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Forza Horizon 5 Review – Firing On All Cylinders

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Since the inception of the spin-off series, the accessible and thrilling racing action of Forza Horizon has won over a wide audience. Forza Horizon 5 continues this tradition of delivering stellar driving mechanics to a beautiful destination, this time taking gamers to Mexico for one of the best and most expansive racing games I’ve ever played.

Driving through Mexico in Forza Horizon 5 is a pure delight thanks to superb dynamic driving mechanics that take into account the terrain, weather and handling of the more than 500 vehicles you drive. Forza Horizon 5 demonstrates this well through an incredible opening sequence, where different cars fall from planes and land in disparate biomes with sandstorms, meandering rivers, and wide open straights, all set to music. However, Horizon hammers out both the handling differences and the exceptional mechanics more the more time you spend sailing around the world.

Forza Horizon 5’s sense of speed is amazing. Whether you’re tactfully navigating an off-road course through lush rainforests or screaming on a desert highway, the difference between staying on the road and scurrying through the brush is razor sharp. Forza Horizon 5 excels at offering a variety of courses that challenge you with unique challenges, from traditional races to courses with objectives. The Drivatar System – which reproduces your friends’ trends using AI. runners – is a mainstay of the series now, but I loved developing rivalries with specific friends, even though I wasn’t racing against them in real time.

The lovingly crafted rendition by Mexico’s Playground Games and its 11 distinct biomes deliver some of the most stunning visuals I’ve ever seen in a video game. This open world is home to a venerable cornucopia of activity available to players, which is amazing, if not a little overwhelming. It was sometimes difficult to find some of the events I wanted, given the number of activity icons on the map. Fortunately, you can apply map filters or ask your car’s AI. to adjust your navigation to the nearby events of your choice. However, that did not prevent me from letting myself be distracted by the many events offered along my route.

If you are tired of participating in standard racing activities, you can participate in Barn Finds, where you search and rescue classic cars rotting in country barns. Meanwhile, the stories have you helping characters through driving-based missions. I loved hunting and completing these types of missions, but the open world also has a ton of quick and fun activities such as seeing how fast you can go through a speed trap, how far you can throw a ramp, or how much you can glide through marked drift areas. These are fun ways to gain experience and accolades to improve your driver and vehicles with new perks, but my favorite part about these random global activities is how they instantly stack up against your friends. More times than I could count, I noticed my friend had hit a higher top speed, which forced me to turn around and retry the challenge.

While exploring Mexico, you may also come across some online events. These public activities allow you to seamlessly join with other players to achieve a common goal, such as building up a set distance from a jump or drifting and destroying piñatas in an area. You can even participate in a battle royale style Eliminator mode where you challenge other players in the session, knocking them out of the competition, taking their cars, and trying to be the last player left. These are fun diversions, but my favorite online activities are creating a convoy of players, traveling the world, and participating in events with each other.

All of these activities culminate in expeditions, unique set-oriented campaign sequences that provide some of the game’s most memorable events. From driving up a rocky volcano as raucous music blasts through the stereo to the take Assault through an off-road course against a pair of monster trucks, the following expeditions and story missions are the moments that marked me the most.

If the many events created by Forza developers aren’t enough, players can also create and share activities using EventLab. This tool makes it as easy as driving the route you want to create, placing checkpoints with the push of a button, and writing a name, description, and set of rules. I loved sharing these creations as they appear alongside activities created by developers in other players’ games, giving them the opportunity to test their skills in your designs.

At every turn, Forza Horizon 5 impresses like few games have. From the first mile, I was on the edge of my seat. With so much to do in such a relentlessly beautiful world, I suspect it won’t be long before I feel like stepping back into the driver’s seat of my favorite car. Even in the midst of a competitive racetrack, Forza Horizon 5 is a finely tuned supercar.

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