Forza Horizon 5 Season Change: It Takes Two

The new playlist in Forza Horizon 5’s month-long anniversary celebrations is now here, with a series of events all based around the 2014 title Forza Horizon 2.

It’s the second of the four weeks, each of which takes a look back at older titles in the series. Naturally that started with the first game, with FH3 and FH4 to follow towards the end of Series 13.

The four weeks of the “Horizon 10-Year Anniversary” Series all have very different feels, with new challenges and events keyed to the cars and races of the older games.

There’s a new Horizon Story too, with “Horizon Origins” running through the history of the series to help players reminisce or, for those coming to the title later, learn more about its past.

Along with four new vehicles as rewards, each a significant part of the older games, there’s a special new “Anniversary Edition” of the very first cover car in the series, the 2013 Dodge Viper GTS, awarded for completing the story.

A new game mode, Midnight Battles, is also included in this month’s events, recreating the head-to-head street racing series seen in Forza Horizon 3. There’s also a host of new Accolades across the new events and for collecting the new cars too.

Series 13: Horizon 10-Year Anniversary Rewards

The Series rewards are a curious mix of a thrilling supercar and a much more ordinary day-to-day vehicle. They’re not new to the game, but as both are Playlist exclusives it’s another chance to own them if you missed out previously.

For 80 points, which you should either already have or will grab this week depending on your Story progress, is the Wuling Sunshine.

This came along back in Series 4, as a Playlist reward, as one of the first Chinese cars ever to feature in any Forza title. Technically a Hongguang S — the Sunshine is a different model with sliding rear doors in China — the Wuling and its variants are among the most popular cars in the world.

While in real life it’s tough to extract the speed required for a racing game, with the Suzuki-derived 1.5-liter petrol engine producing only just over 110hp, FH5 makes it easy with plenty of upgrades available.

One car that doesn’t need any help going fast though is the McLaren 650S Spider. This 641hp, twin-turbo V8 supercar might have only been in the brand’s “Sport” series, but has plenty of pace to spare.

Developed from the original MP4-12C, which became just the 12C after a couple of years, the 650S is based on the same carbon-fiber “MonoCell” tub as the rest of the Sport series. In Spider form it has an electric folding hard top, which adds a little weight but doesn’t blunt the performance any.

It was previously available as a Series 6 reward, and you can pick it up again here for 160 points across Series 13.

Series 13 Autumn/Storm Season Rewards

Extreme speed is the theme this week, with two mid-engined European supercars up for grabs.

First on the list, for 20 points, is the returning Koenigsegg Agera. Although we already have the Agera RS in FH5, this is the first appearance for the “base” car which was first introduced in FH2.

The Agera follows the basic Koenigsegg formula of a lightweight carbon-kevlar body housing a blown V8 engine — a five-liter, twin-turbo V8 in this case.

Producing around 950hp the lightweight Agera could hit nearly 250mph, making it one of the fastest cars in the world at the time — and the fastest convertible. It’s been the basis for numerous even higher performance models, including the 277mph Agera RS and the 1360hp One:1.

That all makes the second reward car feel a little slow, but the Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder Performante is anything but.

With 562hp from its 5.2-liter V10, the Spyder takes the lightweight package of the Gallardo Superleggera and adds infinite headroom.

Previously available as a Series 2 reward, the Spyder Performante is a car you can’t ordinarily buy, so well worth aiming for the 40-point target this week.

Autumn will last until 1430UTC on Thursday October 27, while Series 13 will continue on for two further weeks until the same time on November 10.

Series 13 Autumn Playlist: Forzathon Events

Forza Horizon 2 is the focus of the playlist this week, and once again the Weekly Challenge is about the game’s cover car: the Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 2014. Get hold of one — it’s a prize for the Collectibles event this week — and drive it to get Welcome to Europe underway.

You’ll need to drive five miles to complete the next stage, so you may as well drive to the Horizon 2 Festival site in Colinas Aridas (drive west out of Guanajuato; you won’t miss it) and snap it while you’re there to get two other Playlist tasks completed.

Bank a total of 100,000 Skill Score to finish stage three, then rip through Speed Zones and earn five stars (or speeds equivalent to five stars) to round out the challenge. You’ll earn five points and 80FP — doubled to 160FP if you own the La Casa Solariega player house.

