Forza Horizon 5 Store ScreenshotSource: Xbox Game Studios | Microsoft Store

Open world games encapsulate a wide variety of titles from different genres, with each game placing importance on their expansive worlds and how players are able to explore them. Forza Horizon 5 is one such game, and Playground Games delivers their largest, most diverse, and most detailed open world yet with the latest entry in its Forza Horizon franchise. Forza Horizon 5's incredible map is just one segment of everything that makes this gem our top pick as one of the best Xbox racing games you can play.

Here's everything you need to know about the map and location for Forza Horizon 5.

The unchallenged champion

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Forza Horizon 5

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.

What is Forza Horizon 5?

Forza Horizon 5 Store ScreenshotSource: Xbox Game Studios | Microsoft Store

Open-world racing games are difficult to pull off successfully, and no developer has mastered the genre like Playground Games with its exceptional Forza Horizon franchise. Forza Horizon titles are semi-simulation arcade racers with a focus on incredible visuals, beautiful and detailed worlds, and accessible gameplay that can satisfy veteran racers and newcomers alike. The latest entry in this legendary series is none other than Forza Horizon 5.

Forza Horizon 4 was practically perfect, but Playground considered community feedback and took extra development time to improve upon Forza Horizon 5's predecessor in practically every way. Forza Horizon 5 features the largest and most diverse world yet, more customization and accessibility for cars and players, and so much more. The Forza Horizon 5 car list is the largest at launch the series has ever seen, for example.

From uncovering valuable Barn Finds to upgrading your cars, Forza Horizon 5 is an epic adventure well-worth exploring. In our Forza Horizon 5 review, we concluded this game is hands-down the "unchallenged champion of open-world racers."

If you desire more information, check out our ultimate guide to Forza Horizon 5. In the meantime, Forza Horizon 5 is already available across Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, PC, Xbox Cloud Gaming, and the entire Xbox Game Pass suite.

What is the full map and location in Forza Horizon 5?

Forza Horizon 5 Store ScreenshotSource: Microsoft

Forza Horizon games have always emphasized their expansive open worlds, making them as interesting as possible for the players racing through them. The decision for where a Forza Horizon game will be placed concludes early in development, and affects practically every aspect of the game, including the car list, soundtrack, story, characters, and the world-building details that make Forza Horizon games more authentic and real-feeling than many other titles.

For Forza Horizon 5, Playground Games wanted to build their largest and most diverse open world yet, which is why Forza Horizon 5 is located in Mexico. Initial rumors and community chatter suggested Forza Horizon 5 may arrive in either Mexico or Japan, but the more prevalent rumors prevailed and FH5 was confirmed to be heading back to North America, this time in Mexico.

Many in the community initially lamented this decision as an apparent "downgrade" from the possibilities contained within Japan, especially as many assumed Mexico to be primarily desert, but Forza Horizon 5 shirks all of these expectations. Mexico is a massive country, containing a myriad of different regions and ecosystems, and was the perfect locale for Playground to build its most varied world ever. Forza Horizon 5's rendition of Mexico features 11 distinct biomes, the highest point in any Forza Horizon game so far, dynamic and localized weather, the return of seasons, and several real-world locations recreated in-game, including cities and even ancient ruins.

This is in stark contrast to Forza Horizon 4, which was set in the United Kingdom. While incredible in its own right, FH4's open world came under fire from players for being too uniform. Despite featuring gorgeous British hamlets, rolling countrysides and fields, and plenty of natural landmarks, Forza Horizon 4 simply lacked variety when compared to its predecessor, which was exasperated by weather and seasons that applied to the entire map at once. With FH5, Playground refused to repeat the same mistakes.

You can see many of the environments featured in FH5 below.

Full map & size

Forza Horizon 5 Full Map ScreenshotSource: Xbox Game Studios | Twitter

If you haven't already jumped into Forza Horizon 5 and laid eyes on its vast map, you can view it in all its glory above. The above map shows FH5's rendition of Mexico during the Wet Season (or Summer), which covers the landscapes in humidity, lush green foliage soaking up the abundant water, and much more. You can see landmarks that dominate the landscape like La Gran Caldera (the volcano), or the massive stadium that houses countless EventLab creations.

