To start the game, you pick from Quick Race, Story Mode, Compete Online or WiFi Multi player. Quick Race offers seven different type of racing-Road Race, Drift Race, Drag Race, GPS Race, Tunnel Run, Pursuit, and Evade-which also appear in Story Mode. Each option is distinctive. In Drag Race, for example, you have to shift gears at the right time by tapping the tachometer and using nitrous boosts to defeat your opponent. (The steering is automatic.) In Pursuit, your objective is to chase down and destroy target cars by smashing into them or ramming them into walls. In GPS Race you have to make it through checkpoints before time runs out. All these different modes of play are sure to keep you coming back to the game without getting bored.
Story Mode, provides nine levels consisting of events or tasks you must complete before you can move on to the next challenge. Fueling your desire to be successful at these tasks is the fact that the pink slip for the car you choose to use is on the line. In other words, lose the race, and lose your wheels. A victory means you add your foe's car to your garage.