"The opening cinematic sets new standards in unnecessary petrol-headed pretentiousness, featuring hot young people frolicking in sunny fields spliced with footage of exotic motors carving up coastlines to pulse-quickening beats.
Within the dizzying montage, that initial video-bomb declares Horizon 2's aim clearly. It's about speed, sun, tunes and more speed, taking the superior handling of Turn 10's sim and sending it on holiday.
Unlike the Forza Motorsport games, this is an open-world which tracks are carved out of organically. The setting is harder to place than the original's Colorado: this time we've a condensed European mishmash of Southern France and Northern Italy, but that's not to say it's anything other than beautiful. From the Castellato coastline to the San Giovanni forest to the... nice city of Nice, it's all a visual treat."