Eurogamer can exclusively reveal that a new instalment in the TOCA series is heading to PSP later this year.
The PSP version of TOCA Race Driver 2 is being touched up for its US release as Race Driver 06 - so much so that you might even want to wait and import it if you've put off buying it so far.
If Radio 4 starting doing a videogame version of Desert Island Disks, TOCA Race Driver 2 would be a worthy contender for that hallowed list; and now a PSP version is available, you don't even have to pack your PS2 and exploding AC adaptor in your rucksack. Bonus.
When we originally looked at the game, it was evident that despite all of TRD 2's various foibles and quirks, the whole package is a compelling one that's greater than the sum of its parts. In what amounts to a pot pourri of racing disciplines in one package, the game lets you race a huge variety of vehicles over many stages, from Supertrucks to vintage classics, rally cars, turbo charged GTs and more.
TRD 2 is effectively 15 games in one; with each discipline discernibly different to the next, requiring no small amount of skill to become familiar with each and every challenge thrown your way. To some degree, it deserves its self-penned tag line of being the 'Ultimate Racing Simulator': no other game before or since has packed in so many styles so successfully, and for that, we love it. Lots.
Codemasters has found an ingenious method of allowing players to supply their own soundtrack in TOCA Race Driver 2 on PSP, and the company has hinted that its experiments in this area could pave the way for things like custom in-game photos.
Both Colin McRae and TOCA Race Driver will be released alongside the PSP in Europe on September 1st, Codemasters confirmed today - and both games will take full advantage of the handheld's wireless multiplayer options.
The rally title, now going by the name Colin McRae Rally 2005 Plus, offers everything from three-minute stages to full three-hour championships, and will allow for simultaneous eight-player wireless racing - with an option to share replays via wireless too. There will even be a demo download option, so your PSP-owning mates can grab a bit of playable code from you wirelessly and try it out. Because, let's face it, you're hardly going to let them touch your shiny, spotless new toy. We wouldn't.
TOCA Race Driver 2, meanwhile, features just about everything that was in the PS2 version and supports wireless multiplayer for 12 players simultaneously. TOCA 2, for those who missed its turn on the home consoles and PC, features a wide variety of very-well-modelled racing disciplines - everything from Formula Ford to Super Truck Racing, with various licensed categories too.
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