TOCA Race Driver 2

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TOCA Race Driver 2
TOCA Race Driver 2 cover.jpg
Developer(s) Codemasters
Publisher(s) Codemasters
Series TOCA
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows, Xbox, PlayStation 2, Mobile, PlayStation Portable
Release Microsoft Windows[1]
  • NA: 13 April 2004
  • EU: 23 April 2004
Xbox[2]
  • NA: 14 April 2004
  • EU: 23 April 2004
PlayStation 2[3]
  • NA: 5 October 2004
  • EU: 15 October 2004
Mobile[4]
  • NA: 5 February 2005
PlayStation Portable[5]
  • EU: 1 September 2005
Genre(s) Racing
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

TOCA Race Driver 2 (DTM Race Driver 2 in Germany and V8 Supercars 2 in Australia) is a racing video game developed and published by Codemasters for Xbox, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, Mobile and PlayStation Portable. It is the fifth game in the TOCA series.

Two PSP conversions were released in 2005 and 2006; the first being TOCA Race Driver 2 in Europe and Japan and the second being Race Driver 2006 in the US. The game continued to use a scripted career mode as introduced in the previous Race Driver game, but dropped the Ryan McKane character. Story-developing cutscenes were played out from a first-person perspective, with other characters never addressing the user by name (similar to the storytelling method of later Need for Speed titles). The Mobile phone version was released only in the U.S. a few months later.

The career mode offered a wider selection of championships than previous games, featuring the likes of Supertruck and Rallycross in addition to the traditional touring car formats. However, not for the first time in the series, the British Touring Car Championship was not included, yet the franchise continued to license the TOCA name in the title. In addition, online play was featured heavily, with support for up to 8 players on Xbox Live.

The PC version of the game features 31 licensed and fictional global race locations offering 48 tracks.[6] These include Hockenheim from the German DTM series and Surfers Paradise from the Australian V8 series. The PS2 version features an additional track, Catalunya.[7]

The PlayStation 2 version also allows up to 8 PS2 on-line players, without broadband Internet service being required, too.

Alcohol and tobacco related sponsors[edit]

In the game, the Sirromet and Hasseröder logos were removed from Paul Morris Motorsport's Holden VY Commodore and Abt Team's Audi TT-R respectively.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
PC PS2 PSP Xbox
Edge 8/10[8] N/A N/A 8/10[8]
EGM N/A N/A N/A 8.33/10[9]
Eurogamer N/A N/A 8/10[10] 9/10[11]
Famitsu N/A 30/40[12] 31/40[12] N/A
Game Informer N/A 7.5/10[13] N/A 7.5/10[14]
GamePro N/A N/A N/A 4.5/5 stars[15]
GameSpot 7.7/10[16] 8.2/10[17] N/A 8.2/10[18]
GameSpy 4.5/5 stars[19] N/A N/A N/A
GameZone N/A 8.7/10[20] N/A 8.7/10[21]
IGN 8.2/10[6] 8.2/10[22] N/A 8.2/10[23]
OPM (US) N/A 4/5 stars[24] N/A N/A
OXM (US) N/A N/A N/A 7.8/10[25]
PC Gamer (US) 75%[26] N/A N/A N/A
The Sydney Morning Herald N/A 4/5 stars[27] 4/5 stars[28] N/A
The Times 4/5 stars[29] N/A N/A 4/5 stars[29]
Aggregate score
Metacritic 81/100[30] (AU) 83/100[31]
(US) 82/100[32]
84/100[33] (AU) 90/100[34]
(US) 82/100[35]

The game received "generally favorable reviews" on all platforms except the Australian Xbox version, which received "universal acclaim", according to video game review aggregator Metacritic.[30][31][32][33][34][35] In Japan, Famitsu gave it a score of two eights, one seven and one eight for the PSP version, and two eights and two sevens for the PlayStation 2 version.[12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  4. ^ "TOCA Race Driver 2: The Ultimate Racing Simulator Release Information for Mobile". GameFAQs. Retrieved 23 August 2015. 
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  9. ^ "TOCA Race Driver 2: The Ultimate Racing Simulator (Xbox)". Electronic Gaming Monthly (179): 106. June 2004. 
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  11. ^ Reed, Kristan (15 July 2004). "TOCA Race Driver 2 (Xbox)". Eurogamer. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
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  14. ^ Kato, Matthew (May 2004). "TOCA Race Driver 2: The Ultimate Racing Simulator (Xbox)". Game Informer (133): 103. Archived from the original on 5 June 2004. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  15. ^ Four-Eyed Dragon (13 April 2004). "ToCA Race Driver 2: Ultimate Racing Simulator Review for Xbox". GamePro. Archived from the original on 13 January 2005. Retrieved 25 August 2015. 
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  17. ^ Navarro, Alex (8 October 2004). "TOCA Race Driver 2: The Ultimate Racing Simulator Review (PS2)". GameSpot. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  18. ^ Navarro, Alex (19 April 2004). "TOCA Race Driver 2: The Ultimate Racing Simulator Review (Xbox)". GameSpot. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  19. ^ Bennett, Dan (26 May 2004). "GameSpy: TOCA Race Driver 2 (PC)". GameSpy. Retrieved 25 August 2015. 
  20. ^ Lafferty, Michael (14 October 2004). "TOCA Race Driver 2: The Ultimate Racing Simulator - PS2 - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on 30 September 2008. Retrieved 25 August 2015. 
  21. ^ Zacarias, Eduardo (1 June 2004). "TOCA Race Driver 2: The Ultimate Racing Simulator - XB - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on 6 October 2008. Retrieved 25 August 2015. 
  22. ^ Rodriguez, Tyrone (12 October 2004). "ToCA Race Driver 2 (PS2)". IGN. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  23. ^ Rodriguez, Tyrone (14 April 2004). "ToCA Race Driver 2 (Xbox)". IGN. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
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  26. ^ "TOCA Race Driver 2: The Ultimate Racing Simulator". PC Gamer: 71. July 2004. 
  27. ^ Hill, Jason (7 October 2004). "Kids' zone". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  28. ^ Fish, Eliot (17 September 2004). "Warm bodies". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
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  30. ^ a b "TOCA Race Driver 2: The Ultimate Racing Simulator for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  31. ^ a b "V8 Supercars 2 for PlayStation 2 Reviews [mislabeled as "TOCA Race Driver 2: The Ultimate Racing Simulator"]". Metacritic. Archived from the original on 13 September 2008. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  32. ^ a b "TOCA Race Driver 2: The Ultimate Racing Simulator (ps2: 2004): Reviews". Metacritic. Archived from the original on 13 September 2008. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  33. ^ a b "TOCA Race Driver 2: The Ultimate Racing Simulator (psp: 2005): Reviews". Metacritic. Archived from the original on 13 September 2008. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  34. ^ a b "V8 Supercars 2 for Xbox Reviews [mislabeled as "TOCA Race Driver 2"]". Metacritic. Archived from the original on 13 September 2008. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  35. ^ a b "Toca Race Driver 2: The Ultimate Racing Simulator (xbx: 2004): Reviews". Metacritic. Archived from the original on 13 September 2008. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 

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