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Test Drive Unlimited

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Lisa Lippard
May 9, 2007
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What says summertime more than the beaches of Hawaii? If funds are a little short for a nice vacation, there's always Test Drive Unlimited from Atari. The island of Oahu is painstakingly recreated here with over 1000 miles of roads all winding through the gorgeous island. Although racing is the main premise of the game, there are other "lifestyle" options to choose from so that gamers can live the life of a super star with gorgeous houses, girlfriends, clothes, and garages filled with some of the top luxury brand autos available. Over 30 different vehicles are available from top companies like Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Audi, Jaguar, Shelby, Saleen, and Mercedes are all available to race, own, or just to "test drive" around the island.

Racking up points in the game lets gamers expand their lifestyle and with the Master Point System, it keeps track of points earned for just about everything: racing, getting airtime, doing great drifts, driving around town, and of course, for winning races and challenges. Test Drive Unlimited is fully streaming so there aren't any load times between races to let gamers play without interruption which is definitely a cool feature and hopefully other games will copy this feature in upcoming games. The online racing is a huge plus for this game as Atari introduces Massively Open Online Racing or MOOR that allows thousands of gamers to race at the same time. Once gamers are online, the other drivers on the roads, aren't all AI vehicles, they are other online racers who are just cruising around the island looking for some action. It's easy to get a race going by just flashing the car's headlights at another driver to see if they are up for the challenge. From there it's easy to start racing, and taking on other challenges offered. Test Drive Unlimited has a nice variety of game modes for both single and mulitplayers without seeming repetitive and offering many hours of good racing and gaming time. The addition of the lifestyle features rounds out the game and makes Test Drive Unlimited stand out from the average racing game.

Rating4 / 5
ConsolePS2, PC
HotThe cars, the lifestyle & Hawaii
NotWould have loved a lot more cars
By Lisa Lippard
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