Great game and very realistic simulation.
The standard car set ups are unforgiving to drive, which makes slight bumps, water and hard braking tricky. Thankfully, the vehicle setting options are excellent and very comprehensive, so with a few tweaks you can make the car much more controlable. It is great to be able to control all the diff settings! :) ... Perhaps though, it would have been better to put an easier default setting on for the casual user. If any are interested, start by lowering the front spring rate and lowering the bump damping front and rear for a much more forgiving car.
Although there are not so many stages, they are very long and look great. They are all quite narrow and this makes getting into a good rythum a challenge, with most mistakes heavily punished. My solution to this was to reduce the damage level on the car so I could at least learn the stages and the car handling without having to worry too much.
It only gets 4*'s because the of the long load times, no career mode and I think the pacenotes are pretty poor - a medium left can be anything from fast kink to a 90 degree corner!
- What the hard-core driving gamer has always wanted; very realistic, very hard and very rewarding :)
p.s. I just missed a gazel jumping across the road on one stage - class! :)