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Forza Horizon 5 guide: Some tips when starting the game

Forza Horizon 5 guide

Forza Horizon 5 launches November 9 on Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and Windows PC. It’s a huge open-world racing game (the biggest map in the series to date) with lots to do. Our Forza Horizon 5 guide will help you focus your first few hours on developing a good, versatile racing setup; understand the development, gameplay loop, and unlockable of Forza Horizon 5; and how you can buy, paint and customize your car in terms of looks and performance.

Test Your Controls – Forza Horizon 5 guide

Forza Horizon 5 guide

Forza Horizon 5 begins with the familiar race to festival montage. You will drive a 2021 Ford Bronco, a 2020 Corvette Stingray Coupe, a 1989 Porsche 911 “Desert Flyer” and a 2021 Mercedes-AMG One.

There’s no way to “lose” these races, and you can rewind as far as you like, for whatever reason. Use these sequences to get a feel for the handling of different vehicles on different terrains. You want the Bronco to drift and slide without breaking the fishtail, which means you need to be able to end up with a good jet rider, one that doesn’t overdrive, at the end of the slide. At extreme speeds, you want the AMG-One to make subtle, sweeping changes in direction instead of clinging to your input and turning outward.

Customize Character

The second Forza Horizon 5 guide, After the opening sequence, your driver will be introduced. Give them any look you like. (And ignore the obnoxious boss trying to push you onto the stage. Turn off the TV while you make your choices, if necessary.) If the username is associated with the Xbox account playing the gameplay is in Forza Horizon 5’s sound library, the game will automatically call you by that name. 

You can’t change this name (or nickname) yet, but you can from the “Your Name” panel in the “My Festivals” menu when you visit Horizon Central, a House or Outpost later. You can also choose an appropriate number plate to go on each of your cars, in the style of the country in which it was built. This plate can also be changed later if you want.

First Big Set-Piece – Forza Horizon 5 guide

Forza Horizon 5 guide

After customizing your character and going through a cut scene, you will first choose the car you want to drive. Don’t worry – all four are already in your garage and can be driven later. What’s more, you won’t have to race this car in your first special event. So pick whatever looks best for an open-world drive to the event start location.

Your first event, “On Wings and a Prayer,” will take place in a 1994 Hoonigan Ford Cossie V2. Likewise, it is very difficult to “lose” the event and if you do come in second, that doesn’t matter either. You can keep Cossie and it will be very useful in off-road and off-road racing situations.

First Adventure

Forza Horizon 5 guide

And the last Forza Horizon 5 guide, Forza Horizon 5 has several chapters that are unlocked as you acquire “Accolades,” a secondary form of XP. Technically, the opening sequence and “On a Wing and A Prayer” is the first two chapters. 

You can preview your next chapter right after: You can find an old “Vocho” or VW Beetle, or photograph a Mesoamerican totem in the middle of a sandstorm. It doesn’t really matter what you like to do. Both are opening acts to later multi-tiered chapters that are quickly unlocked after about five events in the open world.