Weekly Challenge: Welcome to Europe

  • Car: Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 2014
    • Chapter 1: Own and drive the Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 2014
    • Chapter 2: Drive 5 miles (8km) in the Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 2014
    • Chapter 3: Bank 100,000 Skill Score in the Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 2014
    • Chapter 4: Earn five stars in Speed Zones in the Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 2014
  • Reward: 5 points, 80FP

There’s seven more Daily Challenges dropping at the rate of one each day this week. One new one arrives at 1430UTC each day, and you have seven days to complete each for one point and 10FP per challenge.

As with last week, you’ll need to start off by visiting the new Festival site. Head to Colinas Aridas — drive west out of Guanajuato and look for the green smashable boards by the road — to the Horizon 2 Festival site to Party Like It’s 2014.

You’ll need to be Win Diesel next, by winning any Street Racing event in the 1969 Dodge Charger R/T. We see what they did there.

Be a part of the Porsche Owners Club on Saturday by driving five miles in any Porsche.

Complete any Horizon Open Playground Games event to prove You Are Playground Games on Sunday; multiplayer access is required.

Check an item off your Bucket List to start the next working week, by keeping a stock Mini Cooper S 1965 above 70mph for 15 seconds. We suspect the main highway will be covered with Minis…

Next up, win a Cross Country Racing event of any kind as where we’re going We Don’t Need Walls.

That leaves the final challenge, Storm Island. Just earn six stars at any Speed Zones in the Audi Sport Quattro 1983.

Daily Challenges

  • October 20 – Party Like It’s 2014: Visit the Horizon 2 Festival Site in Colinas Aridas
  • October 21 – Win Diesel: Win a Street Racing Event in the 1969 Dodge Charger R/T
  • October 22 – Porsche Owners Club: Drive five miles in any Porsche
  • October 23 – You Are Playground Games: Complete any Horizon Open Playground Games event
  • October 24 – Bucket List: Maintain a speed of 70mph (113km/h) in a stock 1965 Mini Cooper S for 15 seconds
  • October 25 – We Don’t Need Walls: Win a Cross Country Racing Event
  • October 26 – Storm Island: Earn six stars in Speed Zones in the 1983 Audi Sport Quattro

Series 13 Autumn Playlist: Season Events

The Playlist comes in threes this week, with three multiplayer events alongside three PR Stunts and three Seasonal Championships.

This week’s PR Stunts focus on Speed Zones, as introduced in FH2. Two are part of the temporary PR Stunt locations added to the Horizon Rush Takeover in Series 5, brought back for the current Series.

There’s a European focus too. The River Run zone requires a 100mph pass in an S1 Class (801-900PI) Lamborghini, Green Hills needs a 170mph run in an S2 (901-998PI) Ferrari, and Pyramid of the Moon — the only permanent zone — setting a 130mph target in an S2 (901-998PI) Bugatti.

In each case you’ll take two points and a Super Wheelspin for a successful run.

Each of the Seasonal Championships is a standard three-race series against Highly Skilled AI and worth five points to your season total. You’ll need to top the points table across the three races (starting from 8th each time) to take the win and the bonus prize.

Euro Cross is a Road Racing Series limited to A Class (701-800PI) cars from Italy. Take the win to earn a new song for the Horizon Mixtape channel: the FH2 title track Nocturne, by Keeno.

The Honda Civic Type R event is pretty self-explanatory. You’ll need any Honda Civic Type R in the A Class (701-800PI) performance bracket to take part in the Road Racing Series, and there’s a Honda Hoodie clothing item as a reward.

That leaves Hot Hatch Hustle, a Street Racing Series event for B Class (601-700PI) Hot Hatch vehicles. You’ll win a Peugeot 207 Super 2000, which you’ll need for this week’s The Trial.

