Does Forza Horizon 5 have a demo?
No demo for Forza Horizon 5
Several previous Forza titles featured an independent demo experience that gave players a taste of what the full game offered. In some cases, completing this free demo before the game was released gave you some kind of exclusive in-game reward, which even gave hardcore fans a reason to visit the demo. However, Playground Games shifted with Forza Horizon 5, and elected not to release any kind of demo for its latest title.
The reason Forza Horizon 5 doesn't offer a demo is straightforward. Playground wanted 100% of available resources ahead of launch focused on ensuring Forza Horizon 5 was as polished and stable as possible. Also, the veritable flood of trailers, live streams, gameplay footage, and info drops more than made up for the insights players might've gleaned from a demo. After Forza Horizon 5 was released, even more information became available from a variety of sources, giving players even more to research before deciding.
Our ultimate guide to Forza Horizon 5 includes everything you need to know about Playground Games' grandest racing game yet, like plenty of trailers, gameplay, and all our in-depth guides to get the most out of FH5. Forza Horizon 5 features the largest car list at launch and most diverse map of any previous entry, so you're practically guaranteed an epic experience.
Other ways to demo
Players who still aren't sure whether they want to purchase Forza Horizon 5 can experience the full game and everything included within by playing through Xbox Game Pass, further negating the need for a separate demo experience.
From day one, Forza Horizon 5 has been and will continue to be available across Xbox Game Pass on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S consoles, PC Game Pass on Windows devices, and Xbox Cloud Gaming on mobile devices and more. Anyone subscribed to Microsoft's premier gaming subscription service can dive into Forza Horizon 5's depiction of Mexico before purchasing. Even better, if you fall in love with FH5 you can pick up the game afterward with a discount courtesy of Xbox Game Pass, which also applies to optional DLC and expansions (like the value-packed Forza Horizon 5 Premium Add-ons Bundle).
You can also peer into Forza Horizon 5 through another's eyes. In our Forza Horizon 5 review, we concluded that Playground Games and Xbox Game Studios have delivered the "unchallenged champion of open-world racers," and immediately earned the top spot on our list of best Xbox racing games.
All of Forza Horizon 5
Is the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate the best value in all of gaming? It's possible. Ultimate bundles your Xbox Live Gold subscription, an Xbox Game Pass subscription for both Xbox consoles and Windows PCs, and Xbox Cloud Gaming for on-the-go. Forza Horizon 5 is included, making it easier than ever to jump into the latest Horizon adventure.
The unchallenged champion
The best open-world racer
Playground Games has delivered their latest masterpiece with Forza Horizon 5, which features the series' most diverse map and largest car list yet. Forza Horizon 5 somehow fulfills its ambitious promises to be the best open-world racer right now, and one of the best racing games in general.
Zachary Boddy (They / Them) is a Staff Writer primarily focused on covering the latest news, the best Xbox and PC games, and the most interesting hardware. They have been gaming and writing for most of their life, and have been with Windows Central and its sister sites since 2019. While originally brought on to write about all things Minecraft, Zachary has since expanded to write about practically everything that Windows Central covers. You can find Zachary on Twitter @BoddyZachary.
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