Forza Horizon 2 Standard – 10th Anniversary Edition and Dead Space 3 are now available for free as part of Xbox Games with Gold for August. Coming up later in the month are For Honor and Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two.
Forza Horizon 2 Standard: 10th Anniversary Edition – Drive over 200 exotic cars and explore the beautiful vistas of southern France and northern Italy like never before, in this 10th anniversary edition of Forza Horizon 2. Show off your driving skills with friends online in challenging races and events, day or night, in dynamic weather conditions. A world of beauty and freedom awaits in this ultimate celebration of speed and style.
For Honor Standard Edition – Be prepared to enter the chaos of war in For Honor. Mix speed, strategy, and team-play across several multiplayer modes as you control your favorite warriors, be they bold Knights, brutal Vikings, or deadly Samurai. Master the innovative Art of Battle combat system and guide your armies to ultimate victory.
Dead Space 3 – Return as protagonist Isaac Clarke in the survival horror game Dead Space 3. Joined by Sgt. John Carver, travel to the ominous ice planet of Tau Volantis to uncover the secrets of the Necromorph plague. With online co-op mode, join a friend and use teamwork to end the deadly threat once and for all.
Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two – Grab your magic paintbrush and return to save the world of Wasteland once again in Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two. Pair up with Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, interact with classic cartoon characters of the past, and defeat the Mad Doctor in this heroic two-player co-op adventure.
Yes that is right, in celebration of gamescom 2015 the Forza Horizon 2 playground select car pack is absolutely FREE until august 11th. That’s six free cars to dominate the roads with, get them while they are still available! Gain access to the 1952 Fiat 8V Supersonic, 1978 Ford Mustang II King Cobra, 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona Hemi, 1986 Honda Civic Si, 1997 McLaren F1 GT and 2015 Volvo S60 Polestar. To claim this amazing offer head over to the Forza Hub app on your Xbox and on the main page select the “Playground Select Car Pack” then “Get it free”. After August 11th this car pack will be downloadable at a small price, but FREE is better right?!
For a limited time only players will be able to enjoy some freebies in the Forza Horizon world. These come as a pair of Porsches, the 2012 Porsche 911 GT2 RS which at the time was the most powerful production car built by Porsche and the 2012 Porsche Cayenne Turbo which is a 500 horsepower 4.8 liter twin-turbo SUV.
The only way to get your hands on these is to download the Forza Hub app on your Xbox One (which is free) then click on the “Two Free Porches” story which will take you to the offer, for the achievement hunters out there having this pack will enable you earn three more achievements from the Porsche expansion pack.
The free Porsche offer is only available until 24 July 2015 and then it will be gone for good so make sure you grab it quick!!
Your hosts Greg Giddens and Neale Jarrett are here to take you on an audio journey of Xbox game impressions and opinions, bad jokes, Xbox news, worse jokes, guest interviews, really terrible jokes, and a fortnightly competitive challenge.
Beware of strong language, and awful, awful jokes.
In this episode the pair are joined by TiX Senior Editor Richard Berry, and spend 45 minutes entertaining you with a discussion about Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast and Furious, Forza Horizon 2, Dark Souls 2 Scholar of the First Sin, and Dying Light, as well as covering a little bit of news, making bad jokes, and of course the regular sections Challenge and Email Q&A.
Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast and Furious, the standalone expansion we announced back in February launched today. The game, developed to promote the up and coming movie Fast and Furious 7 is completely standalone, meaning it introduces you into the beautiful world of Forza Horizon 2 but with a huge injection of Fast and Furious, without the need to own the original game.
The goal of the game is to acquire specific cars by taking part in a series of automotive challenges inspired by the Fast & Furious films. From the 900-hp 1970 Dodge Charger to an armored 2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and more, each of the cars in the Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious standalone expansion is both stunningly accurate and amazingly fun to drive.
Whats more you have until April 10th to grab it for free, and there after you will have to pay £7.99 for the pleasure.
