This is a fun game to play, but it does have it's faults. Pop-up and slow-down are much in evidence here as the game tests the limits of the PS2.Loading times when you enter events are quite long.Cops only bother you when driving to the many locations on the map, and their AI is pretty bad.But, if you can see past these little niggles, you'll find an enjoyable and often challenging racer.
The cars you buy and race against are well detailed, with nice shiny bodywork, windows and lights that you can operate, and a proper in-car view that is fun for driving around but not for racing.
There isn't any car customising or set-up tinkering here,beyond picking the colour of your car and its interior, and three levels of mechanical upgrades. TIP: Many of the racing clubs that you race your way to the presidency of give free upgrades.
Besides the racing clubs, there are approx. 250 challenges across the map, covering speed traps, time trials and races. Be aware, though, that about 50 of these are only available to play on online multiplayer.
The racing is very good, with generally fast and aggressive opponents.The AI cars are not perfect and make mistakes and have accidents just like you WILL ! As you progress through the game, the races get faster and things move at a fair old lick. Fast reactions can make the difference between coming first or last when racing against some of the fastest cars on the planet in fairly dense traffic.
Buying houses is really only a distaction from the generally fun racing, but it is important to make sure you have spare garage space for the bonus cars you can win.
So, despite the minor niggles, this is an enjoyable game and I would recommend it to any petrol-heads out there.
P.S. Ther are no shopping trolleys in this game - only the type of cars that you dream of racing !!