Picked this game up cheap over Xmas and just got around to unwrapping the packaging - first thing to note is the graphics and the actual detail on the faces of the characters - top notch.
The gameplay starts slow as they build the story but after the prologue the game comes alive. I was surprised by the amount of missions that become available, let alone the story itself.
For a casual driving (arcade) game there is tons to do and it reminds me of Spiderman 2 where you can go to numerous places on the map to complete sub-missions, the point of these missions is to keep building on the WP meter so you can buy bigger and better cars as well as buying whole garages !!!!!
I have only been playing for about an hour and I am hooked, it is so easy just to pick up and play and it doesn't matter if you only have a short time window as you can complete short missions whenever you like.
Not sure why the price bombed so quickly after release as it is a solid game, I know the critics hit it hard for the 'shift' function but once you get over that and realise it is an arcade experience you will find the 'shift' feature very useful.
Lets be clear and as already stated in previous reviews this is NOT a driving sim but if you want a quick feel good arcade driver this is the game for you.