TOCA Race Driver 2 - PSP

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TOCA Race Driver 2 (PSP)
Viewed: 3D First-person / Third-person Genre:
Racing: Car
Media: Custom optical disc Arcade origin:No
Developer: Sumo Digital Soft. Co.: Codemasters
Publishers: Codemasters (GB)
Released: 1 Sept 2005 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 12+
Accessories: Memory Duo Stick, Wireless Compatible


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Accompanying Codemasters’ Colin McRae Rally onto PSP is their other popular motorsport title, TOCA Race Driver 2. Recently it would be fair to say that the Warwickshire games house have shifted their emphasis more onto this game than its Rally-focused sibling. The TOCA games have a fond following, and ever since last year’s TRD2 have broadened their outlook to include other types of racing. Indeed, the game even gave itself the sobriquet ‘The Ultimate Racing Simulator’, which some would suggest was a very thinly veiled challenge to Gran Turismo’s somewhat self-appointed place on its branch right at the top of the driving game tree. The PSP version is no different, and features 15 different motorsports in all, including GT Sports Car Racing, Street Racing, Rally, DTM, V8 Supercars, Global GT Lights, Rally Cross, Formula Ford, Open Wheel Grand Prix, Classic Car Racing, Super Truck Racing, Stockcar Oval Racing, Ice-Racing, Convertible Racing, and Performance Cars.

While next month sees the release of TOCA 3 on the PC, it’s no small achievement that the conversion-meisters at Sumo Digital have squeezed TOCA 2 into the PSP’s diminutive but desirable frame. This version is certainly no slouch, with 30 different championships to enter and a decent 52 circuits to master.

It also puts the capable PSP console through its paces. Races feature up to 21 cars racing on track at once, and the PSP’s wireless function is made full use of – with the provision for up to 8 lucky PSP owners to race ad hoc. Certainly the most ambitious of the various racing car launch titles on PSP, TOCA Race Driver 2 is probably the pick of the bunch, too.