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1 minute ago, Eighthours said:

 

This confused me loads to begin with. There are no S2 Audis in the Autoshow, so you have to upgrade one to that level before you can pop the seasonal objective on that speed trap.


Yes it is a bit confusing, needs to be S2 but doesn’t need to be 998 but does need to be Audi. Doesn’t help that it’s early on in the game where new/lapsed players like me don’t quite know what’s going on.

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11 minutes ago, scoobysi said:


Yes it is a bit confusing, needs to be S2 but doesn’t need to be 998 but does need to be Audi. Doesn’t help that it’s early on in the game where new/lapsed players like me don’t quite know what’s going on.

 

There do seem to be bits of the game that aren't explained very well, just like in FH4 when they started this seasonal stuff. The seasonal objectives as a concept are mentioned on the radio sometimes, but it feels like they need a proper tutorial section for this side of the game, particularly as it's the one that will probably keep players going for years to come. Lots of new players won't even be aware of it.

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15 hours ago, Ry said:

I just think the music is utter shite. Like, another level of utter shite. 

 

Currently trying to get the 1000g. No one is playing the horizon arcade and it's annoying. 

Yeah, think it might be as they are so frequent and there is more than one on at once but there are not enough people participating in them atm.  Perhaps they need to merge them across several different sessions or something.  So far the best I've managed is to complete stage 2

 

15 hours ago, Ry said:

Never noticed before in previous games but there seems to be a prestige system, I rolled over lvl 200 and now at 39.

Deffo in FH4 as I hit 200/ prestige on that last week after picking it back up in anticipation of this.  Think I pretty much doubled my total playtime in FH4 in the last 2 weeks 😃

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4 hours ago, Isaac said:

All the people saying the music is crap clearly hate drum and bass.

 

As someone who doesn't mind drum and bass, the music is perfectly good provided you just keep it on Hospital radio.

 

Normally I'd agree that drum n bass is bleh, but in forza I find it one of my preferred stations. Just suits the mood.

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2 hours ago, esar said:

 

Bit bland though isn't it? Needs a proper pirate radio station playing tear out ragga jungle.

 

It's incredibly bland. Same drum pattern in every song. One day a game will have a radio station of 93-95 jungle and I will play it until my dying day. 

 

I find the music especially irksome in this because I use the zoomed-out external camera and so it always sounds like it's playing somewhere else. In the car in front, a barn two fields over, my IRL next-door neighbour is humming it, stuff like that. I stick with Hospital because at least I can hear some of it. 

 

This young person's spin on an old man's game is really bringing out the old man in me.

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Is it a Forza thing, to give AI cars the names of people on your friends list?

 

Really fucking weird, that cars with my niece and nephew's gamertags would appear in any race I started, despite me knowing full well that they couldn't give less of a fuck about Forza. 

 

Spent hours on this last night/early hours of this morning, just off-roading around the place in my buggy. 

 

No billboard is safe, on my watch. 

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45 minutes ago, Nate Dogg III said:

 

It's incredibly bland. Same drum pattern in every song. One day a game will have a radio station of 93-95 jungle and I will play it until my dying day. 

 

Yes, the drum & bass selection in this is pretty bland. I was never a massive Hospital Records fan, bit too "liquid" for me. If they had a really good mid-90s jump-up station, or breakbeat hardcore, yeah that would liven things up a bit. But that's a middle-aged man talking. 

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I thought Need For Speed Payback had a pretty good music selection that covered most genres and wasn't too cheesy:

https://www.ea.com/games/need-for-speed/need-for-speed-payback/news/nfs-payback-music-soundtrack

 

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Full Track List

A$AP Ferg: Trap and a Dream feat. Meek Mill

Action Bronson: The Choreographer

Barns Courtney: Kicks

Bite the Buffalo: Enemies

Bonobo: Kerala

Chase & Status and Blossoms: This Moment

DJ Shadow & Nas: Systematic

Duckwrth: MICHUUL.

