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Test Drive Unlimited 2 (Windows)

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Written by  :  MurlocQ (20)
Written on  :  Feb 15, 2013
Platform  :  Windows
Rating  :  2.14 Stars2.14 Stars2.14 Stars2.14 Stars2.14 Stars

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Summary

The game that would have been very good.

The Good

The main thing I personally liked in the game is the enhanced graphics and still not enormous system requirements (without the updates). Compared to the first TDU game it is more beautiful than the first one. The atmosphere and the feel of the driving remained the same and it is very good. And the fact that the creators added some "FPS" features while the player is on foot, so now one can virtually enjoy his/her house finally. Not so much, but still this minimal walk-around was a good idea. The civilian cars seem to be more intelligent compared to the first TDU and the police is more forgiving too, but I don't know this latter fact is good or not. I think that's all good about the game, but unfortunately let's see a very long list about the bad things.

The Bad

As I mentioned the system requirements of the game in the good section it is true for the first two updates. After it the game somehow becomes more demanding. And as I could experience only to add more blur effects on the screen. Nothing else really changed. Then let's see the game itself:
First the cockpit camera. It is very nice that the creators added this, for the interior of the cars are very well designed, but the annoying head bobbing of our character can't be turned off. Not to mention the feature that when one's turning the wheel, the camera start to look in that direction. You can't just turn it off! It is really annoying, and thus it makes the driving less enjoyable. Due to this the player can't drive a race with cockpit view, unless with a slow car where you don't need to turn suddenly.

Now let's continue with the fact of useless ideas; some them added with the updates. It is nice to don our character any kind of fancy clothes and accessories, but the creators should have more emphasis rather on the cars instead of this useless crap. The problem is, I didn't count the amount of cars, but it feels there are less more cars than in the first Test Drive Unlimited! Or at least less variety. But of course it is more important to wear some sunglasses than to create more cars. The updates are tried to remedy that, but still added completely stupid ideas to the game. Like a freakin' casino! In a driving game! I don't know what kind of genius had this idea that somebody who wants to drive would like to participate in a poker-, or roulette-party! Then to try some slot-machines. And this whole crappy idea about socializing in a racing game. That's OK to race with others around the world, but to play poker with them? Come on! This is Test Drive and not Sims! And if they were too lazy to create cars at least they should have given the opportunity to others to create models and add those to the game.

And the other thing the creators didn't really correct the errors of the first game. At least those errors that are related with the roads. The problem is not with Ibiza, for it was decently made, but Hawaii. The island still have those nightmarish curves and bends of the roads. Once H. P. Lovecraft wrote about maddening shapes, lines; now I think I start to understand what did he mean. Except these lines of curves and bends are not really maddening, but infuriating! It still happens that the car basically bounces off the road, like from a flight of stairs. Almost the same error like in the first TDU. Nothing has changed.

The Bottom Line

If you expect that this game has any progress to its first part then beware! It hasn't progressed any. And sometimes I felt it is somehow worse then the first TDU.