Codemasters have released new screenshots from the PlayStation Portable versions of Toca Race Driver 2 and Colin McRae Rally 2005, ahead of their release which is scheduled for later this year.


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First up is the previously unseen Race Driver 2, which much like the full console versions is said to offer real damage, physics and AI which adapts to suit your level of skill and experience. The full roster of cars and racing styles will feature, including the German DTM, Formula Ford, Super Truck, Stockcar Oval and Ice-Racing to name just a few.

Some 21 cars are promised to be on track at any one time, with the close racing which touring cars are well known for, and the PSP's built in WiFi wireless networking will give gamers the chance to race seven other gamers in a LAN style multiplayer mode - assuming you know that many friends who are lucky enough to also own a PSP of course.


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We were highly impressed with the Xbox version of Race Driver 2 last year, and from the early PSP screenshots it's certainly looking to capture the look and feel of the full console version, with some solid looking car and trackside models and fairly what look to be high quality textures.

New screens of Colin McRae 2005 have also been released, showing the game at a more advanced stage of development than Race Driver 2, and giving some actual views of the game as you'd see it during a race, complete with on screen graphics such as the course progress bar and turn indicators.


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The PSP version of the game is being tweaked to suit varying lengths of gaming, giving you the ability to have a quick five-minute single stage race, or a fuller complete rally championship, and all progress throughout the game is to be automatically saved so as championship sessions can be stretched out over several short gaming sessions.

As with the original Colin McRae Rally 2005 there will be a selection of cars from classes including 2-wheel drive, Rear Wheel and 4x4, with some 23 events taking place on over 300 challenging stages set in locations all around the world. As with Toca Race Driver 2 there will be support for the WiFi network giving up to eight players the chance to go head to head in multiplayer games.


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Colin McRae Rally 2005 is due for release on the PSP this spring (presumably in time for the as-yet unannounced UK launch date), with TOCA Race Driver 2 hot on it's heels following just a couple of weeks later, and a video of Colin McRae in action on a PlayStation Portable is available to download from the PSP section of Codemasters' website.

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