Tokyo Xtreme Racer Drift 2 review

  • In depth customization
  • Price
  • Mastering the drift
  • Mountain steep learning curve
  • Options could daunt newbies
  • Graphics could be cleaner

Do you love cars? Do you love to drift those cars around sharp corners, tune them up with top of the line parts, and then brag about your prowess behind the wheel to all your rivals? Are you both fast and also furious... and too broke to pay full price for a new game? Maybe you should give Tokyo Xtreme Racer Drift 2 a test drive.

But just what does TXRD2 bring to the tarmac? For starters, there's the new night and day mechanic in Conquest mode, where you race in sanctioned matches in the sun - hey, a street racing game that actually acknowledges daylight exists - as well as taking to the streets against your rivals as darkness falls. But the real heart and soul of Drift is its options.

Drift is all about customization. You race through the mountains of Japan to earn money and gain sponsorships so that you can upgrade your speedster from a stock clunker to a rubber burning, rival dusting dream machine. The tweaking ranges from the minute details like gear ratios and spring rates, to parts like tires and mufflers, and the cosmetic touches of new paint and stickers. There are so many aspects on your car to customize it will likely seem a little daunting to newbies. The trickiest thing is that, while you can select from a large variety of different rides, both new and old, you won’t reach the top ranks without some serious tweaking of your ride. All this tinkering and tweaking in the garage will directly affect the cars control on the road.

When you're ready to hit the pavement you’ll appreciate all the tweaks you made. The controls have a rather steep learning curve, and you definitely won’t be winning many CA Battles, races where your given points for your drifting ability, till you have the right combination of skill and tuning. During the day your matches will consist of CA battles, Time Attack Battles, and sponsorship races, but things really heat up at night.  When the sun goes down, the rivals come out and you can challenge them to races including the First and Last Battles, a race where one racer starts ahead of the other and the objective is to maintain or overcome the distance between. For those of you looking to go head to head with a friend, you’ll split screen race in CA or TA battles or an SP Battle where your cars damage becomes a factor, and you’ll be able to load your own car from a memory card.

While the graphics are not as shiny and sleek as the cars are in real life, and there are no damage affects, this game is great for its price. You can’t find a better deal on a new game; 20 dollars for all these options and challenges should be considered grand theft video game.

More Info

Release date: Apr 17 2007 - PS2 (US)
Available Platforms: PS2
Genre: Racing
Published by: Crave
Developed by: Genki
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