This is my 1st review after playing about 3 hours, test was done on a 36" Sony XBR Wega with Sony STR-DA7ES A/V Receiver and Tannoy surround speaker system Mx4 fronts, mXC-M center, Mx3 rears and PS1010 subwoofer, also tested on a 27" sony with just composite hook up. 1st the Sony 36" XBR450 with component hookup set at 480p The XBR450 has been set to neutral un calibrated. The graphics on the game just out of the box I would rate at about 7.9 but tweaking the XBR450 I got it up to about 8.7 with more to go (I will be setting TV up properly with AVIA this weekend). The game play is very good and the artificial intelligence is excellent and you defiantly must play with a racing wheel (madcatz or what ever) the sound is in 5.1 which is great, you can hear the cars and cops coming up behind and beside you, a good advantage if your being chased by the cops,THERE IS NO SYS LINK just split screen which I think is a bit of a downfall as I personally this split screen is useless. The graphics are ok but can be improved on as it is obvious the game is not using as much of the xbox capability's as it should (TV tweaking is a must with this game). The tracks are very good and challenging, I cant tell you to much about the cars as I only have driven a few and they seem to be done with good physics to match the current cars I have available. If you are a racing freak this is a must get game, it still has the good old Need for Speed trait's in it and you will not get board with it. As for the 27" Sony composite hook up the graphic are still good but not great but try tweaking the TV, more to come later.