...and I have to agree with the dissenting voices on here. The hype surrounding this game has been huge and for the most part (IMHO) unjustified, It's not a bad game, but given the fact this was supposed to be a PS3 launch title and is 5 years delayed it should have been so much more than the average racer it is. Fun in parts, sure, but like others say, the lack of any damage to the cars is a total let down, and rather than the grown-up driving sim we were promised, races descend into hammering it into early corners to smash off other vehicles so you can get pole position early then just defend from the front. Pointless, and no variation. Some of the driving characterics also see well off - I cant believe the Mercedes SLS handles so badly in real life, or that something more commonplace like a Nissan 370Z is so tail-happy on modest mid speed corners. I've been a gamer for over 20 years, and have to say this game is the second biggest "miss" for me this year, after Black Ops. In fact, I'm beginning to wonder if magazine game reviewers actually play the games or are just paid to hand 90%+ marks out.
Dont avoid this if you are an avid racer, but I'd disagree with Jason Bradbury's assessment on the Gadget Show - this isnt the reason to buy a PS3.