Even presentational elements, usually the strong point of games where you only have to tap buttons, fail to impress. For one, the game's incredibly fond of the ice-break screen wipe. Secondly, events in which you're allowed to fastforward the action don't also speed up the crowd and other onlookers. At times, it's like the developer didn't care. Coincidentally enough, this is how you will feel. Although 49 Games has included campaign and career modes in order to prolong interest, trying to do maths while hurtling down the side of a mountain isn't really that fun.
Well, it is in OutRun, naturally. If pain like that doesn't appeal, just do yourself a favour and pick up Beijing 2008 instead – at least that features online play, allowing you and a few friends to pick over its faults. Here there is quite literally no escape from the fact that you've wasted £30 on disappointment encapsulated in intricately moulded plastic.