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  • Summary: Test Drive Unlimited is the only game that immerses you into the car and bike enthusiast lifestyle, with total freedom to race however and wherever you want within a huge, online-persistent environment. Visit the most sophisticated car and bike dealers to purchase new vehicles or simply take them for a spin. Collect and trade rare performance parts and customize each vehicle to make it one-of-a-kind. Test Drive Unlimited challenges players online to experience the most exotic and fastest vehicles on more than 1000 miles of diverse Hawaiian roads. Gamers win races, challenges, missions and tournaments to earn credits and purchase new cars, bikes, rare performance parts, clothes, apparel, homes and garages. Features more than 125 licensed vehicles from exclusive manufacturers including Lamborghini, Ducati, Aston Martin, Mercedes, Saleen, Shelby, and Jaguar; Upgrade each car or bike with options from the actual manufacturers' catalog. Players create characters, buy new homes and garages, and tune and upgrade vehicles with aftermarket parts; Extracurricular activities such as expanding your garage, getting clothes and fashion accessories for your avatar, helping hitchhikers catch planes, picking up girls, chasing car thieves, and escaping from a psychopath. [Atari] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. A triumph...An expansive environment, expensive cars and plenty of company to race against make for an intoxicating Hawaiian cocktail. [Mar 2007, p.62]
  2. TDU's MMO elements are slight compared to quest-and-kill fare, but it's still the greatest advancement of the driving-a-pretend-car concept in years... A car fancier's wish-dream. [Feb 2007, p.74]
  3. TDU still offers a massive, inviting, and involving world for racing fans to gather in and share their love of cars. All with a cocktail on the side, too. [Mar 2007, p.64]
  4. The array of cars and the wide open roadways are wonderful, but there aren't a great deal of things to do with either of them.
  5. In the end, Test Drive Unlimited is about having the ability to race amazing fantasy vehicles around an amazing fantasy island - and that core element works extremely well.
  6. It's not quite as unlimited as its subtitle might suggest, and it's got a pervasively aimless feel, but Test Drive Unlimited still succeeds by creating a fun, leisurely world to drive in.
  7. 70
    TDU is all about driving fast in expensive cars through gorgeous locales and that's exactly what it delivers. It's not a sim, so don't expect GTR2-level realism.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Mar 8, 2014
    Best Racing Game for PC! Amazing Cars, Huge Island to explore, character customization, missions and much more! this game is definitely better than Need For Speed! Expand
  2. Jun 10, 2011
    This game has very good free roam. You got one big island. It's Hawaii. It is very nice made. This game has got pretty nice graphics and I like that there are many car dealers. The bad thing is that they are too many. Why all Ferrari's can't be in one place? I know that this is realistic but they are too many. Not many this sort of racing games got bikes. Although the graphics are good sea looks quite bad. I know it's nothing big but I found some bad things in this game. Sometimes this is too hard and you have to be a pro game-driver. Expand
  3. Sep 29, 2011
    Get a steering wheel and a decent graphics card and this game will not fail to impress. There are issues with online account management since it's done by GameSpy and not GFW LIVE, but if you manage to get it working the game is a joy to play. The only problem is that there is no real motivation to play it- it's the kind of game you go on just to make yourself feel as if you're on holiday. Expand
  4. Nov 7, 2013
    It's such a great racing game, I totally love it, though it has many glitches. But I tried a few fixes and the game runs perfectly. The landscapes are great, the cars are various, all time favorites there, girls are sweet (although based on the same woman model!!!), could you ask for more?! I'm still playing it and it passed almost 1 year Expand
  5. Mar 29, 2012
    So much better than TDU2!

    Although the graphics look a bit dated, they still look better than TDU2- which quite frankly sucks!

    Theres no
    stupid storyline, or championship mode. Just detailed cars racing round a well made island, that has clearly taken ages to develop.

    8/10 from me, simply because of the graphics its not as immersive or accesiable

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