Forza Horizon 5 embodies Mexican and Spanish culture amazingly

when Forza Horizon 5 I was revealed at first Going back to E3 2021, it was quite good to see that Mexico was the preferred location for the new title. all of the horizon Entries of the past have adopted a formula to take a language from the real world and spice it up by throwing and squashing some of the most iconic locations together in an intense but still very open map. As the series matured, the design of each map steadily improved, becoming larger and more complex with each new entry. Until now, Forza Horizon 5Introducing Mexico, with its Spanish culture, is the most dynamic and design-intensive Playground series site to date.

But it’s not just big and pretty. It’s surprisingly authentic, and for me personally, it really struck a chord. It allowed me to enjoy the glow of Latin America again.

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In 2016, I moved away from my home country to settle in Ecuador, a part of South America. Now, yes, Ecuador is quite far from Mexico. However, the main thing they have in common is that they were colonized by the Spaniards long ago. In fact, Ecuador was colonized only a year before Mexico was colonized in the 19th century.

With this common history, both countries have developed their own unique display of Spanish influence in the modern era. However, this effect remains strong in both countries. Apart from the obvious transmission of the Spanish language, there is also the general culture: music, lifestyle, architecture, etc., and it is these special features that Horizon 5 To show off his presentation to Mexico.

Seeing the beautiful multicolored buildings of the game version of Guanajuato took me back to my days of walking around Cuenca, the city where I lived for two years in Ecuador. The architectural similarities are amazing with the Spanish colonial style which is still going strong in both countries even after all these years.

Forza Horizon 5 Pc Guanajuato

series of rectangular walls, flat roofs, large wooden doors, high gates and fences, brick walls, cobblestone roads; Everything is the same. See this style in Horizon 5 It took me back to the days of walking back and forth around Cuenca, a place I called home. I absolutely loved being in this atmosphere and always admired the beauty of the buildings and the surrounding mountainous terrain.

On top of all this, in 2019, I was on a cruise that stopped in San Juan, Puerto Rico; Another former Spanish colony. Just like Cuenca, the architectural designs of the colonial era are still very much present. It made me love the island even more, all because it reminded me of my second “home” in Ecuador.

Thus, seeing this architectural style now faithfully rendered is very impressive Horizon 5The impressive graphics engine makes me dizzy.

Forza Horizon 5 vs Ecuador San Juan

Top: San Juan, Puerto Rico – Middle: Guanajuato, Forza Horizon 5 – Bottom: Cuenca, Ecuador

Unexpected goosebumps

I don’t have these feelings just because I can already connect to the site that horizon Occupy this time. Just in terms of complexity, Horizon Mexico really is a huge world. The map shows the coasts of the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, along with miles and miles everyone Of the biomes in Mexico in between.

There are the beautiful rock formations of the Cooper Valley in the north, lost ancient civilizations hidden in the jungles and swamps in the south, the wide-open countryside made up of rolling green fields in the middle, and the jewel of the ball: La Gran Caldera Volcano, which stands mighty and high to the northwest, visible from Any corner of the map. Climbing to its peak allows you to see miles Far away, with the game engine still managing to deliver all the important details, even though some are more than 30 miles away.

In addition to its enormous size, Horizon 5 The rendition to Mexico is just plain thick. Each of its biomes and areas are outfitted with gorgeous texture work, brought to life even more with rejuvenating lighting and particle effects. Likewise, Ecuador has vast tracts of forest that I have visited and great mountain ranges in which I have lived.

During my time in South America, I also lived in Lima, Peru for several months. Lima sits on the edge of the desert, which also allowed me to jump over the huge sand dunes Horizon 5 A copy of the Mexican region of Baja California. Another callback came in the form of a vision Horizon 5Playa Azul, an attractive small town on the Caribbean coast from the map to the east. For some reason, it seemed familiar to me. Then, it shocked me—it looks just like Mancora, a similar small coastal town in Peru that I visited in 2016. Once again, Playground clearly did her homework.

Forza Horizon 5 Mountain View vs Cuenca Mountain View

Above: A hillside view of Cuenca, Ecuador – Bottom: A hillside view of Guanajuato, Forza Horizon 5

Pay attention to the details

It’s one thing to play through the game world that is beautiful, but when it is This is amazing Detailed that you can relate to real-life experiences, you know it’s well designed.

But, again, even taking my personal experience out of the equation, I’m still impressed with how well it works Forza Horizon 5 Mexico picks up as a country itself. More than any of the other entries, it seems that Playground really wanted to bring the language to life and make players feel truly ingrained into the game world. The increase in the size of the map is not inevitable. Every inch of it is filled with purposeful and plausible detail. Then there is the cast of characters made up mostly of indigenous Mexicans, who eagerly tell you stories about the country and their private lives. As much as this sounds like a wild open-world racer, it also feels like an unofficial Nat Geo documentary (not to mention that one of the characters you interact with regularly is a scientist, and the other is a nature photographer).

With these factors, Horizon 5 It looks like a digital postcard to Mexico instead of the country being just a pretty background. Given that this is only the main bundle, I’m very keen to see where the two planned expansions will take players next. However, Playground landscape designers should be commended for their efforts. while every horizon The title made an impressive presentation, Forza Horizon 5 He reaches new heights literally and figuratively to make his virtual world feel authentic. Without a doubt, it was done with flying colors and flying cars.


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