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Do you want a game that's just ferraris racing round in circles for several hours? Then this game is for you. Most people would say no to that question, which is why it sold so few games and wasn't even released in the United Kingdom. However, the game was sold as region free in Canada and france, so i bought a french copy, which plays on any xbox worldwide. So there's my first issue with this: Paying a premium to buy a french copy.
The game is in English and the announcer will speak in English too, the manual and case however are in dutch and French which is a bit of a worry to anyone who can't speak French, as you have to learn the controls just by playing the game which takes time, and isn't helpful when everything is in metric, and the menu's are more complicated than solving the mystery of the universe.
The gameplay is below par. I'll start with the physics which for those of you who've played the Shift series, you'll be familiar with. There is a lag between actually moving the controller stick and the car moving on screen, and then when you're turning into a corner it'll take a while for the car to stop turning, so you can never really judge just how much you need to move the stick or how quickly.
Furthermore you don't have any customisation features to the point where you can't even choose what car you want for a race. You get what you're given and thats your lot. You can't even choose the colour. The game is also incredibly difficult with difficulty ranking up pretty fast and I personally felt cheated of a win in most Silver and Modern era races. Somehow despite the CPU having the same car as you, they are always faster and have a higher top speed. It's damn nearly impossible to secure a win when you get more points. Even playing on Easy is a serious challenge.
In the title i used the phrase "deja vu" because while this game has a great longevity and lots of interesting storyline based missions, it really does repeat itself several times. The tracks are used over and over again and races can last up to around 20 minutes. The cars are the same, they aren't even different colours, you get the same colour model of car every time you play a race.
Overall not a great game, repetitive, extremely difficult, annoying, and just generally god awful. No wonder it never sold any copies, and wasn't released in the UK.