When this game came out I had such high expectations for it. I read about it a little bit online and it had pretty good reviews. Normally, I love these types of games. Some of my favorite racing games are NFS Underground 2, DiRT 2 and Test Drive: Eve of Destruction. This game was nothing like those.
There are many things to like about this game, but there is also many things to dislike.
First, the menu UI is extremely streamlined and still very creative. Giving you an extremely good first impression. Settings are easy to find, scrolling through menus is easy and organization makes a lot of sense. This is where the good things end.
The game play has the feel of something from the Nintendo Game Cube. Graphics are very high quality, but the colors are quite "cartoonie" making it a little displeasing to the eyes.
Car control is clumsy, jerky, hard to predict. Usually I can get the feel of a racing game pretty quickly, but this game requires precise steering if you want to avoid being hung up on track trash, the wall or another car.
It's very easy to get spun out which can quickly take the fun out of a game. In most great racing games, there's close calls, hits, bumps, side swiping, back ends out and you use skill to stay in the lead. Not here. If you touch another car you spin out. Very annoying.
If you touch the wall, you can't get off and will quickly run into something. Another car, track trash, or the wall will have an out cropping to stop you in your tracks. Just when you get into reverse, another car pins you in your place. Very annoying.
Track trash is every where. Lots and lots of walls of tires and cones placed right in the middle of the track. Why? I don't know but it's very annoying
Car physics are far from realistic even when you're driving well and hold a good position.
Overall, I don't enjoy this game because everything about it just felt sub-par and it just feels like I've played it before. Oh yea, I have. It was called Cruisin'
I rented this game, because everything I wanted, was very low availability. I played this game with iffy expectations, and that's what was delivered. An iffy game. I enjoyed the game, but there just wasn't a draw to keep playing, and I just didn't really care about anything about the game. The driving mechanics were very arcade like. (As they should be) The modes were repetitive. The announcing was VERY repetitive. The entire game was just plain normal. If you want a game where you will destroy other cars in a very normal way. With normal announcing, driving, and adrenaline, then this is for you.