This game is so smooth. From the opening scene and music this game just grabs you and pulls you in. It keeps you very active as you move through the races and the cars are still just unbelievable! But this is always a gimmie with this game. What we really want to see is if they can keep with the way the game handles. They can! Every car delivers different power and control. Then as you upgrade and adjust your cars they react differently per your changes. It just feels like a real experience. Great game overall. What I love about the game is the search and find for particular vehicles to participate in certain races. Just a great game!
OK, first off...I owned this game when it first came out and was so disappointed I traded it in after 2 days. I decided to try it again to see if any of the issues I had were solved with patches/updates, so I added it to my Q.
That said, I couldn't even play the game. I sat and watched as TWENTY updates downloaded and installed...over an hour total. Then, the game loaded and asked if I wanted to install the commonly used data to the PS3 to make load times faster and such. Selected yes to the EIGHT GB install, and left for dinner. Came back 3 hours later and it was approximately 10% done. HDD light was inactive, and the circle button (for "cancel") did nothing. I quit the game (so the PS3 and controller were working fine, just not the game), uninstalled the data and tried again. 3 hours later, same thing...hour to download and install the patches/updates, then 2 hours of "install" time, where the bar never got beyond 10%.
SO, I have no clue if the game got any better in the last couple of years...I'm saying it's terrible now, considering I wasted 6 hours trying to get to the main menu.