TOCA 2 Touring Cars

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TOCA Touring Car Championship 2
Toca2.jpg
PC version box art
Developer(s) Codemasters
Publisher(s) Codemasters
Platform(s) PlayStation
Microsoft Windows
Release date(s) PlayStation[1]
  • NA 31 October 1999
  • EU 1999
PC[2]
Genre(s) Racing
Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer

TOCA 2 Touring Cars (called Touring Car Challenge in the USA) is a British racing video game developed and published by Codemasters, and released in 1998. It is part of the TOCA Touring Car series. Mainly an annual franchise update of cars and tracks, the game added more detailed graphics, physics, multiplayer modes and other minor features. Fictional (but realistic) tracks were added, and support races such as Ford Fiestas, Formula Ford and others also arrived. The level of car damage possible during a race was also enhanced, which was a significant selling point compared with the likes of Gran Turismo which had no damage model at the time. The intro (opening scene) of the US version features the song "Sole Sentiment" by Ratman.

Gameplay[edit]

The game modes include the support races such as Formula Ford and the Ford Fiesta Championships, a test track mode where the player tests any car on certain variations of the test track, a Championship mode which is dependent on the length with the difficulty selected, a feature new to the game is the support cars are able to be chosen with the color the player prefers. The Multi-player mode (known as Linkup Game) allows for 2 or more players to race on any circuit and also in the Championship mode. A challenge mode is included to see how fast the player can get to the checkpoints in a limited amount of time. The single race mode allows for the player to choose the track he/she wants to race on and this mode features the ability to change the weather, laps raced and allowance for computer cars for one or more players.

Other info[edit]

Similar to the first game, once you select a car, you replace a driver and partner the other driver. However, unlike the first TOCA game, this time you replace the second team driver, not the first.[citation needed]

TOCA 2 is notable for being one of only three PlayStation games (the others being Wip3out: Special Edition and Andretti Racing) to feature a four-player mode using the PlayStation's link cable and split-screen at the same time - i.e., four players compete against each other simultaneously using two PlayStation consoles, with two players per console and connected to two televisions.

All the tracks used in the various championships, including the main BTCC championship, are real racing tracks in Great Britain. These are as follows:

Thruxton; Silverstone; Donington Park; Croft; Oulton Park; Brands Hatch; Snetterton; and Knockhill.

There are Bonus tracks and cars which can be accessed through the championship mode.

TOCA 2 for Windows also has the ability to import skins for each car. They can be edited using any paint/drawing program.

Reception[edit]

Toca 2 Touring Cars
Review scores
Publication Score
GameSpot 5.4/10 stars [3]
IGN 5.5/10 stars[4]
PlayStation Magazine 9/10[5]

There was mixed response to the game. GameSpot praised the graphics and criticised the music not being featured during gameplay. GameSpot described the game as a "Destruction Derby-style game".[3] IGN was mainly critical of the game but praised it for taking advantage of the modern 3D acceleration hardware for the updated graphics.[4] The Official PlayStation Magazine said it was an improvement on the original game, with lots of tracks, but that "the new cars felt tacked on."

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Release Information for PlayStation". 
  2. ^ "Release Information for PC". 
  3. ^ a b "GameSpot Review". Retrieved 10 November 1999. 
  4. ^ a b "IGN Review". Retrieved 18 December 1999. 
  5. ^ Official PlayStation Magazine, Future Publishing issue 40, (December 1998)