After trundling through the reviews online this game has been rated fairly average by most websites, with very few highly rated scores. Because of this I opted to wait for a price cut before buying the game. I can now quite confidently say had I not waited and purchased this at £40 I would have not felt short changed in the slightest.
The graphics are very slick, though they do have their slightly jaggy moments, and the frame rate does tend to dip a little when there are several vehicles on the screen at once. The water effects however are good, the draw distance is amazing and the sense of speed is also good (once you get past the painfully slow first set of vehicles).
The music is mainly forgettable rock that blends fairly well into the background but some of the sound effects aren't too hot, particularly the vehicles sometimes sounding akin to a giant wasp. Handling wise however is where this game excels. It takes almost no getting used to and is skiddy, slidey arcade off roading at its finest. It has been a long time since a game has hooked my like this, I really have been pleasantly surprised.
There are quite a few trophies in the game, some you will get within minutes but some will take weeks to earn. You have the option to either drive to or select events from the menu and there are tons of collectables in the 19 areas.
All in all a very strong game that has been tainted by bad reviews. It's unlikely we'll see a sequel as sales I fear have been fairly poor, but I can almost guarantee if you pick this up for under £20 as advertised here you will most certainly not be disappointed.