I've enjoyed the VT series since I first saw one in an arcade and it was my "rest and meditate" game after work. The game is like a carhartic release of sorts for me, me and I find myself completely focused in the matches.
I really don't have anything else to compare this game to, but I do enjoy it and recommend it, especially if you find it for a great price.
The World Tour mode is a lot like a board game where you get random movement pieces, and hope you don't land on the dreaded red arrow spots where something "bad" happens to you. The only thing "bad" I had happen to me was the loss of money.
--How I played the game--
I've played World Tour twice now, and have had so much better results once I understood exactly what I had to do. There are features in the game that bring up your reputation, stamina, and special skills. You have to find a way to get the best route around the board in the time limit provided.
This last go around I made sure that I brought up my reputation as fast as I could becuase this automatically entered me into side/smaller tournaments, which helped bring up my reputation even further. I also made sure I purchased rest tickets, and rested whenever I could to make sure my stamina is always near the top. Also, the mini-games were a good place to build up skills and stamina.
I just kept checking the map to see where I could go, and try to plot my next two or three turns in the best way that I could. You're also competing against an NPC who's your friend is trying their best to be better than you. It's a bit frustrating to see them fly up the reputation scale faster, that's for sure.
-- Controls --
I use the Logitech F310 controller for this, and I think it works well. There are some moments in the game where I feel like I'm playing one of those stupid prize games in an arcade where you have to stop a light at the right moment to win the prize, because I know that I've moved my player left/right a few times, and they just stand there and not do anything.
There are 4 buttons that I use, and then the analog stick. It's simple, and each button has it's own "shot" so I just choose which type I'd like to play.
-- On-Line Matches--
I had the fortunate chance to play one time against someone. Unfortunately, I was horrible at the game.
-- Overall --
Overall, I recommend this game. I bought it on sale at a great price, and I've enjoyed this game immensely. It can be as casual as you want it to be for a game, or challenging (maybe frustrating?) if you choose to play at a higher skill level.