[WEEKEND GAMING] Racing Around Mexico, Twin-Stick Witches, and Puzzle Solving Guns!

Hello, my name is Bradley and I’m addicted to Forza Horizon 5.

Seriously, though. Forza Horizon 5 is the most beautiful game I’ve ever seen, the first I’ve played personally that really feels like “current-gen,” and I’ve played 15 hours in three days. I love it.

My license plate is pretty on-brand too, I think.

Mexico is a gorgeous setting, there’s quite a bit of landscape variety, and although the loop of “street race, ramp off tall shit, do stunts” does get a bit repetitive after longer sessions, the community creations have been fun distractions. I’m also driving around in an expensive Lamborghini with a scantly clad anime lady paint job just so it appears in other players’ games. Oh, and my horn sound is the Halo theme. I’m living the good life.

I don’t see this leaving my Series X anytime soon and I’m strongly considering the $45 upgrade path through Game Pass to unlock future DLC and car packs. Horizon DLC is usually great, especially the Hot Wheels stuff, and I’m sure this will be no different.

I’ve been playing on Series X in performance mode, which hits 4K 60fps, rather than quality mode which adds raytracing and whatnot at 30fps. The motion blurring is so well done in 30fps that it’s pretty easy to forget it isn’t 60 after a while. Personally, though, I just love the fluidity of 60fps and Forza Horizon 5 still looks absolutely jaw-dropping in 4K.

On a side note, I finally found the last Halo Infinite promotional Rockstar can I needed to complete the set!

I have two games on deck for reviews: Trigger Witch and The Faraday Protocol. This will be my main goal this weekend if I can pry myself away from Forza.

Trigger Witch is a cute-looking pixely game about a witch who uses guns instead of magic. It’s surprisingly bloody, feels great to play, and I’m looking forward to wrapping it up and writing about it here in the next couple of days.

The Faraday Protocol is a first-person puzzle game that’s heavily rooted in science fiction. You have a gun that lets you move energy around to different points in order to move objects, open doors, and generally process through it. It’s supposedly pretty short, so with any luck, I’ll have both of these games finished and reviewed by next Friday’s weekend wrap-up.

I also have the Castlevania Anniversary Collection installed because I’m always in the mood to play Bloodlines. I really wish Konami would port the Symphony of the Night + Rondo of Blood combo to Xbox already.

What about you, folks? What are we playing this weekend?

3 thoughts on “[WEEKEND GAMING] Racing Around Mexico, Twin-Stick Witches, and Puzzle Solving Guns!

  1. I’ve been doing November Writing Month so my gaming has been sadly lacking! I’m hoping to pick up Voice of Cards very soon and I asked for Tales of Arise for Christmas. I also need to get back into Tales of Berseria. Part of me is hoping it’ll get a release on the Switch soon (they have Vesperia come on with the rest!) but if not I’ll just stop being a lazy ass and play it on my PS4.


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