Gran Turismo 4 (PS2)
Racing 22 February 2005
The fourth installment of the best-selling racing series for the PlayStation consoles. With Gran Turismo 4, Polyphony Digital went above and beyond, included an astonishing number of 500+ models of cars made by 80 most important car manufacturers of the world. Each car was recreated in the smallest detail and can be significantly customized, both visually and mechanically. There were 100 racing tracks prepared especially for the game – some circuits are completely new, the rest are the updated tracks from the previous parts of the franchise. The backbone of the game is the simulation mode in which you gradually expand your garage, which can accommodate up to 1000 cars, with the money you earn. The game features a number of novelties, like the upgraded 1080i graphics and Photo Mode for making pictures during races and putting them in a special virtual album.
Need for Speed: Underground 2 (PS2)
Racing 17 November 2004
A sequel to Need for Speed: Underground, a best-selling 2003 game from Electronic Arts, which changed the shape of one of the most popular car racing franchises. The game takes you to a virtual metropolis that thrives after dark. For the first time in the history of the franchise, the city is completely open for exploration. As you ride around its streets you can challenge the drivers you meet on the way or learn more about the favorite locations of the street racing community. The gameplay mechanics did not change much; rather, the developers focused on an even more detailed recreations of licensed cars and car parts used for tuning. The game’s graphics were noticeably improved, featuring all sorts of new visual effects. The soundtrack keeps equally high level, as usually featuring songs by famous artists across a wide spectrum of genres.
Test Drive Unlimited (PS2)
Racing 20 February 2007
A new incarnation of the popular racing game series launched back in 1987 by Distinctive Software and Accolade. Test Drive Unlimited was developed by Eden Games, the creators of the V-Rally franchise, under the aegis of Atari. The main change in relation to its predecessors is the vast open world set on the faithfully recreated Oahu island, which can be freely explored. The players can undertake a number of various racing challenges to earn cash that lets them buy new vehicles for their garage. In total, there are over 90 licensed cars and motorcycles to choose from. In the game, we can modify our avatar by dressing him in designer clothes and even buy a new house with a bigger garage. The title features an innovatory multiplayer mode that, similarly to MMO productions, enables thousands of players to compete at the same time.
Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2005) (PS2)
Racing 15 November 2005
The ninth installment in a legendary racing game franchise created by Electronic Arts company. After two Underground games, featuring illegal night street races, the franchise went back to its roots, combining ideas from the two most recent titles with classic elements. The player’s goal is to climb to the top of a black list of the most wanted drivers. Again you get to explore a huge virtual city, taking on different racing challenges. These include circuit, sprint, drag, elimination, time trial, speed challenge, and police pursuit. After completing enough of these you can challenge subsequent drivers from the black list. Apart from elements typical for the series, such as licensed cars and diverse soundtrack, the game features complex car customization, both in terms of appearance and performance.
Need for Speed ProStreet (PS2)
Racing 13 November 2007
The 11th installment in the popular racing game series developed by Electronic Arts. In contrast to the previous parts of the game, this title completely abandons the idea of illegal races and transfers the action to professional racing circuits. Players take part in a number of challenges divided into four race variations: Drag, Grip, Drift, and Speed Challenge, in the latter the driver who reaches top speed wins. Successive victories unlock new challenges and cars. The game offers 26 licensed car models that can be customized with the Autosculpt system. The authors emphasize the recreation of crashes and the realistic damage model that influences the car’s performance. Fans of realism were given the option of turning off all the driving assistance, like power steering and ABS, which makes driving much more simulator-like.
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 (PS2)
Racing 01 October 2002
The sixth installment in the popular racing game series from Electronic Arts, expanding on the ideas of the 1998’s Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit. Similarly to its predecessor, the action is focused on police chases. The players have several game modes at their disposal, allowing them to become either road hogs or law enforcers and compete against the AI or their friends online. The game's highlight is the eponymous Hot Pursuit mode, in which we race against opponents with police hot on our heels. The title offers more than 20 varied tracks located in urban, coastal, and woodland areas. In our garage we will find a considerable collection of licensed vehicles that have to be progressively unlocked with the points gained in races. The production features detailed three-dimensional graphics and a soundtrack with tracks from numerous famous artists.
Racing 13 June 2005
Juiced is a combination of realistic simulation and the simplicity of control and gameplay effects typical of dynamic arcade games. An interesting element is the great emphasis on the driving style. If we don't take care of it, our opponents may refuse to compete with us.
