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    HEXUS.gaming:: Preview : TOCA Race Driver 3 - Hands on

    We've been playing the Codemasters' latest racer, TOCA Race Driver 3, due out in February next year.

    This looks like shaping up to be a dynamite little racer, with more cars, tracks and championships than you could wish for.



    Check out our in-depth preview of early code over on HEXUS.gaming.
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    Yes, the GFX really are THAT good... and despite this being unoptimized preview code, it runs incredibly smoothly.
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    That game looks fantastic
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    Ok.. major question of importance though.. will it actually play on my DVD drive?

    I enjoyed RD2, but when I upgraded the drive I couldn't play it - it just exited to desktop. I heard that this was something to do with the copy protection system being used - so is the same thing likely to be present again?

    I'm all for copy-protection, just as long as it lets me play the game!

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    Yes, the GFX really are THAT good... and despite this being unoptimized preview code, it runs incredibly smoothly.
    Problem being that is obviously replay images but I have seen the screenies myself and thye aren't far off. I sort of lost interest in the Toca series after they dumped the british touring cars out the game. Have mixed idea's about this third offering, guess I will find out when the demo is released.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kalniel
    Ok.. major question of importance though.. will it actually play on my DVD drive?

    I enjoyed RD2, but when I upgraded the drive I couldn't play it - it just exited to desktop. I heard that this was something to do with the copy protection system being used - so is the same thing likely to be present again?

    I'm all for copy-protection, just as long as it lets me play the game!
    I know what you mean, Starforce copy protection wouldn't let me run Bet On Soldier until I had deleted the preview code's entries from my registry.

    I can't comment on TOCA RD 3 though, it uses Starforce but the install went fine.
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    Blimey! Those screenshots look amazing! PGR3 has really got me in the mood for a race!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grey M@a
    Problem being that is obviously replay images but I have seen the screenies myself and thye aren't far off. I sort of lost interest in the Toca series after they dumped the british touring cars out the game. Have mixed idea's about this third offering, guess I will find out when the demo is released.
    Same here, with no BTC, where was the fun?

    I have to say, I was a huge TOCA fan and was thoroughly disappointed with Race Driver... this version sees a cracking return to form though...
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    Hi everyone, I am new to this forum but have been reading reviews of PC components for some time. Nick can you please tell me more about the graphics and what PC config should I have in order to enjoy TDR 3.

    I have seen the gaming rig config and although I will upgrade my PC next year. I will not be able to spend that much. I will get a Geforce 7 may be 512mb but CPU would be 3700+. How are the graphics comapred to other racing games, screenshot look too good to believe.

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    People go on about Sony's Rootkit, but Starforce is much worse. Starforce Nazi copy protection would not let me play one of the splinter cell games. The official line was - physically remove the drive! Nice one Ubisoft

    Anyway, looking forward to this. I will be buying a Momo wheel to play it with too. A GT4 killer?

    Is there no storey at all? I hope not, the last games were ruined by the ****, unrealistic and cheesy storey.

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    Apparently the actual hanling of cars (kinda important in a driving 'sim') aren't much cop.

    Or so some people have said that have played the demo, probably a good arcade game but I wouldn't expect it to challenge any of the top racing sims out today.
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    Well after giving the demo a test drive for a couple of days, i have to say i am not very impressed. The handling is pretty tame, unrealistic and i find it overall far too easy. Winning qualifying and races at 100% difficulty level with hardest handling settings after a couple of hours? I went past the stage of having to win every race to enjoy myself at the age of about 14. As for the force feedback, it's utter rubbish. And those wonderful graphics? Don't make me laugh, GTR is better and nearly 2 years older, nothing like the screenshots. I was hoping it was just the demo and the final version would be better, but the reviews i have read confirm the finished version is the same.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ankit
    I have seen the gaming rig config and although I will upgrade my PC next year. I will not be able to spend that much. I will get a Geforce 7 may be 512mb but CPU would be 3700+.
    That kind of system will wee all over TOCA RD3. I have every setting totally maxed out (the FSAA is not up to much for some reason), and this is the demo.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ankit
    How are the graphics comapred to other racing games, screenshot look too good to believe.
    They are too good to be true. Very average indeed and the promo screenshots (such as the F1 car crash floating around) have definatly seen a bit of photoshop.

    It's fun ok, but i will wait till is bargin bin price before i buy it. Back to GTR then.
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    Be careful when judging games graphics on demos. Sometimes they include lower res textures to make the download smaller.

    Not saying this is the case here but def something to be aware of.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dangerous_dom
    Well after giving the demo a test drive for a couple of days, i have to say i am not very impressed. The handling is pretty tame, unrealistic and i find it overall far too easy. Winning qualifying and races at 100% difficulty level with hardest handling settings after a couple of hours?
    Hmm, that's odd becuase I'm finding it a challenge... I haven't downloaded the demo as I'm playing review code so I can't comment on the demo, but the full version is nicely challenging and I've played plenty of racing games in the past, even the stupidly hard Grand Prix Legends.

    Quote Originally Posted by dangerous_dom
    And those wonderful graphics?
    Well it looks damn good on my system... WHat about the real time shadows as you scream down a country lane in the rallies? The dappling of the sun and shadows across the bonnet?

    Quote Originally Posted by dangerous_dom
    They are too good to be true. Very average indeed and the promo screenshots (such as the F1 car crash floating around) have definatly seen a bit of photoshop.
    Nope, they haven't. That F1 crash is do-able... it's tricky to actually get the cars to flip but it can be done.

    But we're giving the full review code a run through now, so we'll see...
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    Regarding the F1 flipping, i did not mean actually trying to get the car to flip. I was refering to the uber-stunning grahics, blurring and particle effects there are not even close to what you get in the demo.

    Have you seen the crowds too? OMG, they are the worst i have seen in a racing game for quite sometime. I crash into the wall, then as i look at the crowd i just want to puke.

    Also, What's the AI in the review code like Nick? It's extremly lame in the Demo. In the 3 days of solid play i have given it, i have not seen single NPC car crash. Speaking of crashes, they are not particularly great either. Other cars just try and push you out of the way and they to drive through you. It's so bad when you crash, it just feels all wrong.

    Sorry Nick mate, just saying it as i see it

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