Alright lets start by saying everyone I talked to said this game was complete garbage! But I traded Ace Combat 6 with a friend for this game, and I am far from being disappointed.
The game was released in May of 2007 and the graphics are amazing for an 07' game. Of course current games are a little more impressive as far as graphics, but I'm going to rate this game as if I were playing it in 2007. The controls are considerably better and more responsive then the Nascar series of games. The customization of your car, as far as performance is concerned, far surpasses the Need for Speed series of games. The one thing I really like is that you can't just do every race with one car, and there isn't just one bad a$$ car that is the best in the game. Instead you need to keep a very large inventory of different types of cars, in order to be eligible for different race types. The career mode is pretty expansive with hundreds of races. Here is the breakdown:
A lot of races, and you can unlock cars and discounts from auto makers for parts and other automobiles.
I say 10/10 as if I were playing this in 2007, for 2009 I would give it a 8/10. But, I'm sure Forza 3 will have no problem in making this a 10/10. The car details are top notch!
Customization and Car Selection: (10/10)
This game has the largest car selection out there. Easily a couple hundred cars if not more. Absolutly amazing. The car customization is rediculously amazing with every part of the engine, suspension, exhaust, etc., needing to be purchased to upgrade your car.They have just about every car out there in this game. Unlike Need for Speed that has just one ultimate car and you basically go through sequential order of cars, in this game you will need a garage full of cars. Most races have restrictions. So far I would say I'm about 20% through career, and I have about 35 cars in my garage! There is no ultimate car per se. So if you play people online, everyone may have a different vehicle!
Very easy to learn and use.
AI Difficulty (7/10)
You have to play this game on hard, otherwise you will place first in every race with not even a contender to deal with once you put some money into your cars.
I like the racks a lot and the graphics for them are pretty good, but you will see the same tracks a lot!
Pretty good soundtrack. As you modify your car with upgrades, the sound of your car changes which I think was pretty impressive. The one sound that is not so great are the crashes, like if you hit another car or wall, the sound is kind of bland in that respect.
Other Play modes: (10/10)
Free play, Exibition, and Time Trials. This game has just absolutly endless racing and unlockables.
Achievement Difficulty: (9/10)
They are not so much difficult to unlock, as they are extremely long to achieve. You will have to pump a substantial amoiunt of hours in to this game if you want to 100% the achievements on in this game.
So Overall for this game, I give it a (9/10). The only reason I give a 9 is because the tracks become a little repetative.