I started playing yesterday, when it came to gamepass, and I’m enjoying myself so far! The racing is as ludicrous as ever. In Forza Horizon, every level is an ice level! The open world nature of the map makes for some hilarious crashes. In one race I drifted too hard on a turn on the volcano and went flying off the road. I cackled for minutes as I watched my car tumble down the mountain, rewound, and watched again.
What has been kind of a bummer to me is seeing how little identity Mexico has as a setting in this game. I haven’t been anywhere on the map yet that has felt like a real place, let alone a place in Mexico. There’s vague allusions to real world places, like Maya ruins or brightly colored houses, but they end up feeling so lifeless and empty. I contrast this with Edinburgh in FH4, which had an excellent sense of place, and then I’m just sad about what could have been.
Also, why is there so little Spanish language music on the soundtrack? As far as I’ve heard, there’s been no reggaeton, no cumbia, and even no rancheros, which seems like the music most associated with Mexico internationally. I get that licensing is expensive, but I can’t imagine any of that would cost more than some of these EDM producers and indie rock bands they got.