Forza Horizon 5 Hot Wheels Vs. Hot Wheels Unleashed

HOT WHEELS. OPEN THE WAY !!!!! Gasoline heads and gear heads rejoice, it’s a wonderful time for all of us who love games about vehicles that go vroom…

Over the past year, we’ve had not one but two games trying to bring back the schoolboy memories of racing miniature cars on crazy orange loop tracks. In this article, I’ll take a look at the highs and lows (and come full circle….) of Hot Wheels Unleashed and the recently released Forza Horizon 5 Hot Wheels DLC.

Who finishes first?

In P1, in alphabetical order anyway, Hot Wheels Unleashed. Unleashed was released on September 30, 2021 on all major systems and quickly became a hit with critics and fans alike. Even from the first trailers that were released, the game caught my eye and was something I was keen to try but perhaps not considered an essential purchase.

Once I finally started picking up the game most of my initial thoughts were confirmed, what I didn’t expect was the incredible attention to detail in the car models and even tracks that were created by developer Milestone. Along with that, the handling of the arcade is easy to learn but hard to master and the power slide timing only seems to get better the more I play the game. Controlling your vehicle properly in the air will also get you faster times on most tracks.

In P2, seat first Forza Horizon 5 DLCwhich also happens to be of the variety of Hot Wheels. Released on July 19, 2022, available on Xbox and PC consoles, it is a paid expansion to the hugely popular Horizon series of games. Just in case, it’s not included in Gamepass (unlike the base game), and it costs £14.99 on its own or £26.99 for a bundle which will also give you access to the second DLC which is due to be released at an unannounced later date.

The game features a fantastic intro sequence (as most Horizon games do), which will see you launch a slingshot into the sky to explore the new map on offer. Once you’re in the sky, you’ll pass snow-capped peaks and lava-filled volcanoes, and you’ll have huge plush dragons roaring at you as you speed past. He quickly makes a good impression.

All of this is backed by the rock-solid handling and impressive visuals of the Horizon base game, which impressed so much upon release that it won TWM’s 2021 Debut Game of the Year award.

Both games offer impressive visuals, with a slightly different take on their subject matter. Unleashed has the same kind of feeling as some of the recent Lego movies, it will give the feeling of a miniature world brought to real life.

Model cars are amazing matches for their toy counterparts and even seeing them get scratched and beaten during races hammers home the way toys chip as they age and have been played with more. Horizon looks quite the opposite, more like your toys have been scaled up to fit the real world, again the cars and tracks are recreated impeccably with a keen eye for detail.

Overall, the first race goes to Horizon 5 as it’s a more impressive world on offer, don’t discount Unleashed’s visual fidelity though.

On the handling side, Unleashed and Horizon Hot Wheels really couldn’t be more different. One is strictly arcade with the other more heavily based on real world physics. Neither is badly made, and both offer top-notch action in their own unique style. This one is too close to call and will depend on what a player is looking for in terms of their playstyle.

So far I have Horzion Hot Wheels with a narrow lead over their opponent, can they continue to advance into the first corner of the day?

The track choice in both games is wonderful. The tracks created in Unleashed are a trip down memory lane of my childhood, then multiplied by 10. When you think of a track that will take you anywhere in your living room, bedroom, or garage, that’s what you’ve been given to run . Bends, twists and loops of loops fill every run and I was all smiles on every run. Although there are only 6 levels per se, the tracks in each level can have massive variation and options like magnetic track mean you can race from floor to ceiling. These variations make the maps feel fresh and if you ever get bored, you can even create your own in the track editor.

Horizon takes a slightly different approach, it’s an additional open world map located in the sky above the base game’s playable area. Verticality really is the name of the game and that means you’ll often end up looking up at the sky. When you’re not, however, the game offers awesome views and different biomes to discover. It also has magnetic sections of trail to help you navigate your way and icy sections of trails that have little to no grip and my favorites are the water channel sections. These can really get you traveling at high speed, especially in some of the cars that are made available once you progress through the Hot Wheels Academy.

You can also create your own tracks to race here but I would personally say the track editor in Unleashed is a bit more accessible for most, you can easily create a track there and roar in your favorite car, but Forza takes a little more know-how to do this job. As there are a lot of really talented players out there, I can only wait to see what happens as I play the game, but so far it hasn’t been much joy for me. at least.

We’re mostly through racing and Forza is keeping its hood in the first place, what’s Hot Wheels; Unleashed stayed under the hood to come back with?

It presents a collection of cars full of joy but with a possibly disturbing and frustrating system holding it back. Cars are available from a selection that changes every few hours of play. Other than that, the only other option is to buy Blind Boxes (using in-game currency), which can lead to the same car several times. Seems like this has created a micro-currency windfall for me for developers and I’m afraid one day the game will be updated to take advantage of it, but for now at least that’s not the case. It’s also a bit light in terms of gameplay changes with only races and time trials available.

DLC has been dropping at a steady rate for the game, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles vehicles have been some of my favorites so far.

The cars section on Horizon Hot Wheels includes everything from the main game alongside a small number of Hot Wheels inspired cars. I would have liked to see more to flesh out the toy car feel, but it seems to be in line with the latest Lego DLC (for Horizon 4) which, again, only had a handful of cars using tuning change.

Where Horizon goes ahead is in the variety of different races on offer, with even a selection of story mode races giving you a brief history of Hot Wheels.

Overall, both racers are great fun and offer a lot of value. If pushed to pick my favorite, Horizon would get the green light. Still, the game is about choosing what’s best for you, so if you can choose both and enjoy two of the best racing experiences you can play right now.