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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. PC Format
    90
    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. PC Gamer UK
    87
    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]
  3. If you’ve never been to Hawaii, here’s a one-way ticket for $50.
  4. AceGamez
    80
    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.
  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 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.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Tom
    May 30, 2007
    10
    This game is awesome.Yes it's an arcade game but much much better than last 2 NFS titles.
  2. ManuelT.
    Jul 24, 2007
    10
    Best driving game ever, giving a superb sensation of driving expensive hot cars. Wainting for more of these!
  3. ChrisH.
    Apr 2, 2007
    9
    This is a great racing game, don't see many on the Pc so I would suggest picking this up! The gameplay is surprisingly arcadey, with This is a great racing game, don't see many on the Pc so I would suggest picking this up! The gameplay is surprisingly arcadey, with tasks varying in content, ie straight forward racing to dropping pretty girls around town, but then penalized for giving them a bum ride! Other side missions like delivering cars etc add as a pleasant and rewarding distraction from the main element of the game. You will certainly require a good PC to play this at a full detail. I max the lot with FSAA 4x to boot and get an average of 40fps on the flat screen view (best for this game). My specs are AMD X2 AM2 3800+, 2gb DDR800, SATA, Radeon X1950 Pro 512mb. You are warned! Expand
  4. Mar 8, 2014
    9
    Best Racing Game for PC! Amazing Cars, Huge Island to explore, character customization, missions and much more! this game is definitely betterBest Racing Game for PC! Amazing Cars, Huge Island to explore, character customization, missions and much more! this game is definitely better than Need For Speed! Expand
  5. Bullett
    Jul 20, 2007
    8
    It's not perfect but it's good fun. I had a very hard time getting this running on my 1st PC, to such an extent that a gave up It's not perfect but it's good fun. I had a very hard time getting this running on my 1st PC, to such an extent that a gave up until I had upgraded. I'm glad I did as it's great. The racing in single player is pretty easy and the online stuff is either laggy or anoying but then you get a moment of joy and it's all worthwhile for that alone. Best with a wheel and a beefy PC though. Expand
  6. Mar 29, 2012
    8
    So much better than TDU2!

    Although the graphics look a bit dated, they still look better than TDU2- which quite frankly sucks! Theres no
    So much better than TDU2!

    Although the graphics look a bit dated, they still look better than TDU2- which quite frankly sucks!

    Theres no stupid storyline, or championship mode. Just detailed cars racing round a well made island, that has clearly taken ages to develop.

    8/10 from me, simply because of the graphics its not as immersive or accesiable
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  7. JonTheHorrible
    May 4, 2007
    0
    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 Expand

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