Forza Horizon 5 Map Size Comparison ImageSource: @DonJoewonSong | Twitter

Unless you're familiar with Forza Horizon 4 and have driven the length of FH5's map, it can be difficult to tell for certain just how much larger the new title's world is compared to its predecessor. Thanks to @DonJoewonSong via Twitter, an influential member of the Forza Horizon community, players were able to get a rough approximation of the sheer difference in size even before Forza Horizon 5 properly launched. Forza Horizon 5 is approximately 50% bigger than FH4. Of course, FH5's diverse environments and landscapes mean the difference is even starker when you're driving in-game.

Barn Finds

Forza Horizon 5 Preview ScreenshotSource: Xbox Game Studios

Forza Horizon 5 sees the return of Barn Finds from previous Forza Horizon titles, which lets players hunt down dilapidated barns in the wilderness to uncover lost and forgotten rare cars. There are fifteen Barn Finds in Forza Horizon 5, with many having specific unlock requirements before they appear on the map. Fortunately, we've found every single Barn Find and have outlined how to earn them yourself in the guide linked above.

Player Houses

Forza Horizon 5 Preview ScreenshotSource: Xbox Game Studios

Forza Horizon 4 added Player Houses to the game, which gave players additional locations to customize their vehicles and fast travel. Players Houses are back in FH5, and are better than ever. There are seven Player Houses in Forza Horizon 5, and each provides unique perks alongside differing unlock requirements and prices. We've detailed how to acquire every Player House in Forza Horizon 5 in the guide linked above.

Every Forza Horizon location

No two Forza Horizon games are alike, with Playground Games slowly exploring more locations across the globe with every iteration. Forza Horizon 5 ups the ante by being larger, more detailed, and more diverse than any Forza Horizon title that came before it, but that doesn't mean the older games are meaningless. For reference, here's where every Forza Horizon game so far has been located.

  • Forza Horizon: Colorado
  • Forza Horizon 2: Southern Europe
  • Forza Horizon 3: Australia
  • Forza Horizon 4: United Kingdom
  • Forza Horizon 5: Mexico

What is Horizon Adventure in Forza Horizon 5?

Forza Horizon 5 Horizon Adventure Map ScreenshotSource: Xbox Game Studios | Twitter

Forza Horizon 5 features a revamped campaign over its predecessors that grants players more choice than ever before, and more openly rewards players for progression through the game in their own way. All of this is done through Horizon Adventure, and chaptered story navigated through the fun map you can see above. Players earn Accolades by doing practically anything in Forza Horizon 5, including completing races, exploring the map, customizing cars, engaging with online content, and more.

Once you've earned enough Accolades, you progress to the next chapter of Horizon Adventure and can choose what you unlock next. You could unlock a new Expedition, for example, which lets you build a new Festival Site and in extension unlock a ton of new Race Events or PR Stunts. Horizon Adventure lets you expand the world of FH5 with tons of new content to explore, culminating in players reaching the coveted Hall of Fame.

You can see some of the Horizon Festival Sites features in Forza Horizon 5 (and unlocked through Horizon Aventure) below.

Does the world change over time in Forza Horizon 5?

Forza Horizon 5 Biome Screenshot VolcanoSource: Xbox Game Studios

Forza Horizon games have always featured beautiful worlds, but they often feel very stale or unmoving. With Forza Horizon 4, Playground Games introduced seasons, which drastically altered the world over time. Even here, though, the seasons became predictable and stale after a while. So, Playground Games upped its game with Forza Horizon 5, and is committed to changing the world even more over time both through fundamental game design and future content updates. Here's what you need to know.

  • Seasons are much more diverse. Rather than blanket changes to the map, Forza Horizon 5's seasons alter the map to varying degrees depending on your location. For example, snow may appear on the volcano during Winter while the coast continues to remain warm and tropical. There are 11 different biomes and four different seasons, and they'll all interact with one another in different ways.
  • Dynamic weather events. Forza Horizon 5 also features dynamic weather events, such as sandstorms and tropical storms, which periodically appear and dramatically change the landscape. These weather events are dependent on the environment and season, so they won't always appear in the same place.
  • The Festival Playlist evolves the world. Arguably the most influential feature, the Forza Horizon 5 Festival Playlist actually alters the world over time. As new Series Updates arrive, Playground Games can add decorations, PR Stunts, Race Events, new locations, and much more to FH5's map as part of holiday celebrations, temporary events, and more. The sky is the limit with the Festival Playlist.

The unchallenged champion

Forza Horizon 5 Reco Image

Forza Horizon 5

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.

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