Metascore
68

Mixed or average reviews - based on 61 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 61
  2. Negative: 2 out of 61
  1. Feb 16, 2011
    88
    A very enjoyable game, despite some blind spots in the graphics and sound areas: the social aspects and the many, many things to do in Ibiza and Oahu will keep your interest high for a long time.
  2. Feb 11, 2011
    85
    With two islands, a good number of luxury cars, cool environments and lots of races, Test Drive Unlimited 2 follows the path of the previous installment, and improves on it, although it doesn't change the formula.
  3. Feb 1, 2011
    85
    Test Drive Unlimited 2 might be lacking in some areas, but this is one instance where the sheer quantity of features prevails since their structure is thoughtful enough to make this game more than just a lazy vacation.
  4. 83
    Eden Games has successfully built upon the solid foundations laid by the first TDU for Test Drive Unlimited 2, creating a genuinely inviting and gratifying racing title, online or offline. It surpasses its predecessor with fantastic visuals, hundreds of extra miles of roads to speed along and more cars and races than you can shake a gearstick at.
  5. A game for the forgiving gamer, TDU2 is a hundred hours' worth of clumsy brilliance. [May 2011, p.88]
  6. Feb 27, 2011
    80
    With all of its problems, ranging to faulted online and strange car handling, TDU 2 is still a reccomended ride, especially if you enjoy the freedom two islands can give and with a host of powerful cars.
  7. Feb 14, 2011
    80
    It's incredibly filled with content, and free roaming is motivated with many options and stuff to do. It's a shame that the driving model doesn't look polished at all, and some minor bugs and flaws don't let it shine as a masterpiece. It's still a fun and rich game, which you'll enjoy if you fancy arcade racing with a strong community support.
  8. Feb 14, 2011
    80
    Though it offers more diversity than its predecessor, it can't reach top scores in our review due to the literally nonexistent story.
  9. Feb 14, 2011
    80
    Test Drive Unlimited 2 seems to follow on nicely from its predecessor but despite some new mechanics like the off-roading, feels essentially like the same game.
  10. Feb 13, 2011
    80
    Not without its issues, Test Drive Unlimited 2 is definitely a step forward for the series, and in absolutely the right direction.
  11. Feb 11, 2011
    80
    Pick up an arcade racing game and mix it with little bits of RPG and MMO. Blend them together and you'll have a juicy cocktail called Test Drive Unlimited 2.
  12. Feb 11, 2011
    79
    TDU2 has insane potential and offers a truly unique gameplay-experience, that's nowhere to be found elsewhere. But it's not free of flaws - like the extremely dull single-player story and the mediocre graphics and sound effects. Still: If you consider yourself a gearhead with a thing for socialising, go get it!
  13. Feb 14, 2011
    77
    Enormous and ambitious, Test Drive Unlimited 2 is a good game and a truly unique gameplay-experience. It's a step forward for the series.
  14. Feb 14, 2011
    76
    Though the production value leaves a lot to be desired, Test Drive: Unlimited 2 has a lot of content, and maxing out your stats and gaining levels in the game provides a fresh take on progression in the automotive genre.
  15. Mar 3, 2011
    75
    TDU2 is an incredible toy box full of racing, exploring, car collection and the lifestyle of the fast and famous. But the rough start has probably made the rest of the game's experience a lot less than it could have been.
  16. Feb 28, 2011
    75
    At it stands, Test Drive Unlimited 2 is like a used Ferrari with a broken passenger seat - a solid ride as long as the player doesn't mind some of the nicks and bumps and is willing to drive mostly alone.
  17. Feb 10, 2011
    75
    Test Drive Unlimited 2 will most likely receive a cult following for its kooky characters and general offbeat atmosphere, and the solid multiplayer options will keep many coming back. A word of warning, however - give this one a rent before you go the whole hog, as the baffling physics and numerous technical oddities are sure to kill this ride for many.
  18. Feb 16, 2011
    72
    It has issues, sure, but it's an ambitious game with a character all of its own. My only hope is that next time Eden put a little more thought into that tasteless narrative.
  19. Mar 15, 2011
    70
    You can take the massively multiplayer game out of the PC, then, but perhaps not the PC out of the game. The endless beta testing, the freewheeling project management, and the agonies and ecstasies of the results. [Apr 2011, p.88]
  20. Mar 3, 2011
    70
    With two immensely large islands to explore and dozens of cars to use, TDU lives up to its legacy. Too bad the graphics look so outdated.
