This game can't be classed as nothing short of sheer genius and worthy of every last little bit of hype its fantastic name has.
I got this set on release night and i t was worth the money and the wait. The second you sit down and start playing it you become over awed by it. Any nay-sayers out there go up onto the Rotherdamn Building in Algonquin ( Their version of The Empire State) and take a look through either sniper scope or binoculars. Every detail is still there all the buildings are individual and the skyline isn't randomly lost in the thick of it. No matter where you look life goes on.
Cars don't self destruct after a few bullets now either cop chases can last for ages without having to change vehicles if the Army become involved! Also no matter how high your wanted level is, the ability to out-run the cops is there. Its hard the more you have but doable, no more learning where pay + sprays are on the map by heart!
Cars now react like real cars. If you hurtle round a tight bend you get realistic suspension jerks with under and over steer! this means even in the street races you gotta slow doen when you turn or your into a wall or a car on the opposite side of the street.
The one and only downside to the game. Well..... we all know that helicopters are hard to fly in reality. Hence why you have to get an awful lot of lessons to even fly one on your own yet alone with passengers! But the situation in the game is ridiculous!! The SIXAXIS controllers are used for the pitch a nd angles but even when turned off its still near impossible to fly. Watch out for the buildings over three stories cause a hit about ten in about a kinute of flying.
Seriously though if you just go get this work of art you won't be sorry even if you only get the normal edtion, its still worth it!!!