Fri. Jan 21st, 2022

A wooden Lamborghini Aventador whizzes down a beach in Forza Horizon 5.

Screenshot: Microsoft / Kotaku

Forza Horizon 5 very reminiscent of your local used car dealer, both dominating your TV screen for hours at night with the siren song “500 cars !!!” So the question is not whose you need to buy a new car. It is rather what you want to buy.

Playground games’ celebrated open-world racer, which is out now for Xbox and PC (via Game Pass for both), is not only impressive because it offers more than 500 cars. What is impressive is that each car is tailor-made, and handles with noticeable difference from the other 499. The result is a dizzying choice. Some cars are amazing. Some, not so much. And a select few are really best in class, part of an upscale red-rope club you would only expect to find on a park road off Ligurian. This is not to say how you can fine-tune specifications at the start of each race, including tire pressure, spring stiffness, steering angle, brake pressure and so on.

Dot: I do not care about that. I can not even honestly say that I understand it. If you are looking for a list of the best cars in Forza Horizon 5 based on math and physics and all that, you’re probably better off looking elsewhere. (Credit where it should, the good people on Eurogamer has an impressive review.)

My go-to metric for choosing which cars are best in Forza Horizon 5 is quite simple: “Car go fast make vroom.” It is not only a measure of how physically fast a vehicle can run at once, but also a benchmark that determines a completely subjective equation that takes into account how well it handles, how much it costs, and certainly, how beautiful it looks on screenshots. Forza Horizon 5, at the end of the day, is about getting behind the wheel in cool rides that are a blast to drive. By that standard, these are the cream of the crop.

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