Xbox Exclusive Forza Horizon 2 Gets ESRB Rating; Reveals Bikinis, Dialogue and Gameplay Modes

By Giuseppe Nelva

July 20, 2014

We’re still over two months away from the release of Forza Horizon 2, which will hit the shelves for Xbox One and Xbox 360 on September 30th, but apparently Microsoft has the game close enough to completion to get it rated by the ESRB. Of course it got a E for Everyone and the rating blurb reveals some interesting details.

This is a racing simulation game in which players compete with real-world cars at the fictional Horizon Festival in Southern Europe. Players can race in various modes (e.g., Circuit, Point-to-Point, Street) to earn skill/experience points and unlock new customizable cars. Opening cutscenes contain brief images of women wearing revealing outfits (e.g., bikini tops, short-shorts), including depictions close-up or with panned camera angles. In-game dialogue is sometimes suggestive: “Oh, girls, girls, girls. Behave yourselves now – come on!” “[I’m] hearing some scandalous stories . . . Come on, send me photos.” During the course of the game, car-tag modes depict car collisions and include text/voice-overs such as “If you wanna become the king, you need to hit that driver with your car,” “Wreckage,” and “You’re infected, crash into the survivors!” Accompanying song lyrics contain references to alcohol (e.g., “He had a still . . . his tumbler filled with gin”), suggestive behavior (e.g., “I wish I could love you down right now on the kitchen floor”), violence (e.g., “But if you want me to kill you, I would kill you”), and the word “damn.”

The descriptors are: Mild Lyrics, Mild Suggestive Themes, Mild Violence

Hopefully the racing won’t be mild, but besides the inevitable race queens in bikinis and shorts, we get wind of the kinds of race modes that are available offline (Circuit, Point-to-Point, Street) and two online modes (King and Infected).

It also looks like that the game will still include the semblance of a story with characters bringing in the usual dose of bravado. We can only hope that the overall dialogue will be a little less shallow than what we saw in the first Forza Horizon. Not that it’s crucial to a racing game, but since we’re gonna have it, might as well have a remotelyinteresting story along the game.

Update: initially the post labeled the game as “Xbox One exclusive.” Obviously that was a brain fart on my part, as it’s coming on Xbox 360 too. It’s worth mentioning that the rating is related only to the Xbox One version.

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Giuseppe Nelva

Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.

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