Driveclub Vs Forza Horizon 2: Weather Graphics Comparison From GamesCom

Driveclub vs Forza Horizon 2

As you all know, I hate rustling jimmies and slurping up fanboy tears. I avoid at all costs any sort of situation where butthurt or saltiness may occur. Well, that disclaimer would apply if I worked at a website where keeping the peace and maintaining “fairness” and “parity” was par the course, but I’m not that kind of guy and this is not that kind of website. With all that said, there’s a pretty startling look at the graphics disparity between Forza Horison 2 and Driveclub, and I have to say that Sony’s exclusive just completely wipes the floor with Microsoft’s exclusive… as far as weather effects go.

It’s only a 27 second video but it shows enough details to give gamers a look at what to expect from both games, and anyone who was a bit undecided about picking and choosing between the PS4 and Xbox One when it comes to racing game exclusivity will easily see that if graphics play a pretty big part in your buying decision (more than 75% of gamers say graphics matter when purchasing a game, according to a CEA survey). Check out the brief video comparison courtesy of MotoGamesTV.

There’s a couple of notable differences between both games, such as the fact that the rain has accumulative fog in Driveclub that settles over the track, as opposed to Forza Horizon 2 where the fog is only present in the background of the racing environment. What this means is that in the case of Driveclub the player’s car, the track and the rest of the environment seems immersed into the visual effects.

In the case of Forza Horizon 2 you can see that the player’s car almost seems to be popping out of the screen in front of the post-processing effects – there’s a stark clarity in how it’s rendered mostly because there are fewer effects being rendered to the screen. Forza Horizon 2 lacks the same level of dither, color correction for the cloud overcast (at the beginning of the clip) and lacks the same level of reflective shadow modeling to properly reflect the environmental changes that take place throughout the clip (notice that from the 13 second mark to the 15 second mark the reflective shadows on the Lamborghini in Forza Horizon don’t actually change even though it transitions from an overcast to a sunny sky).

Forza Horizon 2 vs Driveclub

Interestingly enough, both games are running at 1080p and 30fps and yet we can readily see that while both had to forfeit 60fps in order to hit certain levels of graphics fidelity, there’s an undeniable difference between how the PS4 achieves 1080p at 30fps compared to how the Xbox One achieves 1080p at 30fps, and the disparity couldn’t be more clear.

Obviously, the exclusives really are telling this gen in terms of the difference between hardware and with this generation still being so early on, we’re going to be seeing this kind salt-inducing comparison crop up time and time over again with genre-comparable titles. At least we know that opposite of parity-achieved games like Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, exclusives won’t play down the capabilities of the PS4 to keep the suit and ties happy.

I don’t have much interest or stock in Driveclub being a very good game, but as far as graphics go, it definitely seems to beat Forza Horizon 2 on the weather front.

You can learn more about Forza Horizon 2, which is due for release on September 30th, by visiting the official website. Driveclub is due for release on October 7th and you can learn more over on its official website.

TL;DR: The weather graphics in Driveclub are better than the weather graphics in Forza Horizon 2.

(Updated 16 August, 2014 @ 17:50:06)


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130 thoughts on “Driveclub Vs Forza Horizon 2: Weather Graphics Comparison From GamesCom

  1. Even more telling is how the cars HANDLE in the rain! Driveclub is making sure that the physics of driving in weather match the real world. Driveclub also has the roads drying out DYNAMICALLY depending on the weather.

    The other basic difference that never gets mentioned is that Forza HORIZONS (including the new 2nd entry in the series) is essentially an ARCADE racer…while Driveclub is a SIMULATOR. HUGE difference!

    1. I agree, I’m just a little upset that the weather will be patched into the game after launch. I’m definitely looking forward to DriveClub though, love a good racing simulator.

  2. I would say the rain effects in the video look more realistic in Drive Club, but not necessarily better. Also neither game is out yet so there is time to fix or adjust things if possible. Forza Horizon 2 will not be out for more than a month.

    1. there is time to fix or adjust things if possible. Forza Horizon 2 will not be out for more than a month.

