Forza Horizon 5 Apex, Wilds or Baja choice: Which Horizon Adventure Chapter should you play first?

Choosing between Apex, Wilds, or Baja is one of the first choices you make in Forza Horizon 5.

As part of the story, when you earn enough commendations, you choose which chapter of Horizon Adventure you will play next.

The first is between a set of three areas, each with their own locations and race types that will then be unlocked on the map.

The good news is that whatever you choose, others will be waiting for you when you get enough praise, so it’s a case that sounds more interesting from the start.

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Forza Horizon 5 Apex, Wilds or Baja Choice: Which Horizon Adventure Chapter Should You Play First?

When you earn enough commendations during the first hour or so of the game, you’ll unlock your first Horizon Adventure chapter, with three available: Apex, Wilds, and Baja.

Once you select one of the three, you will complete the respective story mission: Expeditions set in an active volcano, Tulum, or a jungle airport. Once completed, a festival outpost will be located at that point on the map.

From there, a series of races associated with that type of event (road races, dirt races, or cross-country races) will be unlocked throughout the map.

The options, and their respective race types and story missions, are as follows:

Chapter Expedition location Career type unlocked
Apex of the horizon Tulum road racing
wild horizon jungle airport dirt racing
Low Horizon Volcano cross country racing

All three are solid choices, as the story missions given to them are short but interesting, and each has a series of quick optional objectives for easy praise. You can see more about these in the links in the table above.

Our favorite was the active Baja volcano, but since that’s where the game starts, it’s understandable that you might want to opt for something different. If you’re looking for a challenge with secondary objectives, then Wilds’ Jungle Airport boxes stumped us.

Welcome to the festival! Check out our list of Hot Wheels cars, Hammer Mountain location, and how to complete the Park Tour challenge pages if you’re enjoying the Hot Wheels DLC. If you’re looking for new vehicles, we’ve got locations to find barns and a list of the best cars in Forza Horizon 5. If you’re just getting started, we can help you early pick Apex, Wilds, or Baja, with Jungle, Volcano, and Tulum coverage, plus how to change the seasons.

In which case, you should know what types of races are unlocked and you might want to play first. After all, the more you enjoy the game’s opening hours, the more likely you are to keep playing.

Another minor consideration is that these three Expeditions will unlock a specific Barn Find location. These are as follows, so if you want to get one of these ASAP, consider that quest first:

  • Jaguar Sport XJR-15 (Wild)
  • GMC Jimmy (Apex)
  • Ford Escort Racing (Low)

Again, ultimately the choice doesn’t set you on a particular path – these three missions can be unlocked later when you have enough commendations, so it’s a case of attention.

Finally, an additional note: once you’ve chosen your first adventure in Horizon, the seasons will activate.

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