The Scenery and Graphics in the game are amazing. It's a great game but I wouldn't go as far as saying it's the best racing game of the year. I personally played every NFS game to date (aside from the handheld games)
including NFS World, and this game is a lot like Need for Speed : Hot Pursuit 2 for PS2 mixed in with a little bit of Burnout.
It all comes down to racing preference. Obviously people who enjoy racing simulators like GT5 or Forza aren't going to very much like this game. I personally enjoyed the game at first but found it to become extremely repetitive after awhile. It's eye candy that becomes boring after awhile imho. There is no story mode, no tournaments, no rivals, or anything to strive for besides raising your driver level and showing off to your friends.
It was rated as the best racing car game of the year by critiques and the gamespot
And I believe most of us believe the judgment of gamespot, right ?
Not sure if there's any sarcasm in that but all I really have to say about Gamespot is.... Jeff Gerstmann's Kane & Lynch review and what followed afterwords. Used to be an avid fan of Gamespot prior to that.