Reply 20 of 26, by DosDaddy
+1 TDR2000, and incidentally I just happen to be going through it again.
It's primarily a DRIVING game (and indeed the rides steer a whole lot better) "adorned" with classic Carma elements such as car/ped bashing and outrageous physics that allow for amazingly fun stunts. And even that wouldn't be fair to say because these elements are indeed available, fully functional and somewhat more refined as compared to the older titles, it's just that the game pushes you to develop your driving skills in order to efficiently accomplish whatever task they set before you (exactly the opposite of what the previous Carma's did), which expect the player to just check their brains at the door and have them mindlessly roam from one place to another running over peds to keep the timer going forever in some sort of "bloodlust stupor" till they decide to call it a day and proceed to waste the opponents to get to the next race, which I admit I did innumerable times and actually enjoyed.
Is it a perfect game? of course not, but most of the hate it gets comes from people who were expecting Carma2 with better graphics, which thing it absolutely is not.
Remember also to install the official updates and use the -fulltextures switch for a noticeably improved look.