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Forza Horizon 5 review: the satisfaction of driving aimlessly | Digital Trends Spanish

Forza Horizon 5 review: the satisfaction of driving aimlessly

“Forza Horizon 5 is the result of all Playground Games’ years of experience with the series.”


  • The map of Mexico, very well designed and with variety

  • The various types of activities, to suit all players

  • Visually looks spectacular on the new consoles


  • A more palpable evolution of the game model will remain for future deliveries

From the paper, the new Forza Horizon 5 it does not differ much from the previous one Horizon nor the formula established since the first game. Forza Horizon it is defined with very simple concepts: a large open map that can be traversed from cover to cover on a vehicle. And on that map, an endless series of activities unfolds – races and various events – to register and compete, both against AI-controlled cars and against other players in online mode.

Forza Horizon 5 it is nothing more than that model of the game to the letter, now with a new setting and with some new features in the way the campaign is developed. This fictional version of Mexico is very diverse in terms of environments and beyond the familiarities with the maps of the previous titles, traveling the routes and passing through beaches, jungles, cities or even a volcano is a very satisfying experience.

Forza Horizon 5 is multiple games at once

Historically, racing video games had a very specific classification in terms of style. There were Need for speed (which in turn were evolving over time), there were Burnout, there were Gran Turismo, the Forza Motorsport and even the Mario Kart. All were framed in a particular style and the simulation-loving gamer did not go to a Need for speed but to a Great Tourism. Fans of speed and spectacular crashes were going for Burnout. And so it was with each franchise, depending on what it offered.

The joke of Forza Horizon 5 and the saga as such is that it can be all those types of game at the same time. Leaving aside the limitations of the first installment, in which you could only travel roads and not open fields, the Forza Horizon they are presented as a large canvas in which urban races, supercar races, expeditions type rally or the Daytona type circuits.

Forza Horizon 5 embraces that format just like the previous titles, but now adding some explorative elements to the traditional races. For example: at a certain point in the game, not only do you have to find a specific location on the map, but also search it for optional items that add a score to the total. The exploration is very simple -basically, moving the car through the area until you find the object and break it or go over it-, but it makes sense within a game that is based not only on competing, but on traveling the great space as much as possible. available.

The variety of activities in the game also carries over to the main campaign, which is based on expanding the Horizon festival to open new types of competitions. By getting the necessary points and opening new festival stands, new types of events are also activated, ranging from classic races on asphalt circuits to others on gravel, open field or mixed, mixing several environments at the same time.

Thanks to the above, Forza Horizon 5 it is an extensive game with a lot of content. In the previous version of this review there are some reduced features, which have to do with multiplayer and with the seasonal seasons that will be able to be tested in greater depth only with the game on the street. But even leaving aside those features, Forza Horizon 5 As a single player video game it is a broader experience than it may appear at first glance.

The indescribable experience of aimless driving

Everything written so far is basically a summary of what Forza Horizon 5 have. The type of races, the hundreds of cars, the way to progress and get more vehicles, game credits and cosmetics, is something not really debatable: it is there and anyone who tries the game for a few hours will notice it without problems.

But in my opinion, the vitality of Forza Horizon 5 it has more dimensions than just a theoretical or numerical description. What the game delivers goes beyond the number of cars or the size of the map and has to do with the gaming experience. How to explain, for example, that the franchise attracts many players who are not really fans of racing or car games?

Or how to explain that Horizon went from being a subsaga of Forza Motorsport to be the more popular of the two? Obviously behind that transformation is the fact that these titles have a friendlier and less strict design, which is key to creating interest outside of the niche audience of race simulators. But that does not mean that Forza Horizon It started out almost as an experiment and ended up bypassing the main franchise.

Forza Horizon 5 It is for me an experience of relaxation, of automatic pilot. One that I can enjoy either for several hours in a row or in a casual way for 15 minutes and in which I always find something close on the map that captures my interest. It is possible to play without even entering an event to compete; it’s just a matter of driving steadily towards the horizon, without paying much attention to predefined roads and routes. The landscapes and environments alone are enough of an incentive to get lost in this version of Mexico.

Forza Horizon 5, a game without flaws

At the time of this writing, it is impossible to know how long the game will be in its service format. Judging by the menus, the seasons and time-duration tournaments will still be present, which has been key to keeping the community from the previous game very active to this day.

No doubt Forza Horizon 5 It is the result of all the years of Playground Games experience with the series. Perhaps this fifth part is not as radical a breakthrough as the one that occurred between the first and the second game, but in the long run that does not matter: no Forza Horizon has disappointed, but quite the opposite. From the beginning these have been titles of excellence and Forza Horizon 5 is no exception.

Forza Horizon 5 will be available Starting November 9 on Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S, PC and Xbox Game Pass. A premium version of early access will be available on November 5.

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