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If the depth of the realism sounds too involved, don’t let it put you off. Touring Car Championship is packed with plenty of the smash ’em and crash ’em gameplay you would expect from a console game, and it has the frame rate to match. A one-on-one split screen game gives you the chance to really fly off the handle and whiz around any track with a friend, leaving broken signs, car parts and traffic cones strewn in your wake. Switch the catch-up on or off and just drive like an idiot for three laps. It’s very healthy.
With so many racing games now available for the playstation, I find it amazing that Codemasters have managed to produce something that still feels new and quite different from the rest of the pack - the style of driving needed to play this game is very different from V-Rally, F1-97 and even Rage Racer. Having watched a lot of Touring car racing down at Donnington (one of the tracks), its its also fair to say that the tracks are as close to the originals as they could possibly have been. Even though this game runs far slower than some of its counterparts, it still manages to capture both the style and spirit of this sport perfectly.
Ce premier volet de la série des TOCA est une franche réussite. Il parvient à imposer un nouveau style de conduite qui ravit les fans de simulation automobile. Un peu léger graphiquement et en termes de contenu, ses nombreuses suites corrigeront ces aspects et feront de cette licence l'une des plus prolifiques dans les annales du jeu de courses.
Toca Touring Car est une bonne simulation de course de berlines. Le mode 2 joueurs est particulièrement efficace car très rapide.
Trotz der recht hohen Realitätsnähe wurde auch die Spielbarkeit genügend berücksichtigt. Was Codemasters hier geleistet hat, macht auf mich den Eindruck wie das Touring-Car-Pendant zu Psygnosis‘ Formel 1:
authentische Strecken, realistisches Handling und das alles in technisch einwandfreier Aufmachung. Wenn man gerade in der Startphase eines Rennens rempelnd und schubsend durch die Blechkolonne rauscht, dann bekommt man schon einen ungefähren Eindruck von der Rasanz des Touring-Car-Sports. Wer jedoch spektakuläre Tunnelfahrten oder extreme Steigungen von einem Rennspiel erwartet, wird dies bei TOCA vergeblich suchen, da es sich ja ausschließlich um die „echten“ Rennstrecken handelt.
Too little, too late could be the motto for TOCA Championship Racing. TOCA isn't a really bad game but it does have its faults and flaws and compared to some of the other games such as GT, it is hard to say that TOCA is worth purchasing. If you like European racing, TOCA is probably the best representation on the PlayStation. However if you are in it for fun there are better choices out there.
Overall? These problems weren't enough to totally ruin the experience - the realism of driving the cars, sense of speed, and the better-designed courses far overshadow the game's shortcomings. It's certainly not for everyone Â¿ those accustomed to Ridge Racer will be thrown for a loop - but for those who seek realism, it's certainly hard to beat. Only Gran Turismo does it better when it comes to that.
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
While TOCA is a wonderful game in many respects and an excellent racing simulator, I feel it will utterly fail to appeal to any but the most hardcore racing sim fan. Given the number of true racing simulations out for the PlayStation right now, I really don’t know if that is a large enough audience to label it a success or not. I’d have to say TOCA falls into that category where a fan of the real sport will probably enjoy it, but most others won’t find enough to really hold their interest. It is a good, well-designed game, but in the end is simply not fun enough for me to recommend.
Computer and Video Games (CVG)
Even using a bog-standard controller, TOCA's a ball bustin' experience, but to get the most from the game you gotta get a steering wheel. Skids become easier to control, gear changing's a doddle and taking the perfect line through corners gets to be second nature.