Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
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  1. Game Informer
    A ton of fun. [July 2002, p.88]
  2. The police pursuit ends way too quickly (only once was a roadblock encountered), but solid graphics and sound accelerate this game down the home stretch.
  3. Weak CPU AI through most of the game is what really holds Test Drive back from being a Ferrari amongst Xbox racing games.
  4. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    Might not be the deepest racing experience you'll ever have, but it's very satisfying. [August 2002, p.130]
  5. 80
    Sometimes you just want to drive. You want to jump into your car and jam on the accelerator. That’s Test Drive.
  6. The crashes and A.I. can lean more towards frustration during some races, so if you have a temper you may not wish to play Test Drive for too long.
  7. 73
    I'm not sure if the physics were arcadey and the gameplay was too much like a driving sim or if it's the other way around, but the two don't synch up the way they should.
  8. Official Xbox Magazine
    Although the game's graphics absolutely scream "PS2 port," the programmers are to be commended for an almost supernaturally smooth frame rate throughout, with nary a stutter. [August 2002, p.82]
  9. 72
    What it offers is sufficient, but it is not going to tear someone away from the likes of "Project Gotham Racing" or "Gran Turismo 3."
  10. If you can overlook the cheap AI, you'll probably enjoy Test Drive.
  11. Hardcore racing fans might get a kick out of it, but the rest of the crowd would get content just beating it over a couple day rental.
  12. a must buy for fans of the "Fast and The Furious" movie.
  13. Sadly, automakers have yet to realize that it's better to have one of their cars in a good game than to enforce their no-damage policy and end up with a bad game because of it.
  14. Play Magazine
    A slightly less appealing version compared to the PS2. [Aug 2002, p.70]
  15. Xbox Nation Magazine
    Everything about the game, right down to its very arcade-style gameplay, is solidly executed and reasonably enjoyable without ever actually being all that exciting. [Winter 2002, p.104]
  16. A mixed bag of intense and exciting racing just like the PS2 version. The vast and various stretches of road suffer from a total lack of extras and are beset by unimpressive collision physics and limited camera angles.

Awards & Rankings

#65 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2002
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. CraigS.
    Sep 3, 2006
    The game would be a '10' however there is no way to turn off the On-Screen display. The OSD, an interfering eyesore, prevents you The game would be a '10' however there is no way to turn off the On-Screen display. The OSD, an interfering eyesore, prevents you from believing you are actually driving. This degrades it's final rating to a '5'. Full Review »
  2. BrandonF.
    Jun 22, 2003
    It is the BOMB!!!!!!
  3. BOBBYW.
    Feb 20, 2003