Speed Zone: Green Hills

  • Car: S2 Class, Ferrari
  • Location: Cordillera, Green Hills Speed Zone
  • Challenge: 170mph
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Speed Zone: Pyramid of the Moon

  • Car: S2 Class, Bugatti
  • Location: Teotihuacan, Pyramid of the Moon Speed Zone
  • Challenge: 130mph
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Speed Zone: River Run

  • Car: S1 Class, Lamborghini
  • Location: El Estadio Horizon, River Run Speed Zone
  • Challenge: 100mph
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Seasonal Championship: Euro Cross

  • Car: A Class, Italy
  • Location: Guanajuato, Plaza Circuit
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Keeno – Nocturne Song

Seasonal Championship: Honda Civic Type R

  • Car: A Class, Honda Civic Type R
  • Location: Gran Caldera, Volcan Sprint
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Honda Hoodie

Seasonal Championship: Hot Hatch Hustle

  • Car: B Class, Hot Hatch
  • Location: Tierra Prospera, Coast Run
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Peugeot 207 S2000

The Hot Wheels DLC gives an opportunity to earn seven additional points from events in the strange floating island in the sky. These are effectively bonus points, not required for 100% completion of the Playlist, but can substitute for other events; handy when there’s a week like this with additional online multiplayer events.

In keeping with the theme, it’s a Speed Zone for the PR Stunt this week, with the Supersonic Spiral Zone just outside the Nexus. Hit a 160mph average through the Zone with any S2 Class (901-998PI) to take two points and a Super Wheelspin.

The Seasonal Championship is Into The Nexus, also based at the Nexus. It’s a three-race series against Highly Skilled AI, for any S2 Class (901-998PI) French cars, with five points and a Renault Clio Williams available for victory.

Hot Wheels Speed Zone: Supersonic Spiral

  • Car: S2 Class
  • Location: Hot Wheels Park Nexus, Supersonic Spiral Speed Zone
  • Challenge: 160mph
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Hot Wheels Seasonal Championship: Into the Nexus

  • Car: S2 Class, France
  • Location: Hot Wheels Park Nexus, Nexus Speed Circuit
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Renault Clio Williams 1993

It’s a bulging list of three multiplayer events this week, for which you’ll need Xbox Live Gold or to play on a PC to access.

For Horizon Tour you’ll need to either head to the Tour sites at the main Festival or Hot Wheels Park — or enter the event directly from the Playlist. It’s a multiplayer challenge with up to six humans racing up to six AI Drivatars in a three-race series.

Each driver on each team earns 100 points for every opponent they beat, but there are no points available for beating your team-mates — unless you win overall and score the tie-breaking 50 points. That means you’ll need to work together to deny the AI from earning points while allowing your team mates to score.

The twist here is that players must drive from race to race, rather than being teleported across the map. There’s no additional reward for doing so, but you can sit at the finish line doing donuts waiting for your slowcoach team-mates. You’ll earn three points for a team win, but there’s no bonus prize.

Season Playground Games returns this week, in its single-style challenge. You’ll be running three rounds of Team King, a quickfire event that sees some players on each team wearing a crown.

Each team earns time for owning crowns, and the more crowns the more time you earn. That means stealing them from the opponents, by tagging them, and trying to keep yours away from the opposition. After you’ve held a crown for a short time you’ll be slowed down, making the challenge harder.

Complete three rounds — winning isn’t required — using the B Class (601-700PI) Sports Utility Heroes vehicle required, to score three points and an Audi Quattro 1983.

That leaves The Trial, again in “Stock Showdown” format. This event is in the same format as Horizon Tour except you don’t drive between races and the AI are turned all the way up to “Unbeatable”.

You’ll be using a mechanically standard Peugeot 207 Super 2000 (755PI) this week on a three-race Dirt Racing challenge. Win as a team to earn ten points and a Ferrari 458 Italia.

Horizon Tour: Co-op Championships

  • Car: Any
  • Location: Horizon Festival, Horizon Tour
  • Challenge: Complete a Horizon Tour event
  • Reward: 3 points

Seasonal Playground Games: Team King

  • Car: B Class, Sports Utility Heroes
  • Location: El Estadio Horizon
  • Challenge: Complete the event
  • Reward: 3 points, Audi Quattro 1983

The Trial: Stock Showdown Peugeot 207 S2000

  • Car: Peugeot 207 S2000 (no upgrades)
  • Location: San Juan, San Juan Scramble
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 10 points, Ferrari 458 Italia

Series 13 Autumn Playlist: Challenges

There’s another three challenges this week, with another trio of Photo Challenge, Collectibles, and Horizon Open.

You’ll need multiplayer access — Xbox Live Gold, or playing on a PC — for Horizon Open. However you only need to complete Horizon Open Racing Cross Country custom event for the two points and a Dodge Challenge 1970.

