Microsoft have never released a bad Forza game, and Forza 5 is no exception. As a title, it's as casual or hardcore as you want it to be, with the various driving assists that you can use making it suitable for both beginners and experienced racing-sim fans. The car models are breathtaking, sporting a level of detail not seen before on consoles. The tracks are gorgeous to look, and many are faithful recreations of their real world counterparts.
NZ and Aussie racing fans will be pleased with the inclusion of Bathurst/Mt Panorana, along with Ford/Holden V8 supercars, and whilst they are brilliant, it's still a really fun track to race on regardless of your choice of car. Features like customising your car with an intricate paint job are back, along with the 'active racing line' pioneered by the very first Forza game (which shows you the best line to take on the track, and actively indicates whether you should be braking, accelerating or just coasting).
One of Forza 5's most touted features, the Drivatar, is truly next-generation; it analyses your driving style, and then uploads an approximation of you to the cloud. So when you do single-player racing, your opponents will be your friends' Drivatars, and utilise all of the same driving styles that they do. The more you/they race, the more accurate the Drivatar becomes. So friends who have a tendency to brake early when coming into a corner will do that in any offline single-player races you do.
And any friends who have a penchant for smashing you off the track on the first corner of the race will do that too, but as you and your friends get better at racing, so does your Drivatar. It's better than any computer-controlled opponents you've raced against in other racing games, and adds an element of unpredictability that makes for some exciting, nail-biting racing.
Multiplayer is super-fun, with up to 16 cars on the track at any one time. 16 cars all hooning into the first corner of Mt Panorana is total chaos; total chaos, but also awesome - there are many laughs to be had playing the multiplayer in Forza 5.
All in all, Forza 5 is a must for any racing fan, and brings to the table an innovative new racing aspect with the Drivatar feature.