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Forza Horizon 5 Hot Wheels: PC performance tested

Forza Horizon 5’s Hot Wheels expansion is out and reader, I am in love. Firmly leaning – shoving, really – into the base game’s arcadey side, it’s a gleefully silly collection of physics-mocking race events across an eye-catching tangle of twisting, looping tracks. In between challenges, and flashbacks to covering the floor of my grandparents’ house with ribbons of orange plastic, I’ve also been testing how the DLC’s new skybound setting performs on PC. Read more

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Hot Wheels returns in Forza Horizon 5’s latest DLC today

It’s sweltering in the UK, land of drizzle and cardigans, right now, so the last thing we’re desperate to hear about while we’re forcing steaming cups of tea down our gullets is anything with the dreaded word ‘hot’ in it. I’ll let Forza Horizon 5’s Hot Wheels expansion off though. Launching today, it looks like bloomin’ good open-world racing fun, even if there’s too much liquid hot magma on display. Read more

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Playground’s Fable gets Control, Dishonored writer as new narrative lead

Previous writing credits also includes Guild Wars 2 and Ubisoft’s Avatar. Playground’s upcoming Fable has a new narrative lead, one that has a strong history including titles like Control. Anna Megill, award-winning writer and narrative designer, announced the news on her personal Twitter account that she is now narrative lead on the next Fable game. “Some exciting news to end the week,” wrote Megill. “I’m now the narrative lead on Fable. Wooo!” Megill’s work is incredibly broad, having worked on Dishonored: Death of the Outsider, Guild Wars 2, and the upcoming Avatar game from Ubisoft. She’s also the one responsible…

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Everything Missing From This Year’s Not-E3

Following last night’s back-to-back JRPG stream, not-E3 2022 is officially a wrap. It was a weird one this year. Bethesda finally showed off more than eight seconds of Starfield gameplay, four years after its initial announcement. Several prestigious studios announced remakes of cultural touchstones that may or may not need the remake treatment. A series of indie-driven showcases handily upstaged the big AAA events. It was made even weirder, too, thanks to the outright absence of major publishers like EA and Take-Two Interactive. For all intents and purposes, Ubisoft was MIA, save for a five-minute announcement about an Assassin’s Creed…

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Forza Horizon 5 review: a potent formula perfected, and one of the best games of the year

Forza Horizon 5 is a racing game. But its heart isn’t really about just racing at all. For my money, this spin-off series has built its reputation and quality around different foundations. It’s a series about culture. It’s about the mood, the tone, the feel. Part of all that is how each vehicle literally feels as it cruises around its open world map, but a bigger part of it is that nebulous, difficult-to-describe thing the game activates within you. Many things activate this bit of the brain, like over-the-top set-pieces and silly motoring stunts – but an enormous chunk of…

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Forza Horizon 5 players are endlessly buying Willys Jeeps to farm cash

Playground Games’ latest racing title is encouraging players to purchase cheap Jeeps by the boatload to farm rewards. From the opening setpiece where you’re dropped out of a plane flying over a Mexican volcano in a 2021 Ford Bronco before moving to a 2020 Corvette Stingray Coupe, a 1989 “Desert Flyer” Porsche 911, and a 2021 Mercedes-AMG One, Forza Horizon 5 is keen to show off its best cars. Funny, then, that one of the most popular purchases and tactics for players eager to earn rewards revolves around an old clunker of a Jeep. The 1940s Willys jeep is a…

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Forza Horizon 5 players are scheming to get rich quick using old Jeeps

Give players a grind to unlock goodies and earn money and, rather than play the game the way the developers might intend, they’ll likely figure out the laziest and most efficient way to accomplish that. In Forza Horizon 5, this involves buying janky Jeeps. So many Jeeps. Players have figured out that an endless stream of Willys Jeeps give them a cheap way to get big spins on the prizewheel, potentially winning big money and unlocking rare cars. The game is awash with Jeeps. Read more

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Forza Horizon 5’s Slo-Mo Option Is A Game-Changer

Forza Horizon 5, the open-world racer from developer Playground Games, has a plethora of accessibility options. This includes text size adjustments and color blindness modes, as well as on-screen sign language interpreters coming soon. But did you know there’s also a setting to change reaction time? Or rather, there’s an option to slow the game down to do such a thing.

