Forza Horizon 2 is out now for both Xbox One and Xbox 360. Both versions feature a Cortana-style digital personal assistant called ANNA, which you can talk to with Kinect, although apparently the Xbox 360 version of ANNA is a little less advanced than the Xbox One version. For more information about Forza Horizon 2’s gameplay in general you can watch the video above and read the following courtesy of Xbox Wire which includes details about Forza Hub:

 

Forza Horizon 2 Has Arrived – Plus New Details on Forza Hub!

Forza fans, the wait is officially over! Starting today, you can pick up or download your copy of Forza Horizon 2 and race through the massive wide-open world of southern Europe in more than 200 of the world’s greatest cars.

Also, starting today you have a new way to explore the Forza universe. Forza Hub has arrived. Available now as a free download exclusively for Xbox One, Forza Hub is your all-in-one app for everything happening in the world of Forza. Here we’ll give you a brief rundown of what you can expect from Forza Hub.

You can download Forza Hub for free from the Xbox One Store. Once you have it on your system, you’ll be able to access a ton of Forza news, community announcements, redeem your monthly Forza Rewards, and even launch events in Forza Motorsport 5 and Forza Horizon 2 on Xbox One. Here’s how the individual sections of Forza Hub break down:

 

Welcome to Forza Hub

Each time you log in to Forza Hub, the first screen you see will be the Welcome section. This is where you’ll find the latest happenings in the Forza world – from new contest announcements to details on the latest DLC releases and much more. In addition to the news, the Welcome Screen will also let you know whether or not you have new Forza Rewards to redeem, which you can redeem directly from within Forza Hub.

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My Forza

Access the My Forza section of Forza Hub to check out eligible Rewards across all participating Forza games. In the My Forza section, you ‘ll see your current Forza Score and Forza Tier Level (which you can expand for more detail), the nearest achievement you can complete in any Forza game, as well as the details on which Forza Rewards you can currently redeem. If you’ve already redeemed this month’s rewards, My Forza will also tell you when you’ll next be able to redeem new Forza Rewards.

If you’re looking for tips on how to add to your Forza Score and increase your Forza Tier Level (and thus be eligible for better monthly Forza Rewards), we’ve got you covered. With just a click, you can get tips on the quickest way to increase your score across any and all participating Forza games. In addition, you can also see how you stack up against you friends by using the “Friends Compare” feature on the “My Forza” page.

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News and Events

Forza Hub delivers your community-related content in a big way. Head over to the “News & Events” section for the latest custom Forza content, delivered directly from the Forza Community Team. Check out our long-running weekly columns like “Heavy Metal Affliction” and “Rear View Mirror” or get caught up with everything happening in the Forza universe with our weekly wrap, the “Week in Review.” Community spotlights, up-to-the-minute news flashes, if it’s new in Forza you can find it here.

Forza Hub is a new way to stay connected to the world of Forza on your Xbox One. In addition to being the best place to check your Forza Rewards status and redeem your rewards, we’ll be updating the app on a regular basis with content and news from the world of Forza. Download it today!

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Forza Horizon 2 Walks the Line Between Racer and Cruiser

Unlike most driving titles, Forza Horizon 2 isn’t just about eking every last ounce of speed from your ride. Sure, you can do that if you want, using the game’s deep and intricate mechanical customization system – but if you’d prefer to grab a factory model and just cruise the countryside, you can do that, too. Forza Horizon 2 is a driving game that plays at your pace. It’s set in an open world so large and so beautifully realized that you’ll find yourself looking forward to the transition time in-between missions, just so you can admire the scenery as you drive.

Forza Horizon 2 is unique, in that it allows you to earn points toward your next level simply by driving well, regardless of whether you’re racing or not. Driving fast and threading the needle between two cars on the freeway – even if they’re civilian cars driven by A.I. – still earns you points. Or, you could smash your way through a fence and tear up a wheat field or vineyard in your big, honking Hummer; that also gets you points.

Of course, if you’d rather play Forza Horizon 2 as a straight-up racer, you can do that, too. Set in France and Italy, the game features a huge variety of race tracks over city streets, open fields, and foothills. Time trials, traditional races, off-road events, trick challenges, you name it – it’s all available for the more competitive among you. And yes: You can still level up by driving like a badass in the races, too.

And if you’d rather live somewhere in-between those two, you can take advantage of the game’s Match Races, in which you can dynamically challenge any Drivatar (computer-controlled opponents who drive based on the characteristics of your friends and real people from Xbox Live) to a head-to-head showdown instantly, as soon as you pull up behind them. Since Forza Horizon 2 not only populates your world with plenty of Drivatars in killer (and not-so-killer) cars, and since it rates all of them dynamically based on how they’ve performed in their own games, you can easily assess what the proper challenge is, and just go crazy like the mad street racer you’ve always wished you could be.

Don’t forget that these modes are also available to play with your friends. Going online in Forza Horizon 2 is as easy as pressing a button – no lobbies and no waiting. If you want to just play around the countryside in Online Free Roam, you can do that. Or, if you want to race in a white-knuckle heat with your buddies, go for it. Plus, you’ve got two dedicated multiplayer “playground” modes (Infected and King), as well as the ability to enter into the game’s special “Bucket List” challenges (like doing 15 jumps in 90 seconds) with a friend. Heck, you can even spend your days driving around, searching for new hills to climb and cliffs to drive off.

The point is, Forza Horizon 2 brings an entirely unique driving experience to your Xbox One – an experience that you get to customize on the fly, as you play. So, what’s not to like? Get out there and get racing!

 

 

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Source: The Official Xbox YouTube Channel, Xbox Wire