So apparently UBI invited a bunch of youtube streamers to play the game early and post videos of it. I found one while I was searching for a recorded video of UBI's official Twitch stream of the game this morning: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W11Vnnse4Ac
The quality of the driving looks to be somewhere between Saints Row 3 and GTA:San Andreas. Disappointing. Damage modeling for the cars is terrible and there looked to be no tire-pops (besides intended spike strips) or axle damage or anything-- just smoke that steadily gets worse from the engine as your car takes rather minor damage from huge crashes.
I'll be playing this on PC & just pre-ordered with the GMG coupon below (thanks Batman!), on the standard edition so that I do not have anything that potentially makes the game easier, because frankly it looks like the difficulty level is pretty low.
I'll most likely be using PS3 controller for vehicles and kb/m for on foot. If the difficulty is tuned in the game to be so low that it's made for less precise controller players, I may just only use kb/m during multiplayer.. we'll see.
If anyone finds a link to twitch.tv's official UBIsoft stream of gameplay from this morning, please post it. Thanks!