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Test Drive Unlimited review

The car's the star

Pros

  • Massive island for you to explore
  • Exhaustive as a purchasing-simulator
  • Gorgeous graphics

Cons

  • More focus on buying than racing
  • Crash physics are a little weird
  • Different vehicles for NPCs

Welcome to the world’s first obscene wealth simulator. Sure, one in every two driving games on the market involves collecting cash, but nothing else sees you lavish a sickeningly huge amount of money on yourself like this driving semi-MMO. It’s a tale of amassing massive riches during a privileged, unemployed life onthe beautiful Hawaiian island ofOahu, then spending all your said riches on cars. Endless numbers of super-expensive cars.

By way of example, here’s an average day in our character’s life. First thing in the morning, wewander down to the cavernous garage and idly choose which one of the eight incredibly expensive cars there we would like to take out today. A Ford GT chosen, we head off to the middle of nowhere, where a mysterious benefactor inexplicably pays me $20,000 to perform three laps of a circuit encompassing busy public roads.

More Info

GenreRacing
DescriptionIt's tough to imagine a better looking driving game than this one, which gives you gorgeous vehicles and then lets you rev their engines across a stunning setting.
Franchise nameTest Drive
UK franchise nameTest Drive
PlatformXbox 360, PS2, PSP, PC
US censor ratingTeen
Release date5 September 2006 (US), 16 February 2007 (UK)