I had high expectations for this game.
A notorious series for it's fun, unrealistic racing games moving into more simulated racing experience? It sounds like it could have potential to me, but then I bought it and I, a fan of racing games of this genre, hated it.
Don't get me wrong, the graphics are top-notch and the scenario of the game is also brilliant; something that many games of the same genre lack and need overall in my opinion, but the game itself - physically - irritated me.
There is an imput lag within the hame, and whilst it is only small, overall, it affects a racing game moreso than most. The time that it took for the responses to take action ruined the whole experience, as I was unable to make corners in time or brake at the exact right distance from the corner, whereas in other games it would have been alright. A higher powered PC than mine might be able to handle it, however, the problem seems to affect a large amount of the audience that play the game.
The physics also annoy me. They are so light, it is almost like someone has attatched a group of helium baloons to the cars as so they float. This would be okay, I guess if not for the juiced-up, ROID RAGING, AI drivers, of whose sole purpose is to shove you off the track. Some may see this a being "Fun" and "Well Programmed", however, I can see that the opposite cars are meant to follow a ceirtain track and do not adjust that as so to avoid you down straights and corners, making them hit you if you go inside of the corner fairly - I'm not talking about rusing into the corner as so the others hit you, but coming into the corner in line with another racer, of whom shoves you out of line for no absolute reason other than for them trying to follow a direct path through the corner, of which is interrupted. Bad coding is the reason for this, I would presume.
Finally, the last thing that annoys me is the modes. They would be fine in any other game, but in this game speciffically, they do not work. Drifting is the equivalent of spinning out until a path is found, of which you repeat for a while before the game notices and gives you an amount of points equivalent to a small amount of drift, as the mechanics of picking up on drifts are basically broken beyond belief. The races, coupled with bad AI and physics are unbearible and the drag events... well, they were ok, actually, you dont turn, just drive in a straight line. If only there were more than three of them.
Overall, this game is bad in my opinion, but strangely infatuating to return to, even though you know you will have a bad time. Why I have been on it for 17.5 hours is beyond me. I would not get this If I were looking for a racing game at all. I would instead resort to the internet looking for sim racers. I found a good Free to Play one recently called SimRaceWay, of which is worth a look, it is much better than this game to many a regard.