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  • Summary: Having the fastest car doesn't guarantee you success in Test Drive: Eve of Destruction. If you can take out your opponents while minimizing damage to your own vehicle, you'll be the last one standing in 25 events, including Demo Derby, Suicide Race, and Figure 8 Race. Choose from more than 12 racing venues and a variety of vehicles, such as buses, hearses, and ambulances, and fight to the finish in single-player races or split-screen multiplayer battles. Expand
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
  1. The best of the Test Drive series and a personal favorite. The game is realistic in execution. The music rocks. The gameplay is a blast.
  2. You might want to keep a baseball bat handy to maintain order if more than four people are in attendance, as nobody will want to give up a controller and there is always a high probability of violence ensuing over who gets to play next.
  3. 85
    If you get three other players involved and a nice warm bottle of Mad Dog or a fifth of Ripple for the discerning 'neck, you’re looking at days of game play.
  4. The lack of online play knocks this down the list of racing games coming out this year, but if you find yourself playing a ton of split-screen, this game is right for you.
  5. Eve of Destruction has all the twisted metal action fans of vehicular carnage will love, but its repetitious races and awkward controls just hold back what could have been a great demolition derby game.
  6. What absolutely kills the replay value, however, is the lack of Xbox Live play.
  7. The problem is, driving crappy cars around dirt tracks as low speeds isn't very much fun at all. [Nov 2004, p.97]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Andyman
    Aug 27, 2004
    10
    The wide variety of game modes, a career mode, and excellent car crunching gameplay make Test Drive: Eve of Destruction easily the best demolition derby game ever made. Don't let certain reviewers' bias against the genre keep you from buying TD:EoD... it is great fun all around! Expand
  2. Bugger1114
    Aug 29, 2004
    10
    It is beyond belief how this game is being scored so low. It is the best demolition derby game to date! The numerous play modes have something for everyone and will keep the average gamer busy for months. One of the best Xbox purchases I have ever made. Expand
  3. JJDadd
    Dec 1, 2004
    9
    I've been a fan of racing games since a long time ago. I'm more into simulation than arcade, but I check everything in the market, from the nice Burnout series, Driver, GT3, GTA... even to the amazing and realistic GTR. I remember discovering a game called Destruction Derby. Perhaps ut was a little limited but... I love it! It was very fun. I've been looking for another racing game like DD since them. DD2 was different, must faster but it lost the "magic" of the first one... I though that perhaps Flatout was the GAME... but no. Test Drive: Eve of Destruction is one of the funniest racing games I've ever played! And it is not only about the fun factor. It's about everything: the phisics of the cars is amazing, every car fells different. It is an arcade, of course, but it has some "real touch" that get you in. The graphics are nice. And the history is cool. I found that in a lot of reviews people say that there is no sense of speed. This game is not about sense of speed. If you want speed get Burnout 3, or even FlatOut. This game is about be in the middle of 10 cars and see a jump 100m ahead of you... them you step on the the gas and hit the car next to you, just a second before jumping. And them see in the mirror how 4 cars, flying, crash and roll behind you!. If you loved Destruction Derby missing this game will be an error. Let this game a rent and you will be surprise :) Its a perfect combination Expand
  4. P.Niiice
    Aug 30, 2004
    8
    Good gameplay...could use more challenge. Graphics are excellent. Physics are fantastic, even to the point of being able to sideswipe an individual tire rolling across and arena, and have it react correctly. Controls are excellent. Great variety of races. This is a very solid title, but not groundbreaking at all, and just a tiny bit unpolished-feeling. Very worthy, and a good addition to anyone's collection. Expand
  5. Uter
    Aug 30, 2004
    8
    Underrated by reviewers so far... This one is just plain fun. There are so many great game types to choose from. It's perfect for multiplayer craziness. Expand
  6. EdM.
    Nov 8, 2004
    8
    Career mode isn't so hot but the two-player mode is a blast. Realistic speed and dirt track driving make this a fun simulation/fantasy game.
  7. Trev
    Sep 3, 2004
    8
    In terms of fun this game is great. sure its not ground breaking but thats ok. it the type of game you can pick up and play for 20 min stints. I have not played multiplayer yet but if its this good in single player i must get some friends round. Expand