Forza Horizon 5

Rating Summary

Based on 141 critic reviews
Mighty Man

OpenCritic Rating

92

Top Critic Average

100%

Critics Recommend

Based on 141 critic reviews
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9 / 10.0
Dec 4, 2021

Overall, Forza Horizon 5 is easily the champion of racers. The variety and freedom on offer, from the vast quantity of activities to vehicles and the different biomes of Mexico, all create the most enjoyable racer I have ever played. The Showcase events feel epic and are greatly complimented by the games’ gorgeous visuals, especially the dynamic weather system that adds an extra layer of excitement with dust storms that can engulf you and the tropical storms that you can see rolling across the sky for storm chasers to seek out. Whether you’re a racing enthusiast or not, Forza Horizon 5 will have you belted in for a complete joyride!

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90 / 100
Nov 4, 2021

Playground's singular series gets a lush new setting, but otherwise remains committed to tuning an already winning formula. But even a marginal improvement on the best racing series around is worth celebrating.

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Recommended
Nov 4, 2021

Playground Games delivers yet another gorgeous and enveloping pocket holiday, smartly restructured but reassuringly unchanged.

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IGN

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10 / 10.0
Nov 4, 2021

Forza Horizon 5 is the result of a racing studio at the peak of its craft and the best open-world racing game available.

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9 / 10.0
Nov 16, 2021
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Metro GameCentral

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9 / 10
Nov 4, 2021

The best in the series so far, that embraces the open world approach in a way previous entries never quite did – while also being an endlessly enjoyable and highly varied arcade racer.

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Nov 4, 2021

Forza Horizon 5 is a stunning and beautifully crafted entry in the series that's full of memorable races, creativity, and fantastic additions

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9.5 / 10.0
Nov 4, 2021

With fine-tuned gameplay, an undeniably gorgeous world brimming with fun activities, and some fun content creation tools, Forza Horizon 5 elevates the series' already-sterling reputation

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Polygon

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Unscored
Nov 4, 2021

Even now, though, I can feel myself tightening up in my shoulders and chest thinking about everything in Forza Horizon 5, and the difference between everything I have — with a V sound — and everything I have — F sound — to do. It’s the difference between opportunities and obligations. The only area in which Forza Horizon 5 stumbles is when it gives me so much of the former that they become the latter.

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9 / 10
Nov 4, 2021

Forza Horizon 5 continues the upward trend of the franchise, providing an open-world racing experience that stands unrivaled.

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8.5 / 10.0
Nov 4, 2021

It would be foolish of me to say that Forza Horizon 5 is the best game in the series given my very limited knowledge of its history. However, I can say with confidence this is the most fun I’ve had with a racing game that doesn’t involve a plumber and a princess. There is just so much to do and so much to see that I can easily lose hours of my day exploring all it has to offer. And with continued support from the developers and community, I’ll have no reason to stop playing anytime soon.

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9.5 / 10.0
Nov 4, 2021

Forza Horizon 5 is the best Forza yet and, not only that, but it also makes a strong case for being the best racing game period. A joyous combo of arcade racing and simulation-level depth, all wrapped up in a beautiful bow thanks to its diverse, expansive Mexico setting, this is an unmissable iteration in what is arguably gaming’s most consistently fantastic series.

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97 / 100
Nov 4, 2021

‎Forza Horizon 5 is the best open-world driving game in history and one of the best in the global speed genre. Playground Games has been overcome again with a varied 'crossover' in which each kilometer traveled is worth its weight in fun and spectacularity.‎

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10 / 10.0
Nov 4, 2021

‎Forza Horizon 5 achieves what many sagas try, but sadly they fall by the wayside and it is nothing less than surpassing themselves with each new installment. The work of Playground Games and Turn 10 Studios is sensational offering Microsoft fans one of the best car games of all time.‎

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9 / 10
Nov 4, 2021

Forza Horizon 5 continues the series' legacy, usurping Forza Horizon 4 as the new pinnacle of open-world racing and as a graphical showcase for the new generation of Xbox console.

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9 / 10
Nov 4, 2021

Forza Horizon 5 is big, loud, and bold. If you found little value in the series before now, this new version will do nothing to change your mind. For the rest of us, the best Xbox game of 2021 is here (at least for another month - there’s still an elephant wearing Spartan armor in the room). The concept of the pack-in game is pretty much dead in 2021, but if it weren’t, Microsoft should be tripping over itself to make the Series X Forza Bundle a reality. We live in the era of Game Pass now, so plenty of folks have the ability to visit Mexico at discount rates. I desperately implore you to take the trip.

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Nov 12, 2021

Let’s be clear for a moment: Forza Horizon has always been good. From the moment it burst onto the scene in 2012 as a spin-off to the core, more po-faced Forza Motorsport series, it established itself as a fun, thrilling, and subversively moreish alternative thread for racing on Xbox. It was in many ways the spiritual, open-world successor to Project Gotham Racing, and in turn traced its roots back to arcade racing royalty like OutRun. This is a tough lineage to stand up to, but Horizon 5 takes all that history and experience and runs with it, incrementally upgrading this series into must-play brilliance. It’s an achievement of a game.

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9.3 / 10.0
Nov 4, 2021

Forza Horizon 5 is the "best of" all the series entry. Playground Games found the key to present the ginormous amount of content in a smooth way in one of the best open world ever made. Mexico is a magical, fascinating and adventurous place to drive in, and the glorious graphics of the game give us the real next gen experience we were looking for.

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9 / 10.0
Nov 4, 2021

Forza Horizon 5 once again demonstrates Playground's mastery with an Xbox and PC exclusive that sets a new technological standard in the genre.

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Unscored
Nov 4, 2021

FH5 is an easy recommendation as part of a paid Xbox Game Pass subscription, and it's a great excuse to flex your newest gaming hardware purchase. But if you're already happy with Forza Horizon 4 or were bored by that one, take your sweet time sitting behind this game's wheel.

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