TOCA 2: Touring Cars
You’re into car games, you just want the facts: Okay, Toca 2 has fifteen cars available, ten from the off and five hidden. It has ten circuits, and there is even (ta da!) real-time vehicular damage. This no-holds barred driving experience takes itself very seriously, which by today’s standards comes across as false pride. In the real world a race driver has a very small margin for error. Toca 2 recreates this to the best of its ability by punishing you severely for sloppy motoring at the cost of intuitive control.
Tracks have to be researched in minute detail before you’re in with the smallest chance of keeping up with the pack, let alone gaining pole position. Visually there is nothing here that could be regarded as special and there are none of the lighting effects that are now standard. You know you’re in for a cheap review when you’re told that you could do worse for your money and that you should give a game a go if you are a fan of the genre. But in this case, it’s an honest remark. If you’re a total petrol head and can find beauty in a game that time has been less than kind to, take your tenner to the store and do what you know must be done. The rest of you would be well advised to track down the far superior Toca 3.