Tokyo Xtreme Racer DRIFT 2 PlayStation 2

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  • Summary: The mountains of Japan are calling – and so are your racing rivals. With the mysterious disappearance of the reigning champion, the tournament crown is suddenly up for grabs. Many will vie, only one can win. Do you have what it takes to race, grind and drift your way to the ultimate racingThe mountains of Japan are calling – and so are your racing rivals. With the mysterious disappearance of the reigning champion, the tournament crown is suddenly up for grabs. Many will vie, only one can win. Do you have what it takes to race, grind and drift your way to the ultimate racing prize? Race in the dangerous mountains of Japan – Hakone, Niko, Haruna and Akagi - all faithfully recreated using the most advanced laser techniques to maintain every tight twist and hazardous turn. Enter your car in legal races held during the day for money - enter the underground races at night to defeat your bitter rivals. The championship and glory are waiting. Race over 180 true-to-life cars from 16 manufactures. Hunt down rivals on the track and in off road rallies. Unleash your inner gearhead with unlimited engine alterations. Tweak your car to the exact specification for your race and driving style. Beware of changing weather that affects your race. Experience an engaging story as you race where drifting was born. [Crave Entertainment] Expand
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  1. Positive: 0 out of 8
  2. Negative: 5 out of 8
  1. It's a racing game that has a lot of good going for it until you get into the driving mechanics of drifting your car. This part of the title may totally give you hissy fits. Try before you buy.
  2. While the graphics are not as shiny and sleek as the cars are in real life, and there are no damage affects, this game is great for its price. You can’t find a better deal on a new game; 20 dollars for all these options and challenges should be considered grand theft video game.
  3. Tedious gameplay, poor vehicle handling, and an unfriendly interface are just a few reasons why you should leave this game in the bargain bin.
  4. Tokyo Xtreme Racer DRIFT 2 is little more than the original in disguise, and it's a poor disguise, at that. It suffers from the exact same problems, and we'd actually prefer the original because at least that one was a little more straightforward.
  5. 40
    The inability to drift still sucks, but now, there's no reason to attempt to legitimately progress through the game since you can avoid these races entirely, and rivals aren't challenging either.
  6. A pretty bland attempt at not only a drift racer, but also a racer in general.
  7. 20
    Basically, Drift 2 feels like a repackaging of the original Drift, with almost nothing done to improve on the myriad problems of the prequel.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Apr 21, 2015
    10
    fast review

    + lots if jdm cars + big amount of mountain roads to drive + great graphics (for ps2 of course) + carrier mode with hundreds
    fast review

    + lots if jdm cars
    + big amount of mountain roads to drive
    + great graphics (for ps2 of course)
    + carrier mode with hundreds of rivals
    - drifting is hard (because of drifting requires proper parts and tunning and lots of practice)

    great mountain jdm drifting game, must have for entusiasts
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  2. MarcusV.
    Apr 28, 2007
    10
    This is the best of T.E.R.D.2 in the world and any racing fans of drifting will love this game.
  3. JimC.
    Jun 4, 2007
    10
    This game is sick!!! very addicting, easy to tune, fun to play, still cant let go of the controller.
  4. TylerM
    Nov 25, 2008
    9
    I feel like this game is very well done... It is by far one of the better-made racing games...especially when popular series (cough NFS I feel like this game is very well done... It is by far one of the better-made racing games...especially when popular series (cough NFS cough) are steeply declining. I have to say the physics are a little off, but once you get the hang of it, driving/drifting becomes easy. I have no idea as to why critics hate this game so much. Expand
  5. Mar 5, 2016
    9
    TL;DR: With most of the critic reviews, it sounds like they never bothered to check everything in the game, so they gave a uncomplete reviewTL;DR: With most of the critic reviews, it sounds like they never bothered to check everything in the game, so they gave a uncomplete review to their uncomplete experiences, so you should ignore them and play this game, especially if you like cars.

