Jarrett And Labonte Stock Car Racing
Previously known as WTC, Codemasters recently signed on jason Jarrett and Justin Labonte as spokespersons for the game. Not that the game has much to do with the NASCAR series they both race in. Otherwise, the only major change since we last looked at this title is an all-new physics engine, making the handling much more forgiving. Codemasters knows a lot of people found TOCA 2's ultra-realistic control daunting, so they've gone above and beyond to make J&LSCR more accessible for rookies. You can still bank on that great racing action found in every Codemasters game, it'll just be easier to get into this time. Featuring 23 tracks and 42 cars, look for it in October.
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Please, look past the incredibly misleading license of this game. You won't be racing Fords, Chevys and Pontiacs around oval tracks in Jarrett & Labonte. What you will get is one of the best touring car simulators ever to grace a home console. Codemasters has a reputation for ultra-realistic racing sims, something that's caused them some heartache in the past since most console gamers are looking more for immediate gratification than total realism. Keeping that in mind, anyone can pick up and enjoy some success in J&LSCR. The extended setup features should draw in the vets just as quickly, though, as this is one of those racing games that'll have you trying to shave thousandths of a second off your lap time. The most impressive aspect, outside the control, is the Al of the competing drivers. If you nudge an adversary out of your way to complete a pass, pray that guy doesn't catch you. The drivers in this game remember everything you do, and they're vindictive. They'll put you into the wall in a heartbeat if they feel you've wronged them. This feature comes into play a lot since most of the cars in the game are evenly matched--you won't out-power other vehicles, you have to out-drive them. Expect lots of doorhandle to doorhandle racing on every track (all of which are modeled on real road courses). This is a race fan's dream, unless of course the title led you to believe this was a NASCAR game...
As long as you know this isn't a traditional stock car game you won't be disappointed. It's mostly a touring car sim with some NASCAR elements mixed in for flavor. All right, it's TOCA 3. But don't worry, it's a great racing game no matter how you slice it. The number of cars to choose from is huge, something like 40-plus brand-name vehicles, so it's not hard to find one you like. Several real tracks as well, including Laguna and Watkins Glen ensure that NASCAR fans won't feel left out. But the star of the show is the tight gameptay-bumper to bumper all the way, it's really competitive. If I could change anything I'd make it a tad faster. Otherwise it's excellent.
Codemasters' lengthy press release justifying the licensing of two drivers you may or may not have heard of seems to indicate that they may be as unsure as I am about why they bothered. But J&LSCR isn't about the names slapped on the box-it's all about the cars. It's an emotional thing...and very "male." Codemasters has pushed the PlayStation about as far as it will go in pumping out the detail, and the result is a racer that is comparable to GT2 in some areas. Handling is excellent (if a little twitchy), opponent Al is superb and there's plenty to keep you absorbed. If only the championship mode wasn't so long-winded and slow to get going.