  21. 70
    There are a lot of reasons why TDU2 will appeal, but unfortunately most of them are underdeveloped or just boring. [Issue#69, p.82]
  22. Mar 3, 2011
    70
    For all the added modes and interaction, simply strapping yourself into the seat of a Bugatti Veyron and unleashing power on the asphalt roads to no pre-destined destination is what makes Unlimited 2 memorable.
  23. Feb 27, 2011
    70
    This title is very rough around the edges, but in spite of that, it's also still very fun.
  24. Feb 25, 2011
    70
    Eden Games innovative spirit might have got the best of them as Test Drive Unlimited 2 stays true to its "unlimited" mindset, but wavers in its execution, which ends up feeling more like "semi-unlimited."
  25. Feb 24, 2011
    70
    If you enjoyed the original, then chances are you will still like this release, but sadly this isn't the kind of driving game that will make your heart beat out of your chest.
  26. 70
    There's plenty to do, two whole islands to explore and, if you can persuade the game to connect you with a mate or two, hours of pleasingly aimless road tripping to do. But when a game built for release in 2011 on a foundation of socialising has such an obtuse system for connecting with other players it's something a teaspoon of sugar in our petrol tank.
  27. Feb 18, 2011
    70
    This was a title we'd all desperately wanted to see perform well, and while the core game does offer a lot of entertainment, it's frustrating to imagine what could have been if only Eden had a bit more vision. It's clear that if there's to be another edition to the series, it's going to need some serious work in order to remain relevant.
  28. Feb 15, 2011
    70
    Please Eden, next time just focus on the driving.
  29. Feb 14, 2011
    70
    The freedom of open-road driving, backed by beautiful landscapes, is like few other games, and the huge, shared world of races and missions can be as addictive as a good MMORPG. The catch is that TDU2 isn't best in any class; it doesn't do any one thing better than a number of more specific, less expansive driving games. It does do an awful lot, though, and won't be kept down by its faults--which are hardly few, but aren't deal breakers.
  30. Feb 14, 2011
    70
    Eden Games tried to improve the online features of Test Drive Unlimited, but without any luck. The game's pretty much the same as what we saw on the first chapter, with better graphics and the isle of Ibiza as the main charm of the game. Call it 'virtual turism', but don't expect anything better than the first TDU - It's the same, but with tons of meaninless social options.
  31. Feb 13, 2011
    70
    Developer Eden Studios has put way too much time in creating a good online experience. This is probably the reason why the gameplay hasn't really improved on its predecessor. Test Drive Unlimited 2 is a good game, but can't challenge the greater racing games of our generation.
  32. Feb 11, 2011
    70
    Another brave and ambitious effort from the consistently inventive Eden Games, then, but another flawed gem. If anything, Test Drive Unlimited 2 teaches us that it's not just the open world you create, but what you do within it that really forms its identity. A shame then, that despite coming across like the coolest guy at the party, deep down, TDU2 is still not really sure who it is.
  33. Feb 11, 2011
    70
    Ambitious, enormous and an experience that many people can lose themselves in. But with its forgiving lack of consequences, obnoxious storyline and poor AI, the game's lasting appeal falls on the multiplayer and simply filling your garages with dozens of automobiles.
  34. 70
    We just wish the actual racing shared the depth and excitement of these considerable community features. [Mar 2011, p.82]
  35. Feb 10, 2011
    70
    It doesn't get everything right, and its low budget is obvious at times, but this is still one of the most unique and ambitious racers of the generation.
  36. Feb 8, 2011
    70
    It's a long journey through this huge game and TDU2 offers an unrefined, bumpy ride. Thankfully, if it all gets too much, you can set the grind aside for a long journey of your own – just following your front wheels across the islands, revelling in one of the great videogame open worlds...Unsteady but passionate and ambitious, TDU2 is fantastic escapism. It's just a shame it sometimes needs to escape from itself.
  37. Feb 14, 2011
    68
    Unless you were a huge fan of the original, Test Drive Unlimited 2 is probably a ride you can skip. Between huge problems with the servers (which should've been fixed before the game launched, honestly), an iffy control set-up and a boring lifestyle-led story mode, it just never feels like paradise.
  38. May 24, 2011
    67
    We were really looking foreward to TDU 2. The controls of the cars and the AI are really poor. Online multiplayer is more offline than online.
  39. Apr 29, 2011
    67
    Ultimately, Test Drive Unlimited 2 is a fun game to play that will keep you entertained for hours upon hours. Despite a few annoyances and flaws, the game has so much to do and explore that you could spend hours playing in this part of the game without any actual online multiplay.
