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Loads of different racing, but not all of it is that good...,
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This review is from: TOCA Race Driver 3 (PS2) (Video Game)
If variety is your thing and you like a bit of racing too, TOCA 3 is the game for you. You can race vehicles on road, off road, over road, under road and of all different shapes and sizes. But it's a double-edged sword.
On the one hand, the variety is great as you get to try your hand at lots of different styles of racing, but on the other it is a weakness as some of them are rubbish and you feel as though you are being forced to play through it in order to make progress. The difficulty level of the different racing types also varies wildly. Often a good qualifying time will get you at the front of the grid, and as long as you start well you can stay well out in front. It is no great challenge.
Other races are much more difficult and the slightest error will cost you places that you cannot possibly get back. It's very frustrating as the difficulty lurches about between the classes rather than scale up as you work though the game.
On offer is the World Tour, which offers loads of different racing types in mini championships, and Pro Career mode, which gives the chance to race through a full season of just one type. Progress can be saved within these, but be careful, you can only save a World Tour championship or a Pro Career season at one time - if you switch mid-season from Pro Career to World Tour you lose the save! This is not explained in the manual or in the game and leads to early frustration.
Graphically, TOCA 3 is OK. It moves at a fair pace and does the job without being particularly spectacular. The sound is fine, it makes engine noises and the tyres screech when they should. There you go.
Multiplayer is well put together and as long as you can put yourself against players of a similar skill level, it's good fun.
So lots of variety but all of it is OK without being great. There are no British or World Touring Cars, which were the strengths of the earlier games in this series. Codemasters have clearly decided more is more, but I would rather have less but be given proper championships and more detailed racing. Just because there are such things as monster truck racing and classic rallying, it does not mean they will necessarily be that much fun to play.
The racing and handling in TOCA 3 is generally good, there is some great action to enjoy and the multiplayer works well. Buy this game if you like lots and lots and lots (and lots) of variety, but don't expect all of it to be particularly well done.
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Initial post: 22 Sep 2009 12:08:33 BDT
Thanks CJ, great review. Very helpful.
Posted on 23 Dec 2009 20:15:47 GMT
Mark Antony says:
I still don't think Codemasters have come close to equaling TOCA Touring Cars 2. Much less options and cars, but much more detailed, strategic racing. Rivalries between CPU drivers was great, and these days it hardly matters which driver is behind you, IF you even get to learn.
In reply to an earlier post on 30 Dec 2009 09:47:03 GMT
I would agree with that, I think sometimes more is less. There's too much going variety in the more recent TOCA/Race Driver/Grid games. They're still good, but I don't enjoy them as much as the older TOCA titles.
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