      LOL… the only thing happening within a month is a day one patch to fix launch bugs and ensure that DLC is intact. They don’t “upgrade” games this close to release.

      1. I’m not talking about an upgrade in graphical quality but a design choice. Flip a switch and change a setting. What I do know is the only way to really determine quality is for the game to come out and be played.

      2. That cost Microsoft millions of dollars and hundreds of hours of manpower to “flip the switch”

      1. You’re certainly entitled to your opinion, but my opinion isn’t wrong or right it is just an opinion.

  3. Com’on man….Forza is using cardboard cut out rain, in Drive Club when it rains you will roll the windows up and slow down.

  4. Not to mention that Horizon is meant to be a seamless open world. They may have had to pare down graphical effects to maintain that persistence without load times.

  5. Driveclub look better, but I guarantee Forza will have ALOT more stuff to do (tracks, cars) then DC does… but DC sure does look amazing

  6. “but as far as graphics go, it definitely seems to be Forza Horizon 2 on the weather front.” Is that what I think it means? Non the less tell me what you mean by that.

  7. So that’s why DC has open go anywhere environments, customizable cars and actual physics engine behind it all? Oh wait, that’s right it doesn’t. One chose to limit things one way the other the opposite because they are going for different goals.
    You people really that stupid?

    1. Are you really that bitter mr. salty tears, the comparison is about the weather in the game, stop making it about everything else in order to have an excuse. DC’s weather is better you might as well start dealing with it now.

      1. DC looks better, but he’s saying it sacrifices a ton to get there. And it does. No cosmetic damage, no car customisation, 50 cars, an arcade track racer (the physics aren’t gonna be as complex as GT/Forza because they are sims and DC won’t require that same attention for its driving model), and the game isn’t open world in any sense. Forza H2 has huge race tracks, multiple pathways, huge open world, full damage model, customisable cars, weather too etc.

        FH2 is 3 times the size of FH1, and has no invisible walls, if you can see it, you can drive there. DC is gorgeous though, but is content starved and feature starved by comparison. We’ve had car customisation since NFS:UNderground 2, come on…

      2. Gran Turismo 7 will look just as good or better and have sim physics and customization. It’s not a PS4 limitation at all.

      3. Yes but again it’ll be track limited (corridor game) unlike open world and like last gen corridor games can allaways achieve better graphics than the open world ones (Uncharted corridors/GTA open world for example)

      4. Fingers crossed that Turismo 7 on the PS4 isn’t Turismo 6 with a few extras. Can’t see it coming in 2015 though.

      5. The words PS4 and limitation aren’t in my comment, nor used together. I’m just saying Driveclub has had more time to be worked on (4 years by release I think), and has made a lot of sacrifices to achieve the level of visuals it has, including 60fps, something most track racers target. I’m not saying GT7/Forza 6 won’t surpass it, I’m just saying that for right now, Forza and The Crew (especially The Crew) are doing a lot more, Driveclub just bangs on about weather and graphics, and it’s not like the other games are slouches in the graphics department, but DC seems to be lacking in even basic car game features, like customisation, all in the pursuit of graphics. That’s fine if all you want are graphics, but I prefer my games to have substance in other areas, something I’m sure GT7 will achieve as will The Crew and FH2 this year, based on early impressions.

      6. Stop spreading fanboy FUD, lies, and hate and get help. It’s not healthy to hate pieces of plastic and people who like playing video games on them.

        You are mentally diseased and evil.

      7. DC’s weather looks good, but the weather on FH2 looks good, too. They both look pretty nice, imho, but different. Who cares? Both systems are kind of disappointing, especially DC is kinda weak, if you consider that it’s just a track racer without open world and extensive physics going on and still only makes 30fps. It’s looking good, but not what I expected from a next gen racer that has been worked on for ages. FH2 also doesn’t look sensational, but I can forgive easier here, as there’s a looooot going on in the game and that needs processing power, too. You graphic enthusiasts are weird people.