Flowdan: Original Ragamuffin feat. Wiley

Formation: Buy and Sell

Goodbye June: Liberty Mother

Gorillaz: Ascension feat. Vince Staples

Haikaiss: Raplord feat. Jonas Bento

Ho99o9: City Rejects

Jacob Banks: Unholy War

Jaden Smith: Watch Me

K.Flay: Black Wave

Kano: 3 Wheel-Ups feat. Wiley and Giggs

Kontra K: Power

Lethal Bizzle: I Win feat. Skepta

Lil’ Kleine: Kleine Jongen

Local Natives: Dark Days (Sofi Tukker Remix)

Mondo Cozmo: 11 Acre

Nothing but Thieves: I Was Just A Kid

Ohana Bam: Rebels

Otherkin: Bad Advice

P.O.S: Gravedigger

Queens of the Stone Age: The Way You Used To Do

Rae Sremmurd: Perplexing Pegasus

RAT BOY: BOILING POINT

Royal Blood: Lights Out

Run the Jewels: Panther like a Panther (Miracle Mix) feat. Trina

Salmo: Daytona

SHREDDERS: Flipping Cars

Skepta x Goldie: Road Trip

SOHN: Hard Liquor

Spoon: Pink Up

Stormzy: Return of the Rucksack

SUR: Lean Back

Syd Arthur: Evolution

Ten Tonnes: Silver Heat

The Amazons: In My Mind

Tom Morello feat. Leikeli47: Roadrunner

Tom Walker: Play Dead (Avelino x Raf Riley Remix)

Warbly Jets: Fast Change

Watt: Burning Man feat. Post Malone

X Ambassadors: The Devil You Know

 

 

This is a great track to bounce around sand dunes in a 4x4 to:

 

 

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Yeah aside from some nice liquid drum and bass tracks on the Hospital Records station the music selection is garbage this time round. It’s such a shame as usually it’s pretty good and Horizon Pulse was always a breezy, cheery accompaniment but they’ve really dropped the ball for some reason on this game. Even the classical radio station is disappointing. For me personally I’d love a decent electronic music station with some proper techno in it but Bass Arena is mostly American EDM shite and the DJ is a fucking tool.

 

Ah well, the rest of the game’s a masterpiece so I guess we can’t have it all.

 

The special Forza Edition Mercedes-Benz truck I got in a wheelspin absolutely annihilated every cross-country event I threw it at. The thing goes like shit off a shovel with a launch rating of 10 and is so massive that you can just shunt your way through anything in your path. I’m currently playing on Expert difficulty and won pretty much every race on my first go in that thing, including the cross-country mega-race The Trial. If you’re lucky enough to get it in a wheelspin then don’t sleep on it, it’s awesome (and makes you feel like the T-1000 hunting down John Connor, as I alluded to yesterday). :ph34r:

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£31.78 in Iceland apparently

https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/forza-horizon-5-standard-edition-ps3178-deluxe-ps4256-premium-ps5306-xbox-one-series-xs-pc-playanywhere-at-xbox-store-iceland-3821417

 

or on gamepass

 

 

28 minutes ago, El Spatula said:

Well that was an interesting bug. My plastic faced avatar just replaced every NPC in a cut scene. Loads of him gurning away around a car.

 

 

In 4 my dude would sometimes be standing beside the car with a doppleganger also behind the wheel.

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This game is clearly absolutely brilliant but I hate the presentation so much that it makes me not want to play it. Just one glimpse of my avatar emoting around a car before a race makes me vomit. The whole 'you're a rock star' sycophancy of everyone you meet or hear on the radio is like nails down a blackboard. I realise that this is entirely my problem but I just can't abide it.

