Street Racing for Fun and Profit
Crash Time 2 is arcade-style racing game that lacks polish but remains a solid budget title in a crowded market of racing games. On one hand, Crash Time 2 lacks much of the visual polish of a big-budget game; the UI is basic, the car you race as doesn't display damage, and the voice acting and writing is amateur. On the other hand, it has all the basic necessities of a decent game; solid controls, destructible and varied environments, reasonable mission and car variety, and decent graphics. Crash Time 2 doesn't hold up to a $60 AAA racing game, but compared to other car racing games in a similar price bracket it holds up very well.
Crash Time 2 has a handful of modes, a story-based mission mode where you unlock new cars and customization options by completing missions, and multiplayer racing modes. The game has a giant floating arrow to point you in the directions, a la Crazy Taxi, as well as a mini-map with a recommended route that updates as you drive. The story and mission details are delivered in voice-over narration that, while not great, at least demonstrates a working knowledge of audio balance. The environment is fairly large, with a variety of terrain from sprawling cityscapes to scenic rural areas.
Overall, Crash Time 2 may scratch your itch for a Need for Speed game at a budget price. It's fun to play, has a decent amount of content for the price, and runs pretty smooth. If you can deal with the amateurish voice acting and interface you'll have quite a bit of fun with this game.