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Codemasters Releases 1.1 Patch for ToCA Race Driver 3

Codemasters has released the 1.1 patch for their latest racing game, ToCA Race Driver 3. The patch includes various bug fixes and also adds a few new features to the game. Patch notes and download mirrors for the 86MB patch are listed below.

Download Mirrors:
3D Gamers
Gamers Hell

Patch Notes:

- Upgrade must be applied to a clean install of the game. If any files to be patched have been altered, then the entire patching process will fail. If this happens, perform an uninstall of the game, choosing to keep save games, then re-install.

- Patched and un-patched games will not be able to connect to one another for network sessions.

- Following uninstallation of the patched game, there may be some files left in the Race Driver 3 folder (in addition to the save game file, if that was chosen to be kept). It is perfectly safe to delete these files.

New Features:
- 12 player races allowed for all race types.

- "Return to Main Menu" button added to pause menu and car setup screen in free race and spoke mode.

- Can bring up the chat console in the lobby by pressing `.

- Pro-Sim options now save.

- Cheat analysis now applies more consistent rules when running wide onto rumble strips. Cheat severity tweaked.

- Battery meter and wireless signal meter display on compatible laptops. Is case of compatibility problems this feature can be turned off by setting the "MobileMeters" key to 0 in the "Graphics" section of the pchardwareconfig.ini configuration file.

- Can no longer back out of discipline select to lobby options when in a network game. This stops a cheat that allows the server to use upgrades without the clients being able to in championship where upgrades should not be available.

- Cheat that allows a client to have different upgrades available to other network players has been disabled (car upgrades file is now checksummed locally and checksums must match the server).

- Bug fix for crashes whilst browsing for games.

Evolution GT Demo Released

The Evolution GT demo has been released. Screenshots for this game have been floating around for months now and they looked fairly good. The videos that were released gave the impression that this game would be more of an arcade racer than a sim. With low expectations, I downloaded the demo to give it a try. While I much prefer the racing sims such as rFactor and Live for Speed, I do occasionally enjoy an arcade style racing game if it's well done. Unfortunately the Evolution GT demo didn't even come close to reaching my low expectations. The interface feels like it's ripped straight from a console. Don't bother grabbing your mouse in the options screen, it will be useless here. So with the options set, it's off to the races in my shiney new Mercedes.

Other than the fact that Evolution GT seems to have some nice licenses as far as the cars available, the graphics engine might be the only redeemable quality I noticed in this demo. The game uses the RenderWare engine and the visuals are decent. I did a three lap race around a city street course and the physics are very poor, some of the worst I've seen in an arcade racer in a long time. Upon crossing the finish line, the demo crashed to desktop at which time it raced straight to the recycle bin. If you're looking for a arcade racer to have some fun with, check out ToCA Race Driver 3 instead. While TDR3 is far from perfect, it's leaps and bounds better than Evolution GT. But hey, don't take my word for it! Here are a couple of download mirrors for the 492MB Evolution GT demo:

3D Gamers

ToCA Race Driver 3 Reviews

ToCA Race Driver 3, Codemasters' latest installment in the series hit the shelves last week so naturally it's been making the rounds at the various gaming review sites. From what I've read, the game has been generally well received although I think some of these reviews can be taken with a large grain of salt. My copy arrived yesterday and it's about what I expected. There's no shortage of content but the physics are lacking and certainly not up to par with the better racing sims out there such as Live for Speed, rFactor and GT Legends. If you're a fan of the racing titles that lean more towards the arcade side of things, it's probably worth picking up considering it has a $30 USD price tag. The game offers several hours of playtime, especially if you enjoy the multiplayer. If you're on the fence about buying this one, trying the single player or multiplayer demo should make your decision much easier. Here's the list of current ToCA Race Driver 3 reviews:

Strategy Informer
Gamespy (PS2)
Team Xbox (Xbox)