Well what makes me come back to this game time and again? Interesting story... no, great driving physics...no, interesting characters.. dont let me start on that, voice acting?.. you could say that if you were entertained by the repeating announcement that apparently the Wilder brother are squabbling with Stewart again (who-tf is Stewart I can only guess).
However this game has something. You have you car and the freedom to travel around two islands full of nice sights and sunny vistas. You can drive for hours, buy cars, houses or just explore at your leasure. You can challenge other people whos worlds seamlesly intersect with yours like in Dark Souls. Or you can explore the world without invisible bounds around the roads, a bit like Skyrim in Cars. But even if you stop, the environment doesn't look as generic as for example in Need for Speed or Driver series, so you are really motivated to visit new places.
The graphics are great, there is a weather and day/night cycle. The views you get out of some of your Flats/Houses are amasing. The challenges a varied and exciting. There are also a pair of races around the Island, that can take nearly a real-world hour to complete. I mean if I think about it a bit more, this game is the opposite of what I really don't like about other racing games whith dumb driving on the same track over and over again with an extreme example being american Nascar where you just drive in a circle.
Sure the characters look like dorks and sound even worse, but then you see the attention do detail the developers put into the game and it's amazing. Just try to explore the starting location. You will not see it any more after the first minute or so in-game but the effort put into it speaks for itself. If you take your time and look around at the nicely textured babes, whose breast actually bounce around a bit (in a racing game!), the bar with actually some bottles stuffed behind the counter, then you really get into this holiday Ibiza mood. Did I mention I really appreciate that detail? There are also many cars each with detailed interior, which you can admire.
This game however is not without its (many) problems, to name a few:
- the characters are just plain silly and the story even more so
- you have to set the controls just so, or the driving experience will be awfull
- the driving physics could be much better (I miss dirt 2)
- there are no pedestrians (to drive over :) ) anywhere!
- the developer is not in business any more
Well thats my 2c, you can get this game really cheap for less tha $10 on steamtrades, so if you just like to drive around, explore and do an occasional race, this is a game for you!
P.S. The Characters in this game are ridiculous and remind me of mega shark vs giant octopus movie. They either creep you out, like the same guy you pick at 2 am in car who is "late for his meeting" or make you laugh hystericly because their dialogs dont correspond with the situation at hand.
Also I think this game in not effectively playable with a keyboard. There are some challenges, you have to complete for a Driving License with a ridiculously volatile car named Dodge Viper, where accelerating a bit too much or steering to far will make it spin uncontrollably.