Excerpt: The world's most treacherous chicanes, tightest corners, and fastest straights will soon be yours as Codemasters reveals an incredible line up of over 80 international racing circuits featuring in TOCA Race Driver 3. Coming February 24, 2006, to PlayStation 2, Xbox and PC, TOCA Race Driver 3 delivers more than ever before with over 150 miles of the world's most celebrated courses , taking racers to 43 locations across 13 countries in the largest collection of race tracks...
Excerpt: With an 8-year heritage, the TOCA series has captivated a wide breadth of racing gamers. To appeal across the board, TOCA Race Driver 3 will deliver individual game modes that are specifically designed to satisfy the speed-freak and the motorsport simulation fanbase, using all the juice from the enhanced engine.
Summary: This is an excellent racing sim, and brings back everything
that is TOCA. The game plays extremely well and is not just an upgraded version
but brings many new features such as new vehicle types and modes. The game
plays extremely well and is a lot of fun on Xbox Live. The replay value is very
high with all of the different gameplay modes, and features.
Summary: TOCA 3 boasts an awesome variety of racing disciplines, and it backs that boast up with some really excellent driving mechanics.
Pros: 70 licensed cars, 80 licensed tracks, and more than 35 disciplines of racing, Two distinct career modes that should keep you busy for a while, Great graphics and sound, Online play is nicely customizable, and a lot of fun, The amount of realism in the damage modeling, physics, and opposing AI is delightful
Cons: Amount of precision required in some races can get frustrating, Online game browser could have used a little more work, Some of the ancillary visual components aren't so great
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: It may be similar to last year's installment, but TOCA Race Driver 3 is further proof that Codemasters knows how to make driving games. The sheer wealth of car types on offer here should be enough to draw in any car nut, but add on to that the excellent presentation and the solid if not always spectacular handing and you've got a game you'll want to spend days playing.
Conclusion: Compared to the wonders of F1 05, TRD3 is rather disappointing online with some less than solid net code and consequent lag problems that didn’t allow for any sort of close racing. Just like our experience with the Xbox version, far too many of our online races still seem to get ruined for no apparent reason – the guy who piled into me invariably claiming that he “couldn’t possibly have hit me”.
Pros: Massive range of racing styles., Fantastically challenging gameplay throughout., Top-notch presentation., Something for every race fan.
Cons: Perhaps a little too sim-heavy for the dedicated arcade crowd., A.I. is unfailingly good, though that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Excerpt: "Driv3r on pelillisesti pienoinen pettymys Driver pelisarjan faneille, eikä siitä oikein ole tyydyttämään myöskään GTA-nälkäisiä pelaajia. Reflections yritti hieman turhankin ahneesti laajentaa Driver-pelien sisältöä ja lopputuloksena häämöttääkin varsin keskinkertainen GTA-klooni, joka ei loista oikeastaan millään osa-alueella edukseen. Peliä kyllä pelaa, mutta se alkaa ottamaan päähän melko nopeasti pääosin useiden kummallisuuksiensa takia.