Summary: I got this because I had Hot Pursuit 2 2002 and wanted something similar. It has some annoying stuff, like the cutscenes and such. The cars automatically help you drift, and with a keyboard and even somewhat with an analog throttle (from Droidpad) the acceleration at low speeds is too sudden- your tires squeal. The handbrake is the spin-out-of-control-if-you-even-think-about-turning machine.
Summary: I don't know why but I still play this game. It's fun to play and once the controller is mastered handling the car is just fuuuuun. I've unlocked everything but I refuse to remove it from my pc.