• May 10th 2007 at 1:01PM
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The final version of Forza Motorsports 2 for the Xbox 360 has gone gold, which in video game parlance means its ready to be pressed into discs and shipped off to stores. While the release date for the 360's premier driving game is not until May 29th, early this morning at 5AM EST, publishers of the game released its first demo on the Xbox Live Marketplace for free. Yes, we've downloaded it and yes, we've played it. The demo offers you an assortment of about 24 cars in three different classes (think slow, fast and insane). We tried out a Ford GT in the fast class and a Maserati MC12 in the insane class. You're only able to race around one short track, which Forza faithful tell us is the Mugello short. How does it look? Probably great if it weren't for the 5-year-old, 27-inch TV our Xbox 360 is hooked up to. On a high-definition set it probably looks incredible, but on an old TV it looks like Gran Turismo 4, maybe a little sharper and more detailed, but not by much. 480 lines of interlaced resolution only go so far. Nevertheless, the choice of vehicles and tracks in the final version of the game will be impressive. Now we just have to scrounge up another $59.99 plus tax for another Xbox 360 game. Yeah, we can think of a few people who that's not going to go over too well with, but epic driving games on next-gen consoles don't come along every day.

Thanks for the tip, Matt!

[Source: Xbox360Fanboy]

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      • 8 Years Ago

      When they were developing GT4, it took an individual artist upwards of a month to design the model for a single car. Considering there are hundreds of cars in the game, that meant over 100,000 man hours of time spent on modeling cars.

      Assuming the selection of vehicles in Forza will be equally awe-inspiring and up-to-snuff, we have to assume that time spent modeling cars will also have been comparable. Can you imagine the level of difficulty and the amount of time it would take them to produce interiors for every car in the game? Keep in mind that interiors are far more detailed than body panels, and the developers wouldn't want to skimp on the quality of their interior models. Furthermore, as they're much more detailed than exteriors, to display a cockpit throughout a race would drink up system resources like mad, and a game like Forza that continuously loads graphical car and track data at high speeds needs all the resources it can get.
      • 8 Years Ago

      It plays at 1920 × 1080. Hook one up to your monitor and enjoy. The xbox is a computer. Noobs.
      • 8 Years Ago
      After playing it i have but one question. Why exactly, in the A group, is the 2006 Chevrolet ZO6 listed as 7.7 speed compared to 7.1 for a 05 Ford GT when, apon scrolling one more over, it lists the ford beats it in torque and horsepower by a significant margin..... Am i missing something or is this not retarded.
      • 8 Years Ago
      If only the Xbox360 have a steering like DFP or G25. I don't care how good the physics or damage model people say is and don't even call it a "sim" if that mean I have to drive it with a controller.

      Hate GT4 or not, at least that game had a good 900deg FFB steering wheel, not to mention the G25 will be support for the GTHD.

      Please prove me wrong, show me where I can buy a good xbox360 steering wheel under $300 and I will buy it tomorrow. Forza2 looks really good but I am not playing it on a controller. (by the way, that doesn't mean I am not good with controller, so you can save your "learn to drive with the controller man!" comment.)
      • 8 Years Ago
      Goddamn XBoxes - what's wrong with having it on a computer? Let me play at 1600x1200!

      • 8 Years Ago
      I have yet to pay 60 for a game. Forza will prob be the first since the only games I've got are Gears and NeedforSpeed
      • 8 Years Ago
      I've already had the game on order for months and was staying up till 5 am here in Fl (actually came online around 5:30-6) to play it. Definitely worth it, and yeah the track in the demo is a short version of Mugello. I can't wait for Sebring myself, which has only been in one other game that I remember. And you gotta try it with FF wheel...you'll never go back to the controller. I can nitpick and find some small complaints, but overall, very very very impressive. I can't wait till the 29th.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #12 Yeahh, bring it to the PC. I don't want to buy an XBOX360 and a plasma HDTV to play...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Mike - see #15. I know the XBox is a computer (I should have typed in 'PC'), but I already have 3 PCs with force feedback steering wheels and nice monitors. I don't want to buy an XBox and an HDTV and then not be able to race against my friends.

      I like Live For Speed lately, but this game looks really cool. Too bad it's for XBox only

      Noobishness has nothing to do with it
      • 8 Years Ago

      The demo is free, all you need is an XBL silver account to download things off of the marketplace, not a gold one.


      go out and buy the racing wheel and the VGA cable for the 360. Hook it up to your computer monitor capable of at least a 1280x1024 resolution, and bask in HD glory, while feathering the throttle on the exit and feeling the tires start to slip through the wheel. You'll thank yourself later, even though you'll be spending a pretty nice chunk of change for everything.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Damage is one of the main issues I have with Test Drive Unlimited. It all goes like real life till you hit a pole at 300 km/H and nothing happens to your car...

      Does anyone have a list of all cars available in Forza 2??
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