Test Drive Unlimited PC


Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
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  1. PC Format
    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. Test Drive Unlimited is just like Grand Theft Auto, except without the sex, violence, swearing... well, ok, it's only kind of like GTA, but it is still the most fun you can have in a virtual Ferrari without risking getting a dose of a virtual social disease.
  3. PC Gamer UK
    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]
  4. Despite its high technical requirements and some weird choices made by the developers when implementing the control system, TDU is a nice experience for both single and multiplayer.
  5. 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]
  6. It's a breath of fresh air to the racing genre and features some of the best online integration to date.
  7. 80
    From the fact that the entire game world is essentially a lobby for multiplayer gaming to real-world open ended racing, Test Drive Unlimited gives you the option to let your imagination set the course. The game successfully brings the feel of the MMO world to the racing genre making for a unique game.
  8. 80
    Rough in spots and a bit too casual for some, Test Drive Unlimited nevertheless delivers a truly innovative format and a gorgeous, massive world populated by real people. Now get in and drive!
  9. 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.
  10. AceGamez
    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.
  11. TDU is a good online racing title and fits the bill for any racing fanatic. But the lack of general player life and some graphical faults knocked the score a little bit.
  12. If you’ve never been to Hawaii, here’s a one-way ticket for $50.
  13. PC Gamer
    If you can maneuver around its speed bumps, Test Drive Unlimited delivers a satisfying and visually opulent ride. [July 2007, p.56]
  14. 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.
  15. One of the rather useless parts they have added to the game was the clothes, accessories and being able to change your character. I found this to be something that seemed like an addition thrown in to try and add value to the game, but who wants to spend time picking out a new outfit when you could be racing.
  16. If you're a car lover, then you're going to drool over the detail and specifications of the vehicles in TDU .
  17. 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.
  18. 70
    An ambitious game that hasn't (yet) fulfilled its potential. There's brilliance here, but it's currently being smothered by technical issues and an unfortunately wobbly multiplayer component.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 123 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. JonTheHorrible
    May 4, 2007
    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 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 Full Review »
  2. ManuelT.
    Jul 24, 2007
    Best driving game ever, giving a superb sensation of driving expensive hot cars. Wainting for more of these!
  3. Mar 4, 2015
    I usually only deal with the hardcore sim racing stuff like rfactor or Assetto Corsa. But this is a little gem. The best open-world drivingI usually only deal with the hardcore sim racing stuff like rfactor or Assetto Corsa. But this is a little gem. The best open-world driving game on PC to this date.

    It has some faults:

    -driving physics are... arcade. Not NFS arcade, you still thing you are operating something with tyres but it is not the games strong suit
    -it is generally too easy if you manage to avoid running into things repeatedly.
    -engine sounds are lackluster.
    -it doesn't have a contextualizing story or career scenario, if you need this to keep paying attention.


    +it doesn't have a contextualizing story or career scenario, because who needs that crap annoying crap anyway!?
    +1000 miles of open road on O'ahu, Hawaii no less.
    +125 cars and bikes you actually want to own. No 50 Nissan Skylines or VW Fox to be found here.
    +the process of buying cars is well done. you actually go to a official dealership and put your car together. Rims, paint, interior. way cooler then cycling through a lifeless menu.
    +Little details like clothes and house shopping.

    Most importantly though the game nails the freeroam aspect. I hate being called by npc's all the time trying to dictate where to drive next like in the crew or forza horizon sometimes. just leave me be! no distracing challanges like getting points/cash for drifts, near misses and so on. Just you, car, road. The graphics have aged surprisingly well and the ambient sound just gives you a nice summerly feeling when the engine happens to be not running.

    The feeling of this game is it's major appeal. Drive your Gallardo convertible in a summer holiday environment like you know you always wanted! The licenses are a bit old. it is from early 2007. but don't let that put you off. You will find timeless machinery in every class you will race in.

    Word of advice: stay away from TDU 2, buy TDU 1!
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