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Test Drive Unlimited lets the player choose one of several characters, both male and female, waiting at an airport to check in for their flight to the Caribbean dream island O'ahu located in Hawaii. The characters do not have different statistics, that only applies to the extravagant, licensed cars.

The whole island is accessible from the beginning and after the player has bought his first home and car, he can either drive around and look for events or load up the map and jump directly to a location of a race, a car salesman or other locations - similar to Need for Speed Underground. Every bought car has a built-in navigation system, guided by a woman's voice to get the player to his destination, either pre-programmed in the game or decided by the player.

There are over 125 different cars and motorcycles in different price ranges to choose from. From the Audi TT over the Jaguar XJ200 to the McLaren F1 and Kawasaki Z1000, there is everything the character needs as a young man or girl with too much money on their hands. Each car has its own, realistic set of characteristics such as speed or handling, but they all have a highly detailed exterior and interior in common.

The character starts with $200.000 dollars in his pocket, but there will not be anything left after buying a first car and home. Additional cash needs to be earned in different kinds of races from checkpoint challenges to time trials. The money cannot only be used to buy new homes and new cars (and a little tuning for those), but also to buy new outfits for the avatar.

The heart of Test Drive Unlimited is the online mode. Using a GameSpy account, players connect to the official TDU server immediately after loading the game. New options become available online, such as a meeting lounge where the statistics and looks of other players can be looked up. It also provides access to player-created matches shown on the map screen. Creating a race here also works in the singleplayer modes. At any location, the start and finish can be defined, as well as the type of the race, which type/classes of cars or bikes are allowed and how many people can participate. If not all slots have been filled up by other players, the AI will take control of the rest.

The PSP and PS2 versions have a lower visual quality and lack a few features, such as manual transmission, avatar customization, certain cars and all motorcycles, dealership and tuning shop NPCs, the vehicle interior camera angle and certain missions. They do include Master Points and Auto GPS, and certain default vehicles only available for the 360 version through download packs.

Screenshots

Test Drive Unlimited Windows Paint shop. You can select one of the manufacturer defined colors or make your own.
Test Drive Unlimited PSP Getting ready to race.
Test Drive Unlimited PSP Tutorials and Info appear as you can see here.
Test Drive Unlimited Windows The helicopter view can be really spectacular.

Alternate Titles

  • "TDU" -- Common abbreviation

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User Reviews

The passion is back! Windows Andy Voss (1631)
Gorgeous but still needs development! Windows SifouNaS (1317)

Critic Reviews

Giery.eu Windows Apr 24, 2007 39 out of 40 98
IGN Windows Apr 03, 2007 8 out of 10 80
Xboxygen Xbox 360 Aug 27, 2007 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
UOL Jogos PlayStation 2 Apr 06, 2007 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Eurogamer.net (UK) Xbox 360 Sep 08, 2006 8 out of 10 80
V2.fi PlayStation 2 Apr 18, 2007 79 out of 100 79
Pelit PlayStation 2 Apr 01, 2007 75 out of 100 75
Jeuxvideo.com Windows Mar 16, 2007 15 out of 20 75
FZ Xbox 360 Sep 25, 2006 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Skizo.org PSP Jan 04, 2008 7 out of 10 70

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

Test Drive Unlimited appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Awards

  • 4Players
    • 2006 – #2 Best Racing Game of the Year

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