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The thing about the soundtracks in games like this is that integrated streaming makes it sort of irrelevant, in that you can just switch to the dirtiest drum & bass / Belgian beat / knobwave / spooky sound effects playlist you can possibly conjure up (catalogue of your streaming service notwithstanding). Obviously, there's a bit of faff involved in sticking it on - it would be great if the game let you designate a Spotify playlist as a radio station.

 

NFS: Hot Pursuit let you have your custom soundtracks as the default when you loaded the game up back in 2010, why can't you do that now?

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1 minute ago, K said:

The thing about the soundtracks in games like this is that integrated streaming makes it sort of irrelevant, in that you can just switch to the dirtiest drum & bass / Belgian beat / knobwave / spooky sound effects playlist you can possibly conjure up (catalogue of your streaming service notwithstanding). Obviously, there's a bit of faff involved in sticking it on - it would be great if the game let you designate a Spotify playlist as a radio station.

 

NFS: Hot Pursuit let you have your custom soundtracks as the default when you loaded the game up back in 2010, why can't you do that now?

 

I might be wrong but I don't think Spotify allow that anymore, I think the record labels put a stop to that as they want the game developer to license direct from them instead.

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My annoyance with the soundtrack is that it doesn’t include Chvches and the pause screen doesn’t tell you what song is playing anymore. I play using chase cam so you can’t hear the music at all during a race if there are cars around you and you can’t hear anything at all if there’s a sandstorm.

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Just now, esar said:

 

I might be wrong but I don't think Spotify allow that anymore, I think the record labels put a stop to that as they want the game developer to license direct from them instead.

 

Do you mean using a playlist as a radio station or streaming to the game at all? You can definitely do the latter.

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Just now, K said:

 

Do you mean using a playlist as a radio station or streaming to the game at all? You can definitely do the latter.

 

I think integrating Spotify into the game as a radio station, but as I say I might be wrong, i've never used a music streaming service so I don't really know what im talking about, my knowledge is based on a discussion with a musician friend who has just had some of his music used in the new Far Cry.

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8 minutes ago, K said:

 

Do you mean using a playlist as a radio station or streaming to the game at all? You can definitely do the latter.

 

You can almost but not quite do the latter, you can have Spotify playing in the background but the game will completely ignore it, and even play its own music over it unless you set the radio volume to zero (I can't find a way to make "radio off" the default setting).

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It’s such a weird game. 
 

The driving is great and it looks lovely. Weather effects are awesome. The tracks and roads and jungles are mostly great and there is an incredible sense of speed in the right cars. The engine sounds are decent too. That’s the good stuff. 
 

Then every so often you get to a cut scene where the graphics appear to be from an old Xbox 360 game with shit character models and expressionless fans. The music and radio and fawning commentary also sucks so much, like brain breakingly bad, that I’m now putting on my own music while playing. That’s the first time I’ve done that with a game in about 20 years. The map screen is a cluttered mess. The game throws too much at you to start with, go here, do this, check out these accolades. Just chill out for fuck sake.  And then it keeps telling me I’m not connected at the top of the screen with a 10 second countdown because I assume the servers are bollocksed.
 

It just feels like it needed another few months in the oven before release. Maybe it’ll all get patched and sorted over the coming months. Currently it’s a solid 7/10, but with some simple improvements that could easily go higher. 

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8 minutes ago, Darren said:

You can almost but not quite do the latter, you can have Spotify playing in the background but the game will completely ignore it, and even play its own music over it unless you set the radio volume to zero (I can't find a way to make "radio off" the default setting).

 

You'd need to activate streamer mode, which cuts all out all licensed music.

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2 minutes ago, Darren said:

 

You can almost but not quite do the latter, you can have Spotify playing in the background but the game will completely ignore it, and even play its own music over it unless you set the radio volume to zero (I can't find a way to make "radio off" the default setting).

 

Right on the D- pad until radio off. Radio volume to zero and streaming mode to on (bottom of audio settings) Not perfect as it still plays a default station that allows streamers to play music without getting copyright banned. Then whack Spotify on and play La Bamba.

 

 

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