Is the Forza Horizon 5 Treasure Map DLC worth it?

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Best answer: No, the Forza Horizon 5 Treasure Map DLC will not be worth it for many players, despite its affordable price tag. While completionists who want to track down every last secret in FH5 can benefit from the Treasure Map, most players will be served well by how the game naturally reveals the Bonus Boards and Barn Finds. For more concrete benefits at a similar price, the FH5 Welcome Pack is a solid DLC for new and returning Forza Horizon players.

Only for some

When Forza Horizon 5 arrives, it will be overflowing with a nearly endless stream of content for players to engage with, and secrets to find. Beyond races and events, online multiplayer, and much more, a large part of FH5 is exploring the Forza Horizon 5 map. Players can track down and smash every single Bonus Board, for example, which are wooden signs that grant XP bonuses and Fast Travel discounts when broken.

Forza Horizon 5’s Barn Finds also give players plenty to do when trying to expand their collection of Forza Horizon 5 cars, with hidden barns scattered all over the map (and different ways of unlocking them). Playground Games wants to give players a shortcut to skip some of the grunt work with the Forza Horizon 5 Treasure Map, the most affordable DLC add-on for the upcoming open-world racer. The Treasure Map immediately provides all the locations for every Bonus Board and Barn Find (assuming you’ve unlocked them) in the game, making it far easier to find them all.

For the vast majority of Forza Horizon 5 players, however, the Treasure Map DLC probably won’t be worth it. FH5 does a great job surfacing Bonus Boards as you get near them anyways, and exploring a small section of the map in search of a rare car is part of the charm of a Barn Find. Despite its incredibly low price, the players who will benefit the most from the Treasure Map DLC are completionists who desire to hunt down absolutely every Bonus Board and Barn Find, and want to eliminate as much hassle as possible.

It’s also worth mentioning that the Forza Horizon 5 Treasure Map is the only DLC add-on that isn’t included in the Forza Horizon 5 Premium Add-Ons Bundle, a comprehensive package that features a huge amount of additional content and bonuses for FH5 players. Also, if you’re looking for a similarly affordable DLC that adds to your Forza Horizon 5 experience, consider instead the Welcome Pack, which provides more tangible perks that benefit any player.

What’s included

Here’s everything you need to know about the Forza Horizon 5 Treasure Map, and what’s included:

  • Included: The Forza Horizon 5 Treasure Map reveals all the locations for XP and Fast Travel Bonus Boards in FH5, as well as the precise locations of all Barn Finds (as they’re unlocked and discovered).
  • Available: The Forza Horizon 5 Treasure Map is only available as a standalone purchase.
  • Not included: The Forza Horizon 5 Treasure Map does not include any other DLC, like the Car Pass, Expansions Bundle, VIP Membership, or Welcome Pack. For every FH5 DLC except the Treasure Map, you’ll want the Forza Horizon 5 Premium Add-Ons Bundle.

In our Forza Horizon 5 preview, we saw that FH5 is almost guaranteed to be one of the best Xbox racing games. Forza Horizon 5 officially releases on Nov. 9, 2021 (Nov. 5 with early access), and is now available to preorder.

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