Toca 2 Touring Cars
Written by shigamoto   
Saturday, 23 July 2005

Ever wanted to race with ordinary stock cars (a bit modified of course) on racetracks? You have your chance in Toca 2 Touring Cars.



Toca 2 features a lot of different cars and tracks for you to race. For example you can drive cars like Audi A4, Ford Mondeo, Volvo S40, Peugeot 406, Renault Laguna, Honda Accord and Vauxhall Vectra. On top of that Codemasters added different support classes such as Ford Fiesta, Jaguar XJ220, TVR Speed 12 and so on. This is really an extensive game about racing, but is it any good?

The game has a pretty steep learning curve, especially if you want to race on the tougher difficulty levels. The core of the game is to race in a touring cars championship, on different tracks. After winning the championship you get bonus levels and cars (in form of support classes).

When racing you notice that this is nothing like other racing games on the market. One little mistake will cause you to crash or loose time. The car handling differs from car to car in the game but generally it’s very authentic.

If you drive at high speeds and just brakes a little it can cause you to crash, just like in real racing. That also goes for turning, just trying to avoid an obstacle in these high speeds can cause your car to skid and crash. Actually it’s quite challenging and driving in this game almost feels like the real thing apart from the speed experience.

In real driving you can feel approximately how fast you are going. There is no way to tell that in this game if you don’t look at the speedometer. This means that in the beginning of the game you will skid and crash a lot before you start to get the hang of it.

The AI drivers are pretty good, especially when you increase the difficulty level. However they don’t seem to give all speed they have on the straights, this causes you to be able to overtake them fairly easy. However they are very aggressive at times and actually force you off the track at times.

Driving in Toca 2 is addictive; even if things go down the drains at time you simply can’t get enough of it. The developers have manage to balance the game so that it’s both fun to play and pretty realistic.

The support classes to the Touring Car championship provide a nice little extra addition to the game. It gets your mind of things, and driving around in a Fiesta can actually be quite fun and challenging.

This game is a great racing simulation, like many other racing games it has some problems with the speed other than that everything is great.


Developer: Codemasters
Website for Game: http://www.codemasters.co.uk/toca2/
Publisher: Codemasters
O/S: Win 95/98/ME/XP
Cost of Full Game: N/A
Year of Release: 1999

Requirements:
Pentium 200 MHz, 32 MB RAM, 4 MB VRAM.
Tested on:
Pentium 4 2.4 GHz, 512 MB RAM, ATI Radeon Graphics Card




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