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This week in racing game news:
“Forza Horizon 5” is here and, to no one’s surprise, it’s really, really ridiculously good
For the first time in 3 long years, the “Strength Horizon“The series is back with a brand new installment, and guess what, it’s awesome.” Forza Horizon 5 ” officially arrives on the shelves (and Game Pass) this week. We were lucky enough to be able to spend some time before the release and to say we had a blast is an understatement.
The “Forza Horizon” games have always been good, so it’s no surprise that this one follows suit. When you get one, for the most part, you know what you get: a fun, arcade-like racing experience with an interesting open world and an absolute amount of cars to choose from. “Forza Horizon 5” doesn’t change the formula too much here, it just improves it. This game is a bit like “Mario Kart 8 Deluxe” from the Forza series. It fits all the best things from its predecessors and puts them in a new, bright and a lot of fun package.
The game starts with a bang, as per tradition for the series. You will immediately get involved in some fast paced “tutorial” races with a Chevy Corvette Stingray, Ford Bronco Other Toyota NS On. The adrenaline rush is finally completed with an absolutely epic final race against a jet that puts players behind the wheel of the blazingly fast Mercedes-AMG 1. After this introductory piece, you can jump into the ‘Vette, Bronchus or Supra to start exploring.
The new environments available to players are the different terrains of Mexico, a place that was somewhat criticized at the time of the reveal, but if you ask us it turned out to be exactly the breath of fresh air the game needed to differentiate it from the somewhat gloomy, even gray English environments of “Forza Horizon 4.” In this game, you will bump into biomes like deserts, tropical coasts, cities, swamps, volcanoes and much more.
Once the game starts in earnest, fans of the franchise will feel right at home, as the gameplay is extremely similar to “FH4”, although this time around there may be a slightly more emphasis on dirty racing, which for us goes very good. Everything feels and looks great. You still have the cheery Horizon Festival announcers cheering you on every step of the way, you are still able to fine-tune and customize your vehicles, and you will still be able to pick a ridiculous name for yourself that all the characters have to call you – we went with “Conte Driftula”. Fun every time. Also, maybe it’s just wishful thinking, but it sure looks like the checkpoint flags placed during races are always slightly more forgiving in “FH5” when you just cut one off than in “FH4”, which is very welcome to tweak.
There is a lot more we could say about this game, but it’s actually the kind of thing that needs to be experienced, so for that reason we’re going to stream it on our Twitch channel every Tuesday at 2pm ET for the rest of the year. We love to run with the readers, so if you’ve already purchased the game and want to join us, come tune in and enjoy! If you haven’t purchased the game yet but are looking for it, you can get it “for free” with your Microsoft Game Pass subscription, or get it here. With the holidays just around the corner, this might be the best game we could recommend to any family racing fan.
“Rocket League” adds the BMW M240i to the item shop
Forza stole some hype in the racing game world this week, but it would be remiss not to mention the fantastic new collaboration between Psyonix and BMW which brought the M240i to the Item Shop as a playable vehicle this week. The car uses the Dominus hitbox and comes in a box with its own wheels, Thundernight Metallic decal, United In Rivalry animated decal, Bavarian top hat and BMW Player banner. You can grab it all for 1,100 credits until November 10th.