DescriptionTest 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.
- "TDU" -- Common abbreviation
Part of the Following Groups
- Automobile: AC Cobra
- Automobile: Aston Martin Vanquish
- Automobile: Audi TT
- Automobile: Chevrolet Corvette
- Automobile: Dodge Viper
- Automobile: Enzo Ferrari
- Automobile: Ferrari F430
- Automobile: Ford GT
- Automobile: Jaguar E-Type
- Automobile: Jaguar XJ220
- Automobile: Lamborghini Gallardo
- Automobile: Lamborghini Miura
- Automobile: Lamborghini Murciélago
- Automobile: Lotus Elise
- Automobile: Lotus Esprit
- Automobile: Maserati MC12
- Automobile: McLaren F1
- Automobile: Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class
- Automobile: Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren
- Automobile: Pagani Zonda
- Automobile: Pontiac Firebird
- Automobile: Saleen S7
- Automobile: TVR Sagaris
- Automobile: Volkswagen Golf
- Genre: Open world driving
- Middleware: Rendez-Vous
- Physics Engine: Havok
- Technology: amBX
- Test Drive series and add-ons
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|Gorgeous but still needs development!||SifouNaS (1317)|
The Press Says
|Giery.eu||Apr 24, 2007||39 out of 40||98|
|PC Gameplay (Benelux)||Feb, 2007||90 out of 100||90|
|Absolute Games (AG.ru)||Mar 25, 2007||89 out of 99||90|
|YouGamers||Mar 12, 2007||87 out of 100||87|
|4Players.de||Apr 01, 2007||85 out of 100||85|
|JagoGame.com||Apr 17, 2007||8.3 out of 10||83|
|PC Arena - Game Arena||Apr 30, 2007||8.33 out of 10||83|
|Fragland.net||Mar 31, 2007||78 out of 100||78|
|Jeuxvideo.com||Mar 16, 2007||15 out of 20||75|
|PC Powerplay||Mar 28, 2007||70 out of 100||70|
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1001 Video GamesTest Drive Unlimited appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.
- 2006 – #2 Best Racing Game of the Year
Related Web Sites
- IGCD Internet Game Cars Database (Game page on IGCD, a database that tries to archive vehicles found in video games.)
- Test Drive Unlimited (Official game website)
- Wikipedia (The Test Drive Unlimited article at Wikipedia)
- X360A Achievement Guide (X360A's achievement guide for Test Drive Unlimited.)