Forza Horizon 5

Game review by Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 10+

Accessible open-world racer encourages social gaming.

Parents say

age 6+

Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 6+

Based on 22 reviews

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age 6+

Just driving, lots of driving, and more driving - and that's what makes it great.

This is a "driving" game more than a "racing" game, and that's kind of a positive. Yes, there is racing and competition, but the thrill of Forza Horizon is that you can pick from hundreds of amazing cars and just drive around this huge area - on roads, through dirt, up mountains, through grass - ANYWHERE. There is a story but it's mostly optional and it's always positive. The main character helps another honor her family's love of cars, there's friendly trash-talking about racing that always ends in characters bonding over their love of cars. It's almost awkwardly positive at times, but that makes it approachable to players of any age. But at its core, this is a forgiving and fun driving game. The driving physics are fine-tuned and realistic, but the world physics are meant to be unobtrusive to the driving, meaning you can easily plow through telephone poles and fences without losing any speed. But you can also drive off cliffs, hit the ground, and just keep going, so it's very clearly implied that this isn't how cars actually work and wouldn't give the false impression to a player that this is a "safe" way to drive. The fact that you can drive anywhere, all the time, is part of the fun. It's the kind of game where you could hand the controller to a young kid and they would have fun watching the trees go by at 150mph but not be bombarded with consumerism or violence or anything negative. It's neither an educational game nor a violent or offensive game. You pick a car, you drive it everywhere, you pick a different car, repeat. Easily accessible, fun to play.

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