The games presentation is very good, all the offers from new racing teams will come to your office via email, here you can accept or decline whichever job offers you like. All the rest of the games options will appear as objects or people in your office. As you progress through the game you will start to unlock tracks from different championships, there are a load of racetracks in TOCA Race Driver, this is one of the excellent features of the game. All the tracks on offer here are mostly famous ones from around Europe and America. You will accumulate a number of points in each championship, for example British TOCA championship, Alfa GTV Championship etc.
After you have done the business and built up enough points over the different championships you will be able to move on to the next tier of racing. This is where the speed and stakes are increased. You won't be racing poxy 2.0 litre Vauxhall Astra's but bit chunky Mercs and Audi's in the German DTM championship.
You will also be able to enter one day events; these are one race affairs in which every driver has exactly the same car with the same specifications. I think the first one is a Mini Cooper race, with just features two cars, yours and the guy who has challenged you. From then on you will be able to enter a TVR Tuscan and a K&N Air Filters Ford Focus one day event to name a few. If you successfully complete these challenges you will be able to keep the car for use in the Free Mode.
The graphics in TOCA Race Driver are not the best you will have seen, but the most important thing is that the game play is not affected in the slightest. TOCA Race Driver does suffer from some shameful pop up on the scenery and the car models can look a little rough at times. The reason for these graphical shortcomings has to be the result of the sheer number of things that can happen on the screen at any one time. Firstly there are 14 cars per race and secondly if the car at the front of the pack crashes on the first corner everything happens without a glitch, even with 14 cars smashing into each other on the screen at the same time. During races the frame rate runs very smoothly and fast, not once have I experienced any slow down.
So the graphics aren't the best in the world and there are some pop-up problems but the game runs brilliantly every time
.Who needs fantastic graphics?
This brings me nicely on to the sound in TOCA Race Drive. In a word the engine and car sound effects are brilliant. Each and every car sounds unique and just like in real life. The Mercs have that great throaty V8 growl while the Mini sounds like a vacuum cleaner. GREAT! Oh there is also a great sound track too but you won't need it.
TOCA Race Driver is a very worthy purchase for one simple reason, playability.
This is some of the most realistic racing action you will get on any console, never mind the PS2. Some will argue about the graphics but nothing can take away the greatness of this game.
8.5 out of 10