great to see more players on! I got this game about a month and a half ago! wish I had gotten it sooner. I spent way too much money on ver.2 at the arcades :P but I'm glad to finally have it on console. Still have a lot of tuning to do!
There's an active board here http://idforums.net/ where i've met quite a few people to play online with. As for the poster above, yes you can use any account it's region free, just make sure you get the japanese version with online play.
It runs great with a wheel too, I have a Driving Force GT and it brings me back to the arcade feeling:) only thing that is a bummer is the "PS logo" button doesn't work to bring up the XMB, so you have to turn on a controller if you want to quit the game. You can use a controller, I tried it a few times but the analog stick is very sensitive so you will be sliding everywhere, and fighting to keep the car straight. I find it not too fun so I bought a wheel just for this game, It is a lot better in my opinion.
As for going through the menu's it's not bad at all, there's actually a translation guide on http://idforums.net/ and a english manual for download. If that's still not enough I can help you with the menu's as well.
PSN ID - DSMDave_25 feel free to add me and hopefully we can get a big room going with some fun races :)
cool, sounds great! once i get organized, i'll jump online with this awesome sega arcade race game!! PS3 with its open ability to play import games= total win!! PS3 with open ability to buy your own HDD, also sweet!!