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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: 17 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. PSM3 Magazine UK
    85
    A consuming driving experience that's not the most exciting, but makes up for it with its mellow side. [Mar 2007, p.56]
  2. AceGamez
    80
    A great game where the multiplayer mode is an integral part of the gameplay, rather than just a bonus add-on.
  3. 79
    An incredible accomplishment on the PS2. While it has lost a few features compared to the 360 version, most of the concept and game has remained intact, and remains enjoyable to play.
  4. Compared only to PS2 racers, Test Drive Unlimited is a really impressive title, worthy of a purchase. The content is deceivingly deep and the replay value for fans of the title is excellent.
  5. A few aspects of Test Drive Unlimited have been lost in translation from the Xbox 360 to the PlayStation 2, but even still, the game is an impressive piece of online-racing technology.
  6. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    70
    Impressive, immense and pretty but somehow it fails to achieve greatness due to shortage of a variety of high-speed thrills. [Feb 2007, p.72]
  7. It's a great game for cruising, and if you're looking for something to mellow out with after a hard day it's a great game. Hardcore race fans will want to look to other titles.

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  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Dec 12, 2019
    9
    Test Drive Unlimited is one of my favorite games and surely one of the game which took the most of my time. I have to say that what I like soTest Drive Unlimited is one of my favorite games and surely one of the game which took the most of my time. I have to say that what I like so much is the relaxing simpleness and freedom the game brings. After a hard day of work I like just to cruise around for some time without any single race or challenge. But then you get it starts: getting seduced to drive a race, getting money, saving to buy a new car, the new car getting faster, winning more money becaus of being faster, and buying another new car. This is so addictive, and very well balanced in this game.
    But the best of the game is great driving mechanics: I never played a playstation game where driving felt so real and the handling so much fun after getting a bit used to it. The fun is that you really progress quickly as you drive. And you really feel the wheight of car, the strength of it's motor and so on. That's why every car feels so different and - although I am a car-hater in real life - I heard myself saying: This car really is fun.
    The downsides are the scenery which is nice but compared with other racing games pretty boring: Hawaii has some hills, beaches, volcanos, but in the game everything looks quite similar. No real dessert or jungle or mountain. The second problem is the frustrating moments when the car gets stuck because of hitting a street lamp with some pixels of it's front and you loose as many seconds that you have to restart the race all over again. Although that happens some times, the frustration is limited, because you are allowed to repeat the race, which normally is not longer than 5 minutes, as often as you like. The last thing I don't like is you are not allowed to use the analoge stick for accelerate and brake.
    But the positiv moments of the game are much stronger than the negetive ones. The design decision I like most, is that you can drive cross country almost everywhere, Hawaii seems to be cover with grass which is short enough to play golf on it, so you can flee from the road even in a sports car. The challenges are not only races but also time trails and trying to be caught by speed traps with high speed. The police chases are nicely in the background of the game: this is not need for speed game. The tuning is just a simple choosing of three kinds of differently priced tuning kits: this is not an gran tourismo clone. There is no shooting and no tourbo. And that is exactly the nice thing: An allmost simulation like arcade racer in an really non-linear free open world mode where you are invited to free roam and explore for hours and build your wealth for weeks.
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  2. RyanP.
    Apr 17, 2007
    8
    I live in in the 50th state, and I thought this game would be fun to play and watch since I live here in Hawaii. Though it's not I live in in the 50th state, and I thought this game would be fun to play and watch since I live here in Hawaii. Though it's not accurate in the environments, as an expansive racing game it's fun! I like being able to drive anywhere around the island, whether you wanna race or just cruise around the landscape! If you live in Hawaii, this will be more entertaining. Expand
  3. Sep 1, 2019
    8
    Pretty good race, big island, many cars, but the PS2 port is cut off ... no bikes :(
  4. RyanK.
    May 28, 2007
    8
    This game is a great driving game, and a pretty damn good racing game. It has an expansive environment with lots to do and see. Its not a This game is a great driving game, and a pretty damn good racing game. It has an expansive environment with lots to do and see. Its not a good hardcore racing game, because there isnt enough to do with your cars, but its the best overall driving game ive played. I gave it only an 8 because of the lacking features on the ps2 version. I would have loved the motorcycles and more cars like it has on xbox. Also, in multiplayer mode, its hard to find races because there arent that many people on. Expand

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