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There are over 500 cars that are fully customisable both in terms of how they look and how they perform - even down to gear ratios and torque curves. However, it is the stunning open-world that sets Forza Horizon 5 apart from other racing games. Substantially larger than the already large map in Forza Horizon 4, it's brimming with life, weather and day-night cycle that make it incredibly realistic.
Improving on Horizon 4's weather system, where the entire map was affected in the same way by weather changes, here, there are individual areas that have entirely unique weather systems, so a tropical rainstorm in the jungle can coexist with a scorching day in the desert. This system of unique weather systems, which is still tied to a seasonal clock, reinforces the incredible diversity and scope on offer.
Races can be played casually, or you can compete with other members of the family, or with friends online, to get the fastest time around a lap. Experiment with the braking distances of each car, and find the fastest line to take around corners to shave off precious seconds from your time.
While it doesn't offer a driving experience as in-depth or true to life as the Forza Motorsport series, instead opting for a more accessible and lighthearted experience, it still offers plenty of opportunities to learn about real driving and racing elements alongside realistic vehicle mechanics.
With a huge and detailed map brimming with vibrance and exciting details, and its unique weather system, it offers a unique chance to get behind the wheel of some of the greatest cars ever built and experience exciting races, on your own or with others, or just explore the beautiful scenery.
You can play this game in the following styles:
7+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. One family told us about younger children enjoying this. "My 3-year-old loves Forza Horizon. He can't do the races but loves smashing through the countryside. Connect a second controller and then use the Xbox co-pilot mode to both control the same car. Kind of like being a driving instructor, so you can help them out."
Account RatingYou need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
Forza Horizon 5
Xbox Game Pass
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Xbox Game Pass
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Xbox Game Pass
Forza Horizon 5 Deluxe Edition
Forza Horizon 5 Premium Edition
Forza Horizon 5 Standard Edition
You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
The game contains several add-ons that add more cars and events. as the game gets older, it's likely that more cars and expansions will be added that will cost money.
As of release, you can buy the game as a standard edition, Deluxe edition, which includes the Car Pass, and as the Premium Edition, which includes every pack available at launch.
All the packs can be bought regardless of which edition of the game you buy.
This article, by the creative director of the game, highlights many of the accessibility features present.
Each time you open the game, the first screen includes a shortcut to the main accessibility menu, from which you can adjust colour mode, textual interface options and more.
Reduce Offline Game Speed: When playing offline, you can reduce the speed of the game, reducing reaction times and pressure to do actions quickly.
Along with being able to adjust all the text to be large and high contrast, you can enable a screen reader to narrate all text and other elements on the screen. During cutscenes, you can add American or British sign language to the dialogue.
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