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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
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  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. ManuelT.
    Jul 24, 2007
    10
    Best driving game ever, giving a superb sensation of driving expensive hot cars. Wainting for more of these!
  2. Tom
    May 30, 2007
    10
    This game is awesome.Yes it's an arcade game but much much better than last 2 NFS titles.
  3. TuomasH
    Aug 22, 2009
    10
    Awesome game! It has almost everything that a fast cars liking human can want. The only bad thing is that the island could have more life and more things to do, like going to bar and control the character inside. Expand
  4. ChrisH.
    Apr 2, 2007
    9
    This is a great racing game, don't see many on the Pc so I would suggest picking this up! The gameplay is surprisingly arcadey, with tasks varying in content, ie straight forward racing to dropping pretty girls around town, but then penalized for giving them a bum ride! Other side missions like delivering cars etc add as a pleasant and rewarding distraction from the main element of the game. You will certainly require a good PC to play this at a full detail. I max the lot with FSAA 4x to boot and get an average of 40fps on the flat screen view (best for this game). My specs are AMD X2 AM2 3800+, 2gb DDR800, SATA, Radeon X1950 Pro 512mb. You are warned! Expand
  5. RenanK.
    Jun 4, 2007
    9
    An incredible game with a fantastic and new idea, but it lacks in multiplayer gaming. Anyay if you get an wheel joystick the game will reveal you its full engine power, with stunning physics and an awesome realism that can be compared to RACE 2. Expand
  6. Nov 7, 2013
    8
    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
  7. JonTheHorrible
    May 4, 2007
    0
    It doesnt work, theres no patch, and the bits that do work or need fixing get boring very easily. Whats the point of making an online racing game you cant either get online with or when you can, everyone has connection problems so you cant race them. Steer clear (pardon the pun) unless it gets fixed. By the way the lyrics to the installation music go- This is an excuse that we're making we're making, Is it good enough for what you're paying you're paying It's just another excuse Is this song about Atari's support? ... Say no more Expand

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