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Review: Forza Horizon 5 is the first essential game of the generation

Playground Games has delivered again with the best game in the series to date

Creative director
Mike Brown
Key Credits
Don Arceta (Art director), Ryan Greene (Lead game designer)

Forza Horizon 5 is the best game in the series and the best Xbox Series X/S game to date. Its flawless racing and wealth of activities are backed up by a gorgeous setting and a fantastic new progression system which encourages players to focus on the features they enjoy most. Utterly essential.

  • Outstanding visual detail, regardless of graphics mode and Series system of choice
  • An enormous range of activities neatly gathered in a new Accolades progression system
  • Horizon Arcade is a brilliant new way to play team co-op challenges with strangers
  • Hugely improved loading times transform the experience by encouraging regular car-swapping
  • The new Stories and Expeditions give the single-player campaign more diversity
  • We still wish it was easier to make our own decals
5 / 5
Version tested
Xbox Series X | S
Review: Forza Horizon 5 is the first essential game of the generation
Creative director
Mike Brown
Key Credits
Don Arceta (Art director), Ryan Greene (Lead game designer)

Forza Horizon 5 is the best game in the series and the best Xbox Series X/S game to date. Its flawless racing and wealth of activities are backed up by a gorgeous setting and a fantastic new progression system which encourages players to focus on the features they enjoy most. Utterly essential.

  • Outstanding visual detail, regardless of graphics mode and Series system of choice
  • An enormous range of activities neatly gathered in a new Accolades progression system
  • Horizon Arcade is a brilliant new way to play team co-op challenges with strangers
  • Hugely improved loading times transform the experience by encouraging regular car-swapping
  • The new Stories and Expeditions give the single-player campaign more diversity
  • We still wish it was easier to make our own decals
5 / 5
Version tested
Xbox Series X | S