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.
The news that they'll both be out on day one really marks PSP out as the handheld of choice for racing fans. They'll be joined on the shelves from day one by the likes of Ridge Racer, WipEout Pure, Midnight Club 3, and various others. Hopefully we'll have full reviews of both Colin McRae and TOCA 2 in the run-up to the PSP's launch.
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