Metascore
82

Generally favorable reviews - based on 69 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. Sadly, Test Drive Unlimited is probably the closest I will ever get to Oahu, but thanks to Eden and some of the best environmental visuals I have seen this year, I can comfortably say I have already been there.
  3. The most detailed, realistic, sprawling, long-lasting, and satisfying racing game ever - Eden has actually pulled it off. A must for any high-definition petrolhead; it's absolutely stunning. [Issue 10, p.80]
  4. As good as we were expecting and hoping, it delivers on its promise to make an 'always on' Xbox Live race world, plus the car handling, sheer size of its island and the way you're left to make your own fun in your own way makes it a breath of pine-scented air in this world full of bland race games. [Oct 2006, p.108]
  5. It's not perfect, but for me it's the racing and driving game I've always dreamed of playing. Well done Eden.
  6. Despite the flaws, this game is impressively large and open ended, and offer a wealth of fun and addictive content - two of the most important qualities of any game.
  7. Massively Open Online Racing has arrived. [Oct. 2006, p.60]
  8. While the online aspect truly adds a completely new dimension to the game, Test Drive Unlimited, at its core, is simply one of those rare games that must truly be experienced by all.
  9. 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.
  10. if you're a 360 owner in the market for an awesome racing experience that truly lets you hit the open road and live the dream life, you've got nearly Unlimited possibilities with this latest Test Drive.
  11. Despite the story at the start of game urging you to be the best and beat everyone else, Test Drive: Unlimited is more about relaxing, having fun and enjoying the scenery than getting in a sweat at completing every challenge.
  12. In pure racing terms, TDU fails to scale the Everest-like peaks of "Project Gotham 3", but as a driving game it's in a league of its own. [Oct 2006, p.69]
  13. While the cars don’t control realistically and motorcycles feel slightly awkward, the wonderful terrain and the entertaining racing challenges make this an Xbox 360 game racing enthusiasts will definitely enjoy.
  14. Aspects such as the control of the different cars which are rewarding to drive, the different cars handling noticeably, well different, and the AI reacting to your movements all gives the races some flare.
  15. The fusion of free driving in a huge, realistic game world and the mixture of single and multiplayer challenges works really well, even though many things could have been improved. [Oct 2006]
  16. Nothing even comes close to matching the appeal of Test Drive Unlimited. You’ll be hard pushed to play a more involving, evolving and down right enjoyable racer this year. Eden have pulled out all the stops to make Test Drive Unlimited the most polished and realistic racer the Xbox 360 has seen to date.
  17. 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.
  18. Test Drive Unlimited succeeds in reasonably blending the single- and multi-player experiences into one cohesive package.
  19. Vehicle sounds are done extremely well right down to there being a difference between different car makes and whether the windows are up or down.
  20. With such a huge open world, tons of cars and events plus future downloadable content, the longevity of Test Drive Unlimited is quite high.
  21. 85
    Test Drive Unlimited breathes quality in almost every area and is arguably one of the biggest surprises of the year.
  22. The ability to cruise or race, online or offline in a free roam fashion is refreshing and Eden has picked the perfect local in Oahu, Hawaii.
  23. Test Drive Unlimited offers a great racing/driving experience combined with a fantasy exotic lifestyle gamers can lead, something that hasn’t been done before as far as I can recall.
  24. Don't let its modest $40 price fool you into thinking this is bargain-bin junk: Test Drive Unlimited is an A-list driving game on every measurable level. [Dec. 2006, p.76]
  25. The annoying police system, relatively lifeless environment and weak engine sounds hurt the illusion of living the dream life but luckily, don’t destroy it completely.
  26. The innovations and online aspects have shown that this series is once again a force to be reckoned with.
  27. The driving model takes a little getting used to, but once you do the variety of vehicles will keep you racing for a long time to come.
  28. If you like your arcade racing to be intense or prefer more concrete goals in a game beyond simply accumulating cars, you’d be better off renting Test Drive Unlimited. You’ll have enough time to marvel at what it’s accomplished, but not enough to grow bored with it.
