NOTE : My play time on this game is around 100hours, but i play offline, which steam does not count, hence the low 'time playing'.
I will recommend this game, HOWEVER:
There are several things very much worth taking into account if you do want to buy it.
1. The co-driver is terrible. Is often quite inconsistent with the labelling (i.e a left 3 can be several different angles and speeds even though all of them are in the same stage)
He will mention stuff thats irrelevant, one corner saying 'past trees' whe the tree in question is on top of an 8 foot wall, which you should also avoid but is NOT mentioned.
He NEVER says anything about camber which is a little odd, he will call jumps bumps, bumps jumps and jumps as crests, with no real consistency between any of the three, and will often not mention bumps and crests that can end up with race destroying crashes.
He appears to have very little idea what opens or tightens means, and will say them when not needed, and not say when he really really should have done.
Rolling the car on corners that should be 'Don't cut' is quite common place, and i'm pretty sure (i've checked it twice) there is a Hairpin labelled left when its right.
This can get insanely annoying after a while, when it is well known good rallying is all about good pace notes.
Basically he is quite inconsistent, and you will find youself simply learning the courses by doing them, and having your own pace notes in your head for the ones he doesn't mention.
There are no also no options for altering him other than timing and volume.
2.The number of tracks mentioned is somewhat of a false hood, there seems to be around 3 stages for each country, that get 'combined together' into different tracks, (so the first half of one track is the last part, ot the middlle of another), and just having the reverse stage as another track (so driving the same course backwards). While the 'weather' changes, it is just a difference of colour, not sunny to raining, just midday to evening and only seems to affect lighting comditions.
3. Someone else has said this aswell, this is a hairpin fest like no other, I beleive there are 2 maybe 3 courses. where the car gets to really high speeds, aside from those you will never see 5 or 6th gear. Every single course has a bucket of hairpins, and very few fast sections even in Germany, Finland, Australia and Sweden, which are kind of renowned for being very high speed events.
Aside from these points the game handles quite alot better than other WRC games, the car physics are very good and you can feel the road and behaviour of the car quite nicely.
Basically this game plays quite nicley but has some not major but very irritating flaws.