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TOCA Race Driver 3 tunes up

Greater degree of simulation promised in Codemasters' sequel courtesy of new under the hood tech and features

Codemasters has revealed a number of new features being packed into its forthcoming racer sequel TOCA Racer Driver 3 that it says adds a "greater degree of simulation" to the series and turns the game into "the most detailed and involving motorsport experience on current generation systems".

Boasting a new generation of the series' handling engine, TOCA Racer Driver 3 also benefits from an enhanced AI system, the addition of detailed race rules and regulations in the game's Pro Career mode, a brand new audio system and an enhanced rendering engine that adds a layer of visual gloss to cars and environments.

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Revealing more about TOCA 3's Pro Career mode, Codemasters says that players "can choose to activate qualifying, race flags and pit stop refuelling and tyre strategies, all accurate to over 100 different motorsport championships featured. There's also optional practice sessions, car tuning, race lengths and, where championship rules allow, car part upgrades."

Speaking about the new audio system, the publisher promises that it captures the sheer noise of real championship racing, delivering "40 times the audio assets on every single vehicle over TOCA 2 to provide a phenomenal depth of sound and a level of clarity never before heard on a racing game."

"TOCA Race Driver 3's system," adds Codemasters, "actually brings out specific sounds from pushing the throttle, the engine revs, the exhaust and more, and mixes them into the game to create the thunderous noise of a racing event."

Last, but by no means least, the buffed up rendering engine uses normal mapping to add detail to cars and environments, such as rumble strips, road surface, barriers, shut lines, filler caps and vents on the cars. Multi-textured surfaces are in there too, and there's new postproduction effects, enhancing depth of field and motion blur.

Codemasters says that even with these graphical improvements "the racing action will zip along at a super-smooth 60 frames-per-second, even with up to 21 cars in high-speed competition on screen at once!"

TOCA Race Driver 3 is coming to PS2, Xbox and PC at the end of the year.

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