Codemasters have confirmed that both Toca Race Driver 2 and Colin McRae Rally 2005 Plus will be available for the September 1st launch of Sony's PlayStation Portable in the UK.


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Toca Race Driver 2 made an excellent impression on us when we reviewed the Xbox version last spring, and the PSP edition looks as though it compares favourably with all 52 circuits, 30 global championships and car classifications ranging from the likes of Formula Ford and Rallycross to Stockcar Oval and DTM all present in the game.

Twelve PSP gamers will be able to link up wirelessly for multiplayer races, which is the same number as was possible on Xbox Live, giving an idea of how well the handheld version compares with the power of full consoles - even the PlayStation 2 could only boast support for eight player racing - whilst races will see up to 21 cars on track at a time, making for some very closely-fought competitive driving.


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Meanwhile Codemaster's other PSP launch title Colin McRae Rally 2005 Plus will feature eight player wireless link-up, with rally stages split in to quick three minute stints allowing for spur-of-the-moment races whilst on the move, or more intense driving sessions if you decide to compete in a full three-hour championship.

As with Race Driver 2 all the same gameplay aspects that you'd expect from other versions of the game will feature in the PSP edition, including the choice of car types such as 4x4 and rear-wheel drive, and stages with hairpin bends, trackside hazards and the varied track conditions that stretch the car to it's limits.


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Not only will multiplayer action using the wireless networking be possible in both titles, but also the ability to send replays of your best bumper-to-bumper action between PSP's, and more impressively the ability to send a full demo version of the game - a very novel use of viral marketing which we're expecting could prove hugely popular.

It'd be no exaggeration to say that both titles look as good as the full sized console versions which they are based on, and really do give the PlayStation Portable a massive boost for the European launch when it finally happens on September 1st, despite it being nearly a year since the machine launched in Japan.

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