  29. Don't worry about hesitating to spend the $60, you will spend more time than you think playing this game.
  30. Technically, graphically and aurally it's impressive, but if you're not into the act of driving or not on Xbox Live, it's best suited to be a rental. The multiplayer socialization and implementation is really where it shines.
  31. One of my biggest gripes with the game is the police. You hit a couple cars in traffic and the police are all over you.
  32. Complete with its stunning re-creation of Oahu, Test Drive lets you live the fantasy of driving the tires off exotic cars better than any prior attempt. [Nov. 2006, p.118]
  33. Overall, there's a lot to like in Test Drive Unlimited, and its positive aspects far outweigh the few issues I had. I definitely recommend taking it for a spin. [Nov. 2006, p.136]
  34. Unless you already happen to live in a beautiful tropical paradise with your mansion and fancy cars, take my advice: put on a bathing suit, crank up the heat, pour yourself a frosty rum drink with a little umbrella, queue up some Dick Dale and meet me on the road.
  35. Taking place on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, the environment is huge. There are literally hundreds of streets to traverse in the city.
  36. Offers a few new welcome twists to the racing genre. The fully-realized island of Oahu is fun to drive around in and beautiful to see, and the many different missions make the game fun for different types of players.
  37. With so many challenges to complete in single-player mode, vehicles to purchase (with motorcycles rounding out a solid selection) and the inclusion of one of the best multiplayer modes anywhere inside or out of the racing genre, Unlimited is a fun title.
  38. It’s all about dropping the clutch, and as unique as the concept is, some lackluster execution keeps this one from reaching the level cap.
  39. Eden has composed a beguiling, intoxicating hymn to the open road, and every car lover will want to join its chorus. [Oct 2006, p.82]
  40. Drive Unlimited has blurred the line between single and multiplayer gaming almost out of existence.
  41. 80
    Just the way that an MMORPG can be enjoyable without an amazing combat system, Test Drive Unlimited is fun without the greatest driving experience. With a little more polish, some extra customization options, and an improved driving system, you’d have a racer that could compete with the big dogs.
  42. As an example of how Xbox Live can be put to use in the racing genre, it's unmatched. Were it not for inconsistent handling, it'd score higher - and even at that it still deserves a lot of credit.
  43. 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.
  44. Though players looking for straightforward, hardcore racing might be let down by TDU 's laid back attitude, the instant online world and impressive attention to detail make this tropical driving game unique and enjoyable.
  45. 80
    Offline, its hundreds of challenges and miles of roads will keep you satisfied for quite a while. But it's that moment, weaving through traffic in a Maserati, closing in on a TVR, with a Ferrari hot on your heels, all of them driven by real people -- who you're talking with at the same time -- that takes this game past its rivals.
  46. 80
    A decent racing game, but a great driving game. It's also the most important leap in racing game design since "Gran Turismo."
  47. The most original and ambitious racer for years, Eden's first title for Xbox 360 is sure to have gamers demanding more in the future. Hopefully the patch won't be too long in coming either.
  48. A game with an aspiration to create a real online community around a racing game. For the most part, it achieves this and becomes a shining example of real quality on a format still in its infancy.
  49. Its slower pace might put off the usual crowd, but those with the patience to explore the immense island and unlock its many secrets won't be disappointed.
  50. A solid product that features stunning graphics and a tremendous open-ended online experience. Though the game has a slight drawback in the sound and single-player campaign, the multiplayer more than makes up for it.
  51. And with 1,000 miles of road to roam, it comes closer than most games to re-creating the freedom of real life.
  52. Without a bustling online community, Test Drive Unlimited is a pedestrian entry in the racing genre, but for those who are willing to invest the time into it’s multiplayer world this could turn out to be the most bang for your buck the Xbox 360 has yet seen.
  53. Test Drive turns the racing genre on its head with this superb multiplayer online racer. Great track customizations and the lower price makes this an easy choice.