  40. Mar 27, 2011
    67
    I am a bit torn when it comes to Test Drive Unlimited 2. It is definitely not the worst racing game I have played, but it is marred with technical problems that really do affect the gameplay. I would be willing to overlook these issues if the storyline was either better or nonexistent, but as it stands the story is not even enjoyable in an ironic sort of corny way – it is just frustrating to not give a damn about the characters, especially your own.
  41. Feb 28, 2011
    67
    A patch is due out in early March to rectify many issues, and we'll take a look at the game after that to see just how many issues are fixed. However, in the state the game is presently in, I can't recommend a purchase. $60 is simply too much to pay for the game as it is now.
  42. Feb 15, 2011
    65
    For all of its problems, TDU2 is still a fun game to play and it's very easy to lose an hour or more simply driving around the roads and taking in the views.
  43. Feb 22, 2011
    64
    Test Drive Unlimited 2's flaws aren't bad enough to keep you from being sucked into the vast amount of single-player content. The problem is that it isn't designed to be a single player game, and the online features meant to be its biggest draw have been broken for far too long.
  44. Mar 23, 2011
    60
    It feels particularly cumbersome in the wake of Need For Speed Hot Pursuit's simple yet ingenious social features. [Issue#107, p.100]
  45. Mar 16, 2011
    60
    Test Drive Unlimited 2 is a strangely satisfying and very frustrating arcade racer.
  46. Mar 7, 2011
    60
    Test Drive Unlimited 2 is extremely ambitious, but has suffered from an almost continuous flow of multiplayer related problems. While promising if Atari can get their servers working properly, the singleplayer content simply isn't convincing enough to warrant a purchase on its own.
  47. Feb 25, 2011
    60
    Despite TDU2's lack of realism and a force-fed story-mode, the game does provide an open-world experience that very few titles have succeeded with in the past.
  48. Feb 23, 2011
    60
    All in all, they have created an amazingly large, expansive driving game that's truly a joy to get lost within, but doesn't perform well enough to keep you within that illusion.
  49. Feb 23, 2011
    60
    Doesn't live up the hype. It has licensed cars, good ideas and beautiful scenarios, but the game just fails compared to other options in this genre.
  50. Feb 22, 2011
    60
    Test Drive Unlimited 2 is an example of a good idea gone wrong. The first game was such a huge step in the innovation of the genre but, since then, online implementation has come so far, and the team behind this series seems to have fallen behind.
  51. 60
    The controls are an odd mix between arcade and sim, meaning that all the cars are much more skiddish than you'd expect. Weak AI means that the car handling is the only real challenge when you play alone, and coupled with the tiresome voice acting, the single player experience is sub par. Online, the game becomes much more entertaining, but so far the serves have been plagued by stability issues. TDU is pretty fun online, but if you only want to play on your own, steer clear of this game.
  52. Feb 17, 2011
    60
    Test Drive Unlimited 2 is not a racing game, it's an MMO with racing elements. There is a lot to discover on the two islands and it can keep you occupied for dozens of hours, but it fails to live up to its predecessor. The controls are sluggish and the graphics outdated.
  53. Feb 14, 2011
    60
    Sure, the car collecting is addictive and the races are quite entertaining. But the graphics are mediocre and that feeling of freedom never sets in.
  54. Feb 14, 2011
    60
    At the moment – three weeks of regular play and barely scratching the surface – I'm erring on the side of caution with this score. Ask me again when I've made it to Hawaii and I suspect it may creep up a little.
  55. Feb 16, 2011
    55
    I'm a fan of games that give you control of your character's life (see: buying houses, decorating, pimping sweet rides), but the driving is missing the raw energy it needs to stay interesting and the rest of the experience is bug-ridden.
  56. Mar 18, 2011
    50
    The biggest failure of TDU2 is the random game save corruption that happens for no reason at all. You could be at level 50 and when you load up your game you run the risk of having a corrupted save which forces you to start your career from the beginning.
  57. Feb 14, 2011
    50
    With development teams like Criterion and Black Rock constantly raising the bar, it's unfortunate to see a racing game as passionless as Test Drive Unlimited 2. Ambitious map size and amazing architecture (seriously, some of the purchasable homes are incredible) can't make up for lackluster racing.
