Easily one of the most infamous gamerwhore games of all time, My Horse And Me 2 is the delightful story of a girl and her horse. This morality tale exploring the complex relationship between a championship equestrian rider and her noble steed is but a springboard into the profound tale of how the pair must overcome adversity to save their family farm from foreclosure.
Okay, so the plot sucks. On the other hand, the game isn't terrible. It certainly isn't stellar, and it's quite a bit repetitive, but not a complete waste of time by any stretch. In fact, the more I played it, the more I seemed to find myself in a state of Zen horse riding.
For those of you looking for this game, it isn't easy to find. The game is a rather obscure title that was only released in Europe. Theoretically it's supposed to be region-encoded, but for some reason never made it that far. Therefore if anyone in other regions can get a hold of this, it'll work in any 360.
The cheeves are, as expected, quite easy. Play through the game and you'll get most of the achievements. The difficulty of the game, even on Professional, is not much of a challenge. The only downside is that the difficulties don't stack; you will have to play this through twice in order to finish the game.
In addition to the obligatory practice sessions that help you learn the mechanics of the game, you need to make sure to take care of your horse as well. This happens by cleaning and brushing your horse, feeding him, pulling rocks out of his hooves, etc. As mind-numbing as this might be, I have to admit that I actually learned a little bit about taking care of a horse (much to the amusement of my equestrian wife).
The actual competitions consist of 3 parts: dressage, show jumping, and cross country. Dressage requires you to move in certain patterns around the ring at particular speeds, as well as move your sticks in motions shown on the screen. Show jumping is... well, show jumping. Cross country is more jumping at faster speeds.
The other part of the game consists of "fungames" which, I found, were really not all that fun. In fact, they were quite annoying. These were perhaps the one part of the game that was most frustrating. While mechanical bull riding and mazes sound fun, it was quite a bit of a chore.
In all, the game doesn't suck, although it gets a bit repetitive. If you can find it in a bargain bin (which won't happen), it's an easy pickup. 4 stars for achievement hunters, but for everyone else it's probably worth about 2.5. I'll give my dignity the benefit of the doubt and call it a 2.