Tokyo Xtreme Racer: Drift 2
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Tokyo Xtreme Racer DRIFT 2 (known as Kaido: Touge no Densetsu in Japan and Kaido Racer 2 in Europe and Australia) is a racing simulator by Genki that was released in 2005. It is the third episode in the Kaido Battle series and it borrows heavily to the influential Shutokou Battle series created by the same company.
The game is about touge racing, which rely on drift skills made popular in the western culture during the 2000s by Initial D, and is divided in daytime and nighttime. The player buy a used or new stock car, tune it with aero and engine parts, get sponsorship and challenge other racers in nocturnal illegal gambling touge racing or perform downhill / uphill time attack in daytime. Available cars become more and more powerful from the basic K-car, minitruck, 1600cc compact to the 3000cc sports car. Vehicle list features licensed Japanese and European import cars.
The career mode (or Conquest mode in the game as it's called) features a single driver (with name provided by the player) on his quest to become the best racer in all the Osaka area. The player starts with around ¥2,500,000 (or around $23,000) to buy a car (more than the previous game, which had only ¥1,500,000 to start). The Conquest mode has been significantly changed, with several new real-life locations of races being present in the game as of course, several new being presented in the game. Hakone and Haruna return from the original game, while several new locations, like Shiga Kusatsu, Hiroshima, Nikko and Mount Rokkō (divided into two roads, Ura and Omote) are new roads to race, and some of them being omitted from the game.
With the original tracks in the game, a new option in the game has been made: Short Courses. There are only three short courses in the game, and as the name says, they are much shorter than the long course tracks. They cannot be simply unlocked by passing the Conquest mode, but rather by winning the special invitation by beating the significant opponent in the game and winning a number of prizes to be allowed to participate. Several sponsors and many high-stakes drivers are on short courses, and several drivers from the original Tokyo Extreme Racer are featured in short courses. Also, short courses are only open during the day and during the good weather.
Tuning of the car has been significantly changed as well. The sequel features vinyls which can be put on the car, although the sticker scheme has been changed and now only one sticker of the team can be applied to the car. Several new body changes were made, with the ability to add mudflaps, rally bonnets and spoilers, as well as carbon trunks and hoods. As with the original game, performance can be tuned up, although now there is a different mod of engine tuning in which you pick parts from different manufactures to help tune the car to the maximum amount of power. The same goes with Turbo tuning, and now NA engines can be converted to Turbo and also shifted back to NA engines (although cars with stock Turbo cannot be converted to NA engines).
As with the original, the goal is to defeat all Slashers (bosses of roads) to win the game. Although, some new tweaks have been made. For instance, a road only has one Slasher now, and number of Tricky drivers (more powerful drivers serving as prelude to a Slasher) have been added. Some drivers from the previous games have been now made Slashers, while some of them changed locations (for instance, a former regular Haruna driver now has a new car and is a Slasher, while the previous Haruna Slasher is now an Akagi slasher). Slashers drive special vehicles with unique body kits, paint and stickers. In Conquest mode, player also has the ability to unlock some special cars as well to buy them, which have custom body kits, paint job, vinyls and rims. Every driver in the game has its own biography (which is mostly comical), a car and car's specs. A difference from the previous game is that in the previous game, only bets were with special car parts or a new car, but in this game all races feature bets, with some of them featuring parts or vehicles.
Category races have been changed as well, with three types of them: Standard Races, Gymkhana and Advanced Races. Standard races are CA challenges which allows the player to progress through levels, which in turn allows the player to race in Advanced Races. Advanced Races have special medal prizes, which can unlock some new equipment, new cars and also short courses. Gymkhana is different from the both, instead featuring a parking lot with cones, with both TA and CA challenges for Gymkhana racing.
With the same plot as the original game had, some differences have been made. For instance, a new plot was designed featuring Thirteen Devils and Kingdom Twelve. Thirteen Devils is a racing team from Tokyo that has arrived on highways of Japan to conquer all the major courses. They are a group of 13 drivers with high-performance cars, with all of them having a distinctive yellow paint job and custom vinyls. Opposed to them are Kingdom Twelve, a group of 12 professional racers who race to "protect" the highway drivers from city racers, and they have arrived to combat Thirteen Devils, and they have custom vinyls and high-end performance cars. The player, during the game, will have an opportunity to race drivers from both groups, and they are regularly mentioned during the game via messaging.
