I think a lot of what they say in those reviews is true, the standard damage is not amazing, the track generator is a little dissapointing (although it has thrown out a couple of really good, demanding tracks for me, i was expecting more of an editor, not just a track generator) But the important stuff is right, the premium cars are stunning , the standard ones arent half bad, the handling model just gets better and better (which given how good GT4 was is impressive). I havn't seen a better mix of handling realism and graphics in any other game... One thing i really agree with is that using a wheel is now almost a must! before I could drive pretty well with a dualshock and only used a wheel for the fun of it, but now I find using the wheel soooo much better than a pad, which is how it should be really. I've yet to play a wet race, or online yet, so i cant say what that's like. Plus i'm not too keen on the new level system (I liked having to earn a licence before you could enter a higher race class). Simple fact is (IMO), if you expect it to be perfect, you'll probably be dissapointed. But if you look at it compared to GT4 and other 'racing sims' that are around you'll remember why you spent sooooo much of your life playing GT before and you'll carry on doing it now.