Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Good choice of rock music in the playlist.
  2. An outrageous orgy of twisted metal and flying debris. The races are fast and furious. Too bad the AI drivers cheat to keep the races exciting. [Aug 2006, p.28]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 192 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 41
  2. Negative: 3 out of 41
  1. ChristopherS.
    Feb 10, 2007
    A magnificent game and quite possibly the best arcade racer ever made. If your a fan of intense fender to fender action then you owe it to yourself to pick up this game. Computer AI is believably aggressive and at times very difficult to beat. The city and rural landscapes are stunningly beautiful and almost totally destructible. By the end of a race the track will be thoroughly trashed and your car will be a twisted shadow of its former self. Unlike the NFS games (Underground and Most Wanted) this racer runs smooth as silk on my Athlon64 4000+ with Ati x850xt pcix and 2 gigs of ram. Awesome and highly recommended! Full Review »
  2. Jan 25, 2012
    Epic racing game, the career mode is very, very good plus every race seems to be challenging so far. Not to mention the fact you dont have to win to have fun with this(game rewards you alot for slamming into and destroying opponents cars). The soundtrack however does get repetitive and I wouldnt recommend playing it if your easily ticked off when you lose. Full Review »
  3. Dec 25, 2011
    I just picked this game up a couple weeks ago and it's all I really play now. Me and my brother (who are both in their late 20's) love quick and fun multiplayer action games. Multiplayer is where it's at. I think game play in all modes (race, stunt, derby) is a blast. Physics are awesome, controls are simple (I use mouse/keyboard), and there is a pretty good variety of cars (which I think can be increased via downloads on the web).

    I don't play single player, so no comment on that.
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