"Pure fun for racing sim fans!"4.5 starson by ranron
Pros: Realistic, Fun
Cons: Higher tiers must be unlocked
Summary: I got the demo when it came out and I loved it, so I decided to buy it for PC (I don't own a console). I tried repeatly to buy this game and finally I got it in hand and I ran it.
The first problem I encountered wasn't actually game related. It is the fact the game uses StarForce protection and I have to have the disc in just to play. I can't get Alcohol 120% or Daemon tools to emulate it, but that's only one of my two cons.
So I created a profile and it took me into mid-race. As a proficient simulation race driver, I quickly finished the race without any problems.
I did not really want to look into career mode, but wanted to race the faster cars especially the Formula 1 car from [former] Wiliams-BMW F1. I found that I could not play it as I had to unlock it in career/pro mode. That is my second con. I have to unlock free play tracks.
I looked online to see if I was able to unlock it with a code or crack when I got to the Codemaster website. It stated that if I registered the game, I would get two free bonus codes. The bonus codes are essentially cheats, but they are unique to your copy's "bonus key." The also offered the rest of the keys for $5 that is unique to your key. I guess the key is good as it prevents people from uploading codes to a cheats database.
I got my two codes and they were for two useless features: Turbo and Invincibility, who features I find disrupts the realistically of the simulation. After finally shelling out the money for the other 6 codes (8 in total from game, 1 extra from Honda-->more on that later), I unlocked the other championships that were previously locked. These "bonuses" or cheats can be toggled on and off which is good for the invicibility and turbo functions, but the unlocked championships?
I played the game straight for 6 hours and I found that it was extremely good and I loved it.
There is one championship mode left that Codemaster can't give the you code for and you can't unlock it by Pro mode. So what is it? It's the Honda challenge. You have to go to Honda racing website and they have special link that says ToCA Race Driver 3 and once you submit personal information (name, address, and email-->I guess for sending you info if you ask for it and to prevent abuse of system) you are given your unique key too and unlock the Honda races.
Finally I would like to say that I love the game and if is fantastic. If you want to part from the [illicit] street racing theme of recent hits, then you might want to check this game out. You should check the demo first thought to get the hand of things [and if you can actually drive] before you decide to buy. I give it 9/10 (1 off for locking modes and StarForce protection).