I’ve been playing… Just a little bit of Forza Horizon 5 lately.

*cough*

It has been a crazy amount of fun. It is an absolute theme park (in only the positive ways) of driving mayhem. Forza just wants you to have fun. All the time. No matter what you want to do. Fun and rewards. When I was trying out Forza Horizon 4 (my very first foray into the series) I didn’t really bother with the seasonal rewards. I knew I’d be moving on in a relatively short time to 5, so I didn’t quite appreciate just how wide the breadth of styles that even the seasons cater to when it comes to allowing players to have their own fun.

(Almost) fully complete Summer season

It does it in a few ways.

  1. You might’ve noticed, but both seasonal rewards come in way before the end of the points obtainable.
    After completing the 46 points required to earn the AM DBS SL ’19 (Psst: I don’t know what this means), I still had maybe half of the potential event… things… that reward points left. So if there is a particular ‘type’ you’re not fond of (e.g., anything involving other players) you can skip it.
  2. There are more points available to be obtained than are actually required to ‘max’ out the season (64 pts).
    Although not by much, granted — I have 2 points left that I could possibly get this season, and I have 3 ‘daily’ challenges left (worth 1 point a piece) and a challenge to complete a Forza Arcade sequence worth 3 points and I think that’s it. However, getting the maximum isn’t required as discussed in point 1, to earn both rewards — or, if you take a look at the whole ‘series’ (a full set of seasons, each running for 7 days) for the rewards there, either.
  3. The range of events available covers the gamut of the game.
    From stunt challenges to solo race events to online play — it’s all there. Just pick and choose the bits you like the most.
  4. The best reward tends to come first
    e.g., the freaking DeLorean comes in at just 26 points. So if you just want the ‘major’ reward, you can get that done in no time at all.

Jumping straight to talking about seasons and series might be a little much if you’re unfamiliar with the game in its entirety though… So I guess jumping back a few steps, to describe the Forza Horizon experience?

Hmmm… Well, if you can do it in a vehicle, it’s probably represented in some way in the game. And anything at all you do — even crashing into things and making them fly into the air — rewards you points.

Video too long? Short version: CARS GO VRRRRM! And sometimes you can make them go WHOOAAAA over jumps or off high-places.

Anyway, lately, I’ve been focusing on the online vs. modes — primarily by way of the Horizon Open in Racing mode, a series of 5 races after which a series winner is determined.

I finally got a series win tonight, too!

Yay!

Although herein lies the reference in the title. There is one vehicle, easily available — on sale from the ‘standard’ in-game store for just 150k credits (a very small amount) — called… The Boneshaker. It’s a carry-over from Forza Horizon’s 3 Hotwheels expansion, for it is, in fact, a Hotwheels inspired car. It’s a bit of a hotrod and comes out of the gate unmodified or tuned right at the top end of Class A (790 out of a possible 800 performance score allowed, before jumping into the S1 class).

You can tune and customise the ever-loving bejeebus out of your cars, but take them two or more tiers above their base class and the difference will begin to tell. Basically, the higher the stock or base starting point, the better.

So if you take this 790 stock Boneshaker, give it a bit of tweaking, and it can absolutely dominate in the A-Class races. Honestly? It feels like cheating. Acceleration, top speed and handling are all superb.

The Boneshaker probably needs something of a nerf as I haven’t encountered anything else in the class that comes even remotely close. I’m somewhat tempted to buy another one and kit it out for S1 tier and see how it goes there. I bet there will be better options, but I also bet it’d perform pretty well even so.

Still doing doughnuts, but this time with The Bone Shaker actually visible. (Wilhelm likes donuts too!)

If you’re keen to give it a try, it’s on Xbox Game Pass (for PC and Console) so, a very low barrier of entry!

Just note that Steam and XBox Game Pass versions don’t share progress — so if you know you’ll ultimately want it on Steam, but still want to give it a try via the game pass first, just bear that in mind before going through tooooo much progress!

Other than that, I think a lot of people — even people who might not otherwise typically be ‘car people’ — will find something to enjoy here. Right now I’m having too much fun actually playing it to do a ‘proper’ review… But maybe later I’ll come back and do that. :)


Naithin

Gamer, reader, writer, husband and father of two boys. Former WoW and Gaming blogger, making a return to the fold to share my love of all things looty.

4 Comments

Nimgimli · November 19, 2021 at 7:43 am

I have Game Pass and spent $45 to upgrade the “free” version to the premium version with car pass and some free expansions, and I got to start playing 4 days early and….

I’m not feeling it. I played a TON of FH4. I played it for years before I really got tired of it. But I think FH5 is just too similar and it hasn’t been long since I played FH4 so maybe I need a ‘rest period’ before I jump back in.

I also kind of miss England, too. Like what is the Winter season going to be like in Mexico?

How’s drifting? I really struggled with drifting in FH4 and haven’t unlocked it in FH5 yet (that’s how little I’ve played).

    Naithin · November 19, 2021 at 9:18 am

    It is indeed very similar, so I can understand that. I didn’t really even know the FH series until 4, and even then I didn’t give it a try until very late into its life cycle.

    After trying it, and recognising just how insanely open it was, I became hooked on the series but only played perhaps 20-25 hours of FH4, given how close FH5 was.

    As for drifting, I haven’t touched it too much! Done some of the open world drift challenges — and there is a MEGA one down one side of the Volcano which is pretty incredible.

    But I haven’t done any of the events or online challenges for it. I’ve been playing pretty heavily the racing variants (Cross country and offroad being my favourite) and even some of the Playground games — survivors vs. zombies is a blast, so is the capture the flag mode. xD

Gaming Omnivore · November 19, 2021 at 12:43 pm

Same here. Loving FH5 and still not completely understanding the Season stuff, but I think I’m slowly catching on.

    Naithin · November 19, 2021 at 3:54 pm

    The seasons are pretty cool, but yes — pretty dense to get your head around if not already familiar with it.

    They wrap a set of 4 seasons into on overarching ‘series’ as well, with each season being a week with the series being roughly a month (28 days).

    The series track has rewards in addition to each of the individual seasons, and as I mentioned with each Season, the Series rewards also come relatively early in the points track.

    So you might be able to get everything by going hard in a couple of the seasons, or just by doing a light touch across all of them, or whatever works best for you.

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