  58. Feb 14, 2011
    50
    As much as I loved powering around Ibiza and Hawaii in a Bugatti or Ferrari, it doesn't make up for the tedium of earning cars through repetitive, samey races against underwhelming (and teleporting) AI, the Z grade voice acting and the half-arsed attempt at injecting story into a game which very literally didn't need it. Test Drive Unlimited 2 is a wreck.
  59. Feb 14, 2011
    50
    Quotation forthcoming.
  60. Feb 26, 2011
    40
    Test Drive Unlimited 2 isn't a horrible game. It's just surrounded by a bug filled world, glitchy gameplay, and a core mechanic that doesn't function.
  61. Feb 25, 2011
    40
    Test Drive Unlimited 2 definitely has its moments and I can't deny the game's quirky charm. But the great strength of the roster of cars, the enjoyable driving model and compelling location can't eclipse the lack of enjoyable content or the confusing economy.
User Score
6.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 82 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 35
  2. Negative: 8 out of 35
  1. Feb 13, 2011
    9
    This is an extremely fun game with a massive open world, but it definitely has its fair share of issues regarding certain things like the occasional texture pop-in and/or screen tearing that may occur (which is quite common in open-world driving games). There are some other minor problems mainly related to interface and things like finding other players during online play (filtering the map to show only my friends inexplicably showed nobody but I had 4 friends sitting right beside me at the time). Once you get together with all your friends, get ready for hours upon hours of driving around together. You can start races with any cars around you by pressing A to flash your lights which shows your challenge on every player's screen that is close to you. There can be around 50-100 cars spread all around each server's map at once, and up to eight at a time can jump into an instanced race, cop chase, or other type of challenge. The person who issued the challenge chooses any event they have unlocked (there are nearly 200 different events with more in DLC already confirmed), when it pops up it shows the proposed event in the bottom corner of your screen and you can press Back to ignore it, or A to accept their challenge. You can also start races by pressing A as you drive over their starting line. Those of you who enjoy Midnight Club should definitely check this game out. If you are familiar with Midnight Club:LA, imagine that game but with a map that is much larger and has a much greater variety of terrain including the full real-life islands of Ibiza and Hawaii. That means you'll plow through vast plains of 3-foot high weeds, get massive air off mountainsides to jump across riverbanks, and navigate tight urban streets more akin to MC:LA. However, the graphics in this game are about the same detail as those in MC:LA, which is not a compliment since that game is over three years old by now. Sometimes the graphics will stutter when the game is loading during gameplay, but this mostly seemed to happen during freedriving, and barely ever happened during the instanced races. I can say without a doubt that despite the minor graphical and disc-streaming issues this is still one of my top five favorite driving games ever to come out for the 360. Full Review »
  2. Mar 4, 2011
    0
    Long, boring cutscenes you can't skip past. In this day and age, that's just inexcusable. I want to play a game, not sit through countless inane, puppet conversations. And you can't skip them! It was about 40 minutes of that crap before you're allowed to interact in the online part. This has got to be the only multiplayer racing game that punishes you for 40 minutes before you're allowed to actually get into a multiplayer race. Except here's the kicker, once you get into the "multiplayer" zone, unless you happen to have a bunch of friends playing at the same time, good luck getting into a race. I drove around fruitlessly for another 40 minutes trying to get a race started as other drivers passed me by like a homeless guy trying to get a cab. I guess everyone was busy hustling over to the next tedious cutscene. I hate games that force you to sit through lame narratives in general. But in a racing game?! I thought this would be a game with a lot of people driving around a huge expanse, having fun. In reality, it feels like a very solitary, joyless, grind, as you pass other players doing whatever the hell they're doing as you try to avoid any interaction with the game itself for fear of having to sit through another several minutes of poorly written, poorly acted, totally unnecessary, gibberish. This game gets a zero, because it's by far the least fun I've ever had playing a "racing" game. Okay, that's not fair. I can't really call this a racing game, because I NEVER GOT TO ACTUALLY RACE ANYBODY!! Did I mention the environment looks totally generic and lifeless? Bleh. I hate the makers of this game for wasting my time. Full Review »
  3. Mar 29, 2011
    5
    Whilst the open world driving and racing is fun and works well there are far too many technical, presentation and game plays issues to rate this game very high. The "story" is awful with terrible voice acting. Even after patching some parts of the game still don't work. The licenses are a pointless addition and are needlessly frustrating to finish for many people. Online racing almost always ends up as a demo derby particularly in club vs club races. There are no bikes and no online trading/selling of cars. TDU2 is a poor sequel to its enjoyable and well made predecessor. Full Review »