Test Drive Unlimited 2 starts like a dream... turns into a potentially bland driving game

Test Drive Unlimited 2 starts off like a dream. No, really, it's an actual dream sequence. It's the life you're supposed to be aspiring towards. Pool parties, fast cars, beautiful girlfriends who like to buy you fast cars... It's like they looked into the minds of our teenaged selves and sellotaped those adolescent aspirations to a Blu-Ray disc. Check this out:

Above: Everyone's getting down to some phat beats at your pool party. You get control in a sec...

Above: Which means you get to check out the 'hotties'. There's plenty of erm... physics modelling going on

Above: Uh-oh - it's your girlfriend. She wants to talk to you. Maybe it's about your lecherous ogling?

Above: No, she actually wants to give you a car. A Ferrari California, to be precise. Honestly, it's like a dream

Above: You slide into the stitch-modelled driving seat and start the engine purring with a gentle squeeze of R2

Above: And away you go, out onto the open road. Clear skies, exotic foliage... This is surely too good to be true

Above: Ah, Ferrari, open road, glare from the setting sun, and not a single cop to make you check your speed

Above: Which invariably means you're going to crash any second. Sure enough, over we go... You know, at this point it would be really nice if this wasn't real. Oh, but what's this? The screen's fading out...

Above: Oh, it was just a dream! And that's not your girlfriend at all. You're a valet and it's her car you're in. This doesn't look good

Above: Wake up, buddy. Time to get out and accept it. Your life sucks

Which is where the real game begins. The girl lets you drive her to a TV studio for some quick filming (where you find a picture of her on the wall, in exactly the same dress she's wearing now - lolz etc), before some weird chap called Jude is greeted with the words 'Hey, Jude!" (groan) and you're allowed to buy a crappy car. And that's when the game changes from a dream to... something a little less perfect.


  • ShaneCedt - January 27, 2011 12:58 a.m.

    Doesn't look that good. And why should I always start off as a low-wage employee in videogames? I should be Mark Zuckerburg running over people in my exotic sportscar.
  • avantguardian - January 27, 2011 12:21 a.m.

    @im2awesome: i just wanted to give two thumbs up for your name... this game, well.........................................................
  • yonderTheGreat - January 26, 2011 9 p.m.

    @popmummy Yes, you had the first one and you sucked. Very correct. I also had TDU and dug it. But I'm horribly biased seeing as how I grew up in Hawaii and haven't been back in over 20 years.
  • Sonattine - January 26, 2011 8:13 p.m.

    About F.R.I.M. As a French speaker I read it "frime" which in colloquial French means "to show off". I don't know if it was intentional but at least like that it makes sense. Apart from that, non, I'm not interested in the game. Burnout Paradise was great but I'll rather opt for Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit than this for my fast cars fix.
  • JoeMulvihill1 - January 26, 2011 7:45 p.m.

    i know i'm a perv for knowing about these (a proud prev dammit!) but the 3d images looked like the start to a 3d comic Pr0n. i feel the need to start fapping but then all that happens is he drives a fucking car. way to ruin the moment, cars!.
  • Kyo - January 26, 2011 7:10 p.m.

    @im2awesome I had the first game when it first came out on my 360, Personally I loved it like crazy, was Very fun online, sure the place had no people walking around, and the crashes weren't as satisfying as something like burnout.. but it's not trying to be other games.. it's its own game and that's fine. I can't wait for this game. so @popmummy43, don't push your opinions on impressionable people, it's not right lol
  • popmummy43 - January 26, 2011 5:48 p.m.

    @im2awesome sorry mate but you cant polish a turd. i had the first one and i sucked
  • Im2awesome - January 26, 2011 5:06 p.m.

    D: Psshhhhhh I was looking forward to this one... I really hope that this game can still be polished, but some of the more troubling aspects are too late it seems :/

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