Forza Horizon 5 is the fifth installment of the bestselling racing game series with open world, launched in 2012 and being a spin-off of the Forza Motorsport series. During the game we take part in the Horizon Festival, which is a kind of motorsports event. The game was developed by Playground Games studio, while its release was handled by Xbox Game Studios.
Forza Horizon 5 takes us on a journey to Mexico - this is the most extensive map in the history of the series, about 50% larger than the one included in Forza Horizon 4. There are deserts, rainforests, ancient ruins, huge canyons, picturesque beaches, as well as settlements, towns and the big city of Guanajuato. Additionally, the highest point in the history of the series - the top of a volcano - awaits to be conquered.
FH5 includes the changing seasons system known from the fourth part, which has been modified. This time, the weather conditions are not universal for the entire map - for example, snowfall may occur only in selected locations. In addition, Mexico has a completely different climate than FH4 England, with previously unseen violent weather phenomena such as sandstorms and intense tropical storms.
Forza Horizon 5 includes hundreds of cars - more than any previous game had at launch (the exact number is still unknown). There are cars from all eras and categories - popular sports cars, off-roaders and rally cars, historic cars, the latest hypercars, and even machines made before World War II. There is no shortage of vehicles absent from previous installments of the series, such as the Mercedes-AMG Project One, Porsche Taycan, Jaguar XJR-15 or the new Ford Bronco.
In addition, the developers have paid more attention to vehicle modification, significantly increasing the number of available mechanical and visual tuning options. For example, it has become possible to influence the sound of cars by replacing parts of the exhaust system. Another interesting new feature is the ability to open and close the convertible tops while driving.
The open world offers the player a lot of freedom in choosing challenges. In addition to the traditional races (both on asphalt and off-road) or tasks that involve accelerating to high speeds or making long jumps, some new forms of fun have appeared. The flagship of FH5 is the story mode, in which we take part in expeditions - we explore the picturesque corners of Mexico, facing, for example, a sudden volcanic eruption.
Another important novelty is EventLab. It is an editor in which we can create our own challenges - not only set races from point A to point B on the map, but also modify the game world by adding various objects or even constructing special arenas, and set unique goals to achieve.
You can enjoy all of these attractions while playing alone or in multiplayer mode, realized in the fashion of MMO games. The latter option offers additional forms of fun, such as group social challenges.
Forza Horizon 5 offers even more advanced graphics than the previous part - thanks to the capabilities of the Xbox Series X console. The car models are covered with realistic reflections generated by ray tracing technology (not applicable for Xbox One), and the map is more detailed thanks to photogrammetry (real locations were recreated from thousands of photos).
Xbox Game Pass and Premium Edition
Forza Horizon 5 game can be purchased in three editions: Standard, Deluxe and Premium. The last one is the richest - besides the game it gives access to two expansions, car pass (also included in Deluxe Edition) and VIP pack. It also allows to start playing four days before the official debut of the production. Moreover, Forza Horizon 5 is available in the Xbox Game Pass service from the day of its premiere.
Game mode: single / multiplayer Multiplayer mode: Internet
Expectations: 9.1 / 10 based on 254 votes.
Age restrictions Forza Horizon 5: Good for all ages.
Forza Horizon 5 System requirements
PC / Windows
- Intel Core i3-4170 3.7 GHz
- 8 GB RAM
- graphic card 2 GB GeForce GTX 650 Ti / Radeon R7 250X or better
- 80 GB HDD
- Windows 10