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Forza Horizon 5 (Series) Review
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Posted: 10 weeks ago, last updated 9 weeks ago.

Author: Ben Kendall, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Forza Horizon 5 is a fast-paced racing game where you drive all manner of different vehicles in races and across the vast open landscape. Building on Forza Horizon 4, this fifth entry to the series is set in Mexico, allowing you to explore vibrant cities, burning deserts and beaches, and jungles with ancient Mayan temples awaiting discovery.

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.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8-18 year-olds

Release Date: 05/11/2021

Platforms: PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Open World, Racing, Simulation and Sports

Accessibility: 42 features

Developer: We Are Playground (@WeArePlayground)

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: It takes between 2 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round of this game. Although each race only takes a few minutes, you can spend hours doing lots of races and exploring the vast and beautiful landscapes of Mexico.
 
Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 72 players online. When driving about the world, you are placed on a server with up to 71 other players, who you can challenge to races or one of the many other multiplayer modes.

CostsCosts

Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.  

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.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 3.
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Skill Rating

8-18 year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Really young players can turn on assists to help with the driving skill.

Account Rating

You 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.

AccessibilityAccessibility

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.

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.

By switching between automatic and manual control schemes, you can change the number of things you need to do and keep track of.
 
Our Forza Horizon 5 Accessibility Report documents 42 accessibility features:

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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