Forza Horizon 5: Hot Wheels Is Great For Racing, Not Exploration
Forza Horizon is widely recognized as one of the market’s most popular active racing games. Forza Horizon5 is the highest-rated game in the series. Hot Wheels’ expansion was an exciting announcement because of the combination of gameplay, content, and open-world design.
Although some players may think this DLC is not original, it was widely accepted by others as a great part of Forza Horizon 3. This version might not be as popular with other players, considering that the previous version was removed from the store by Forza’s “End Of Life” sunsetting program. It’s still a bunch of crap. After all, it’s hard to get excited about something that can disappear anytime in the future.
Forza Horizon 5’s Hot Wheels expansion brings the great racing action to 11 without concern for preservation. Hot Wheels style makes the races bigger, faster, and more fun than the base game. It’s undoubtedly a great addition to the series. It’s thrilling to race around the massive tracks in Hot Wheels Park.
The Hot Wheels expansion is amazing from a spectacle perspective. The world is varied and exciting as you travel through three distinct biomes. You can drive your car sideways around a volcano vent. It’s just as exciting as it sounds. Numerous boost pads, air jets, and water flumes ensure excitement in each section.
Playground Games ensured that Forza Horizon 5’s physics engine could handle the ridiculous mega trucks of Hot Wheels. Hot Wheels races are more competitive than ever, with speed, g force, and other factors being important, considering how much you laugh at gravity. It is almost impossible to go too slow or make the wrong turn in these gravity-defying sections. Some sections of the track have magnets that will keep you from falling if you slow down, while others are more dangerous.
Hot Wheels Park can be explored by players just like the regular Forza Horizon 5. You can also complete races or participant-created events, complete stunt challenges such as speed traps, danger zones, jumps, and drift zone, and smash bonus boards to earn XP. Hot Wheels DLC progression is more linear than the base game. You can complete challenges and events to earn Hot Wheels Medals.
This allows you to move from B class cars to S1, S2, or X class cars. Although you can’t use your X-class supercar immediately with the Hot Wheels DLC (which might be a problem for some players), the cars you get from completing the DLC events and the tracks more than make up the difference. You’ll still reach 200 mph right away, and the pace will only get faster as you advance.
Forza Horizon 5 Hot Wheels is a great racing experience. The tracks and speed proved even more thrilling than the Forza Horizon 5 experience. While the racing is thrilling, the experience of exploring Hot Wheels Park’s actual world is less satisfying. The Forza Horizon series’ open-world exploration doesn’t strike the right chords.
Although the park is mostly made up of oversized Hot Wheels tracks, and some have barriers along their sides, it can make for a more frustrating experience than normal. You would normally drive down a road to see a bonus board on the map and then stop to grab it. But with Hot Wheels Park, you must drive 1km forwards or backward to find an off-ramp, then check back in to get your collectible. It ruins my natural curiosity to explore a new place.
It can be difficult to navigate the park because of the Hot Wheels tracks. They can appear like a web of interconnected roads that would make Spaghetti Junction look easy. It cannot be easy to follow the roads as they intersect and overlap, even with the GPS tracker.
The minor issues with exploration are not major, considering the race selections in Forza Horizon 5 are among the best. Hot Wheels even has pieces that allow players to create their events. Forza Horizon 5 Hot Wheels feels like an enjoyable expansion. We can look forward to more player-created content while we wait for the second expansion.