This game promised so much and after Need for Speed Undercover, what do EA go and do? Yep make a complete and utter hash of it.
First of all, the game itself, concept, looks, is all fantastic, one of best looking racing car games i've seen. Plenty of involvement, plenty to do and good variation in races.
What lets this game down is the handling, it's like nothing else i've experienced before. I'm not amazing at racing games but i can certainly handle my own and know when it's down to car handling or not. It's almost like the car is on a pivet and even in the slightest of turns you can pivet your car sideways. All you do is slide, Even on long straights the slightest turn either left or right and you can slide your car. Its just horrific. Like a previous reviewer has stated no matter what you do to the settings, it makes no difference. I've tinkered and toyed with them and it still handles rubbish. I've found turning the steering assist off helps slightly but in the grander scheme of things, still awful. Play Race Driver: Grid and then play this. You'll soon see the difference.
It's almost as if they've tried to make an arcade racer with a realistic driving experience.
This in my opinion completely ruins this game and it's so frustrating. Oh and another thing, trying to get your car to accelerate from start line, That's just a nightmare in it's own right. Again all you do is skid.
If you want my opinion, rent this first, borrow it from a friend if they've been foolish enough to buy it like me, whatever, failing that wait for the price to come down because believe you me it will and soon.
One of the most important factors in a racing game has been ruined.
Overall, a great game in theory ruined by a software programmer who has no clue what he's doing.