Toca Race Driver
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Storylines In Racing games. There was time when such a thing was a more alien concept than Steve Hill turning down a press trip or Leeds in the Premiership. TOCA Race Driver changed all that - well, the storylines in games bit, anyway. You play as Ryan McKane, a driver keen to make a name for himself in the world of pro touring car racing. What follows is a story-driven campaign in which you get to drive and destroy one of 42 cars on 38 real-life circuits.
To be honest, the story is throwaway, with the game's true beauty lying in its excellent recreation of touring car racing, made all the better by a top-notch physics system that makes each car handle uniquely and degenerate in a variety of debilitating ways. Better still, opponent drivers hold grudges should you shunt or block them off, meaning the experience glows with a genuinely lifelike sheen. Highly recommended then, but if you're running anything under a P41.6GHz, make sure you steer well clear.