This is my first review on this system. I will give it a rating out of 10 on graphics, sound, gameplay, control, and replay value (which are cool features) and tally of the score out of 50.
Graphics: 8.5 - great graphics, details on cars is outstanding, the surrounding enviroment such as buildings and trees, are also well done. The accident damage details are also top notch, and the illusion of speed is well portrayed.
Sound: 9 - The basic sound track that comes with the game is typical rock and pop with a slight edge as well as some old metal tracks, and I love it! The sound effects are also well done, you can hear almost every ping, and crack of the glass when your card hits another car, the voices are also clear and well done.
Gameplay: 8.5 - I love the open city concept, very well done. But where are all the people? I see the cars driving around, but no body is walking. It seems a little weird after awhile, but easy to get over and a minor flaw. The game modes are great fun, and online is even better and very easy to use. Ever intersection can be a new race, and when you gain a new licence, you can re-race your old wins again, and they count towards the new licence. Instant replays and slow motion shots add to the complete package of this game.
Controls: 8 - Good controls over all, I had a bit of a problem trying to get the car to "spin" pitch and yaw off of jumps etc. Also at speed, the game can be a bit blurry and hard to see upcoming turns when competing in the races.
Replay: 8 - lots of replay here, a good game to pick up quick and have some nonsense balls out racing. the online mode really keeps things going once you have explored the city and completed all the challenges, so there will always be plenty to do, however, I can see the game becoming boring for those who want a lot of challenge and change in their games.
Total: 42/50 = 84% Overall a Good game. A must buy for any race fan, or for someone who loves to crash cars.