While the art design is good there's simply too much going on, and the loading times can test the patience.
With DiRT 2, Forza 3 and GT5 we're running out of superlatives for racing game's visuals, but this deserves some of its own. In a word, stunning.
Engine notes are wonderfully guttural, and the voiceover's nicely understated - while the music is typical Need for Speed fare.
On track it's superb, with handling that offers a nicely exaggerated take on a sim model - but it's sometimes lost under the myriad scoring systems.
8.5 Lasting Appeal
The single-player's meaty and the multiplayer is considered and well implemented, offering local leaderboards and eight-player races.
(out of 10 / not an average)