Critically Sane: "The best aspect of Forza Horizon 2 isn’t the awesome speed and style. And it’s not the beautiful cars or phenomenal social integration. It is the sense of place that ties the game all together, the ability to just drive and have fun doing so. I’d never played a racing game where I could stop and smell the roses. Forza Horizon 2 allows for that and in some respects even encourages it. A lot of amazing work went into creating a countryside that feels like the Mediterranean coast. Being able to stop and enjoy it is something that really stayed with me as I played the game. That is the primary reason I’ll continue to return to it time after time for the foreseeable future. No other racing game out now does what Forza Horizon 2 does and few games in any genre achieve the same sense of place that it does. And because of this, as we begin to close out the year, Forza Horizon 2 easily stands as one of the best games of 2014."