Parents' Guide to

Forza Horizon 5

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Accessible open-world racer encourages social gaming.

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age 5+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 3+

Revolutionary in modern 3d open world racing games.

Now, I've been following Forza Horizon since its first game about 11, or 12 years ago, and I say, that Forza Horizon 5 is AMAZING. There are over 500+ cars available, all of which you can tune, and different storylines (My favorite is the 10th-anniversary story), as said in other reviews. The game is also really easy to pick up and play for beginners but also has options for a more realistic experience with manual w/ clutch, wheel support, and realistic steering. You can also turn on or off many other assists. The game also has tons, and tons of Post Game Content, such as the HotWheels DLC, which the concept began in 2016 for Horizon 3, but is back and even BIGGER than last time. You also have the Horizon Rally Adventure, which brings in anti-lag for all cars, and famous rally cars like the Audi S1 Quatro, and Colin McRae's Ford Focus RS, to name a few. And as a bonus, the money system-which is uncannily realistic to our inflated economy as of now, is easy to get a lot of credits (the currency), and free cars in wheelspins and super wheelspins. You also have the Horizon Festival Playlist, which allows you to do activities for free wheelspins and Limited edition cars; Although, you can get them through auction, even though they will likely be over 20,000,000 credits, which I think is stinking crazy, am relatively fine with, being like I said, easy to get credits. Now, when talking about a MAIN storyline, there isn't really just ONE, but like 10 different ones, which makes progression a little less satisfying when compared to Horizon 1 and 2, in which there was one major storyline, the path to being the Festival Champion. Which Is personally fine by me, being that I'm more of a grinder than a story follower, lol. Music There are multiple radio stations for different genres. If you like the latest hits in pop and indie, you have Horizon Pulse, if you like Hip-Hop, R&B, and urban-esque genres, you have Horizon Block Party. If you want pure electronic music like electronica, dubstep, and more, then you have bass arena. If you like Rock music for that A GresSive DrIVIng, then you would probably like Horizon XS (for my older players of Horizon one, 'Horizon Rocks'). For the Drum and Bass enthusiast (like me), we have Hospital Records. If you feel nostalgic for the older games, you have Horizon Mixtape, which has a few of the most memorable hits back then. Then, we have custom maps. Oh boy, you'll love them. The Horizon Community creates some of the best custom tracks hands down. You can even make your own if you want. In conclusion, Forza Horizon 5 (and its predecessors) are an amazingly amazing way to introduce children ( Like me) to car culture. There are a lot more features I would've liked to talk about, but this is an essay long now, lol. Great game. Perfect gift.
age 5+


Such an amazing game for people who love cars and racing. Parents keep in mind this game should not be for kids under 5 because they might not know the controls!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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If there's a racing game meant for everyone, this is it. Forza Horizon 5 is wonderfully welcoming, featuring instantly intuitive controls and a collection of cinematic events and activities bound to drop the jaws of both racing rookies and seasoned gearheads. Whether you're drifting around dirt tracks in the jungle, hitting ludicrous speeds on the drag strip, or engaging in wild one-off events racing against airplanes and people in wingsuits, it seems like there's always something new to do that takes full advantage of the game's lush setting and extraordinary driving physics, which can be made as realistic or as arcade-like as the player prefers. Indeed, with a bit of tweaking in the settings menu, even first-time racers should be able to handle some of the game's fastest and wildest vehicles. Hard-core racing fans, meanwhile, can adjust these same settings to create a deeply realistic simulation-style experience, fine-tuning each of their cars exactly how they like.

What really makes Forza Horizon 5 special, though, is that there's never a wasted second. No matter what you're doing -- working through a series of story races, exploring the countryside looking for a barn containing a rare car, or just driving across the map from one event to the next -- you're constantly being rewarded for every drift, near miss, and smashed street sign, earning experience, skill points, and chances to spin the game's prize wheel to obtain new cars and more credits. It's a powerfully satisfying feedback loop that (for better or worse) makes it very hard to put down the controller. Add in gorgeous graphics -- this may be the prettiest Xbox Series X/S game yet -- and an enormous array of social multiplayer opportunities, including team-based arcade challenges that see groups of players working together toward a single goal, and you've got a game that players are bound to keep playing for months, if not longer. This has been further extended thanks to the Hot Wheels expansion pack, bringing the sprints, drifts, and other activities high into the clouds in a fantasy environment built out of Hot Wheels tracks. It's awesome to tear around volcanoes, soar through giant racing loops, and get your vehicle accelerated thanks to boost pads scattered across the track. But even cooler, there's so much lore and history provided about the toys and cars that even if you weren't a fan of them before, you will become one shortly after tearing across each course. What's better is the fact that you also have the EventLab where you can build your own challenges with stunt pieces and tracks, which feels like it was borrowed from the racing kits themselves. You may not think you're a racing game fan, but spend a little time with Forza Horizon 5, and you might surprise yourself.

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