Technological World for November 10, games: Forza Horizon 5 amazes, here comes Netflix Games, Call of Duty Vanguard's great story, Metal Gear games disppear

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Forza Horizon 5 makes you feel as though you’re driving fast cars through beautiful landscapes, Netflix subscribers now have access to games, Call of Duty: Vanguard is now available, two Metal Gear Games have been delisted.

Racing across Mexico is a blast with Forza Horizon 5

Playground Games has set a new standard for car racing games with Forza Horizon 5. The Xbox Game Studio, which has led development on the arcade racing series that is exclusive to Microsoft’s consoles since its inception in 2021, delivers beauty and exhilaration in equal measure.

The Forza Horizon series differs from Forza Motorsport in that the latter is more of a true racing simulation, while Horizon is about the sensation of fast without the consequences of failure.

Horizon 5 is set in a representation of Mexico, which provides incredibly diverse landscapes that are rendered with photo-realistic precision. On my 4K, HDR-enabled screen this game looks outstanding.

From deserts to jungles to urban environments, you’ll have the chance to take your favourite vehicles wherever you want on the vast map available to you.

While this is an open world experience – you can drive for days just looking out the virtual window – there are missions and activities that you can opt into that will guide you through learning the game so you can take full advantage of the collecting and vehicle customizing that is central for so many fans.

Another key feature is racing against friends, and here’s where the launch of Forza Horizon hit some bumps in the road, with many players reporting that they were unable to connect to friends or getting disconnected from game servers in the middle of events.

At least some of those issues have been addressed in the past few days, and Microsoft teams report continuing work to improve things.

It’s worth noting that the character creator allows you to set preferred pronouns and also includes prosthetic limbs.

Forza Horizon 5 is available now for Windows 10, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S. Rated everyone.

Netflix’s games division has launched for mobile devices

Your Netflix subscription now gives you access to video games on your smartphone or tablet.

Mike Verdu, who was hired to lead the game division for the media company, made the announcement in a post to the Netflix blog.

There’s a short list of games right now, but it includes three physics based games from B.C. developer Frosty Pop (Up), Shooting Hoops, and the Netflix exclusive Bowling Ballers.

Also part of Netflix Games are Stranger Things and Stranger Things 3, two games built in the style of the 16-bit games of the era in which the show is set.

You can access the games that Netflix has licensed through the Netflix app on your device. They appear in the list of titles in a dedicated “All mobile games” row. Clicking through opens up either the App Store or the Google Play store where you can download the games.

Your progress and save data are saved to your Netflix profile, so you can play across devices, and these are ad-free and without in-app purchases.

Call of Duty: Vanguard is the latest edition of the popular first-person shooter

The latest Call of Duty game is called Vanguard and it’s available to play now.

While the online multiplayer features are what most diehard fans are here for – there’s a host of people who only play Call of Duty games – the single-player campaign is the most compelling in years.

It is a fiction about the creation of a special forces unit during the Second World War that consists of heroic soldiers – including a female from the USSR inspired by a real-life Soviet sniper – from different Allied powers and different theatres.

Call of Duty: Vanguard is available now for PS4, PS5, Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S. Rated mature.

Konami has removed a few Metal Gear games from digital storefronts

Game publisher Konami revealed earlier this week that it had pulled Metal Gear Solid 2 and Metal Gear Solid 3 from digital storefronts.

The two games include archival newsreel footage and the licensing agreements for the use of that footage expired. Konami expects to make the games available again once new licensing has been negotiated.


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