Having now trawled through our Gamescom coverage on The Crew, WRC 4 and F1 2013 where we've been bringing you a barrage of hands-on gameplay videos , we arrive at what is arguably this year's most hotly-anticipated racing game, principally because it's one of the forerunners in the race for the next generation consoles: Forza Motorsport 5.
In our first gameplay video, Alan eases himself in gently with a one lap race around Laguna Seca in a Ford Focus ST whilst soaking in Forza 5's dazzling next generation graphics and advanced driving physics.
Unsurprisingly, first impressions seem to be favourable. Visually, Forza Motorsport 5 is a monumental step above anything else in the genre with its crisp 1080p graphics and silky smooth 60 fps frame rate, not to mention the stunning lighting effects, which is effectively showcased when the shining sunlight blinds us momentarily.
Car interiors finally look authentic, too, thanks to the added glass effects that realistically replicate the interior windscreen reflections – a flourish that's been sorely absent in current gen driving games, making this by far and away the best cockpit camera to date.
Also notable is the improved audio, which Alan reckons is among the best he's heard in any racing game. Sadly, we weren't granted access to direct feed audio, so we can't demonstrate it. If you're feeling infantile, you can always improvise and add your own verbal "vroooom" sounds.
But what about the physics, I hear you ask? With the assists on, it's hard to gain a full representation of Forza 5's handling chracteristics. Which is why our upcoming videos will delve into that very topic, with a hands-on video where Alan bravely drives a little known super-fast supercar called the McLaren P1 and a detailed discussion with Creative Director Dan Greenhart about Forza 5's underlying driving mechanics. Don't say we don't spoil you.