Playing the Forza Horizon 5 preview
Here is what I learned having explored Mexico in the Forza Horizon 5 preview.
On the 9th of November 2021, we will all get to play Forza Horizon 5. Or the 5th if you can afford the fancier Deluxe Edition. Ya big show-off. Should you get excited though? Maybe I can help.
The developers let some journalists, influencers and YouTubers have a go. It was a preview version with most content hidden away, but there was nothing to stop us buying any car we wanted or from sampling the various Horizon Story events, speed gates, danger zones and a barn find.
And, by heck, did I sample. Because the Forza Horizon 5 preview ended as you unlock your first house, it was possible to blitz through in an hour. Or two if you wasted time trying to drive into lava. What idiot would do that?
So on a few playthroughs I decided to forgo bricks, mortar and a mortgage to explore far and wide. From the sandy, body-corroding beaches of the east coast, butterfly-friendly dense jungle and Mayan structures of Ek Balam to the cobbled town of Guanajuato. It all looked like glorious.
As did the cars I drove around in. I saved up a few hundred thousand Forza pounds to buy the Mosler MT900S to see how it handled. I drifted sideways up a volcano road in the new Toyota Supra (the BMW Z4 also features). I saw what happened when I drove a Ford Bronco into a train.
Anyone for some burnt rubber?
All very Forza Horizon stuff, to be fair, but despite losing a lot of my life to its predecessors I had a blast. Enough to stick with Forza Horizon 5 for as many precious hours? The preview was too bare to judge.
But as my video explains (hit play above), already I am getting revved up about the changes I did see. Improved handling, better steering wheel support, even slicker visuals, more inventive challenges and superior audio. Stuff that really does make driving better.
Suffice to say, Forza Horizon 5 is looking like a winner. More of the same as Forza Horizon 4, it seems, but refined into even purer digital gaming cocaine and with much less drizzle.
Forza Horizon 5 will be available on PC (Windows and Steam stores), Xbox Series X, Series S and even the lowly and ageing Xbox One. A full review will be coming closer to the release date. Feel free to check out my channel.