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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 takeTest 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: 62 out of 69
  2. Negative: 0 out of 69
  1. Even more impressive is the fact that the game is set in real mileage (or kilometers depending on your region) which means you may be in for a very long ride if your race spans over 100 miles. With over 1000 miles of terrain, you will be driving well over 100 hours if you want to do or see everything in the game.
  2. A thoroughly enjoyable, deep and challenging experience (particularly because of the online instant challenges against other XBL opponents), with more cars than a, well, car yard ... Test Drive Unlimited is one of the best examples of true online integration and a fantastic car game to boot.
  3. The online and offline integration is well done, the car lineup is solid, and the graphics are above average. There’s also a good amount of gameplay jammed onto the disc.
  4. Taking place on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, the environment is huge. There are literally hundreds of streets to traverse in the city.
  5. Its faults are there to be seen, and some - like the frame rate and lack of tuning options - could be seen as game breaking faults, but if you're not bothered about the technical side to driving, Test Drive Unlimited is simply wonderful.
  6. And with 1,000 miles of road to roam, it comes closer than most games to re-creating the freedom of real life.
  7. Probably the most boring racing game I’ve ever played. While some folks may find driving virtual exotic cars around a bland replica of Hawaii relaxing, I find it frustrating. Especially when the cars control like they are on ice.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 32
  2. Negative: 3 out of 32
  1. JohnF.
    Jan 24, 2008
    10
    Simply AMAZING! The amount of detail they put into this Map amazes me. It's graphics are simply brilliant in a way that i find myself Simply AMAZING! The amount of detail they put into this Map amazes me. It's graphics are simply brilliant in a way that i find myself stopping every 5 minutes for a stunning screen shot. I also found that just exploring the island will provide you with hours upon hours of gameplay. The houses are all like dreamhouse showrooms with giant garages. I found myself laughing at the fact that every house i went to had a Big screen TV the size of my living room window. They have a wide variety of cars, houses and different styles of races with more stunning sights than most will see in their entire lifetime! They had enough map detail that my mom could even show me the places she visited when she went to the island. Some of the challenges will have you on your knees 2 feet away from the screen because you dont want to scratch this mans ferrari :P Other races will have you racing 8AI or other players online. Sometimes you'll just want to cruise around the island finding challenges and scenery or even picking up Rich hitchhikers who btw will pay well ;P. Overall this game will have you on your knees pleading for your parents to take you to the wonderful world of Oahu, Hawaii. Expand
  2. MikeS.
    Sep 11, 2006
    10
    This is a very fun game. Best game on 360 so far. Nothing like finding someone to run around the island with at 247 MPH. Get this one.
  3. Andyman
    Sep 17, 2006
    10
    Magnificent game, top to bottom. So much to do and see, and before you know it, you've spent the entire day exploring the absolutely Magnificent game, top to bottom. So much to do and see, and before you know it, you've spent the entire day exploring the absolutely breathtaking Oahu landscape, building your collection, spiffing up your rides, racing online or off, completing really fun missions, and test-driving cars you can't afford yet. I agree completely with some of the earlier reviews... Test Drive Unlimited is by far the best racing game on the 360 right now. Expand
  4. TheoG.
    Sep 22, 2006
    9
    So much fun. Can't put my finger on what makes a fun racing game, a difficult combination of realism and playability, but this one has So much fun. Can't put my finger on what makes a fun racing game, a difficult combination of realism and playability, but this one has it. The online system needs a little work, nothing a patch couldn't help. Also, more customization would be welcomed, as opposed to 3 packages of upgrades for each car. Something more akin to NFS would make a big difference and get this game a 10. Looking forward to the sequel already! Expand
  5. Grocs(James)
    Dec 2, 2008
    9
    This game simply stands the test of time in my opinion. Due to the originality of the concept and the fact you are allowed just to cruiseThis game simply stands the test of time in my opinion. Due to the originality of the concept and the fact you are allowed just to cruise around the whole island of Oahu - simply means it is still the most original and enjoyable racer so far on the 360. As I write this it is December 2008, more than two years after it was first released.

    I had actually traded this game - only to find a couple of months later that I was missing it too much. So I ended up buying it again. If you are a car and bike lover and don't want to be bogged down by half assed story and the same races over and over again, do yourself a favour and get Test Drive Unlimited. Simply the best arcade racer out there.
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  6. JaceN.
    Oct 12, 2006
    8
    The driving parts of the Grand Theft Auto games with none of the foot/gunwork and all of the associated problems with all the real-world The driving parts of the Grand Theft Auto games with none of the foot/gunwork and all of the associated problems with all the real-world exotic cars you could want! Most of the time the missions go off without a hitch but some are near impossible and if not...so frustrating you could howl! Nothing says this more than losing a race by an inch thanks to the cursed civilian traffic turning down a side road right in your 300KMH path or T-Boning you out of nowhere!...or a rival exotic car driven by either the AI or online human player smashing you into a cop car for an instant arrest before you even know what happened! So overall its a free roaming blast but be prepared to throw the controller at appropriate moments! Expand
  7. BarryQ.
    Jan 1, 2007
    1
    I love driving games, but this one is just boring. I can't put my finger on it because it looks great, drives great but is ultimately I love driving games, but this one is just boring. I can't put my finger on it because it looks great, drives great but is ultimately not exciting. Stay away or play Forza on your old box. Expand

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