Forza Horizon 5 preview impressions are ecstatic

Forza Horizon 5 preview impressions are out now and from what I’ve gathered, it’s looking really good. The game was announced for release on November 9, and with only a few more weeks until the game emerges on the uh, horizon, some may still be on the fence about whether to get it or not.

PC Gamer‘s Shaun Prescott says, “[Playground Games has] hit a great formula. They know how to make computer game cars go. They know how to construct landscapes that feel good to race in. They’ve figured out how to make a racer satisfying but mostly resistance-free. They’ve shorn the annoyances out of crashing at high speed by simply making cars like tanks and trees like thistles.”

Chris Scullion of Video Games Chronicle writes, “Based on our first 90 minutes [with Forza Horizon 5], to all intents and purposes, does feel a lot like Horizon 4 but set in a different country. However, that’s pretty much exactly what we were hoping for. This is one of those rare situations where ‘more of the same’ is not a criticism.”

While it does sound like it’s just more Forza, (More-Za?), it definitely looks amazing; and sometimes just more of the good stuff is what we want. That said, it’s good to know that fans of the series are going back to what’s familiar. What about new stuff though?

Forza Horizon preview

Mike Williams, writing for Fanbyte reports, “My dip into Forza Horizon 5 was a short one, but a tantalizing taste. Forza Horizon 5 feels like it’s going to cruise past its immediate predecessor with the same open-world driving excellence in a location that’s better suited to the series’ strengths.”

Kurt Indovina and his cohorts at Gamespot had this to say, “Beyond the draw distances, the attention to detail was impressive. The way the sun glistens off the hood of a car in the distance is a sight to behold. While the beachside communities and cities of Mexico made me want to stop, get out and walk around. That is to say, Forza Horizon 5 does a good job of making its version of Mexico feel alive and lived in as opposed to simply set dressing for racing adventures.”

Now, the Forza Horizon series has always looked pretty, and Horizon 5 is no exception. Looking at the early stills and videos of the game, it’s safe to say the extra year Playground Games had to work on the game has born fruit and, oh boy it’s looking really good. So is that interesting new setting! Getting to go around the biomes such as a volcano, a jungle and desert with fancy cars and a smooth driving feel is definitely something to look forward to.

And there you have it! High praise from several outlets that have had hands-on with the Forza Horizon 5 preview build. As stated, it is slated for release on November 9, 2021 for Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and PC. As is typical of Microsoft’s first-party exclusives, it will also be available to subscribers of Xbox Game Pass on day one.