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  • Summary: [Also known as "TOCA Race Driver"] Ryan McKane, a test driver with gasoline running in his veins, spends his life struggling against his father's disappointment, while his brother's phenomenal racetrack success overshadows every minor victory he achieves. When his father perishes in an octane-fuelled blaze of fire on the asphalt that he loved, Ryan's frustrated ambition galvanizes into a unrelenting determination to triumph over all opposition and become first a touring car champion, then maybe even World Champion. Petrolheads and mass market gamers alike slam the pedal to the metal to guide the actions of our hero through the hairpins and chicanes of a career in global racing. Features 42 licensed touring & race cars including Holden Commodore, Ford Falcon, Mercedes CLK, Alfa Romeo GTV and Viper GTS; 38 international circuits recreated under licence including Bathurst, Hockenheim and Silverstone; and 13 global Championships including official series: DTM from Germany, V8 Supercars from Australia and the Britsh Touring Car Championship. [Codemasters] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. The complete mix of tight handling, great AI, realistic car tweaking and damage, awesome graphics and sound, multiple game modes, and a great story line definitely surpassed my overall enjoyment of "GT3."
  2. Racing games this good are almost nonexistent. [Nov 2002, p.112]
  3. Story aside, PRD is a damn fine racer... I'm completely addicted. [Feb 2003, p.109]
  4. The action is heated enough to hold your attention and the cool touches like a fantastic damage engine make it all worthwhile.
  5. What Bam!'s 2001 release "Driven" should have, but wasn't: a good racing engine tied to an unfolding story.
  6. If the work that's gone into TOCA's story element had been put into the game itself, we might now be saluting the PS2's best racing game. Instead we're lightly applauding a rather good one. [GamesMaster]
  7. 60
    The story is laughably bad, and McKane has to be one of the most unlikable protagonists ever. Even worse, the racing gameplay just isn’t that exciting, largely due to lackluster handling and A.I. competition.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. RowanG.
    Oct 8, 2002
    Really goood.
  2. [Anonymous]
    Mar 5, 2003
    Amazing, superb, just like half life on wheels.
  3. QuannD.
    Nov 9, 2002
    It's so cool and all the cool cars.
  4. NewtonD.
    Jan 6, 2003
    I would like to say that this game ranks as one of my favourites for the racing genre. This game is unqiue and well worth the money spent! The cars are amazing..from Vauxhalls to Dodge 69 Charger..and all the classic circuits such as Donnington Pk and Brands Hatch. I am really excited about this game by codemasters..and hopefully they will follow up with a Formula 1 game! Expand
  5. EricB.
    Jan 17, 2003
    It is a really great mix between racing, strategy and storyline! I love it! Very realistic game with lots of different cars and tracks. The other cars on the track do their best to block you or drive you off the circuit!! Very addicted! Collapse
  6. JamesS.
    Dec 19, 2002
    Worth the anticipation. If you like fender to fender racing, full speed fealing, having 5th gear go out after an encounter with a wall, other cars bumping and running, calculated pit stops, totally awesome tracks, and a nice in car feel, spend the money, youll make the time. Expand
  7. AndyM.
    Jan 8, 2003
    Don't believe the hype. Sure, this game LOOKS great, and the storyline is a neat idea. However, the control is terribly frustrating. Also, the sun glare on EVERY track is an incredible nuisance. It's not a bad game, but there are many out there that are a LOT better. Expand

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