Forza Horizon 5 review: Everything you love, in Mexico

Forza Horizon 5 opts for that old saying: if it’s not broken, don’t fix it. The English game developer Playground Games, which has made every entry in the ever-improving Forza Horizon racing franchise since its inception over nine years ago, does not mess with the formula it has provided and refined. -over his predecessor over time. Forza Horizon 5 is very similar to Forza Horizon 4, which is not a bad thing. The fifth chapter of the series – available on November 5th for premium customers and on November 9th for everyone else – is an iterative update. He’s not trying to reinvent the wheel. Cynics will complain about the lack of innovation in the game: asset reuse, copy-paste and old wine in a new one the country. But that says more about the racing game industry that we will be reaching in a while.

Don’t hurt Forza Horizon 5 – which is a great game in itself. The in-game Horizon Festival takes players to Mexico this time. This means that we are moving to the right side in Forza Horizon for the first time since 2014, after Australia in Forza Horizon 3 and the UK in Forza Horizon 4, both on the left side (as in India) due to commonwealth roots . Forza Horizon 5 also marks the series’ return to America from its origins in 2012.

More importantly, Mexico allows Forza Horizon 5 to be extremely diverse. Unlike the UK, which main game designer Ryan Greene called “too hard for the tree” in a multiplayer session with journalists. Mexico has 11 different biomes, whether it’s lush jungles, clean beaches, historic cities or desert-filled dunes. They also bring dynamic weather events, from dust storms to Mad Max: Fury Road, to lightning and torrential rains that add drama to the procedure. As always, Forza Horizon 5 makes you experience the varied biomes that Mexico offers in the beginning.

And rightly so, it all looks great. Mexico’s Forza Horizon 5 is a joy to drive, whether it’s speeding on superhighways at speeds above 350 km / h in the ultra-quiet, all-electric Porsche Taycan Turbo S, which swings on the curved inner streets of look for bonus panels in the hungry and powerful Lamborghini Centenario or cut through the woods and jump off the hills with the pleasure of a few skill points and collateral damage in a heavy truck with big tires. The emerging weather patterns mentioned above contribute even more to this joy – they feel realistic (or as close as possible) even on the Xbox One X on which I played Forza Horizon 5.

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Horizon Festival goes to Mexico in Forza Horizon 5
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On its more powerful cousin, the Xbox Series X, you’ll be able to choose between two video modes in Forza Horizon 5: quality (4K 30fps) and performance (4K 60fps). Same as the Forza Horizon 4 option offered on One X. Now, One X has no graphics options. What does the X-Series quality mode offer? You can expect more detail, longer drawing distances and ray-tracing (though only in ForzaVista). These features are also available on the S series, although it is locked at a resolution of 1440p naturally. All these details come at a cost. Forza Horizon 5 has a massive download size – 103 GB on PC and S / X series and 116 GB on Xbox One. Ai. This is half the console space for S-Series owners.

Forza Horizon 5 is also great to play. Playground Games and Turn 10 Studios at Forza Motorsport have refined their driving controls with every entry. And they’ve been in the groove on the last two occasions. If you come from Forza Horizon 4, you will feel the smallest differences – making it more or less an uninterrupted transition. Another case of my opening argument. It is certainly arcade-ish, but there are simulation clues that leave room for player improvement. This, in turn, means that Forza Horizon 5 is easy to pick up – although I’m biased here, given the total time spent with the franchise – but it still has a lot of depth that you can explore as you delve into AI. difficulty and then PvP modes (player versus player).

Playground Games also makes it easy to choose the right car. When you arrive at an event and open the car selection screen, Forza Horizon 5 will display a list of “recommended cars” from your list. This is a nice touch – it gives you an idea of ​​what the race requires and which car will work well. If you don’t see that section, Forza Horizon 5 will give you the option to buy recommended cars instead.

Speaking of PvP, Playground Games eliminated “Ranked Adventure” on Forza Horizon 5. Why? The game’s creative director, Mike Brown said that “Ranked Adventure has made the winnings super important. It made people want to win and get angry when they couldn’t. ” In other words, it made Forza Horizon 4 toxic. No game developer wants that, and it’s clear why Ranked Adventure is gone.

Forza Horizon 5 still has a PvP mode – it’s called Horizon Open – but it’s not nearly as cut. Horizon Open is meant to be “lower pressure, more inclusive, more accessible.” In addition, there is an even more relaxed format in the Horizon Tour co-op, which is casual and relaxed, Greene said. The developers also addressed the upset with teammates leaving PvP modes halfway. The remaining players will still be under pressure, but they will be better rewarded for that as well.

