and absolutely one of the best expansion packs that Forza Horizon has seen. So while we aren’t typical fans of racers and vehicular sims we still had to give the DLC a shot. We loved Forza Horizon 2 and we couldn’t wait to see if the DLC addressed some of the problems that we had in the original game.

So Forza Horizon 1 dropped and immediately met with a ton of fanfare but there were still a few voices that voiced their critiques. We were one of the voices that didn’t love how arduous the game felt at times. There were moments where we felt the title lost sight of itself as a legitimate sim and moved into arcade-y territory that is better served in titles like Need for Speed. When Forza Horizon 2 made its debut on the XB1 we were beyond thrilled to see how much tighter and more controlled the entire experience was. The game was beautiful, well balanced, and featured as many amazing backdrops as it did vehicles to drive around. A gorgeous game rendered even prettier by the power behind the XB1, Forza Horizon 2 gave us hope for a perfect racer.

When Forza Horizon 2: Storm Island became available as part of the incoming DLC wave we were excited to see what could be added to an already pretty complete experience. As it turns out there were more than a couple of new tricks up the sleeves of the team at Playground Games and we will get into them, so first let’s start from the very beginning.

The first, biggest, change you will likely notice is the amped up and improved weather system. More than just a graphical upgrade, weather begins to play a huge factor in which cars you will want to drive and how it will change the way your handle your vehicle. Some of our favorite moments came on hilly roads with lightning flashing, rain whipping, and nothing but our vehicle’s lights to guide us forward. The rain sounds so realistic that you will practically smell the petrichor in the air. The first time we hit a huge puddle our car hydroplaned slightly, slowing us down and causing us to need an adjustment. Rain isn’t the only thing you need to watch out for. Heavy winds can make the clearest looking days into ones that require the utmost skill and precision in terms of driving to succeed.

In Free Roam mode the weather is dynamic and it will change as you drive around so you are always experiencing something fresh. We particularly enjoyed blasting our way through the extreme fog that would sometimes blanket the island. Some people will get annoyed by the weather system, particularly when they are looking for discount boards, but to them we say 'get over it'. The weather system adds a unique and realistic layer to an already hyper realistic experience and this alone is almost worth the price of admission.

Weather and graphical upgrades aren’t the only presents under the tree for Storm Island. You’ll have 24 new championships, a host of new races, and a bunch of new challenges to partake in. You have more bucket lists to complete, with several of them being rather easy, and plenty of open air with which to do it. Some of the bucket list requirements will have you taking short cuts you didn’t know existed and deviating from the beaten path, causing you to take in more of the game in order to do so. It is here that we were most proud of Storm Island. The expansion gave us reason to explore new parts of a game that we had owned for a long time, thus expanding even our original purchase while also supplying new content. When you aren’t completing challenges you can head to the online championship mode if you are feeling competitive. This mode is available exclusively to Storm Island and features some of the best racers in the world. It’s an addictive feature that can cause some frustration as you will no doubt lose way more than you win. Still, you can earn XP this way and nab some cash for the game.

The hallmark of the Forza Horizon series, and in particularly the sequel, is the tight and responsive control system. While there are a ton of vehicles available to race with, each of them handles a bit differently. The controls change a little bit as you switch from car to car, with trucks handling muddy tracks better for example. Yet no matter which vehicle you decide to roll out with you can eventually find a way to maximize your efficiency in the game.

Speaking of efficiency, winning the new races in Storm Island demands that you learn how to start out of the gate strong. If you fall behind early it seems all but impossible to catch up. Learning how to take turns tight, avoid needless braking, and handle the handbrake can be the keys to longterm success in this competitive title. Also learning how to handle the different weather systems can be a boon to what you try to do, as whipping rain or tremendous gusts of winds will change your course of action while your PC opponents weather it all perfectly.

If you find yourself finished with the base Forza Horizon 2 game then dropping the $20 for Storm Island should be a no brainer. The new content that you get in the game, with improved graphics and gameplay mechanics, should be more than enough to sell you on another go around. Plenty of content and replay value here for the money and we highly suggest it.

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