Forza Horizon 5 Review in 3 Minutes – Yet Another Fantastic Racer

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Forza Horizon 5 from Playground Games is unapologetic about being “more” Forza Horizon, and if you’ve enjoyed Forza Horizon 14, you’re going to absolutely love 5.

The gameplay loop of Forza Horizon remains the same as in the previous entries. Drive around Mexico and partake in a literally endless amount of events, racking up XP, unlocking hundreds of cars, upgrading those cars, and continuing to unlock new events by opening up new Horizon festival locations. You can’t go more than a few hundred feet in the game without having something to do, and the constant new activities keep gameplay addicting. My only minor complaint is that little character-focused cutscenes and monologues felt dull and unnecessary to me.

Mechanically, Forza Horizon 5 is the best the series has ever been. All the cars feel fantastic to drive, and although Horizon has always hit that nice middle ground between simulation and arcade, this game really lets you lean more on one over the other if you prefer. You are unrestrained in how you choose to approach the game, and that still includes getting into the super nitty-gritty of your car where you can futz around with a bunch of car parts that I have no understanding of.

Forza Horizon 5 is out on November 9 on Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, and PC for $59.99 and is also included in Xbox Game Pass.

Watch our full Review in 3 Minutes for Forza Horizon 5.

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