Forza Horizon 5 Rally Adventure is back

Last year, Forza Horizon 5 set the bar with its Hot Wheels add-on. Now, Forza Horizon 5 Rally Adventure DLC brings us back to Mexico’s desert landscape. And this time for rally-themed racing in a fresh section of the landscape.

While not as visually striking and lacking some key progression improvements as its counterpart, Forza Horizon 5 Rally Adventure offers an exhilarating new way to race against the clock. With a co-driver and on an impressive map packed with technical routes that surpass those found in the main game.

Forza Horizon 5 Rally Adventure Map

Rally Adventure’s Sierra Nueva map stands out among other maps in Horizon 5. While not as distinctive as Blizzard Mountain was to Forza Horizon 3. Sierra Nueva offers six diverse environments that successfully convey a distinct part of Mexico.

From new vegetation to iconic areas like the quarry, Sierra Nueva sets itself apart from other maps on Horizon 5.

Forza Horizon 5 Rally Adventure

Sierra Nueva stands out with its road system. Don’t take the initial 32 roads lightly. These paths are lengthy and intricate, similar to Free Bird’s guitar solo.

The best among them feature tighter corners, more hairpins, additional bumps and jumps as well as extended stretches between junctions than in the main game. Furthermore, dust effects lingering above dirt and gravel are also noticeable.

Forza Horizon 5 Rally Adventure Cars

After an impressive opening drive, Rally Adventure divides racing into three distinct threads. Each offers a slightly different approach to rallying. Unfortunately, the expansion reverts back to a free-for-all approach instead of the gated class system introduced with Hot Wheels DLC.

Players can still use any car in events while AI adjusts the class accordingly. Providing flexibility and variety across nearly 30 events.

Forza Horizon 5 Rally Adventure

Each event provides two modes – single car rallying against the clock or traditional races against opponents. The former is the highlight. Though not an intense simulation, the arcade-inspired fun is engaging and draws inspiration from easy-to-play Sega Rally.

Adding a helicopter-borne co-driver not only looks stylish but also cleverly explains how co-driver audio works in single-seater vehicles.

Forza Horizon 5 Garage

Similar to Hot Wheels, Rally Adventure brings 10 new vehicles into the fold – and it’s essential to highlight that these new additions feel more at home in this rally-centric expansion than they did in the previous one.

Now, don’t misunderstand me, because Forza Horizon 5 Hot Wheels does offer some seriously cool cars – particularly if you’re a fan of supercars named after Australian 24 Hours of Le Mans victors, which curiously make up 20 percent of the selection. However, it’s challenging to argue that there’s a strong “Hot Wheels” vibe in cars that Mattel hasn’t produced in diecast form.

Rally Adventure puts the focus squarely on rallying and off-roading adventures. As a huge fan of Colin McRae’s legendary 2001 Ford Focus RS, I couldn’t be more delighted that it forms the centerpiece of this expansion.

Additionally, the Hoonigan Beetle (fondly known as Scumbug) makes for an enjoyable addition; though not necessarily fast, driving lower-powered cars to their limits for sustained momentum can be immensely enjoyable; its Mexican rally heritage adds an extra special charm.

One could argue that the 10 new vehicles are too heavily weighted towards trophy trucks and buggies at the expense of traditional rally cars.

However, it’s essential to remember that the recent main game update introduced a variety of rally components for most existing rally cars in garages. Plus highly skilled fans have created amazing replica liveries for all of them over time.

While the lack of a Lancia license in Forza Horizon 5 leaves an obvious hole in an experience heavily influenced by Sega Rally, there are plenty of other legendary rally drivers ready to build and conquer on this map!

Forza Horizon Rally Adventure – The Verdict

For die-hard fans of Forza Horizon 5 Rally Adventure, it marks a return to form for this top-tier racing series. After all, its initial DLC was dedicated to rallying back in 2012.

Although this modern take may be less daring than last year’s Hot Wheels expansion, Forza Horizon still manages to successfully combine an open-world framework with arcade-style accessibility of off-road racing giant Sega Rally for an unbeatable combination.

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