Reviews and Problems with TOCA Race Driver 2: The Ultimate Racing Simulator
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Toca Race Driver 2
2 December 2005
Conclusion: WOW!! After renting Ridge Racer, I fancied a more realistic racing game, so this game was next on the list. I wanted realistic- I got it! When there is sand either side of the track it is so nerve-racking as one tyre off the track and you go spinning. There are loads of different types of races (my favourite being rally-cross), and loads of tracks too.
Conclusion: Toca Race Driver 2 is a GREAT racing sim, the damage models are AMAZING for the PSP (i new it was a great machine, but this is just unbelivable). Better than Gran Turismo PSP? Only time will tell!
Summary: A fun game, very different to Gran Turismo because the cars can be damaged and there is a career path to follow - not an alternative to GT as I find myself playing GT when I just want to "drive" but the career mode is challenging with each stage teaching you something new.
Summary: This is the first game I played on the PSP and I was blown away by how good it is. Apart from the obvious slight drop in quality of the graphics, the game is a direct port of the PS2 version. The controls take a bit of getting used to, but once you are comfortable with the analogue "nub" its every bit as fun as the PS2 version. Like a lot of other reviewers I am stuck on 80 something percent as the ice race or truck race are seemingly impossible.
Summary: Ive had toca 2 for about 9 months, 88% complete, and just cannot get any further! The game follows a storyline that has a Scottish speaking talent scout giving you trials in an Aston Martin. You have to average 3rd place or better over 3 different races to catch his eye. After succeeding in that, you are then put into a formula ford car which seems at first completely undriveable and very frustrating but then you learn that each type of car you are required to drive...
Excerpt: This game promises to be the ultimate racing simulator on the PSP, and with Gran Turismo due to come out this February, it certainly has a lot to live up to . Like previous TOCA games, it contains many a wide variety of tracks and cars, as well as 15 different types of racing, ranging from street racing to ice racing. It is enjoyable to play, but lacks real depth, and once the career mode is completed, you will quickly lose interest.
Pros: Variety of different racing styles, large array of cars/tracks
Summary: I really, really do like this game. Yes, it's difficult. It's very difficult. You have to practice a track at least ten times or something before you're anywhere near racing on it competitively, and the AI of the other drivers is pretty good too. It looks sweet, and handles as any decent driving simulation should - realistically.... You can't expect to be able to tear into a hairpin at 100mph, you'll severely damage you, your car and demolish your chance of winning.
Summary: To be able to really like this game you have to be a specific type of person like me. You really have to love cars and racing. Now its not the typical need for speed arcade type of racing when they say it's a simulator it's a simulator. Some cars are harder to control at times and if youre not careful you'll skid off the track easily. Sometimes skidding is pretty hard to avoid and if you don't have patience you wont like this game.