Certainly it won't appeal to some ( possibly not even to most ) folk. But if you liked Evolution's WRC games on the PS2 you should be right at home. The menu/interface is a bit clunky at times: for example in TT, if I'm doing a Wales stage and exit out of it, I'd rather be dropped back to the stage selection screen for Rally Wales than have to select TT again from the single player menu.
Online is exactly what I wanted - they haven't tried to shoehorn in other modes. It's just rally. You can have ghosts on or off, and with it set to off it feels like a real rally stage, as your time and position gets updated when you pass checkpoints. The only improvement, to my mind, would be staggered starts ( THE best thing about Dirt 2 ). Time attack is good - with downloadable ghosts etc. Right now, I'm owning Rally Wales WRC TT globally on the 360, ( tag = BeardyBrave ) but then only about 10 people have tried it .
There's no denying that graphically ( particularly the stages ) it's not on a par with current games like the wonderful Blur but imo it's as good as Race Pro and at times it can look pretty. The car models are good and the damage system and modelling are impressive. Also there's some nice damage on the stages ( you can destroy fences etc. ). All in all, hopefully they'll make enough money for a more polished sequel ( they pulled it off with SBK didn't they? ), but just in case they don't and you miss the old WRC games... it's probably worth a punt. It could be the last time you see a game like this.