i really wanted to write a review about this much earlier... but i got so hooked on this game that i have to do that now.
first of all, i read many of the reviews before i finally bought this game, many people complained about that its too unrealistic.
well, its in fact not a racing simulator, nor a driving simulator, and its hard for me to find a correct description for it.
the car handling is a bit like at "grand theft auto", or the older "need for speed" games.
just imagine two giant gaming worlds, filled with streets, offroad tracks and a beautiful landscape, detailed cities and viliages, where you can drive 100% freely, without any pressure.
all original licensed cars and motorbikes, , no fantasy vehicles!
you can go to different driving schools, learn to handle normal street cars, supersport cars, offroad cars or oldtimers, step by step, afterwards you can participate in races in those vehicle classes.
you can provoke the police for car chases.
if youre not a fan of this, doesnt matter, you can also just buy vehicles, drive around, for HOURS over hours, discover many awesome places.
you can discover hidden treasures, in form of special cars, you can buy houses and decorate them, buy clothes for your avatar, change it's hair and body, you can paint, wash, tune your cars and bikes... you can crash into other cars, see them lose control :D
(the game has a nice,COSMETIC car damage modelling. a damaged car looks bad, but there is no handling change!)
you can drive online together with friends or many other people, invite them to cruise around, to races, or create car clubs with them, or just goof along with your cars.
as additional feature there is also a casino where you can play poker or roulette against other human players, or alone at the slotmachine.
what did i forget? probably a lot, since the game offers such an incredible range of features...
best for me are the little niceties, like the possibility to open and close the roof of your cabriolet, to open and close the car door windows, to switch on/off the indicators, that the radio adjusts the volume while the navigation system gives instructions...
some other things that might be good to know:
the graphics look fine, the sounds are good, the voiceacting is moderate, there is not much of a story, there are two in car radiostations 1.rock and 2. a mixxed playist of hiphop/trance/house/pop/rock, you can chat with other people easily.
-i lost the connection a few times, sometimes i can just rejoin my friends, other times i have to close and start the game again to make it working.
-sometimes the online servers are completly down, (but you can still play in offline mode!)
- there are many different ai driven vehicles, but no npcs walking on the streets
-the AI is not that smart.
last but not least: ITS IMPORTANT TO GET A GAMEPAD/CONTROLLER FOR THIS! keyboard is possible, but not really fun, in my eyes.
really sad that i havent tried this game much earlier already, its fantastic and really addicting.
its a 100% must buy, even if youre like me, not a big racing fan at all.