Forza Motorsport Week in Review 10-10-14
“I like to raise awareness of cats. They exist.”
Before I get into the Week in Review, I need to point you all to this week’s edition of Heavy Metal Affliction, our weekly car culture column. This week, our own Johniwanna interviewed Christopher Castor, creator of the now-infamous “Buy My Volvo” YouTube video. As some of you may know, Castor and his highly viral 1993 Volvo 245GL were invited to be a part of the recent commercial shoot for Forza Horizon 2, “Leave Your Limits” (you can see the 245GL briefly at the 1:17 mark in the commercial). During his interview, John talks to Castor about shooting the original video, the trip to Italy to get his Volvo in the Forza commercial, and his love for cats (which is where the above quote came from). It’s one of the quirkiest editions of Heavy Metal Affliction ever and I can’t recommend it highly enough.
Now that we’ve fulfilled our quota for quirky Swedish Car & Cat news, let’s get on with the Week in Review!
Forza Horizon 2 Updates
Launch week may be behind us but we’ve been keeping a close eye on the game to make sure that the game, and our services are running as you expect them to be. We are, in fact aware of a number of issues with the game that Forza community members have pointed out to us and are investigating solutions for them. If you want to keep up with the latest updates on this front, or report a problem you might be encountering with the game, you can either send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or keep an eye on this thread in the FM.net forums.
Mobil 1 Car Pack
We kicked off the week with a roar – in this case, the roar of the Jaguar F-Type, one of six cars that are now available as part of the Mobil 1 Car Pack for Forza Horizon 2. We showed off the pack during a special early-access livestream on Monday and, on Tuesday, the pack was released to the world. For five bucks you get access to five amazing cars (six, if you count the 1988 BMW M5, which is this month’s free car). The F-Type is an astonishing car – with so much power, you’re spinning the tires in third gear and every corner feels like a forced drifting session. For those of you who have the pack (and, in particular, that sweet F-Type), we’ve got a special new Rivals event we created just for you (scroll down for more on that).
The photo contests have officially begun in Forza Horizon 2 and the Forza Community has come up huge. Last week we kicked off the first in our series of weekly photomode competitions in Horizon 2. The results, frankly, blew us away. Here are a few favorites from this week’s winners:
Forza Horizon 2 Photo Contest winner from RetinalDela
Forza Horizon 2 Photo Contest winner from ALTHender
Forza Horizon 2 Photo Contest winner from Hey Stack
Forza Horizon 2 Photo Contest winner from Lego33
We’ll be holding Forza Horizon 2 photo contests (and in Forza Motorsport 5 too!) each week so, if you’ve never submitted one of your masterpieces to a photo contest, now is the time! For all the details on how to submit your photos, check out the Community Events section of the Forza Forums. Winners receive a generous credit reward so there’s no excuse not to enter!
If you’re not the competitive type, however, but still want to show off your work, we’ve got new forums for you as well. For photographers, head over to Media Center to show off your latest works of video and Forzatographic genius. Livery creators have two homes to spotlight their creations – the Fantasy Paint Booth and the Race Paint Booth. Tuners can advertise their mechanical masterpieces in the Tuner’s Lounge. In addition we’ve got our Show & Tell section, where you can show off whatever else you’ve got going on in the game, including vinyls, works in progress, Horizon 2 stories, and more. And, as always, we’ve got lounges for Racers, Drifters, and Club owners/members to talk about whatever else is going on.
In short, if you’re a creative type and want a place to share your latest and greatest, we’ve got you covered. Now go wow us!
New Rivals Events
We’ve got some new Rivals events for players to check out in both Forza Horizon 2 and in Forza Motorsport 5 this week. Take a look:
Bathurst 120 – Forza 5 – This weekend sees he latest edition of the one of the biggest endurance races in the world: the Bathurst 1000. We’re celebrating the big race Down Under with our own version, the Bathurst 120. Race Aussie V8s around the legendary Mount Panorama course for 120 grueling miles and get a taste for one of international motorsport’s crown jewel events. You can find the Bathurst 120 event in the “Endurance Racing” channel of the Multiplayer section in Forza 5.
East Shore Roar – Forza Horizon 2 – Take the 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe and blaze through the twists and turns of the East Shore street race. You can find this event from the Horizon 2 pause menu by clicking over to the “Rivals” section and then selecting “Monthly Rivals” from the menu.
Forza Horizon 2 Photo Contest winner from PERSON715
Mobil 1 Livery Contest Reminder
Our Mobil 1 Livery Contest is still going strong on both the Xbox One and Xbox 360 versions of Forza Horizon 2. To enter, Horizon 2 players should create a unique livery on the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, the 2013 McLaren P1, or the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series. The livery design must include the Mobil 1 logo. (As a reminder, you’re looking for the Mobil 1 logo, you can search any of the following Gamertags in the Xbox One version of Horizon 2: Darkkamusrkm13, Defcon On, Cpt Klonopin420, or leopauldelr). Read the full rules for all the details.
We’ve had a great time updating the Forza Hub all week. If you haven’t yet checked it out, go grab it. After all, it’s free and it’s packed with great content. John’s Buy My Volvo story made it in there this week, along with Ian’s latest edition of In Focus featuring the stellar work of Forza artist Gr333nz. You can also launch directly into Forza Horizon 2 Rivals events from Forza Hub and, of course, redeem your monthly Rewards. Search for “Forza Hub” on the Xbox One Store and download it today!
What is “The Gauntlet”?
Finally this week, a tease of sorts: If all goes to plan, on October 24 we will hold first Gauntlet event in Forza Horizon 2 and on our official Twitch channel. What is “The Gauntlet” you ask? Well, I don’t want to reveal all the details just yet, but I will say that it will involve Yours Truly and a series of Rivals events in Forza Horizon 2. Be sure to tune in at 3 p.m. on Friday, October 24 (the same time as our regular #ForzaFriday livestreams) and check it out, because you’ll be able to take part, too! Look for more details on this event in next week’s Week in Review.
Forza Horizon 2 Photo Contest winner from Apparently God
That’s all for this week. Yes, we’re livestreaming today at 3 p.m. pacific in our regular #ForzaFriday slot. Come join us for a jaunt around southern Europe in Forza Horizon 2 and we’ll see you next week!
Photo credit for the Week in Review thumbnail shot to Maciek1125.