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TOCA Race Driver

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Developer(s)  Codemasters
Series  TOCA
Publisher(s)  Codemasters
Genre(s)  Racing
Platform(s)  PlayStation 2, Microsoft Windows, Xbox
Release  PlayStation 2 EU: 23 August 2002 NA: 10 December 2002 Microsoft Windows & Xbox EU: 28 March 2003 NA: 15 April 2003

TOCA Race Driver (DTM Race Driver in Germany, Pro Race Driver in North America and V8 Supercar: Race Driver in Australia) is a racing video game developed and published by Codemasters for PlayStation 2, Microsoft Windows and Xbox. It is the fourth game in the TOCA series.

The game took a new direction, since the main game mode featured a plot (leading to the game being labelled as a "Car-PG") where the user took on the role of a fictional race driver called Ryan McKane, trying to make a name for himself in a multitude of car championships, all the while under the shadow of his more successful older brother and haunted by the death of his father on the racetrack (as witnessed by Ryan as a child).

Despite this slightly clich├ęd script, the racing elements of the game continued to receive positive reviews and the game went straight to number one in the UK game charts. Xbox and PC conversions followed in March 2003, with a further Xbox version released several months later at budget price adding Xbox Live support.

The British Touring Car Championship (TOCA) which gives the game series its name, returned for this game. The real-life championship had undergone a transformation after most of the manufacturers had pulled out, and crowd numbers dropped, so TOCA asked Codemasters to include the series to boost the audience interest. However, the return was short-lived.

Many tracks were added, and some of the "World" tracks were not continued from TOCA 3, despite their popularity, such as Watkins Glen and Surfers Paradise. The game continued with random grid positions and no penalties for bad driving.

Reception

The PlayStation 2 and Xbox versions received "favorable" reviews, while the PC version received "average" reviews, according to video game review aggregator Metacritic.

In the UK, Official UK PlayStation 2 Magazine gave the PS2 version a score of eight out of ten and said that it was an "ultra-realistic racer with top visuals"; they also listed it in their top 100 games and awarded it a Bronze Medal.

References

TOCA Race Driver Wikipedia


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