Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
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  1. 90
    Codemasters' Race Driver 2006 will hook you up with dozens of hours of both single and multiplayer gaming that'll test your wheel skills in just about every type of motorsport racing there is.
  2. It's a staggering amount of content to chew through, helped by a simple presentation and controls that feel dead on -- d-pad or analog nub -- and a fantastic way to overcome the PSP's digital buttons.
  3. Race Driver 2006 is one of the better racing games and the best racing sim I have played on the PSP since its launch.
  4. Simply put, Race Car Driver 2006 is a racing fan’s dream come true and one of the deepest portable racing titles available thus far.
  5. You simply will not find a more complete driving simulator for your PSP.
  6. 85
    Though it's really the only option currently for simulation racing on the PSP, Race Driver 2006 is great game regardless of whatever amount of racers it's stacked up against and anyone who likes games in the vein of Gran Turismo would do well to pick it up.
  7. The addition of new content makes the game a worthwhile purchase for any serious racing fan, though the lack of online multiplayer means you'll be racing alone.
  8. Game Informer
    This game may indeed serve all your racing needs. [Aug 2006, p.93]
  9. Diehard gearheads out there who really like to tinker with a vehicles set-up might be a little disappointed with inability to do so in the Career or Trans World Mode. However, that being said, with great graphics, good sound and some very engaging gameplay (multiplayer included) one cannot go wrong with this racing title.
  10. Race Driver 2006, despite its largely recycled career mode, feels like a mostly new game, thanks to the addition of an all-new single-player mode, some new cars and tracks, and simulation racing that still feels tight and authentic on the PSP.
  11. 80
    The presentation is excellent as well. Though not as sharp as the PS2 version, the graphics look excellent, the audio is solid, and overall, this is a very well-rounded racing simulation with plenty to do.
  12. Sure, there's room for improvement in the next edition, especially where some of the ground weather effects are concerned, and it'll have to go up against Gran Turismo in 2007, but Race Driver 2006 is simply the best racing sim you can get on the PSP today.
  13. 70
    With the flood of racing titles hitting the PSP right now, it'd be easy to miss Race Driver 2006. But if you're craving variety and great control in portable form, this is the game for you.
  14. PSM Magazine
    Just finishing a race is tough enough, let alone winning one, whicch is why this series--while still good on the PSP--has been better as a sit-down, console experience. [Aug 2006, p.84]
  15. The variety will give you motivated to keep playing.
  16. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    A really solid racer that feels a tad dated and features way too much load time. [Aug 2006, p.82]

Awards & Rankings

#40 Most Shared PSP Game of 2006
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Jul 21, 2015
    Amazingly effective racing game with enormous variety of divisions, tracks, cars, and driving options. I only wish this same game wasAmazingly effective racing game with enormous variety of divisions, tracks, cars, and driving options. I only wish this same game was available for the iPad! The one thing about racing games is unless you have a steering wheel it's never as good with a joystick or buttons. Full Review »