TOCA Race Driver 3

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TOCA Race Driver 3
TOCA Race Driver 3 Cover.jpg
Developer(s) Codemasters
Publisher(s) Codemasters
Series TOCA
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox, PlayStation Portable, OS X, Nintendo DS
Release Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2 & Xbox
  • NA: 22 February 2006
  • EU: 24 February 2006
  • AU: 13 October 2006
PlayStation Portable
  • EU: 16 February 2007
  • AU: 23 February 2007
OS X
  • NA: 24 October 2008
Genre(s) Racing
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer

TOCA Race Driver 3 (DTM Race Driver 3 in Germany, V8 Supercars 3 in Australia, TOCA Race Driver 3 Challenge in the PlayStation Portable version and Race Driver: Create & Race in the Nintendo DS version) is a Racing video game developed and published by Codemasters for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox, PlayStation Portable, Nintendo DS and OS X. It is the sixth game in the TOCA series. The game features several fully licensed championships, including the DTM series and V8 Supercar championship. This is the last in the series to have TOCA in its title as following on from this TOCA was dropped in favour of just Race Driver.

It includes 120 Championships and 35 Types of Racing through the Championship in World Tour, Pro Career, and Free Race. Also it has Bonus Championships in different disciplines. They take place largely in the UK and Germany, though many more tracks are unlocked by winning cups in Pro Career, or by setting a lap time record on a course within Pro Career mode. Open wheel, GT, Oval racing, Rallying and Off-road racing were all featured, and can be raced in either a detailed Pro Career mode or an open-ended World Tour.

Online play allows 12 and 8 players on PlayStation 2 and Xbox, respectively. Currently, it is the only racing simulator for PlayStation 2 with an online racing mode. For the PC up to 12 players could race together with the built-in Gamespy Server or by using a LAN. When Gamespy closed in 2014 Online Multiplayer was subsequently made possible using the Free Tunngle Network. But Tunngle Network was shutdown at 30.04.2018 due to pending requirements of the new European General Data Protection Regulation. The game received good reviews, frequently being compared favorably to Gran Turismo 4 and Forza Motorsport, in the aspects of cars on track, collision and wear damage. Custom tuning of suspension components for handling and gear ratios, and including braking ratio front to rear. A more through tuning setup for a race car was allowable more so then in a driving simulator like Gran Turismo 4, since TOCA Race Driver 3 was a racing simulator.

The game features many real-life competitions, including British GT, DTM, IRL and V8 Supercars, as well as a Vintage series, other GT series, and Rally. The Formula Williams FW27 is the featured car of the Formula 1 series in the game.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
PC PS2 PSP Xbox
Edge 8/10[1] 8/10[1] N/A 8/10[1]
EGM N/A 6.5/10[2] N/A 6.5/10[2]
Eurogamer N/A N/A 7/10[3] 9/10[4]
Famitsu N/A 28/40[5] N/A N/A
Game Informer N/A 8.25/10[6] N/A 8.25/10[6]
GamePro N/A 4.5/5 stars[7] N/A 4.5/5 stars[7]
GameSpot 8.5/10[8] 8.5/10[8] N/A 8.5/10[9]
GameSpy N/A 4/5 stars[10] N/A 4/5 stars[10]
IGN 8.7/10[11] 8.7/10[12] N/A 8.7/10[12]
OPM (US) N/A 3/5 stars[13] N/A N/A
OXM (US) N/A N/A N/A 9/10[14]
PC Gamer (US) 70%[15] N/A N/A N/A
The Sydney Morning Herald 4/5 stars[16] 4/5 stars[16] N/A 4/5 stars[16]
Aggregate score
Metacritic 84/100[17] 82/100[18] 76/100[19] 84/100[20]

The game received "generally favorable reviews" on all platforms according to video game review aggregator Metacritic.[17][20][18][19] In Japan, where the PS2 version got a port on January 24, 2008,[21] Famitsu gave it a score of all four sevens for a total of 28 out of 40.[5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Edge staff (March 2006). "TOCA Race Driver 3 (PC, PS2, Xbox)". Edge (160): 87. 
  2. ^ a b EGM staff (March 2006). "TOCA Race Driver 3 (PS2, Xbox)". Electronic Gaming Monthly (201): 102. 
  3. ^ Bramwell, Tom (8 February 2007). "TOCA Race Driver 3 Challenge". Eurogamer. Retrieved 25 August 2015. 
  4. ^ Reed, Kristan (2 March 2006). "TOCA Race Driver 3 (Xbox)". Eurogamer. Retrieved 25 August 2015. 
  5. ^ a b Brian (16 January 2008). "Famitsu review scores". Nintendo Everything. Retrieved 29 February 2016. 
  6. ^ a b "TOCA Race Driver 3 (PS2, Xbox)". Game Informer (155): 100. March 2006. 
  7. ^ a b Ouroboros (March 2006). "ToCA Race Driver 3 (PS2, Xbox)". GamePro: 80. Archived from the original on 5 March 2006. Retrieved 26 August 2015. 
  8. ^ a b Navarro, Alex (24 February 2006). "TOCA Race Driver 3 Review (PC, PS2)". GameSpot. Retrieved 25 August 2015. 
  9. ^ Navarro, Alex (28 February 2006). "TOCA Race Driver 3 Review (Xbox)". GameSpot. Retrieved 25 August 2015. 
  10. ^ a b Steinberg, Steve (27 February 2006). "GameSpy: TOCA Race Driver 3 (PS2, Xbox)". GameSpy. Retrieved 26 August 2015. 
  11. ^ Perry, Douglass C. (24 February 2006). "TOCA Race Driver 3 (PC)". IGN. Retrieved 25 August 2015. 
  12. ^ a b Perry, Douglass C. (14 February 2006). "TOCA Race Driver 3 (PS2, Xbox)". IGN. Retrieved 25 August 2015. 
  13. ^ "TOCA Race Driver 3". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine: 90. March 2006. 
  14. ^ "TOCA Race Driver 3". Official Xbox Magazine: 80. March 2006. 
  15. ^ "TOCA Race Driver 3". PC Gamer: 98. April 2006. 
  16. ^ a b c Hill, Jason (23 February 2006). "V8 Supercars 3 (PC, PS2, Xbox)". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 25 August 2015. 
  17. ^ a b "TOCA Race Driver 3 for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 25 August 2015. 
  18. ^ a b "TOCA Race Driver 3 for PlayStation 2 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 25 August 2015. 
  19. ^ a b "TOCA Race Driver 3 Challenge (psp: 2007): Reviews". Metacritic. Archived from the original on 13 September 2008. Retrieved 25 August 2015. 
  20. ^ a b "TOCA Race Driver 3 for Xbox Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 25 August 2015. 
  21. ^ "TOCA レース ドライバー 3 ジ アルティメット レーシング シミュレーター" (in Japanese). Famitsu. Retrieved 29 February 2016. 

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