TOCA Race Driver 2006 (PS2)
Racing 21 February 2006
The largest and the most extensive installment yet, belonging to a series of racing games developed since 1997. Known as TOCA Race Driver 2006 or DTM Race Driver 3, the game offers an extensive career mode, which casts the player in the role of a virtual driver capable of participating in 35 different championships related to various car classes. What is new is an ability to go through the driver's career focusing on one type of races only and gradually gaining access to faster cars. However, the player can choose to play in the World Tour mode from the very beginning, though it may come with some difficulties. As usual in the series, racing takes place on faithfully recreated tracks and the players receive dozens of licensed cars with different parameters. Apart from subsequent improvements in terms of the graphics, the game offers modified driving physics and an upgraded system of car damage. The player-controlled car can be now damaged by overheating, engine fade or tire burnout.
Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec (PS2)
Racing 09 July 2001
The third installment in a series of popular racing games developed by Polyphony Digital since 1997, originally for the PlayStation console. The titular mode constitutes the main part of the game - the player participates in subsequent racing challenges, earning adequate licenses and money, which can be spent on new cars and parts for them. The game offers over a hundred licensed car models belonging to the world's most famous brands. Each of the available cars can be customized to a substantial degree, for dozens of parts can be replaced and the player is allowed to experiment with different car settings. Racing takes place on asphalt tracks (majority of them appeared in the previous installments) and completely new gravel sections. As usual, the game does not lack realism in terms of the driving physics. Additionally, Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec offers new, incredibly detailed visuals, which constitutes a major improvement since the release of the installments for Sony's previous-generation consoles.
Racing 06 June 2006
Cars is a racing game based on an animated cinema film created by Pixar studio, known for such hits as Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo and The Incredibles.
Need for Speed Carbon (PS2)
Racing 01 November 2006
The tenth installment in the bestselling racing game series originally launched back in 1995. The game lets you play as the main protagonist of the previous game. He returns to his home city only to find his domestic street racing scene taken over by rivaling gangs. As you take on new racing challenges, you take back your home town one district at a time. The game’s mechanics employ the well-proven solutions introduced by its predecessors, while introducing several new elements at the same time. Those include, first and foremost, canyon duels, which require much attention, as it is possible to run through the traffic barriers and roll down the slope. The other novelty is the team; you can assemble your own crew, and its members can aid you during races, e.g. by blocking your rivals. Additionally, the game features cut-scenes with real actors, several dozen licensed car models, as well as vast car customization options. Regarding the latter, Autosculpt module lets you modify almost any element of the car body.
Burnout Revenge (PS2)
Racing 13 September 2005
The fourth installment in the bestselling series of arcade racing games, the main selling point of which is causing spectacular traffic collisions. Developed by Criterion Games, Burnout Revenge contains the essence of all the previous installments. The game offers an extensive single player campaign, World Tour, which includes locations based on real-life cities (for example, Detroit, Tokyo, and Rome), a split-screen mode, and a network multiplayer mode. The proven solutions of the game’s predecessors were enriched by previously unavailable game modes and an improved driving model, which perfectly captures the feeling of speed. The list of novelties is complemented by a new, even more spectacular damage model and an improved graphical layer, powered by the engine borrowed from the Grand Theft Auto series. Additionally, Xbox 360 version offers even more spiced-up visuals with increased resolution, and a dedicated network mode.
Colin McRae Rally 04 (PS2)
Racing 26 September 2003
The fourth installment of the Codemasters rally series, signed with the name of the famous driver Colin McRae. Colin McRae Rally 04 is the best part of the cycle so far, trying to capture the realities of rallies as faithfully as possible.
Pro Race Driver (PS2)
Racing 23 August 2002
The third installment of the racing series created by the Codemasters company, dedicated to the racing struggles of Touring Cars class vehicles. TOCA Race Driver, otherwise known as Pro Race Driver, V8 Race Driver or DTM Race Driver, makes up the next generation of rally games, which combine a highly realistic driving experience with the cinematic momentum of scenes straight from the racing track. Nevertheless, this time, apart from the British Touring Car Championship license, the production also possesses rights to other international competitions, such as the German DTM or the Australian V8 Supercars. In the game we will find 13 championships to participate in, as well as 38 legitimate racing tracks and 42 authentic cars. The visuals, alongside the applied driving model and destruction system have also been subject to subsequent improvements; the developers have also expanded the possibilities for the modification of our vehicles. The plot, which connects individual races, is a complete novelty to the series; it casts us into the role of a young driver – Ryan McKane – and it is our task to guide him through the consecutive steps in his career.