    2. I think you are the one stoopid, even thou DC is circuit based game, FH2 is been developed for a supposed next gen console, also DC has alot of phycics involve, hell even rain drops will be dinamic lol. Seriously your dude lol, but look at this video, FH 2 looks like a 360 game, look this Mr. Ignorance:

      The difference is minimal, and NO the shadows is not a big difference factor.

      So what are you excuses now ?, you are just an xbot fanboy who tries to defend the undefendable is perfectly normal reaction by your kind 😉


      1. LOL! There is a huge difference and saying otherwise is BS… of course a fanboy like yourself wouldn’t surprise me especially if you were a Sony Pony Dick Rider (which I think you are)… his defense is valid, your counter argument is not… but if you want to keep trying harder and at the same time sounding like an idiot fanboy then my all means continue…

      2. “but if you want to keep trying harder and at the same time sounding like an idiot fanboy then my all means continue…”
        Never doubted you 😉

      3. Still add it I see… being an idiot must be an accomplishment for you, well don’t let me stop you, especially since you are the entertainment 🙂

  8. Driveclub is a paid demo, that will forever be in Beta. FH will ship in it’s final form this holiday, and is a fully open world , arcade racer. This is like comparing H1Z1 to Dying Light.

      1. Bum um… you missed my point. You’re trying to compare 2 games that aren’t really that similar, outside of the core genre of “car racing”. Why not also compare Need For Speed : Rivals and Forza 5? They have about as much in common.

      2. This is the excuse all xtots make cause they cant handle the fact DC looks a million times better, just ask mommy for a PS4 and everything will be fine.

      3. Well lets put Forza 5 and DC side by side and then ask that question, pretty simple really, DC is a far better looking game then Forza. But if you want to talk about “why cants”, why cant that new golf game hit 1080p on xbone like it can on PS4?

      4. DC got delayed for an entire year and runs at 30frames derp derp. Stop making the gaming community look stupid.

    1. Driveclub got great impressions at E3 2014 and Gamescom 2014, it’s like a next-gen PGR with connected social features and club competition. Most E3 2014 impressions state it plays well and looks great. It will review well and sell decently. It’s the best looking console racing game. Driveclub’s weather effects look amazing running on PS4’s more powerful console hardware.

      Driveclub is channeling Project Gotham Racing, one of Xbox’s most beloved arcade racers. Those games didn’t have any customization beyond paint jobs and you know what? They were still amazing. It’s an arcade racer, different from sim racers, it doesn’t necessarily need fine tuning customizations. Not inherently better or worse.

      Closed and open world racers are different experiences, not inherently better or worse than one another.

      Weather is confirmed free in a patch soon after launch. It was demoed in-game to journalists at E3 2014, it’s basically finished.

      Both Forza and Driveclub are good racing games for different reasons. Open World Sim vs Closed Circuit Arcade.

    2. And come with €200 ready made DLC over the next year until the inevitable bi-yearly release of Forza 6 in 2015, where you get to buy it all AGAIN.
      How is that a finished game gimp? ALL of Sony’s best games over the last 7 years had post release updates to add more functionality and features. This is nothing new for PlayStation. Then Microsoft releases firmware updates with new basic features every 2 weeks since February and they are gods all of a sudden.

    3. You have no idea what you’re babbling about, do you, Xbot?

      Don’t worry, the final form will be when they patch in the microtransactions.

  9. Funny. Forza Horizon 2 looks amazing, and yet Driceclub crushes it when it comes to graphics.

    I still think FH2 will be more fun though, since it’s Open World, it’ll allow us to explore.

    1. I agree 100% except that I wouldn’t even say DC “crushes” it graphically….looks better…sure…but not a ton or anything. FH2 looks amazing in it’s own rights, and when you’re playing it, you’d NEVER stop and say “but wow DC looks better”.

      Plus in a video like they showed above, it’s hard to tell neck and neck the difference…esp when in DC it ACTUALLY is raining, and you have the mist and splattering and such, and then in the FH2 video, they cut it perfectly so that you couldn’t see any rain calling and such…just wet ground. (Which must have been don intentionally, because right before they cut into this video it WAS raining and they showed the rain gathering on the windshield and such….for some reason they intentionally cut that part out when doing a Weather Comparison).

