Games cost a lot these days, especially if you’re springing for the Premium or Deluxe editions. Here is everything you need to know to make an informed purchase regarding Forza Horizon 5.
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In the current era of games and gaming, a new title launching with multiple versions on release is very much the norm. As such, it is not at all surprising that one of the most hotly anticipated racing games, Forza Horizon 5, has a few different editions to choose from. In this article, we will break down exactly what you can expect from each edition, as well as the prices you’ll have to pay for them. And remember: be careful with your money! Always make sure you aren’t paying extra for things you don’t really want or need.
First up is, of course, the standard edition of Forza Horizon 5. This is essentially just the base game and nothing else. Players who end up with this edition will be able to pre-install the game so that they can dive straight in on 9 November when the full release occurs. Of course, if someone who bought this edition wanted to pick up DLC and expansions later on, they would be able to do so without issue. Chances are, though, that it will work out at a higher cost than simply spending extra for one of the Deluxe or Premium editions.
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That being said, there will be many players for whom Forza will be a casual hobby, a game to pick up and play from time to time, and that’s fine! Don’t get sucked into thinking about ‘value for money’ if you’re never going to notice or use some of the ‘value’ that will come from the other editions. Speaking of money, the standard edition will launch at £54.99/€69.99/$59.99 – big games don’t come cheap these days!
One step up from the Standard Edition comes the Deluxe package. All-in-all, the Deluxe Edition doesn’t offer much more than the Standard Edition aside from a fair few extra cars to play with. Of the 42 total cars that the Deluxe Edition will bring through the Car Pass, only 8 will be available right out of the gate. These 8 will comprise the Formula Drift Car Pack. After that, there will be one new car dropping every week for the next 34 weeks: a strategy no doubt designed to retain players’ interest over a long time by rationing their goodies.
As for the price, the Deluxe Edition will set players back £69.99/€89.99/$79.99. If 42 extra cars strung out over a rather long period of time sounds like it’s worth the extra £15 to you then this might be the edition for you. However, for a relatively steep price hike it doesn’t seem like a whole lot of payoff, especially given that the overall car roster already sits at over 400.
Finally, there is the Premium Edition, the one that costs the really big bucks. Specifically: £84.99/€99.99/$99.99. However, there is a fair amount of extra content which comes with the hefty price tag. First and foremost, purchasing the Premium Edition will grant access to the game four days earlier than the final release date, meaning that Premium players will gain access on 5 November. On top of this, and all of the other content available in the base game and the Deluxe Edition, the Premium Edition also contains the Welcome Pack, the VIP Membership, and the first two expansions which will be announced and released in the future.
But what comes with these packs and memberships? The Welcome Pack, which will be purchasable as a standalone DLC, features quite a few miscellaneous goodies: five pre-tuned cars, one player house, a voucher for any one car from the autoshow and three vouchers for common or rare clothing.
As for the VIP Membership, it includes three Forza Edition cars, a player house, the ability to gain twice as much credit from races, extra Super Wheelspins each week, and a variety of smaller bonuses and perks. As with the Welcome Pack, the VIP Membership will be available in standalone form as well.
With all this, and then the first two expansions as well, there isn’t much reason to choose the Deluxe Edition over the Premium Edition, especially when the price jump is only £15. However, just because it is mathematically a better deal, doesn’t mean it’s actually cheaper. At the end of the day, the Premium Edition will take more money out of your pocket. If you need that money for something else, then the Premium Edition isn’t the one for you.
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