Playground Games’ Forza Horizon 5 launched on November 5, placing players in a fictional representation of Mexico to become the best racer. By competing in street racing, off-road racing, drifting, and exploring the vibrant open world, players will improve their driving skills, unlock new vehicles, and immerse themselves in a deep campaign. As published by Xbox Game Studios, Forza Horizon 5 is available on Game Pass and can also be played on Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC, including devices running Windows 11.
It has been met with critical acclaim, with many calling it the best racing game ever made. However, if you’re overwhelmed by the biggest Forza Horizon game to date, there are nearly 500 cars to unlock! – is fine. We’ve got all the tips and tricks you’ll need to drive with the pros in Forza Horizon 5.
SINGLE PLAYER CAMPAIGN
Like all Forza Horizon games, a single-player story campaign sits at the heart of Forza Horizon 5. You’ll create your character and enter them into tournaments to rise through the ranks of the best racers in Mexico. You’ll befriend other racers along the way, with a cast of new characters joining the series. With the new characters comes new Horizon Stories: special side quests you can pick from your friends that mix up the usual racing gameplay. That could involve completing a track in a set amount of time, scoring above a certain score, or reaching a specific speed limit.
DRIVE TO WIN
There are five types of races in Forza Horizon 5: road races, street races, drag races, dirt races, and cross-country races. Each type of race is tailored to a certain type of car, so having a variety of vehicles in your collection will help you rack up wins.
OPEN SOCIAL WORLD
In addition to an immersive campaign and single player races, Forza Horizon 5 features an online social mode called Horizon Life. In this mode, you will pass cars driven by other players online and you can invite them to join your party or challenge them to a PvP race. Between races, why not take a moment to soak up Mexico’s lush landscape? It’ll look better than ever thanks to Windows 11’s new Auto HDR feature, which gives every color on your screen a big boost when you’re gaming on an HDR display.
You can also join other players in Horizon Arcade for a growing series of menu-less mini-games, lobby loading screens. Nothing but pure racing action!
UNLOCK NEW CARS
Forza Horizon 5 features more cars than any other game in the series, just shy of a whopping 500 for you to collect and earn. There are iconic sports cars like the Dodge Viper ACR, the Chevrolet Corvette, and the Mercedes-AMG GT roadster. Maybe you’d rather trade high-octane road racing for rugged cross-country adventures? Get behind the wheel of an off-road vehicle like the Jeep Trailcat or the Ford Bronco. Or even say goodbye to real vehicles and drive a Hot Wheels toy car or the Warthog from Halo.
Most cars are unlocked by winning them in races or buying them at auction, but there are also rare and valuable cars hidden in barns throughout the map, known as “Barn Finds”. As you win races and earn Commendations, you will come across “Barn Search Rumors”. These will lead you to a barn location and the elusive car inside.
Expect more cars to be added in future DLC as well. Forza Horizon 4 added a LEGO Bugatti Chiron, Ferrari F40, McLaren Senna, MINI Cooper and Porsche 911 from LEGO, along with new race tracks made from LEGO bricks.
Forza Horizon 5 is bringing back the Eliminator, the “battle royale for cars” game mode. In Eliminator, you compete in a series of 1v1 races against dozens of other players on the map. When you win a race, you are rewarded with a new car or switching to your opponent’s car, and you can further upgrade your car by collecting drops on the map. If you lose a race, you are eliminated from the game. It’s a surprisingly fun take on the battle royale genre and we’re really excited to see it return.
There you have it, everything you need to know to play Forza Horizon 5 in EZ Mode! To take advantage of the sharp graphics we mentioned earlier, thanks to Windows 11 (plus all the other new features in the new OS update), head over to the Microsoft website.
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