      1. DC would look better even if it released at launch. PS4’s hardware is simply more powerful.

        Forza 5 or Forza Horizon 2 would both look better running on PS4.

      2. I think when he said “YOU cry a lot” he was talking about YOU (aka demfax) or maybe you are just to dumb to understand simple English…

      3. LOL! Now you are telling jokes? Damn next thing is you saying something smart for the first time…

      4. XtremeDerp, ps4lol, GodGamerDerp, Not_true and now demfax? Who’s making suck puppets Mr. Hypocrite?

  10. we compare a closed course game when its raining….to an open world
    racer with more cars, custom ability, seamless online play, voice
    controlled GPS,etc when its NOT raining…and call this a dramatic

    GPS, online play, voice controls… what does any of that have to do with the weather graphics looking like Fisher Price graphics on Forza Horizon 2?

      1. Whoa, whoa, whoa… now don’t go throwing words in my mouth like Xboners throw banana surprises in theirs.

      2. Oh but the banana surprises are legit and you know it…

        Daniel said: “it’s an open world game man… by it’s very nature it won’t look as good”… he is saying that because FH2 is an open world game it wont look good

        Then you say: “I don’t know, The Witcher 3 seems to disagree with you”… meaning that even though TW3 is an open world game it does look good

        maybe I misunderstood but that’s what I understood.

      3. Well, it was more like generally speaking, The Witcher 3 looks good as an open-world title.

        We still haven’t exactly seen what the final product will look like on the XB1.

      4. TW3 looks far better than FH2 and a ton of other linear corridor games. The point is, all the Xboners using the excuse that open-world games can’t look as good because they’re open world is blatantly false.

    1. The game has to process much more depth to the game…so by doing that it creates a more well-rounded experience rather than JUST focusing on graphics alone…THAT is what all the other extra details have to do with this.

      1. Perhaps, but has we have seen with EVERY game before, not enough to try and brag about. More to the point I’d still rather play it on my X1 than PS4 so that I don’t lose advantages like Driveartars, better seamless online play, MUCH better UI/Better achievement system, and better controller.

        I think people need to let go of “Ps4 playing games better”, it just seems like something that insecure fanboys hold on to to “justify” their blind bias. Having both consoles, and having done the tests in person on a Samsun 1080p 65in 240hz LED tv from less than 4 ft away…the ONLY thing that is for certain…is that people that hold on to this like it actually matters are insecure fanboys and nothing more.

      2. Thats all the PS fans have to hold onto to. Where are the games? Where is the greatest that won E3? MS are trying very hard for there customers while Sony are just sitting back racking in sales with nothing out. They must think the industry is stupid.

      3. PS4 has many great games that gamers love. That’s why it’s 10+ million in sales and growing. Sony’s large number of well funded 1st parties will ensure PS4 has a ton of great AAA exclusives, as many or more than PS3.

        PS4/Sony exclusives Jun-Dec: The Last of Us Remastered, Driveclub, LittleBigPlanet 3, Infamous: First Light, Samurai Warriors 4, Natural Doctrine, Guilty Gear Xrd, Singstar, and lots of indies (Resogun DLC, Counterspy, Hohokum, Velocity 2X, etc.).

        PS4/Sony exclusives 2015 (announced): Bloodborne, The Order, Ratchet & Clank Remastered, Uncharted 4, Let It Die, Deep Down, and lots of indies (Rime, Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, etc.)

        PS4 has 35+ AAA games from July to December 2014. Most of those are multiplatform but there’s no shortage of AAA games for PS4 owners.

        PS4 games rated 73+ on Metacritic not on XB1: Final Fantasy XIV, Resogun, Transistor, MLB 14, Injustice, Trine 2: Complete Story, TowerFall Ascension, Infamous 2nd Son, Don’t Starve, flower, War Thunder, DC Universe Online, Dead Nation, Dynasty Warriors 8, MotoGP 14, Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee, TLOU Remastered, The Swapper, Stick It To The Man, ZEN Pinball 2, Star Wars Pinball, The Pinball Arcade, Pure Pool, Fez, Rogue Legacy, Sound Shapes, Sportsfriends, PixelJunk Shooter Ultimate, SteamWorld Dig, Awesomenauts Assemble, Titan Attacks, Killzone: Shadow Fall, Escape Plan, Outlast: Whistleblower.

