There are so many great things about this game! First of all, it does not invole getting out of the cars at all, or any violence whatsoever. You simply, drive, try to win cars and fix cars up. It's great if you have time to devote, because this is not a "I'll beat it by tomorrow" kind of game. The graphics are phenomenal - movie like in certain parts.
This game goes deep into real driving dynamics and requires mastery of the dynamics of driving to get the full experience. Modified cars have a fantastic range of adjustments for the brakes, suspensions, gear ratios, aerodynamic downforce and more. If you are interested in learning not just how a high performance car behaves, but how to tune a car to extract it's true maximum potential, then this game has what you are looking for, big time.
This game imitates real driving physics very well, specially when using the 900 degree wheel.
While "commonsense" made a bit of an issue about "commercialism" in the game, it really isn't, for there's a difference between names of car manufacturers and "get ripped quick pills" ads.
The game can be fun for everyone, but the realism of it may not be something kids can handle.
There isn't any car damage(crashes), so wreckles driving isn't an "iffy", and it all takes place in closed legal tracks.
The game is to the limit on image and very weak on substance. The driving experience/controls are about as realistic as Asteroids was comparable to controlling a space craft (actually less so - I think since there was some physics behind the Asteroids game and the control was in some ways more sophisticated). It is hugely disappointing that they cannot do better than this after so many years. I can hardly keep the car on the track at 40 MPH - I'm sure it gets better when you learn how the game wants you to drive. Still.. its kind of fun and the images are cool so at $20 its OK.