Well I gave this game a try and went at it with an open mind but wow what a flop... No free roaming at all!! and if you can't drift get off the road because this is all you do in the game.... Not very happy...
I definitely should have read more reviews before renting this game. If you like drifting, you might like this game although the drift races are pretty difficult (even with an overpowered rear-drive vehicle). The game physics, while not completely in left field, really aren't all that great. And why is it that these games insist on making nitrous act like a rocket booster? I also couldn't believe how poorly a well-prepped AWD handled.
In the end, it was the drifting that made me send it back in less than a week.
I played the demo on the PS3 and was suprised that there was no sixaxis control. I just don't understand the logic. This is the next generation and they're using last generation controls. After playing motorstorm I can't see myself getting into any racing game that requires me to steer a car with a stick.