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Multiplayer game in Forza Horizon 5
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If you want something even easier, there’s Forzathon Live rebranded. Now called Horizon Arcade on Forza Horizon 5, it offers 12 co-op minigames – for anyone in the pink circle at the start. These can include things like crushing piñatas, making super jumps, breaking speed records, and so on. You can also use a new Forza Link system – it’s at the bottom left of your HUD – to speed up the matching process. It behaves contextually, so it will try to find players for the events you are close to.

This brings us to the campaign (playable solo or in cooperation, as before), in which most players in Forza Horizon 5 will spend their time naturally. The biggest introduction is the new story-based Expeditions mode – it’s a bit of a guided adventure, because someone will either drive next to you, fly over you, or sit next to you in your vehicle. Expeditions usually involve driving to a place such as an active volcano or Aztec ruins. Once you’re there, you can unlock a bunch of optional distinctions by finding items of interest if you’re willing to spend time in the area. Then you reunite with your non-player partner, who takes you on a wild journey, whether you’re sprinting through a tropical storm or running on the edge of an active volcano. It is meant to be the highlight of a region – and in turn unlocks a new festival site.

In addition, you will participate in similar types of events from previous Forza Horizon games. Road races, dirt races, street races and cross-country races, everything is here. Given the limited time we had with the game – Microsoft only gave us access earlier this week – I can’t say if there is more variety to the events. Although the fact that Forza Horizon 5 Mexico is the largest map Playground Games has ever built, you would hope that this is true.

Of course, if you run out of events, you can always create your own events. Forza Horizon 5 includes a new EventLab feature for user-generated content. With it, you can create all kinds of races, stunts and challenges. EventLab in Forza Horizon 5 lets you enter objects, model a route, set your car class, and more. You can even define all sorts of rules, whether it’s teaching points for hit targets, changing car torque or gravity to confuse competitors, or changing race parameters for an extra dose of fun. Once you’re done with the plan, you can use it to name your event, test it for testing, and then publish it for the community to enjoy.

As part of the user-generated content, the model creator returns in an extended form on Forza Horizon 5. You can customize your car in more ways than before – in addition, you can use the game’s new Gift Drops feature (which is inside game). menus) to quickly share what you’ve accomplished with other Forza Horizon 5 players.

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A custom Porsche in Forza Horizon 5
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Speaking of personalization, the character creator on Forza Horizon 5 is more diverse than ever. In addition to the usual racial diversity options, Forza Horizon 5 also allows you to choose your pronoun and voice. Yes, your character speaks in Forza Horizon 5 – albeit in a limited way. You can also change the artificial limbs for any of your character’s four, an important step in representing people with disabilities.

This aspect is also covered under the hood. Forza Horizon 5’s accessibility features allow for high-contrast and color-blind interface modes, user interface screen narration, text-to-speech and text-to-speech support for voice chat, and subtitles in all scenes and gameplay. You can also change the moving backgrounds and speed of the game. Microsoft does a lot of accessibility, including in its flagship events, and its Xbox games continue in that spirit.

Forza Horizon 5 is a game created for everyone, but annoyingly, there aren’t many games like this. Need for Speed ​​is the only other franchise I can think of that bothers open worlds, but NFS hit the ground running long ago. His new cousin, Dirt, never ventured into the field. Could this change with the EA’s ownership of Codemasters? It’s all about trail-based things with its upcoming Grid Legends game, though it will provide more of a narrative. In essence, there is a lack of competition – which inevitably results in a lack of innovation. Playground Games can provide an iterative experience and make money, because Forza Horizon 5 is in a world of its own. It’s wonderful, but it’s also sad.


  • Mexico looks beautiful
  • Various regions, better with the weather
  • It looks and works great on Xbox One X.
  • Hundreds of cars
  • The driving mechanics are refined
  • Easy to lift, but deep
  • Less demanding PvP multiplayer
  • Deep cooperative support
  • EventLab is promising
  • Diverse character creator


  • Lack of innovation
  • Iterative update
  • Horizon Arcade is a success
  • The collectibles in the expedition are meh

Rating (out of 10): 9

Forza Horizon 5 will be released on November 9 on Xbox One, Xbox Series S / X and Windows 10/11. It is available on November 5 for those who bought Forza Horizon 5 Premium Edition.

The price starts at Rs. 3,499 pe Steam, Rs. 3,999 pe Microsoft Store, and Rs. 4,299 at retail. Forza Horizon 5 Premium Edition costs Rs. 5,499 on Steam and Rs. 6,599 on the Microsoft Store.

You can also get Forza Horizon 5 with Xbox Game Pass subscription which costs Rs. 699 per month.

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Updated: March 14, 2022 — 10:12 am

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