The first thing I noticed was that it called me "man," and I wonder if it's designed to call you somthething else if your gamer profile specifies you as a woman. Sexist?
The controls were awful, nearly impossible to even keep it on the road; then, when you do go off the road, the screen just turns white and the game puts you back on the road. That is, however, unless you're stuck 30 feet off the road in a thicket of trees and bushes, at which point you just have to drive back and forth, blindly, until you make your way out of the thicket. Then, and only then, does the screen finally turn white and put you back on the road.
I was disappointed that I was unable to wreck with sufficient cinematography. I found the crashes to be boring and lackluster.
Small trees were stone walls, or at least treated like them by this game. Usually small trees would at least bend, if not be completely run over by an offroad vehicle. Even dirt burms, on the side of the road, might as well have been stone walls. There was little realism, no true sense that you were actually driving in dirt. It seemed more like pavement with buildings around than a dirt track, and the little graphics representing dirt being kicked up were lame.
Another thing we didn't like is how it forced you to view all of your stats each time a race loaded, which seemed to take a long time, even for a track that you had just raced on.
A few more things...even on the very easy settings, it was nearly impossible to keep the car on the road, and forget about nailing the gas pedal, you rarely get to do it without disasterous results. We often found ourselves having to drive at 20-30 mph to even stay on the road at all. We admit that we're not the best at this game, but come on.
This is the worst game in history to me. I have never played a game so poor that I actually bought the game and in 3 hours, I actually called the game store, From which I purchased it and wanted to return it. The online play is terrible you cannot talk to people during online gameplay. You can only click on a sentence from which the game allows you to click....such as "Good racing" or "I am the best" etc etc....The graphics are pretty good but the actual gameplay from what I have seen in other games doesn't even come close to a Great online experience.
This was one of the worst games i've ever played...and the worst one in a very long time for sure. The graphics looked good and the idea was great, but the game play was boring at best and there wasn't much to do. Their idea of customization was to change the stickers on the vehicle. I played the game for all of twenty minutes and i put it right back in the mailbox. I would not recommend this game to anyone. I rated it a very low 1.