The game features 4 Stages through the game. As Slashers are beaten and new locations are unlocked, new cars, sponsors and car parts are unlocked. Each Stage (except Stage 1 and Stage 4, which has only two locations) features three locations, and usually only one has to be beaten in order to advance to the next Stage, although more hardcore gamers will tend to conquer all locations at the Stage to achieve 100% in the game and unlock new cars, car parts, etc.
Number of vehicles in the game has been raised significantly, and the game features 30 to 40 cars more than the previous game. They range from K-cars and small pick-up trucks to hatchbacks and 4-door sedans to more powerful vehicles. The game features Japanese and European cars in the game, although European cars are less used and mostly inferior to the Japanese ones, although some of them (for instance, Volkswagen Golf IV) are in performance very superior to Japanese cars. There are also several parodies of cars from anime and manga titles like Initial D, Wangan Midnight and Over Rev! with different colors. Unlike past games in the franchise, there are no cars from American manufacturers.
The game features many new modes of racing, many of which appear in the Conquest mode:
- SP challenge: Standard race between two rivals, but it features a health bar which drains power out of the losing one's car if he is behind, and the further the winner is from the loser, the faster the bar will drain, and as such, the race can be won also by getting fast out of range of the opponent, not just crossing the finish line first. The health bar can drastically be drained if the two cars collide with each other or they bump into walls.
- SA challenge: Togue race between the two rivals, with the player at the back. This race doesn't feature a meter, but the race can be won if one rival gets too far ahead (usually 104.3 feet ahead).
+TF challenge: Togue race between the two rivals, only the player is at the front and he has to finish the race first to win. Also doesn't feature a meter.
- TA challenge: Standard Time attack challenge, with the object being beating the rival's record in the race.
- CA challenge: Time attack, but it also features a drift mode in which the player has to beat the rival's time record and also score more drift points than the rival in order to win the race.
- TAC challenge: Just like the regular time attack challenge, but the driver also has a health bar that will be reduced if the player bumps with walls.
- CAT challenge: A drift challenge, in which the player has to score a significant amount of points on each turn, and the player will automatically lose if bumping walls or failing to score the ordered number of points.
Category races were also featured in the original game, and also return here with some changes:
- Category race: The object of the race is to score a number of points given through drifting so the player can win the money (which increases if the player has sponsor stickers on the car). The drifts can score a combo which increases in every drift as long as the player scores more than 1000 points in each section, and as the combo increases, number of points will also be increased with each section, but the combo can end if the player scores less than 1000 points or bumps a wall, ending the drift.
- Gymkhana: A new option in the game, which is divided into TA and CA challenges. TA challenge is to pass a given route through the cones in the ordered time to win the event, while the CA challenge also features a number of points that have to be scored with the given amount of time. Gymkhana features 10 different routes that get harder by the event, although there is no difference between TA and CA routes. In Conquest mode, every city features identical routes, except that as the player progresses through Stages and locations, Gymkhana routes have the given time limit reduced and number of points raised, making it more difficult, but the cash prize increases as well.
- Advanced races: A new option of the game, they are unlocked with solving the Conquest mode and are unique as a player needs to have a specific type of engine or a car brand in order to enter the race, as well as the level of skill which is progressed as Category races are won. Each destination has unique events, and have much bigger cash prizes and also unlock special medals.
The game was met with very mixed reception upon release, as GameRankings gave it a score of 52.12%, while Metacritic gave it 46 out of 100. Although, the game has a large, yet spread out fan base among car enthusiast as the style of racing displayed (Drifting) and the locations (Mountain, Country Roads) gave them the opportunity to safely experience the Japanese street racing culture that was prevalent during the 1980's up to present day. This game also influenced many car racing players and software programmers to modify and or create games that involve the racing style commonly refereed to as "Touge".
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