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Test Drive: Eve of Destruction is the latest and greatest of the Test Drive series. The game, produced by Atari and Developed by Monster Games, focuses on the world of local low end “stock car” racing.
Next Level Gaming
Test Drive: Eve of Destruction is a game that really intrigued me. For some reason I like things that you can smash things up in. I always had a liking for games like Destruction Derby for the Original Playstation system. I was also very familiar with the Test Drive series, since way back in the old PC days. So I had the opportunity to review Test Drive: Eve of Destruction for both the Xbox and the Playstation 2 videogame systems. And after giving this game a very long test drive, I am now ready to dive into the review and hopefully give you all an understanding of how this new Test Drive game is.
It's been a while since a good Demolition Derby style game has come out, and I'm glad Atari decided to take this risk on the popular series. TD: Eve of Destruction is the best game of its type on the market, and it's a great alternative to the overpopulated street styled racing games.
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.
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.
I have a confession to make: there’s a part of me that wishes I would grow a sweet mullet, gut out my Chevy Chevelle and then slam my ride into some other muscle car in a muddy arena with hundreds of fans cheering on the destruction. Well, a man can dream, right? But for those who don’t want to risk their lives, there’s Test Drive: Eve of Destruction for the Xbox. Does this game feed our need for destructive vehicular mayhem? Take a ride with me and let’s find out, shall we?
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. Atari and Monster Games' Test Drive: Eve of Destruction is an earnest attempt to try to bring the old-school brand of demolition derby game back into the limelight--and it almost pulls it off. The game features a pretty insane roster of race types, ranging from simple no-rules car races to school bus and trailer races. Unfortunately, some sluggish racing gameplay and a lack of any real depth beyond the game's offline multiplayer component and slightly taxing career mode mar the experience enough to prevent Eve of Destruction from living up to its potential.
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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.
It's difficult to make general comments about TD: EOD that accurately summarize the experience. The fundamental gameplay is good, but thematically the game is not aesthetically pleasing. There are a lot of interesting game types, but the game doesn't always do a great job of communicating the rules. The aforementioned bugs and audio problems contribute toward the lack of polish, but none of these issues are exactly show stopping. In spite of its flaws TD: EOD is a worthwhile play.
After the last couple of Test Drive installments, I had very low expectations for Test Drive: Eve Of Destruction. But with a talented developer like Monster Games at the helm, the latest Test Drive game partially redeems the tarnished franchise and manages to be a fairly entertaining game devoted to almost every conceivable way to put two or more cars together and have them wreck each other.