Dissapointing in a few ways :
Zero tuning ability for cars. I only see the option to add/remove parts, and nothing even remotely close to "tuning/tweaking" as was present in in previous titles.
Ultra limited/restriced visual customization. I mean... seriously... you can do better.
****Zero trading/selling of cars/parts etc. very upsetting****
Car Pricing .... well this works both ways I guess, T2 and T3 cars are a bit pricey, but I can live with that, it adds length to the game, but the level caps make zero sense to me.... (lv 43 to buy my Lotus a body kit, wtfsauce?)
And last but not least, Race modes. I was anticipating at the very least Drift races, possibly Street X, Downhill Drift, PVP outrun races, or maybe even something like Tag, where you have to ram another players car and escape him/her.
You could have even made a hybrid capture the flag game, with 2 territories for each side, if you trap an opposing player on your side for XXX seconds (kinda like how the po-po's do in pursuit) they respawn on their side again)... but I only found sprint, circuit, pursuit and team escape (which are quite fun I admit, but they get rather repetetive when trying to build up cash/rep)
The things I love about this game are the fact it has free roam while playing communicating with everyone else online.
I havent had as much lag/bugs/glitches as I had expected to see.
The powerup abilities are very fun to use, as well as lvling up my driver and gaining new abilities, very attractive feature IMO.
All in all, its a fun game to play, lacking in allot of areas, but has a few very strong features that make it wonderful. I could see this game making it quite big if some extra work went into adding/tweaking some features to give it more depth/playability.
*Edit* I also forgot to mention I love the Treasure hunting, but would like to do more of it. Maybe toss a few hard to find rare single treasures around the map and maybe even have people try to race againts eachother to get it... I dunno.