It features various Touring Car championships from around the world, but despite carrying the TOCA name, a fully licensed British Touring Car Championship (TOCA) series was not included. This upset a lot of fans of the series, but success continued. The gameplay overall became more "Arcade" and the replacement of qualifying laps with random grid positions together with the omission of penalties for bad driving made the game much more playable for the casual gamer. Curiously, unlike the first two titles in the TOCA series, World Touring Cars was not released in a Microsoft Windows version.
The game was met with positive reception upon release; it currently has a score of 85% and 80 out of 100 for the PlayStation version according to GameRankings and Metacritic.
The PlayStation version was a bestseller in the UK, replacing WWF SmackDown! In the media, once again the franchise was compared to the Gran Turismo series, and once again TOCA was warmly received by much of the specialist press, most notably scoring 10 out of 10 in Official UK PlayStation Magazine. The detailed and smooth graphics were of particular praise, and it had "an ideal mix of driving, crashing and career progression". The final issue A-Z described it thus: "Non-stop racing excitement with weeks of tough championship winning. 10/10" (Official UK PlayStation Magazine March 2004, issue 108).