Game is good but i don't recommend it for a few reasons unless it's on sale or you can get it from a trader:
_ "Racenet" If you want to do the global challenges or fully enjoy the multiplayer experience you need to have an account, like the rival thing. I thought your Steam friends are your rivals but no no, only racenets friends are your rivals.
_ DLC you have not many cars unless you buy the dlc, also some circuits are only available after you buy overpriced DLC (5$, 6$, 10$)
_ Your car is made of ♥♥♥♥ing polysteren when your opponents car are made of titanium. Ram them while taking a turn you fly away, stick behind them but keep accelerating you'll go at their speed and they wont even flinch. If they ram you during a turn you can be sure you'll loose control of your vehicle. If they're behind you pushing and you try to slow down or break you'll loose control, if you keep at your pace the back of your car will go sideways until you loose control. Driving a muscle car and getting hit by a roadster still makes you fly + damage your vehicle.
_ Drift cars, the worst thing in this game and there's plenty of race to do with these. The cars keep oversteering.
_ Pinball effect, if you hit a wall you'll bounce on the ramp on the other side of the road.
_ Sometimes if you're against the wall and hit a cone your car will explode.
_ Opponents are driving at your speed, if you're slow they'll be slow. If you're ahead of them they'll catch up with you no matter how perfect you're racing.
_ Except for you there's never any crash, if you're causing a pile up you'll be the only one ending up off road. The opponents will follow their racing lanes no matter what's happening ahead.
I think that pretty much sums up why i can't recommend this game, maybe these seem like small things but when every races you're the only one loosing control (and not just a little) once there's frictions between you and your opponent that you have to restart or go back in time every time it gets irritating.
About the good things of this game?
_ Graphics are pretty neat
_ Different kind of events (Touge, Race, Time Attack, Drifts, Endurance, Takeover etc)
_ Car customisation
_ Decent career mode.