Test Drive Unlimited

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.

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Microsoft Xbox 360
Game Test Drive Unlimited (X360) Cover
Test Drive Unlimited

Test Drive Unlimited | XBOX 360

Racing, for automobiles, sandbox, multiplayer

Companies responsible for Test Drive Unlimited

Eden Games | game developer

Atari / Infogrames | publisher   Official website

Test Drive Unlimited release date for XBOX 360:

game language:
English

05 September 2006 | Worldwide

08 September 2006 | Europe PAL

05 September 2006 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single / multiplayer , multiplayer mode: Internet, size: 1 DVD
Game score 8.1 / 10 calculated out of 664 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 9.2 / 10 calculated out of 57 players' votes.  

PC / Windows
Game Test Drive Unlimited (PC) Cover
Test Drive Unlimited

Test Drive Unlimited | PC

Racing, for automobiles, sandbox, multiplayer

Companies responsible for Test Drive Unlimited

Eden Games | game developer

Atari / Infogrames | publisher   Official website

Test Drive Unlimited release date for PC:

game language:
English

16 March 2007 | Worldwide

Game mode: single / multiplayer , multiplayer mode: local network / Internet, size: 1 DVD
Game score 8.9 / 10 calculated out of 11076 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 9.5 / 10 calculated out of 76 players' votes.  

Sony PlayStation 2
Game Test Drive Unlimited (PS2) Cover
Test Drive Unlimited

Test Drive Unlimited | PS2

Racing, for automobiles, sandbox, multiplayer

Companies responsible for Test Drive Unlimited

Melbourne House | game developer

Atari / Infogrames | publisher   Official website

Test Drive Unlimited release date for PS2:

game language:
English

20 February 2007 | Worldwide

16 March 2007 | Europe PAL

20 February 2007 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single / multiplayer , multiplayer mode: Internet / split screen, size: 1 DVD
Game score 8.3 / 10 calculated out of 482 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 10 / 10 calculated out of 3 players' votes.  

PlayStation Portable
Game Test Drive Unlimited (PSP) Cover
Test Drive Unlimited

Test Drive Unlimited | PSP

Racing, for automobiles, sandbox, multiplayer

Companies responsible for Test Drive Unlimited

Melbourne House | game developer

Atari / Infogrames | publisher   Official website

Test Drive Unlimited release date for PSP:

game language:
English

20 February 2007 | Worldwide

30 March 2007 | Europe

20 February 2007 | USA

Game mode: single / multiplayer , multiplayer mode: local network, size: 1 UMD
Game score 8.2 / 10 calculated out of 414 players' votes.  

The Test Drive series, which was initiated back in 1987, has a myriad of installments that have been changing its image throughout the years. Test Drive Unlimited is the first one which was developed with Xbox 360 in mind, as well, and contains most changes in relation to its predecessors, making it much different from standard racing games.

Mechanics

The first change that players will encounter upon launching the game is the possibility of choosing a so-called avatar, which is the image of a driver. It happens on an airport where the fun starts. Moreover, in the game, we visit stores and buy clothes that make us different from other Test Drive Unlimited users in online gameplay. It is worth mentioning that clothes are bought for coupons won for giving rides to hitchhikers. Some apparels are branded by real designers’’ names, such as Mar Ecko, and some can be downloaded via an user-friendly service. Another significant change is conserved with race participation. Every player receives his own house with a garage that constitutes a base of operations for all activities. Our home lets us to, for example, receive external e-mail, browse a constantly-updated information bulletin on new cars and races, and using an eBay-like internet auction system where other users put their vehicles up for sale. The game’s publisher, Atari, also made sure that players have the possibility of downloading new cars from the Internet. Their number depends on the amount of licenses given to Atari by actual car manufacturers.

Once ready to head out in the streets, players are taken to the garage which serves not only decorative purposes but also allows them to mount expensive interior equipment into their vehicles. A player can also inspect cars and look at it at every angle, open doors, and admire the upholstery. If we take into account that the game features 90 luxury cars and motorcycles by default, Test Drive Unlimited for PlayStation Portable is not only an entertainment product but also an interactive car catalogue.

As far as racing tracks are concerned, the programmers at Atari decided to turn to the benefits of the nature. The competition takes place at a Hawaiian island of Oahu, where there is over a thousand miles of roads and highways, faithfully recreated on the basis of satellite pictures.

Thanks to the online gaming feature, thousands of players can participate in competition at the same time, which brings Test Drive Unlimited for PlayStation Portable closer to the MMO genre. The players can challenge other users and the money made in this way can be spent on car enhancements or buying a more spacious house. Another highlight of the product is the possibility of custom track generation within the island by setting the starting and ending points, as well as the checkpoints that have to be scored in every race. Creative and demanding users of Test Drive Unlimited will also be able to design races that can last for three hours of real time (over 50 rules and settings to choose from).

Technical aspects

Awesome graphics, stunning audio, and brilliant physics model can be appreciated by every arcade racing games fan. Test Drive Unlimited for PlayStation Portable is a spectacular title in its every aspect, and the introduction of numerous revolutionary solutions guarantees an exciting experience.

Uses: memory card 32 MB
Test Drive Unlimited Game Guide

game guide 04 November 2007

Cars, races, driving advices, racing hints.