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Forza Motorsport 2 Review

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Put down that copy of Exchange & Mart - this game has every car you could ever desire

★★★★

If you love cars, you’ll love Forza. With over 300 vehicles included on the disc - and more promised via Xbox Live - the game is a virtual utopia for petrolheads, each of the digital rides behaving in exactly the same way as they would in the real world, from high-end Ferraris and Saleens to Volkswagen Golfs and Mini Coopers.

Even better, the game features a staggeringly-complex customisation mode where you can mould your motor from an underpowered wreck into a muscle machine, then flog it via an online auction, complete with the unique paintwork you created.

However, in the pursuit of realism the developers have sacrificed the graphical polish of racers such as Colin McRae DiRT, instead offering bland, unimaginative tracks to burn around, and reflections on the cars’ shiny bodywork that often have trouble keeping up with the nippy action.

For hardcore Top Gear nuts who spend every spare hour pimping their ride, this is sublime. But if you’re a casual speed freak, FM2 will soon leave you yearning for the simple, pedal-to-the-metal action of Burnout or Ridge Racer.

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