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Yeeeeeeeeehaw. Test Drive: Eve of Destruction is far different from all those other racing games. Instead of being a city slicker like some of the other games in the series, Test Drive: Eve of Destruction abandons the bustling metropolises in favor of delivering good ol’ fashioned country destruction at county fairs and dusty backroads. Also, instead of driving pimped-out Civics and fast Ferraris, this game has you taking control of rusty station wagons, beat-up jalopies and some worn out sports cars. If that don’t make for a rootin, tootin good time, I don’t know what does.
Destruction-derby games usually spell sheer metal-shredding carnage, and Test Drive: Eve of Destruction delivers more fender annihilation than you can imagine. But it?s also an innovative, deep, and spellbinding racing game.
As any good fan of driving and racing knows, there are a ton of potential racing games out for the PS2 that you can select from, but unfortunately the titles that seem to really push taking a car and destroying it through derbies or high speed demolition racing are slim to none. The most recent entry into the market was Destruction Derby Arenas, which met with mixed feelings, so when you’re in the mood to take a perfectly good automobile and destroy it, what are you to do? Well, the Test Drive series has always been one that stood out as a decent racing title, and now they are entering the metal bending fray with their newest release known as Eve of Destruction.
Considering the things that make video games fun -- competition, speed, and both intentional and unintentional violence -- you'd think that A-grade smash-racing games would be a basic given right. But by any measure, there aren't enough. Thankfully, Test Drive: Eve of Destruction definitely tips the scales back in the right direction with immensely playable, not-too-serious action.
Game Informer Magazine
The racing genre has been looking for a new hook for a while now, and I think that Monster has started its own fun method of mayhem.
Eve of Destruction is close to being a ton of fun, but instead it's a case of missed potential. The career mode while a nice idea, is boring, the physics are questionable, and while there is multi-player, the lack of online support is sorely missed. If you can pick it up for a good price, and you know what you're getting into, then it could be worth a purchase. For anyone else that just wants to kill a rainy weekend, it's worth a rental.
Game Informer Magazine
I do wish that the damage meant more with regard to driving physics and that there were more "characters" to deal with. Instead, they are a little flat and the racing is slower-paced than others in the genre. Of course, that's because your car is only worth $20, but still, the thrills are for a specific type of racing fan.
Et bien non, nous n'avons pas encore déniché l'héritier du vaillant Destruction Derby 2. Impressionnant, nerveux et parfois délirant, Test Drive ne possède pas la richesse inhérente aux grands jeux. Ne proposant pas assez de renouveau dans ses pistes et basant essentiellement le gameplay sur un système de glissades assez dérangeant, il se place comme une alternative intéressante plutôt qu'un choix évident. Ceux qui en ont assez de parcourir le net sur Destruction Derby Arena peuvent se tourner sur ce Test Drive honnête. Vroum comme dirait l'autre.
This one is strictly for the diehard derby-goers, assuming there are still a few of us out there. Ask yourself this question: Can you honestly remember the last time you enjoyed a real-life demolition derby, let alone a demolition derby video game? The derby itself has become antiquated, and as far as games go, tried-and-true demolition derby games have pretty much been outshined and outclassed in recent years by crash-happy racers like the Burnout series.
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The appeal of the demolition derby has definitely waxed and waned in popularity over time. For instance, there’s something exhilarating about watching a car crash. However, that’s usually when the cars are new or decent looking. It takes a real fan to go to a track and watch hunks o’ junk slam into each other until only one is left standing. Well, for their latest driving title, Atari’s merged the successful Test Drive Franchise with the mud caked smash up action of a demolition derby. So grab your helmets and check your rear view mirror, because its time to get ready for Test Drive: Eve of Destruction.
At first, Test Drive: Eve of Destruction seems like nothing more than an unpretentious and shallow smash-fest. After all, isn't crashing and smashing cars an intrinsically enjoyable activity? You don't need depth when you've got car parts flying everywhere. Surprisingly enough, TD: EOD not only satisfies these hedonistic tendencies, it also delivers an interestingly deep and accessible gameplay system.
The Video Game Critic
The tracks are mainly dull, dusty country roads, and grinding guitar soundtrack is truly annoying. The cars sustain damage, but it's hard to tell which cars have been disabled, especially in the destruction derby mode. I was hoping Eve would deliver the vehicular destruction I was thirsting for, but it doesn't even come close.
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