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.