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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 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
Score distribution:
  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: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. JimC.
    Jun 4, 2007
    10
    This game is sick!!! very addicting, easy to tune, fun to play, still cant let go of the controller.
  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. 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 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. Collapse
  4. Dec 1, 2013
    9
    Here's my review for TXRD2
    *NOTE: The highway versions of TXR are called Shutokō Battle while the mountain versions of TXR are called Kaido
    Battle in JP.

    The game is not meant for arcade-players or for people who play Crash Team Racing, Mario Kart, etc. this is a Touge Simulator racing game! This game is meant to express difficulty in physics because it was done by 2 Japanese Racing Drivers who both compete in Japan's Super GT/JGTC and D1GP, Manabu "Max" Orido and Nobuteru "N.O.B./No One Better" Taniguchi. This game was actually released in 2005 so therefore is the reasons why the graphics aren't too good when it was release over here in North America.

    This game is meant for enthusiast who actually know how to setup the cars in game, I bet half of the people (who are arcade racers) didn't know what a piston, conn. rod, turbine, or intercooler was. TXRD2 is better than the TXRD1 because that was actually release in 2003 in Japan. For those saying the first one was better, uh actually it isn't. You're just not used to the realistic physics. This is basically the "Street-Racer" version of Gran Turismo.

    Now everything like physics and car choices are perfected but there's some flaws I have to call out.

    1. A.I. programming.
    Now maybe the A.I. programming may have been screwed up because I've seen the Japanese Version of TXRD2 (aka Kaido Battle 3: Touge no Densetsu) and the A.I. are perfect but the US version seems to be screwed up.

    2. Sound Samples.
    The car sounds are perfect but it's just the way they sound when the engine revs. Like the S2000 doesn't sound like it's 9000RPM when it hits max RPM or the 5Zigen ITR DC5 has 10k RPM and doesn't sound like it either.

    3. Limited Gear Box modification
    Like in most TXR games, if you try taking manufacturer's in-house transmission kits data into TXR; it won't work. I tried using Spoon Sports 1-5 B-Series Crossed Mission for the B-Series Hondas and didn't work, tried using the TRD Crossed 5 and 3 Mission for the AE86 and didn't work. I wish it had fully adjustable ratio like LFS

    4. Can't modify Special cars.
    Some of these Special cars have some flaws like the 5Zigen's ITR DC5 Gearbox, Amuse/Genki S2000 is a bit loose, Amemiya Greddy 9's gearbox, etc. these cars unfortunately can't be modified. I would prefer to fix the suspension, get the car's real life gearbox ratio data, increase downforce for better stability, etc.

    But overall, the game is really great. Now to GameSpot, I don't know why the f*ck you would say that the game has poor vehicle handling when you don't notice it's actually a simulator? Like I said earlier, this game are for true car enthusiast who actually know their sh*t and aren't for little kids or arcade people. This is for sim-racers!!! Look at the way I told specific modifications and settings for the car like downforce. Those are things a car enthusiast knows.

    For all those critics out there, replay this game and try it without having an arcade-racer mind.

    Overall score: 9/10
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  5. 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.
  6. LeeC.
    Nov 13, 2008
    8
    game story line sequence starts slow-fast-fast-fast-slow. the longer you've been in the game, the harder it is to find new rivals. like mentioned already, a free roaming course like NFS mostwanted would be a plus. overall- action and graphics are not so bad for being a PS2 game, just the that story line lags at the end. Expand