        1st/2nd party studios include Japan Studio, Polyphony Digital, Naughty Dog, SCE Bend, SCE San Diego, SCE Santa Monica, Sucker Punch, Pixel Opus, Evolution Studios, Guerrilla Games, Guerrilla Cambridge, SCE London, Media Molecule, Ready at Dawn, Quantic Dream, etc.

        Sony’s largest 1st party studios like Naughty Dog, Guerilla Games, and Santa Monica are working on unrevealed AAA games. Expect big 1st party AAA reveals in the future. Sony’s 1st parties are well funded and the games division is making a profit.

        Sony showed the following games at Gamescom 2014:

        Sony exclusives: The Tomorrow Children, Until Dawn, Tearaway Unfolded, Alienation, WiLD, Rime, DriveClub, The Order: 1886, Bloodborne, LittleBigPlanet 3

        Timed console exclusives: Dreamfall Chapters, HellBlade, The Vanishing Of Ethan Carter, Volume, HollowPoint, Runemaster, Nom Nom Galaxy, Pix the Cat, Papers Please, In Space We Brawl, Ether One, Qube 2, Snow, DayZ

        Multiplatform games: Silent Hills (P.T.), FarCry 4, Destiny, Shadow Of Mordor

        PS4 has a steady stream of games all year. According to Listwar it’s now 100 PS4 games to 59 XB1 games. The fact is PS4 has nearly twice as many games as XB1, and many of those are rated 73+ on Metacritic.

    2. Its development time. DC time went into visuals where as FH2 focusing on many other things. DC will get boring after 10 hours where as FH2 has 100+ hours of content.

  11. Too bad the fanboy author didn’t mention that Forza is an open world game….too busy giving blog jobs to his fellow ps fanboyz haha. Also pretty plain to see forza looks a fair bit better than that crappy old driveclub….he sounds a bit salty the author.

  12. Driveclub and Forza are very different stylistically. DC goes for pure realism at the expense of physics, open world, real damage, etc. FH2 is more of an over the top, bright, fun, and wide open racer. The comparisons aren’t valid.

    1. He could have compared it to Forza 5, but I suppose he figured he would give the better looking game a chance against Driveclubs stellar graphics.

      1. DC runs at 30 frames and had 1 whole year to look better then FM5. Sorry to say but DC isn’t what you think it is. Any game should look fantastic if you keep delaying it. FM5 people have been playing that since last year. Good way to compare games when one is a launch title and one is coming out as a 2nd generation PS4 game lol.

      2. DC would look better even if it released at launch. PS4’s hardware is simply more powerful.

        Forza 5 or Forza Horizon 2 would both look better running on PS4.

      3. Oh Demfax you still have no idea what your talking about. Its never about the hardware but about whos behind it. You dont need a big engine to make a car go fast. Turn 10 is the best in the industry wait till FM6.

  13. Why are you even comparing these games? The only thing they have in common is that you drive a car. That’s like comparing a level based action game with an open world action game… no one does it

  14. Interesting point made at the end about the way each approaches 1080p, 30fps. Graphically there is no comparison.
    One game gives you the urge to crap the whip, while the other pisses you off for getting a scratch basically. I guess they are different games.

  15. We never asked for or even wanted better weather.
    In fact our focus was been a “club”.
    Something delay club isn’t

  16. were we watching the same video? Cuz DriveClub looked blurry, and greyed, not impressed. Forza 2 had more contrast, looked way better.

    1. That “blurry, greyed” look you are referencing is called fog. It’s this thing that happens in real life that makes things blurry and greyed. One game renders that in startling detail, the other doesn’t render it at all outside of skyboxes. I would imagine if you could magically have a bubble that removed fog from around your car in real life, your car would have more contrast than the others too.

