Just try it, regardless. It's a fantastic game that I cannot praise enough. The action is intensely paced, the visual effects are stunning and fantastic, and the soundtrack fits the gameplay wonderfully.
My personal favorite mode is playing online, racing and chasing, in which one team races to the finish line, and one team tries to take the racers out.
The crashes play out spectacularly, and you are rewarded for risky and aggressive driving, making for an intense and fast-paced game that you won't want to put down. If the next versions are even close to this good, with online play included, there's no reason why you shouldn't pick them up.
This game is awesome mainly bc i love destroying nice cars in videogames and this is one of the best games for it. The races can also be very difficult as u get later into the game and the soundtrack is very good bc my favorite song is lazy generation. So for anybody who likes racing games or just crashing cars in general; safely; then you can play this game and be entertained for hours upon hours.