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Forza Horizon 5 already has over 1 million players – and it’s not even out yet

If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. In-game stats reveal that Forza Horizon 5 has over 1 million players ahead of its official release tomorrow. Forza Horizon 5 isn’t even out yet, and already Playground Games’ latest title has attracted a wealth of players that have opted to purchase the game and get early access to the game’s interpretation of Mexico. For clarity, you need to purchase the Premium Edition of the game (which will set you back some $99 / £85) if you wish to have…

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Forza Horizon 5: PC performance and the best settings to use

I’ll admit I misjudged Forza Horizon 5 – not just the extent to which I’d enjoy it, but how much its searingly shiny visuals could justify the significantly heightened PC requirements. Well, lock me in one of this game’s hundreds of boots and take me away, because it’s both tonnes of fun and genuinely, magnificently gorgeous. Here’s how Forza Horizon 5 runs on PC, and which settings to tweak if you want a performance boost without cutting too deep into that top-notch fidelity. Read more

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Forza Horizon 5: Rushing to review would be a crime with a game this beautiful and chill

I’m taking my time to see the sights, but that means I’m not making much progress. I’m pretty blown away by Forza Horizon 5, to be honest. The intro, which sees you taking control of a number of different vehicles after being air-dropped into various locations on the map, is stunning, and this sets expectations exceedingly high. So far those have been met over and over again. I’m loving Horizon 5 so much that time has seemingly just ebbed away effortlessly. I’m cruising around with absolutely no desire to rush. It’s fair to say that the Horizon games over the…

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Top 7 games releasing in November – CoD, Battlefield 2042, Forza Horizon 5, Pokémon, and more

We highlight the biggest games coming to consoles and PC in November 2021. November 2021 is a big month for video games, with CoD Vanguard, Battlefield 2042, Forza Horizon 5, and Pokemon Brilliant Diamond/Pokemon Shining Pearl all releasing. November is usually quite a busy month for games but this month isn’t nearly as packed as you’d expect due to delays into 2022. Still, there are a good handful of big AAA games arriving, some likely to be the best-selling of the year. Check out the video above to get a good look at our seven highlights for November, and also…

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Oh, nope, Microsoft’s big hint at Fable news today was nothing

Yesterday, Microsoft’s Xbox Game Studios Publishing Twitter account offered what sure sounded like tantalising hints that Monday would bring big news on the mysterious upcoming new Fable game. Like, really sounded like. Like, totally sounded like the sort of obvious hint marketing campaigns drop when they’re pretending it’s a surprise but want you to know full well what’s up. Nope. They’ve now deleted those tweets and apologised, saying no, no Fable news today. Oh. Read more

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Forza Horizon 5’s incredible opening race shown off in new gameplay

Forza Horizon 5’s latest gameplay trailer shows off its marquee first race that goes from volcano to jungle to desert. The Forza Horzion 5 opening race that Microsoft just demonstrated during Gamescom’s Xbox Stream is, frankly, ludicrous. The new gameplay footage, that shows off the 2021 Ford Bronco Badlands (one of the game’s newly-confirmed cover cars) dropping down from a plane onto the La Gran Caldera volcano, only gets more intense as it goes. And as we’re sure you agree, that’s a pretty big way to start. Check out the incredible Initial Drive trailer below. If you want to learn…

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Forza Horizon 5’s massive map will contain 11 biomes and a whole lot of weather

Forza Horizon 5’s big tech trick will be the game’s massive, ever-changing map. At 1.5x the size of Forza Horizon 4’s landmass, it can afford to have some variety in its world. So while you’re racing through the Mexican landscape, developers PlayGround Games have confirmed you’ll be driving through 11 different biomes, and each will have seasonal weather events to bring more variety to the outrageous looking racer. Read more