So grab the download now, start your engines and lets settle this over a quarter-mile.
The lastest in a line of Forza Horizon 2 DLC car packs has been released and features a host of new vehicles, all with a common theme running through it.
Up for your delectation this month is the Rockstar Energy Car Pack which features the following new cars to add to your ever-growing garage.
2014 VW Beetle GRC – Foust, whose sponsors were Xbox and Forza during the 2014 GRC season, debuted this little number in the LA leg on the 2014 season, in August, and no dashboard flower was to be seen.
2015 Subaru WRX STI – This, almost unbelievably, still has the EJ motor powering it. Hey, why fix something that isn’t broken.
1996 BMW 850CSi – Packing a 5.6 Litre V12, you could see the pound notes literally falling out of the exhaust when one of these status-symbols of the ’90s boom grumbled by.
2015 Jaguar XFR-S – The active diff in this modern-day Jag distributes the power evenly from the growling V8, if you don’t want to smoke the tires all day.
1970 VW #1107 Desert Dingo Racing Stock Bug – What can you say about this vehicle, crazy enough to take on the Baja 1000 off-road race, as a 40-year old stock chassis model? Absolute torture on man and machine. They’ve yet to finish that particular race, maybe it’s time you could change that for them.
There is also a free vehicle for March, which is the Acura Integra Type-R, a Japanese, 8,600 rpm red-lining monster. Impressive from a mere 1.8 litre.
What was that common theme again? 4 tyres and bodywork I’m assuming.
The Forza Horizon 2 Rockstar Energy Car Pack is available now for £2.43 in the UK, but check your local Live store for regional pricing.
Fans of Forza Horizon 2 can now purchase the Top Gear car pack DLC. The pack contains 5 cars as well as a free car for everyone to download.
The pack contains:
2015 Lexus RC F
The RC F is much more than a GS Sedan minus a couple of doors. With a revised naturally-aspirated 5.0-liter V8 from the IS-F and pushing the rear wheels, the RC F is a formidable sports car. The noises it makes can be subtle until asked to produce juice; then listen for a raspy rumble that says things are about to go quick.
1993 Jaguar XJ220
The XJ220 was designed to be the fastest road car in the world, reaching 217 mph and echoing Jaguar’s top speed record-setting triumphs in the 1950s. The XJ220 bi-turbo V6’s 542 horsepower gives blistering acceleration, and the aerodynamically impressive body provides both low drag and reduced lift at the high speeds the XJ220 is capable of. This helped create a later racing version of the car, the XJ220C, which had an impressive showing at the 1993 Le Mans.
2014 BMW M235i
The newest entry to BMW’s M line is the M235i. It’s a smaller package on the outside with all the gusto of the bigger models on the inside. Well over 300 horses are raring to push you on your way, and a stiff yet still comfortable ride awaits. It may sound relatively tame, hence the enhanced “vroom-vrooms” piped into the cabin via the car stereo, but the forced induction inline six does just what you want it to when it’s time to go.
1986 Lamborghini LM002
The Lamborghini Military model 002 has a tube steel frame, massive ground clearance, heavy-duty suspension, and tyres so big they were specially designed by Pirelli. Compression is slightly lower to accommodate the lesser fuels that might be put into its massive 76-gallon tank. With a near eight second 0-60 time and top speeds on and off road of nearly 120 mph, you can tear up any surface.
2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale
The 458 Speciale is the car that will stop your heart and then kick start it again. The Speciale tops the Italia by reducing weight, increasing output, enhancing handling, and providing an epic driving experience. At a glance you will recognise the tell-tale striping of its predecessors – the 360 Challenge Stradale and 430 Scuderia.
