If you are looking for the next Forza, this is not the game. Now that that is out of the way, this is a very fun and addictive game. The focus of the game is free roaming. You could spen HOURS simply driving the island and exploring the roads. The graphics and textures are nice, but not the best. Considering the scope of the island and the speed of the framerates, there is very little pop in. Cars look nice although not as pretty as PGR. There are all the primary manufacturers represented and most offer multiple models.
The actual racing aspect is decent, but not great. The physics are drastically improved from the demo, so please don't let that be a decider. The cars all handle differently so choosing the right car is important. There are also "missions" that you can do if racing in a group is not your thing. Hitch Hikers to transport, packages to deliver and cars to drop off.
The achievement progressions is rather rapid for the first 500 or so points, so if you are a point monger, it is a good one to go with.
All in all, if you like cars and want a fun, not too serious game to play, this is a good one to get.
I just finished getting all the way around the island, averaging about 105mph and it took me nearly 2 hours. I put 150 miles or so on my car going around the island! These are real miles too. I love the size of ths game and the details are amazing. The graphics on this game arent quite top notch but i realize that with a game this size, graphics come after content. The game does still look good though. Great cars too! A must buy game! especially at $39.99!
Stop looking for the street mod type games, because this is all you need. Real car colors, real interiors with upgrade options, real rim choices, not some made up cheesy looking rims. The whole ISLAND! You can race around the entire island which is the size of....1000 Vice City's. No loading during racing, beautiful visuals, close ups on cars, great online! You can just race around, look for people, and highbeam them to get them to race you. Wait in your favorite area until someone passes by and then follow them for a race, have meetings in parking lots with your friends to set up races, make up games, whatever you want to do with a car you can do in this game. SUPER HIGH REPLAY VALUE! And great cars!