In fact, losing control of a car in Forza 2 is one of the most immersive - and kind of frightening - experiences we've had in a videogame. Screaming into a curve too fast, we suddenly found the controller had taken a life of its own. Gone was the subtle feedback, replaced by furiously spinning vibrators, unresponsive analog sticks and a brake button that only made things worse. For players who have been in real world accidents, the accuracy is almost sickening.
The graphics and sound also play a part. While the trees and some of the tracks' outer edge textures appeared blocky, everything else about Forza 2 looked spot-on. The cars are photorealistic enough to make you wince at even the slightest damage and the environments are filled with crisp details. The New York raceway, for example, is so packed with moving lights and colorful ads that we had a hard time keeping our eyes on the road. Meanwhile, the squeal of tires and crunch of metal are pitch-perfect.
The look, sound and feel of Forza 2 should bring in more than just the elite of car culture. Sometimes the barely perceptible lurch of a gear shift or the sight of a sleek sports car sliding through a perfectly lined curve can be as exciting as any explosion. You'll get the chance to try for yourself when the game ships on May 29.