    Please, ignore the critics who say that you can't drift, this is the best touge(mountain pass) racing game to have ever existed. You'll be missing out if you listen to some uninformed critics. There's a very simple answer to why they can't drift. It's called Traction Control. Go into the tuning menus and turn off ABS(optional, though extremely useful) and Traction Control. After doing this, you will probably want to use the sticks for accel, braking and steering, or consider getting a racing wheel of some kind.
    The game has a nice varied car list, from everyday kei cars to Japan's top tier sports cars, with the exception of imported cars.(This take place in Japan, so American and European cars would be imports) However, I'd dismiss it due to the fact that it adds to realism. Not everyone can afford to import cars.
    Car customization is limited in terms of body kits(you only get one choice per car), though the GT wings are customizable to an extent. You can also get mud flaps, a "rally kit"(A roof scoop and some antennae) carbon hoods and trunks, and most importantly, (to some) a large variety of wheels. However, most of the focus on car customization should be in choosing the right tyres for the occasion and finding a setup that fits you, as well as improving the performance of the car.
    The story is fairly simple and is basically repeated in all Tokyo Xtreme Racer games. Big racer goes missing, other people take over, you come in, other people say that you remind them of that big racer, you kick everyone's butt in a race, big racer comes back, you race with the big racer, and you beat the game.
    I can't really talk about driving physics other than saying they're good and fun, unless I go through every car in the game, because all of them have a different feel. IGN says that the cars never feel like they have any go, but I highly doubt that they even unlocked any of the more powerful cars. However, I must note that while the game doesn't seem fully realistic, it does a pretty damn good job of having some realism.
    The difficulty is extremely mixed, though generally easy. Sometimes you'll have the Slashers be total pushovers and other times you'll have a Hi-Gambler be an utter PITA.
    The graphics are pretty decent, at least for the PS2's time. It's no Gran Turismo 4 with 1080i support, but everything is identifiable and looks relatively nice. One complaint I do have is that the road surface looks really grainy when it's in direct sunlight.
    All of the race types aren't very varied, but there's 5 types: [Note that in the case of a tie that the car in front will win]

    SP: Spirit Points. In this mode, both drivers have a "SP" gauge. If this gauge runs out, then you will automatically lose, and same with the AI. The SP gauge depletes if the lead car is getting too far away or if you have contact with either walls or the other car.

    CA: Corner Artist. These are the drift events. You must get a certain number of points and complete the course within the time limit. You will have areas marked as drift sections. Slide with a combination of speed and angle to get points. If you tap a wall, even slightly, you will lose all points for that section. TIP: Consecutively getting over 1000 points in a sector will award bonus points, which is extremely useful.

    TA: Time Attack. These are exactly what they sound like. Just get to the goal within the time limit.

    TAC: [I don't actually know what this stands for] It's just a TA event with an SP bar.

    CAT: Literally Hell. These are like CA events, except you must get a specific number of points in each sector, or else you will fail. The biggest reason these are hell is because you are forced to drift in each sector, no matter how many points you got previously and as with CA events, any hit to a wall in a drift section will lose all points for that sector, meaning hitting a wall in a sector is an automatic failure. TIP: Practicing getting that combo bonus in CA events may make these events easier for you.

    FL: Follow-Lead. One car is placed directly behind the other. If the driver starting in front gets ahead by over 200yd, they will win. If the driver starting in the back gets ahead by over 100yd, they will win.

    Overall, this game is a very good experience that I wish I could give a 9.3/10, rather than just a 9.
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  6. AlexR.
    Jun 8, 2007
    8
    This game is sick and all but it would be sicker if they could put in a free roam enviroment.
  7. Jun 27, 2016
    8
    Its a decent little gem of a game. Is it Gran Turismo? No. But what it does, it does very well. Its mostly (with a few exceptions) a oneIts a decent little gem of a game. Is it Gran Turismo? No. But what it does, it does very well. Its mostly (with a few exceptions) a one on one downhill racer. Has a story, and a unique way of finding opponents. Story is done in the style of people posting to a forum (checkout some footage on Youtube for an idea). Easy to play, but VERY hard to master. Expand

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#17 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2007