Seriously though, that's exactly what this game looks like to me, with the addition of police.
I for one don't mind as I'm a massive Burnout fan (still play Paradise to this day) and feel that Criterion did an awesome job with Hot Pursuit.
I wonder though, how does everyone else feel about this? I remember that the free roaming nature of Paradise wasn't too popular with a lot of people either... --- "That is breaking and entering!" "Sonicing and entering, totally different."