Published: April 5, 2023 Author: JasonDarkX2 Category: Gaming,Reviews
After the year wait, Horizon 5 returns with another expansion focusing on rally and off-road racing on Sierra Nueva. While the shift back to a traditional car event grounded in reality, is certainly welcome. Compared to the previous Hot Wheels expansion of last year. But is the Horizon 5 Rally Adventure expansion worth it?
Well for $25 CAD you’re essentially getting the same thing campaign expansion experience wise. Your Super-Star driver travels to Sierra Nueva to climb the ranks of three different styled rally racing. Opposed to climb ranks just to able to drive high class cars on the Hot Wheels map. There is no restriction on Sierra Nueva you can literally play through the entire expansion with an X-classed car. But financially not viable since you’ll likely need to better tune vehicles for off-road PR stunts or rally times. Which I only did like once or twice during my time playing the expansion lol
Speaking of cars, the Horizon 5 Rally Adventure expansions add a handful of 10 cars to into your collection, all of them are unlocked via your progress through the expansion. While the car list is pretty splendid for anyone who loves off-road rally cars. I'd probably end up using one or two of them for a PR stunts in the future season events. But The new 2022 F-150 Lightning Platinum is the star of the show in my opinions.
- 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Platinum
- 2022 Alumicraft #6165 Trick Truck
- 2021 RJ Anderson #37 Polaris RZR Pro 4 Truck
- 2021 Alumicraft #122 Class 1 Buggy
- 2021 Polaris RZR Pro XP Factory Racing Limited Edition
- 2020 Jimco #179 Hammerhead Class 1
- 2019 Jimco #240 Fastball Racing Spec Trophy Truck
- 2019 Casey Currie Motorsports #4402 Ultra 4 ‘Trophy Jeep’
- 2001 Ford #4 Ford Focus RS
- 1973 Hoonigan Volkswagen Baja Beetle Class 5/1600 ‘Scumbug’
Outside the massive car list, we finally have some nice black attire for our Drivatar through the Grit Reaper challenges. In terms of gameplay value, thankfully Rally Adventure is a bit longer than the Hot Wheels DLC, but still can literally be completed within a day or one weekend which I like to put it. Averaging around similar the 6 to 8 hours of completion time. Ultimately depends, how enthusiastic a player is about rally racing. Since the expansion expects you to complete the same events multiple times, once in rally (time trial mode) and race against AI on the same track. The cycle repeats for each of the three-rally team.
Disappointingly, the Rally Adventure just means do a handful of sprints time trials with different terrain and/or weather conditions. Where your co-driver sits in a helicopter telling you how to turn your car with simple terminology and yelling “CHICKEN!” when I go very fast over a jump into another jump maybe? But of which I still haven’t figured out what it actually means lol whereas the race mode is simply the same kind of horizon race with drivatars on the rally track you’ve just completed but without co-driver instructions. Certainly a missed opportunity for rally circuits and off-road open race tracks.
Apex Predator speed zone PR stunts gave me the most challenge. Whereas the easy multiplayer accolades were the most time consuming. Even The collectibles were a breeze once you figure out where they spawn. While there was a grind to the top, the grind felt natural progress, while exploring a beautifully crafted Sierra Nueva map I’ll give them applaud for that. But once everything is completed, there’s no reason go back but continue smashing them collectibles I guess ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Overall, while I did enjoy Horizon 5 Rally Adventure more than Hot Wheels expansion . I'd probably not recommend purchasing it at full price. Unless for the following: 1.) you've already ran out of stuff to do in the base game 2.) really want a simple rally racing mode, or a completionist by which you should have already have the Ultimate Edition that includes all Horizon 5 DLCs. But even then you'll might run into bugged Xbox achievements on the Steam version. So might as well for a sale until everything is patched, if you don't already own Horizon 5 Ultimate Edition.
|| The Bad:
- Nice map,
- Rally mode.
- Handful of new cars.
- The same Cliché campaign experience.
- Multiplayer accolades.
- Only rally sprint tracks.
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