Need for Speed: Undercover (PS2)
Racing 18 November 2008
After the slightly more realistic ProStreet, in which the players raced on professional racing circuits, the popular Need for Speed series returns to city streets with a traditional, arcade installment. Developed by a Canadian EA branch, Undercover puts a special emphasis on the storyline. As an undercover cop, the player has to infiltrate the ranks of a racing gang. To do so, they have to prove their worth in a series of driving challenges, including regular races, time trials, highway battles and outruns. As usual, the players receive a massive number of licensed cars which can be modified both visually, and in terms of their performance. The game's improved visuals and excitable soundtrack are complemented by cinematic cutscenes featuring mainly Maggie Q (Mission: Impossible III) and Christina Milian - a singer.
MotorStorm: Arctic Edge (PS2)
Racing 09 October 2009
The next installment of the series of races known from PlayStation 3. This time we can race in the icy Alaskan terrain, sitting behind the wheel of vehicles such as snowmobile and snowmobile.
Cars Mater-National (PS2)
Racing 29 October 2007
A racing game using characters and locations known from Pixar's full-length computer animation titled "Pixar". "Cars (in Poland: "Auta"). We take part in the title championships, striving to win the most valuable trophy, i.e. the Golden Piston. The driving model is very simplified and allows you to perform effective slides and air stunts at will.
Crazy Frog Racer 2 (PS2)
Racing 01 December 2006
Sequel sports game (specifically car racing), with the media star - Crazy Frog - in the lead role. A nice (though for many annoying) frog, dressed in a "nut" helmet and goggles, comes back to attack the computer games market for the second time.
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (PS2)
Racing 26 September 2006
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift is a product that uses motifs from the third part of a well-known cinema cycle, which includes, among others, the memorable film The Fast and the Furious. The title was prepared by the Eutechnyx team under the patronage of Namco.
Rally Championship (PS2)
Racing 18 June 2002
Console version of one of the most famous PeCet racers. You can choose from dozens of licensed rally cars, as well as a wide range of gameplay modes, including an extensive multiplayer for four people.
LEGO Racers 2 (PS2)
Racing 27 September 2001
Continuation of the Lego Racers car racing promoted by the world's most famous manufacturer of pads for children, the Lego company. We stand here for a series of crazy races to find the best galaxy driver.
Need for Speed: Underground (PS2)
Racing 17 November 2003
The seventh installment in the legendary racing series developed since 1995. Created once again by EA Black Box, the game brings revolutionary changes to the series, focusing on illegal street racing, popularized mainly by The Fast and the Furious movie. This time, apart from usual races, the player can take part in several racing events, such as drifting competitions or drag races. The game offers a wide set of licensed cars popular among the illegal racing aficionados. The game stands out with a wide array of car customization options it delivers - the player can buy licensed car parts produced by the most popular real-life manufacturers. Money is an important aspect of the game, because the player spends the cash they earned in races to buy new cars and parts. Need for Speed: Underground features a diverse soundtrack as well. The player can listen to a variety of genres, such as rap, techno, or metal.
Midnight Club II (PS2)
Racing 09 April 2003
Another part of the exciting street races coming from Rockstar Games. The best drivers meet every night in the streets of three giant metropolises - Los Angeles, Paris and Tokyo - to wade through the streets of the sleeping city at high speeds.
Gran Turismo 4: Prologue (PS2)
Racing 06 January 2004
Developed by Polyphony Digital studio, a racing game that serves as an introduction to the fourth major installment of the Gran Turismo series. Characteristically for the series, the game consists in obtaining racing licenses. The game features 40 challenges, such as time trial, assessing proper breaking distance, and overtaking competitors. With obtaining new licenses, you get new cars (there are 50 of them) that then can be test-driven in the arcade mode. The game features only five tracks. The biggest asset of Gran Turismo 4: Prologue are the visuals that serve only as a taste of what the next, full-length installment offers.
Race Driver 2 (PS2)
Racing 05 October 2004
The full-fledged successor to the 2002's TOCA Race Driver - a realistic racing game belonging to a bestselling series developed by Codemasters, a British company. TOCA Race Driver 2 combines the best elements of the previous installments, offering an opportunity to participate in 30 global championships taking place on 56 faithfully recreated tracks. As usual, the game features a wide variety of licensed cars belonging to such renown brands as Jaguar, Aston Martin, Ford, Subaru, Mitsubishi, Audi, Opel or Mercedes. Again, special emphasis was placed both on the driving physics and a unique damage system simulating different mechanical faults caused by collisions. Also, both the visuals and artificial intelligence of computer-controlled drivers were improved. The career is the main game mode here - it was introduced first in the previous installment. However, the game offers a multiplayer mode for up to 12 players as well.