      1. Of course the Fog looks better in DC as Sony has had a lot of practice Implementing it, Every PS4 Game has it to keep the poly count down so it can hit 1080P.

      2. Except the draw distance (which is greater than that of Forza Horizon 2, I might add) is very present during non fog conditions, or were you assuming the whole game was played in foggy weather?

        The “your system sucks” part is humorous because the Ps4 is demonstratably far more powerful than the Xbox One

      1. Forzafailever and misterxmedia are in a heated competition for “most delusional microsoft fanboy”.

    2. Stop spreading fanboy FUD, lies, and hate and get help. It’s not
      healthy to hate pieces of plastic and people who like playing video
      games on them.

      You are mentally diseased and evil..

  17. I’m sorry to say that you completely overlooked something in all of your observations about the graphics. DC is closed track while FH2 is open world. You cannot produce the same level of graphics in an open world racing game. It is comparing apples and oranges. Obviously the PS4 is a more powerful console but your comparison is a poor one. If DC was on the Xbox One and FH2 was on the PS4, DC would still be the better looking game.

    1. I don’t know about that. Graphical fidelity has nothing to do with it being open world. They had to make concessions, yes, but that was in the framerate, not graphics. I would say FH2 looks better than F5, just at 30fps. Driveclub simply wipes the floor with both games in graphical fidelity, there’s no holding back that fact just because FH2 is open world.

      1. You have no idea. FH2 is open world and also designed on last gen consoles with crash damage and the vehicles get dirty etc. DC is a closed track and the cars don’t look that much better then FM5. FM5 is a launch title at 60frames now if you reduce FM5 to 30frames like DC then there wouldn’t be much difference consider they would have 10% more GPU power. Also DC had an entire year worth of delaying where as FM5 had a due date. FH2 is pushing more so it has to reduce its visual quality where as DC is pushing less so it can focus more on visual quality. FH2 is focusing on Car quantity and Gameplay (over 100 hours of gameplay) where as DC is focusing primary on the visuals. Monster difference.

      2. Actually graphical fidelity has everything to do with it being open world. I don’t see how you can say that seriously. Open world games have to do things like stream textures and environments which take up cycles that closed/linear games do not have to worry about. DC looks great and they have been working on it long enough that it should but again it is a different style game and it is just foolish to not acknowledge that.

      1. What are you even talking about? No one said anything about the cloud and you jump in with an off topic comment. But since you brought it up I don’t see the cloud being used for graphics processing in the typical sense. I see it being used for physics calculations which do make games look better. Think Physx effects.

  18. Horizon on the Xbox 360 still looks awesome. Forza 5 on the Xbox One wasn’t much of a step up from Forza 4 on the Xbox 360. Turn 10 are going to have to bend over backwards to get Forza looking better and the Xbox One has the power to do it.

  19. *more than 75% of gamers say graphics matter when purchasing a game* Interesting so gamers should be PC gamers if they were smart.

  20. Hey @cyguration:disqus I got a favor to ask you of course this is up to you but I think it can help us both, I would like you to write 3 different articles :

    First Article:
    -Xbox One
    *Its specs
    *What it can do and not do
    *ALL the games it has and will have with their resolution(exclusives, multiplatform, indies)

    Second Article:
    -PlayStation 4
    *Its specs
    *What it can do and not do
    *ALL the games it has and will have with their resolution(exclusives, multiplatform, indies)

    Third Article:
    -Wii U
    *Its specs
    *What it can do and not do
    *ALL the games it has and will have with their resolution(exclusives, multiplatform, indies)

    (If you are up to this task can they be written cleanly without any meme’s, gifs and/or analogies??????)

  21. Usher you are widely known as a pony fruitcake, a liar a flaming pony and an idiot in denial of the truth. The referenced video shows me tgat driveclub is a dingy blurry bore of a game compared to forza horizon 2. Forza horizon 2 graphics are so much brighter, sharper and beautiful than Driveclub’s that to be honest you achieved the opposite of your intention. But thanks much for validating what i already know….that xbox one has better games and is a better machine than ps4. Cheers pony fruitcake !

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