I am a big fan of Evolution Studios. I love the WRC games and am disappionted that one has not appeared for the PS3. Come on!
I did not like this game initially but have come to love it.
Think of the Dakar Rally, circuit style with some crazy competition and a bit of artistic flair. Set in the Arizona desert, the graphics are outstanding as is the course design. There are multiple routes, some more suited to particular vehicles than others. Add a boost to the vehicles and away we go.
The game is stuctured around tickets giving access to unlockable events. Some are fixed tracks/vehicles others open to vehicles of choice. You get rally cars, scramble bikes, trucks, rigs, buggies and ATV's. All have a different feel and characteristic. The games does get a bit tough as you advance into level 4.
What makes this game great is the sheer fun of it. Crazy fast racing, exploring new routes, taking down the competition and mighty crashes. The secret to winning is in the boosting.
On-line is just as fun. The AI is simply replaced by humans.
If you like racing games and looking for some serious fun, you will do yourself a big favour by sticking this in the loading slot. An absolute gem of a racer.