While we Americans got a PSP dose of the Race Driver series earlier this year in the form of Race Driver 2006, that game never saw its way to European handhelds…at least not officially. Codemasters is about to change that with a new portable release to the series, TOCA Race Driver 3 Challenge. The game is apparently a wholly separate successor to the PSP release of TOCA Race Driver 2, not just a port of the PS2 version of TOCA 3. What exactly that means remains to be seen, however.
This one will feature the requisite selection of globe-hopping race series we’ve come to expect from these games, like TOCA in the UK (duh), DTM in Germany, Aussie V8’s down under, and something referred to as “America Race” here in the States. There will also be some impressive car damage, challenges, license tests, and races that are designed to be portable friendly (i.e. three laps long). Obviously no word yet on whether the game will do anything about the agonizingly long load times of its US predecessor, but given the nature of the platform, don’t hope for miracles when this one launches this winter.
Codemasters revs up new PSP® exclusive with TOCA Race Driver 3 Challenge, coming this winter
Real performance cars, intense pack racing with real physics and real damage returns to PSP screens with all-new Challenge game
Prepare for an all-new tarmac-tearing TOCA experience as Codemasters announces TOCA Race Driver 3 Challenge, an original title in the thrilling motorsport series, coming this winter for the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system.
Set to launch exclusively in PAL territories, TOCA Race Driver 3 Challenge is being designed from the ground up for PSP gaming with an emphasis on burst play and will deliver all the motorsport excitement the series is renowned for.
TOCA Race Driver 3 Challenge will roar in with a cavalcade of officially licensed racecars, world-famous tracks and a new, progressive central game mode – the World Challenge. As the piston-pumping heart of the game, the World Challenge will see players competing through a series of international championship tiers, each packed with skill tests, specialised events and championships that span different racing styles.
Each World Challenge tier is designed to enhance and expand your race driving skills and experience. First, a series of tests and events will build your racing prowess in areas such as damage control, using the racing line, manoeuvring, timely pit stops and braking accuracy. Now you’re ready for the main event: the tier’s specialist Championship season with a series of closely-fought multiple car races on different circuits. Come first overall in the championship and you’ll move up to compete in the next tier of the World Challenge.
Throughout TOCA Race Driver 3 Challenge, you’ll be racing the world as each tier has its own international location and theme: from the British GP, to the heavyweight touring cars of Australia’s V8 Supercars and Germany’s DTM events, through to American Race series across the USA and then to a global Masters championship tier where you’ll compete against the best of the best.
Of course, with all this competitive racing, TOCA Race Driver 3 Challenge features spectacular collisions thanks to its realistic damage system; sparks fly when you bottom out, smoke billows from tyres, doors flap, windscreens shatter, wings get ripped off, spoilers break and fly from the car and bodywork realistically deforms with every impact.
In addition to the World Challenge, TOCA Race Driver 3 Challenge will come loaded with additional play modes including Free Race and Time Trial. There’s also wireless WLAN multiplayer action play for up to a staggering 12 players simultaneously and further multiplayer action via Game Share, enabling up to four players to enjoy fantastic WLAN racing from just one UMD.
Set to be the handheld’s most thrilling, multi-event, motorsport title, TOCA Race Driver 3 Challenge will get PSP players’ engines roaring this winter. Be the first off the grid online at www.codemasters.co.uk/toca3psp
TOCA Race Driver 3 Challenge is the evolution of the series on PSP and successor to the smash-hit PSP title TOCA Race Driver 2 (September 2005), rather than a handheld adaptation of TOCA Race Driver 3 from PlayStation 2 (February 2006).