Race Driver: Create & Race

And another thing: I hate the way the sun always gets in my eyes in winter. Sometimes it feels like the whole world is against me; it did last night when I glided unaware through some dog mess. Got right in the tread. Will probably need a toothbrush to get that out - I hope my flatmate doesn't mind. Still, when you run yourself a hot bath and sink into a cosy bed you can almost forgive the biting cold and animals - escaping the winter is what makes it memorable.

Race Driver: Create & Race

Race Driver: Create & Race

Making tracks.

Driving games are like wasps. You can go for ages without seeing one, and then a thousand million turn up at once. That's how it feels right now, anyway. The last few months have offered PGR4, Sega Rally, Juiced 2, Forza 2, DiRT, Flatout: Ultimate Carnage, while shiny new models of Need For Speed, Burnout and Gran Turismo rev their engines, and rattle their stupidly wide exhaust pipes in the garage, waiting to join the scrum. What does it take to stand out in such an unseemly morass of speeding metal?

Well, appearing on a console that isn't bombarded with new racing games seems to work.

Instinctively, the prospect of cramming the brutal yet technical experience of the Race Driver series into the smallest console on the market seems unwise. Surely Race Driver, which evolved from Codemasters' great TOCA Touring Car series, would lose too much in the transition? Amazingly, thanks to a canny conversion job by Glaswegian developer Firebrand, the game has actually gained features along the way, while retaining the unmistakable Race Driver feel.

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Race Driver DS editor details

Race Driver DS editor details

Create & Race shots and facts.

Codemasters has announced more details of DS title Race Driver: Create & Race's track designer.

"Once you've conquered the 32 in-game tracks, which include Silverstone, Bathhurst, Nurburgring, then Create & Race players can really challenge themselves and their friends with a never-ending number of track combinations," producer Jamie Firth explains.

Players will be able to lay down track on a grid-based template using the free-draw tool, with the DS working out fiddly bits like rotation.

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Codemasters' road ahead

The publisher shows all at its Code07 event.

Codemasters showed key titles for the year ahead at its Code07 event in Bedfordshire earlier this week, airing nine titles and making announcements for Operation Flashpoint 2, Rise of the Argonauts and Race Driver One.