Expansion 1 for Forza Horizon 5 has finally arrived, taking us back to Hot Wheels Park for some high-octane racing. While we're still plugging away on our own review of the Hot Wheels expansion like most other outlets, some very early impressions are also already hitting the web.
With that in mind, let's take a look at some early hands-on impressions of Forza Horizon 5: Hot Wheels.
"The supersized Hot Wheels park that swoops and swirls above Mexico succeeded at putting a big smile on my face time and again as I worked my way towards reaching the Legend rank. From the ice, water flume, and magnet tracks that I sped my way across, to the new life-sized Hot Wheels cars, and the Horizon story that taught me a lot about the toy sets I used to play with as a kid, the Hot Wheels DLC is the perfect excuse to return behind the wheel in Forza Horizon 5."
"Overall, Forza Horizon 5: Hot Wheels is not a massive expansion, and maybe $14,99 would’ve been its ideal price tag. However, in terms of quality, creativity, and flexibility of its game design, it really shows how Forza Horizon 5 could easily create content out of anything, and still manage to keep us glued to the screen. Whether it’s a new game, or another expansion, we simply want more of that."
"From the start we were struck by the stunning visuals of seemingly endless loops of orange Hot Wheels tracks weaving in, out, and around massive natural structures. The sight of seeing a virtual 1:1 representation of toy tracks being flanked by trees, waterfalls, snow, and other terrain all floating in air never got old."
"Remember when you were a little kid and playing with your toy cars felt like the most epic thing in the world? You weren’t just running little bits of metal around a bright orange track, but being part of an amazing universe far larger than your living room floor. The new Hot Wheels expansion for Forza Horizon 5 somehow manages to capture most of that feeling of child-like wonder in a larger-than-life world."
"It's actually quite impressive how Playground Games has managed to create a condensed version of the main game, and you can easily squeeze 10-15 hours out of this expansion. But that is just it. Forza Horizon 5: Hot Wheels feels like even more content in a game that wasn't lacking it to begin with. Also, I felt the new races were somewhat unbalanced (more so than the main game), as it seemed completely random whether I ended up winning by miles or struggled to get into the top half of the race."
While there aren't many impressions out in the wild just yet, we're expecting to see more outlets tackle Forza Horizon 5: Hot Wheels in the coming days (look out for our own review real soon). For now, impressions seem largely positive but also with a few criticisms here and there, with some feeling like the Hot Wheels expansion doesn't contain quite enough content to justify its price tag, especially in comparison to the main game.
We're definitely looking forward to it no matter what, considering how much we love just cruising around Forza Horizon 5's sprawling open world. In the meantime, Playground Games has shared the full list of patch notes for Forza Horizon 5 Series 10, which is officially live as of yesterday.
But, what do you make of these impressions thus far? Lowered your expectations at all? Let us know!