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I purchased this game about 3 weeks ago for £17. I think this is a very reasonable price for the game. When I got it, I was very surprised at how amazing this game was. It is much better than I thought it would be. The thing I like most about this game is that although it is focused on cars, you can buy houses, buy clothes, buy furniture, get haircuts, and even have cosmetic surgery! So it kinda makes it more realistic.
There are lots of different things to do on this game. You can buy lots of different cars and take part in championship races. But what makes it different from other games is the fact that you can drive about the island (Ibiza) normally without having to race. Also, can do jobs. Some of the jobs you can do are giving people lifts to places, taking peoples cars to certain locations, and driving quickly so that your passengers can have fun. You also can roam around the island to find 'wrecks.' These are basically old cars that have been dumped somewhere, and once you have found them all, you get a car. There are also 20 locations that you have to take pictures of. The story line of this is that the person taking pictures hadn't focused the camera and they are blurry. So you have to work out where the locations are from the blurry photos and get paid to take pictures. All of these are great ways to make money and ways to gain points too. You can also go to racing school and get licenses for off-roading,normal racing, and classic car racing. You have to do these if you want to take part in races.
The game consists of 63 levels. It's a bit of a random number but there you go. There are four different categories; Social, Discovery, Competition, and Collection. There are 15 levels in each, except discovery which has 18, and this adds up to your overall level. Each competition or job you do earns you points which go towards you level. Once you reach level 10, you get to go to the airport to Hawaii, where you do similar things to what you do in Ibiza.
To earn social levels, you need to have PlayStation Network. You can challenge people on-line to races and get points for winning. I do not play on-line very often so I am not fully aware of everything you can do for the social levels.
To earn discovery levels, you can do a few different things. Finding wrecks is one way, finding the photo locations is another, and driving on all of the roads. Let me explain, if you have already driven on a road, you can warp there without having to drive. So the more roads you drive on, the more discovery points you get. Also, whilst you are driving, you may find shops such as clothes shops, car dealerships, real estates and so on.
This is quite self explanatory really. To earn competition points, you have to take parts in competitions. You also have to obtain your licenses, and take part in the jobs where you give people lifts and take their cars to locations.
To earn collection points, you have to buy things. You get more collection points if you buy cars, buy houses, have surgery, buy clothes, and get haircuts.
The graphics of this game are very good and realistic. They are even better if you can play in HD. The sounds are realistic and the cars look like they do in real life. They have added in little features such as being able to put the windows down, or putting on the indicators. If you have a convertible car, you can put the roof up and down. What I like about the game is that you can have a cockpit view. I feel that this makes the game even more realistic.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this game to anyone who enjoys driving games. I find it very fun and I have been playing it nearly every day since I got it.