Okay, Europe is pretty awesome as a travel destination, but it has its difficulties. It's expensive to get there, communicating with the locals can be difficult, and even if blazing around the hairpin turns of the Amalfi Coast didn't already present the serious possibility of death, what's the point if you can't do it in a 2015 Lamborghini Huracán?
Forza Horizon 2, on the other hand, costs way less than a transatlantic flight and comes with a Lamborghini. And a Pagani Huayra. Not to mention more than two hundred of the world's greatest cars, none of which you'd ever be able to get your hands on otherwise. It's a racing game, but it's more than that too: it's a totally immersive experience that drops you on the Mediterranean coast, gives you the keys to your dream car, and lets you decide what happens next.
Because the world of Forza is so huge, we're creating a travel guide you won't find in the any bookstore. It will highlight the must-visit destinations in Forza's hyper-detailed, wide-open version of southern Europe — both for those who want to see the sights at 200 MPH speeds and those who are looking for a relaxing day trip through the idyllic countryside. And since even the most dedicated Forza racer can't see it all without logging at least a hundred hours at the console, we need your help.
For the guide we'll be compiling, we want you to submit your game-play videos and screenshots of the coolest, most beautiful, and most offbeat places to see in the game. Drop your off-the-map finds into the comments (if it's a video, upload it to Youtube first, of course), and we'll pick a favorite to feature in our upcoming travel guide. The reader who submits it gets a brand new Xbox One, signed by the pretty-damn-visionary creators behind Forza Horizon 2. So get out there and start exploring.
Update: To sweeten the pot for the lucky ones among you who already have an Xbox One, we're adding another prize to the mix: a sweet, 51-inch Samsung Smart TV that will make the world of Forza Horizon so real you'll practically be able to feel the wind on your face.
Update #2: Just as the Model T made way for the Model A, so too is our contest evolving. Because many of you are submitting screenshots instead of videos, we'll be accepting those as well as videos as contest entries. We've also extended the deadline to enter until Sunday, November 2 at 11:59 PM. Show us what you've got.
Standard contest rules apply. Only open to US residents. Readers may also enter by sending their contact information to Gawker Media, Attn: Forza Xbox Contest, 210 Elizabeth Street, Third Floor, New York, NY 10012. The contest begins on October 27, 2014 at 12:00 PM ET and ends on November 2, 2014 at 11:59 PM ET.
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