Playground Games have always set high bars for open world arcade racers over the course of their Forza Horizon series. 2018's Forza Horizon 4 explored the vast English countryside, offering an incredible amount of vehicles for players to toy around with in its massive sandbox. For a time, Forza Horizon 4 reigned supreme as the best that the series had to offer, but I can confidently say that Forza Horizon 5 has somehow exceeded those sky-high expectations and delivered something truly special for the racing genre.
Set in the scorching deserts and dense jungles of Mexico, Forza Horizon 5 jets players off to distant shores where a new Horizon festival is taking shape. Much like previous entries, you can create your own character, only this time they're fully voiced and have double the amount of customization options. As the superstar racer on the scene with a ready-made legacy, you're given a handful of starter cars to choose from before being thrown into the rich expanse of Mexico.
Forza Horizon 5 never lets its foot off the brakes in giving players overwhelming freedom and fun.
Forza Horizon 5 absolutely does not short-change you on content...
[Mexico] is easily the best location in a Forza Horizon game yet, and one of the best open worlds in a racing game ever.
...your character isn't a silent blank canvas and instead is fully voiced, which allows them to interact with dialogue more naturally...
In one jaw-dropping set piece, you're racing through a raging storm that rips apart the jungle as lightning strikes the land inches away from you.
For as good as Forza Horizon 5 looks - and trust me, it's a visual masterpiece - it sounds equally as good too.
Writer. Enthusiast of all things geek. Legend has it he completed Final Fantasy VII without a memory card.
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Xbox Game Studios
PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series
9 November 2021
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