The Photo Challenge will feel familiar. For #HorizonAnniversary — the same name as last week — you’ll need to snap the Lamborghini Huracan Spyder Performante (available from the Collectibles challenge below) at the Horizon 2 Festival Site in Colina Aridas. You’ll earn two points and a Europe Cover Car horn.

That Collectibles challenge is also familiar. Smash up ten special Horizon Europe Bonus Boards to complete Ben Green Delivery. These are more basic green boards with the word “Horizon” littering the roadside around the Horizon 2 Festival site, and although named for FH2 host Ben Green don’t sport his face.

Photo Challenge: #HorizonAnniversary

  • Cars: Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 2014
  • Location: Horizon 2 Festival Site, Colinas Aridas
  • Challenge: Photograph the Huracan LP610-4 2014 at the Horizon 2 Festival Site in Colinas Aridas
  • Reward: 2 points, Europe Cover Car Horn

Collectibles: Ben Green Delivery!

  • Cars: Any
  • Location: Any
  • Challenge: Smash 10 Horizon Europe Bonus Boards
  • Reward: 3 points, Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 2014

Horizon Open: Country Roads Take Me Home

  • Cars: Any
  • Location: Horizon Open Cross Country Racing
  • Challenge: Complete a Horizon Open Cross Country Racing Custom Event
  • Reward: 2 points, Dodge Challenger 1970

All three of the month-long challenges remain in place, with the new Story alongside the regular Rivals events.

That Story, Horizon Origins, looks at the history of the FH game series across five chapters — each looking at a different title in the series. Complete all five chapters with three stars apiece to earn 12 points across the Series: three for each season. There’s also the Dodge Viper GTS Anniversary Edition car as a reward.

The Forza EV and Monthly Rivals will still be there if you haven’t yet completed them. Simply post clean lap times at the circuits using the cars provided to you to score four points: one added to each season. You don’t need speed, just cleanliness, so keep it on the gray stuff and away from the walls.

Neither circuit is conducive to that though, with close walls ready to bit you, especially in the Jaguar I-PACE at the Arch of Mulege Circuit in Mulege for Forza EV. The Lookout Circuit for Monthly Rivals is a little kinder, with only two real danger points, and the Anniversary Viper is the car provided.

Horizon Story: Horizon Origins

  • Cars: Provided
  • Location: Valle de las Ranas, Horizon Origins Story
  • Challenge: Earn 15 Stars in the Horizon Story
  • Reward: 12 points (3 added to each season), Dodge Viper GTS Anniversary Edition

Forza EV: Arch of Mulege Circuit

  • Cars: Jaguar I-PACE (provided)
  • Location: Mulege, Arch of Mulege Circuit
  • Challenge: Post a Clean Lap
  • Reward: 4 points (1 added to each season)

Monthly Rivals: Lookout Circuit

  • Cars: Dodge Viper GTS Anniversary Edition (Provided)
  • Location: Horizon Rush Outpost, Lookout Circuit
  • Challenge: Post a Clean Lap
  • Reward: 4 points (1 added to each season)

Series 13 Autumn Forzathon Shop

Two more mid-engined speed machines sit in the Forzathon Shop this week, which remains in the three-item format we saw last week.

It’s one of the fastest cars of all up front this week, with the Bugatti Chiron in pride of place.

Succeeding the world’s fastest car was never going to be easy, but Bugatti boosted the eight-liter, W16 engine to produce 50% more power than the original Veyron, and nearly 300hp more than the record-holding Veyron Super Sport.

That means almost 1,500hp is available, although the roadgoing Chiron was limited — limited — to a 261mph top speed. Although not an outright speed machine itself, more of an extreme grand tourer, it was the basis for the 300mph Super Sport model.

It’s available in the store for 700FP, although it’s also available in the Autoshow for 2.4 million credits.

Sitting alongside it is the mere 220mph Lamborghini Aventador Super Veloce, a variant of the Aventador meant to basically go as fast as the platform can in pretty much any location.

That means a major diet, a hike in power, and plenty of aero wizardry to help the SV set lap records. At 350FP it’s a good deal cheaper than the Chiron, but at 480,000cr in the Autoshow we’d be inclined to spend the money instead.

Store items this week are the Horizon Europe Tee, Paint Spray Horn, and The Robot Emote at 75FP each. The Wheelspin (60FP) and Super Wheelspin (150FP) remain in their usual spots.

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