This game is plain and simple, but don't think it hasnt been given alot of thought and effort.. Everyone drives around the same island, Honolulu in Hawaii. And I was sad enough one day to check, and I can honestly say there were very little differences, ofcourse housing and private estates had to be roughly done... but all routes and roads are pretty much identical. It's quite mind blowing.
And the Xbox Live experience amplifies this game to great heights, you can simply roll with friends or go compete against others by flashing your lights... there's no true set path or story line... It's freedom for petrolheads.