Reviewing a racing video game “Forza Horizon 2”

Game Overview

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Forza Horizon 2 is a racing video game developed by Playground Games and published by Microsoft Studios.The Xbox One version of the game was developed by Playground Games,while Sumo Digital developed the version for Xbox 360, with Forza series developer Turn 10 Studios supporting both builds.

Release date: 30 September 2014
Developers: Playground Games, Turn 10 Studios
Publisher: Microsoft Studios

Forza video game series are divided into two parts:
The original Forza Motorsport series developed by Turn 10 Studios. There are published 6 different games (Forza Motorsport 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6).
Forza Horizon mainly developed by Playground Games. There are 3 games (Forza Horizon 1, 2, 3).

The Gameplay
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Forza Horizon 2 features an open world environment. The player participates in the Horizon Festival, where there’s a competition with Southern France and Northern Italy.
It has a lot of area to drive in. Players explore the regions and places where they take parts in races and events. The events can be at day and night.There is also a dynamic weather system added to the game.  There is an ability to change camera, whether you want to drive it with inside or outside view.

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The HUD

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In game theory, an information set is a set that establishes all the possible moves that a player could have taken place in the game so far, given what that player has observed.
The HUD in Forza Horizon 2 is quite minimalistic and doesn’t distract your attention from racing. Other players names appear at the top of their driving cars, so you can know who is in front of you.  Main colours of the HUD elements in this game are white, red, yellow and green. The font everywhere is the same. At top right corner there is your positioning. The first number shows your position and the second shows the amount of players racing. At the bottom right there is a circle shaped speedometer.
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The white colour shows how fast you are going and the red colour shows the maximum speed. ABS is a system that allows the wheels on a car to maintain tractive contact with the road surface preventing the wheels from locking up. TCS is system which helps to reduce tyre or wheel slip during acceleration on loose or slippery surfaces. STM is stability management. You have a control of these things and they light up whenever you use them.
At the top right there is a “progress” to show how much you have progressed towards the finish line. Then at the bottom of it there’s a time to show how long did it take for you to drive.
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At the bottom left there’s a map. It is half-transparent and there is a little letter which shows what way you are going ( North, East, South, West). You can see your and other players positioning and the roads. The right road to go is coloured in a green colour. When you are about to cross the finish line a little symbol appears on it. T

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