  54. A car aficionado's paradise and a novel concept in driving games. Unlimited's online world is certain to be mimicked.
  55. Driving around Hawaii with your mates really shows the online power of the system, plus the single player is enough on its own if Live is not enabled.
  56. 80
    Test Drive Unlimited doesn’t have the same thoroughbred racing pedigree as present in PGR3, nor does it have the clinical precision of Ridge Racer 6; instead, what it provides is a complete driving experience and a real sense of ownership, seamlessly fusing both single- and multi-player gaming; it’s more than the sum of its parts.
  57. The game’s soundtrack is eclectic and solid but small.
  58. 80
    Test Drive Unlimited is a triumph in packaging. It wraps a familiar suite of racing objectives in a appealing shared space and gives players the tools to socialize in this enormous setting.
  59. 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.
  60. The way it blends single player and multiplayer together into one package is nice, and is something that hasn’t been done in a console racing game to date. The game plays very well; it looks pretty, and sounds alright.
  61. The massively open online racing idea works, but critical portions of the racing and the game itself prevent this from being the next big thing.
  62. TDU will appeal most to casual racers who enjoy the freedom of GTA-like gameplay and want to create courses and drive online with (and against) their friends.
  63. It doesn’t try to just “blur” the line between the single player and multi-player modes; it completely takes the line out of the picture, creating a seamless experience that can be enjoyed by all with an Xbox Live Gold membership.
  64. If Test Drive Unlimited were a car, it would probably be a nice, leisurely ride without too many fancy gimmicks- maybe a Scion without the oddly-shaped frame.
  65. 70
    TDU is a game for driving enthusiasts, tailor-made for those who take long drives through the countryside for leisure, and maybe even subscribe to Road & Track magazine...If driving is your passion, this is the game for you.
  66. Test Drive Unlimited is occasionally excellent when racing against humans, yet remarkably pedestrian when simply going for a spin. [Oct 2006, p.116]
  67. Falls short of being an at-home-alone single-player masterpiece. [Issue #15]
  68. As an overall package, there is a lot to love about TDU; the concept is sound and exploring never gets tiresome, but the laziness evident in the current build is inexcusable.
  69. 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.
User Score
8.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 84 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 32
  2. Negative: 3 out of 32
  1. Jan 12, 2014
    9
    This is the ultimate driving game, it's not great at being a racer but when it comes to weaving through traffic at break neck speeds acrossThis is the ultimate driving game, it's not great at being a racer but when it comes to weaving through traffic at break neck speeds across miles and miles of fun roads there is no game better. They really managed to get a different feel to every car and some of the delivery missions were so much fun because you couldn't help but try and thrash it as fast as you could to your destination while at the same time not suffering any damage, I found these so much fun I would restart if I got a little scratch and would still be having fun trying to attempt it hours later and when this is being done on windy roads like Tantalus the fun is never ending. Like I said from the start the game fails on a ten and misses out on my game of 2006 by being a poor racer, it's all a bit too easy and it influenced it's sequel. Overall this is a must play game for the 360. Full Review »
  2. Aug 29, 2013
    9
    This game has everything I like in a racing game: a large open world to explore, lots of great exotic cars to drive and a lot of races toThis game has everything I like in a racing game: a large open world to explore, lots of great exotic cars to drive and a lot of races to compete in. This is the best £10 I have ever spent. Full Review »
  3. Mar 27, 2011
    8
    Good game, nice controls, and handling but... there are some problems and things they have not added into the game. The first problem IGood game, nice controls, and handling but... there are some problems and things they have not added into the game. The first problem I encountered after buying the game on release was that the servers were down for a month or two(not sure if its up now) and that meant you couldn't be logged into Xbox live or Playstation's internet while playing because it wouldn't let you on. After they let you log into live and play with many other, the clubs and some other features were disabled for a long time. They also never added Lamborghinis into the game, which to me is a need. The voice acting is somewhat bad and the characters feel boring, and idiotic. Anyways, back to the good stuff; The graphics are good, handling and controls are good, and the customization is pretty good. Full Review »