1966 Ford Lotus Cortina – Free Car
One of the first “race on Sunday, commute on Monday” factory cars, the Lotus Cortina built its reputation on the track and in people’s daily lives. The Cortina provides a peppy 0-60 time of just under 10 seconds and skilful cornering. Without doubt, credit needs to also be given to its 115 horsepower, which are generated by a twin-cam 1.6-liter four-cylinder with throaty-sounding dual-Weber carbs.
Season Pass owners can pick this up for free otherwise it will cost you £2.43 through the store in game or the Forza Hub app.
Forza Horizon 2: Storm Island is the first piece of DLC that expands upon the content of the main game. The action takes place on the fictional tropical island of Isola Della Tempesta (Island Storm), its terrain is harsh and its weather is devilish. With 90 events that include new modes and cars to race, Bucket lists to dominate and discount boards to find and smash, you won’t be left feeling short-changed after dropping £15.99 (£7.99 for VIP members) on this great piece of DLC.
There are six tiers you need to progress through if you are to reach the island finale, although you won’t have to complete them all to unlock it. Each tier has four championships that span across the different car classes, you can use your current cars that you have stored in your garage but be warned, if you don’t install the Storm Island mods your ride will have trouble clinging to the terrain. Each tier has its own mini finale – Gauntlet. This extreme offroad event takes place on floodlit courses in the dead of night. They are particularly tricky to navigate, not least because of the tight turns and high jumps but because of the harsh storm rolling around in the background attempting to distract your attention from the road. As if that wasn’t enough to contend with, you are forced to use a pre-selected vehicle with no option to tweak the parts.
The weather effects in Storm Island are really impressive; sheets of rain swirl across the track, trees almost double over in the wind and fog hangs over the track to conceal hidden dangers. Your windscreen wipers fight in vain to try to keep your view clear from the elements but is it all just for show? I never really felt like the weather played too much of an active role in manipulating the track or my vehicle, instead it merely served as a backdrop to the events while trying its hardest to distract you from focusing on the road ahead.
Courses are bumpy with extreme jumps, they twist and snake-like a roller coaster and often you will lose sight of the next checkpoint particularly during night races or in a storm – it’s great fun and while racing from the cockpit view I felt glad to be inside – it’s nasty out there! While the rough terrain is a joy to wrestle with the island lacks character, I didn’t find much in the way of points of reference for navigating around the 50 island roads – everything looks the same and hardly my idea of ‘tropical’. There is a Roman Temple overlooking the action and of course there’s the Forza festival hub where you sign up for each race, but that is pretty much it save for the odd collection of buildings but we didn’t come here to sight see, we came for the thrills of offroading and to see the spectacle of the new storm effects – both of which I’m happy to say didn’t disappoint.
Your progress through Storm Island is tracked through a separate tab in the pause menu, handy for checking which Bucket Lists you have left to complete without them getting mixed up with the mainland events. Drivatars return and seem more determined than ever to push you off the track and leave you choking on dust as you scramble across the countryside. The events try to reinvent themselves with new names but really there’s nothing new here save for a few obstacles strewn across the tracks in Rampage and Brawl events. What’s ‘new’ is the focus of extreme environments and weather.
For those that like to take the action online there are several multiplayer championships to master but be warned, if you thought it was rough against the Drivatars then wait until you get online versus real people – you can try to play nice but the rough terrain makes it almost impossible to complete a clean race.
Forza Horizon 2 breaks the modern confines of racers by allowing you to go anywhere and do anything but the mainland doesn’t quite tick the hardcore box when it comes to offroad racing – this is where Storm Island steps up to the plate. You’d be forgiven in forgetting that you’re playing Forza Horizon 2 because the events are so heavily weighted towards a rally style, which gives the game that DiRT feel.
If rally games aren’t your thing then I’d save your pennies, even though there’s plenty of content and some superb weather effects to experience, Storm Island is heavily centred on offroad events. Hopefully Playground Games will look to do another new area that is a little less on the DiRT(y) side. For me though, this first piece of content for Forza Horizon 2 is ‘The Perfect Storm’.
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