TOCA 2 Touring Cars
|TOCA 2 Touring Cars|
PC version box art
|Mode(s)||Single player, multiplayer|
TOCA 2 Touring Cars (called TOCA 2: 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 background music features E Z Rollers "Retro". Other version's feature, "Sole Sentiment" by Ratman, in the opening intro.
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.
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.
TOCA 2 is notable for being one of only four PlayStation games (the others being Wip3out: Special Edition, R4: Ridge Racer Type 4 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.
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.
The game was met with positive reception; it currently has a score of 79% for both the UK PC and PlayStation versions, and 78% for the US PC version according to GameRankings. Official UK PlayStation Magazine gave the PS version a score of nine out of ten and said it was an improvement on the original game, with lots of tracks, but that "the new cars felt tacked on."
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