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The strategy is largely based on knowing the power and performance of your
vehicle. Pushing each past its limit will result in some spectacular accidents and traumatic collisions.
Career mode unlocks upgrades for each of the different trucks and the prize money needed to buy more
grunt. Ultimately, the game leads to an indoor stadium finale, where ridiculous monster trucks crush
obstacles and impress the crowd no end. With vast outdoor areas, mountain ranges, variable weather,
towering jumps, highspeed racing and unstoppable trucks, this game is certainly an impressive evolution
of the realism meets the ridiculous racing game genre.
Test Drive Off-Road Wide Open is entertaining, features very nice graphical elements and has a sound track that will get your foot tapping, and push you faster. Though it has mild lyrics, this program is rated for Everyone.
Everyone always says that you don’t need spectacular graphics to have a fun game. Fortunately for Test Drive Off Road, that is the case. Graphics are moderate at best. While some details come off nice, like tire marks and gravel kicked up, others like waterfalls and textures on the hills are just plain bad. At any given time, there is a lot going on on-screen.
There is no denying there is some fun to be had with this game, however I really can’t help but think it could have been more. I love racing games and I also enjoy racing trucks so I had high hopes for this one. Having played the PS2 version, I kept my fingers crossed that some improvements would be made in this version, but I guess it was not meant to be. I would recommend a weekend rental and by the time Monday roles around, you will be ready to return it.
The game delivers all the right features in licensed cars, fitting music and diverse locations, but might leave gamers wanting just a little bit more.
Test Drive Off-Road Wide Open is presently the best off-road game for the Xbox, but it's a dubious honor. Despite its rather humdrum graphics and sound, it manages to provide a thrilling experience for the first several hours. But its lack of gameplay depth and its overly aggressive computer AI seriously limit its long-term appeal. If you're desperate to hit the mud with your Xbox, can overlook uninspired visuals, and like your racing games to be simple, Test Drive Off-Road Wide Open is the best option.
Game Informer Magazine
Basically, Wide Open is a direct port of the PS2 version of the same name, and as such I will give it the same score. The game is certainly competent, and a solid member of the 4x4 sub-racing genre, but being average isn’t what anyone aspires to be. If you absolutely must have some off road action on your Xbox, it’s either this or 4x4 Evolution, and I probably wouldn’t choose either.
Kysymys, joka hiipii varsin pian vähemmänkin asioita pohtivan mieleen on, että miksi ihmeessä Test Drive Off-Road Wide Open on olemassa. Se on nimittäin lähes täydellisen turha peli. Sama on nähty jo monta kertaa ja paremmin tehtynä: katsokaa vaikka Monster Truck Madnessia, ATV Offroadia tai kaikkien maastokaahauspelien kuningasta 1NSANEa. TD:ssä ei ole mitään näiden pelien hyvistä ominaisuuksista - ei huippuunsa hiottua pelattavuutta, ei kiinnostavia pelitiloja, ei herkullista vahinkomallinnusta. Se on vain saman reseptin toistamista, vailla innovaatiota, vailla mielenkiintoa, vailla olemassaolon oikeutusta. Eikä Metallicakaan enää ole sitä mitä Mustan levyn aikoihin.
XBox Solution (XBS)
Despite it’s technical and graphical shortcomings, Test Drive Off-Road Wide Open is a decent title and can prove to be a really fun and addictive hit the dirt racer. The fun factor alone is enough to make this title at least worthy of a closer look.
This game is from the makers of Midtown Madness for the PC, what happend? This game is an obvious port job, meaning that it came from another console with lesser abilities, and it shows. The AI is so bad...that it ALWAYS tries to run you off the road when you pass. Very fustrating! Be careful buying this game...if you don't mind that it's a port from another console and the AI will get you fired up. Sure, buy it. I've played many off-road racing games, and this one could have been so much more. The game play concept is very good, but delivered in a weird way. Angel Studios doesn't have a reputation on putting out games like this (Scratching my head). You want a off-road title that is better, get 4x4 Evolution 2 (It's a port too, unfortunately).
TDORWO offers players a lame replay feature where you will find yourself observing a completed race from the same perspectives available when you were driving - chase cam, first person and rear view. If you were paying attention when you were racing, you saw that already. They missed an excellent opportunity to win players over by letting us see for ourselves just how crazy the race really was.
The Video Game Critic
The career mode is fun at first because you don't need to finish high to move onto the next race, but I lost interest when the tracks started to repeat. The multiplayer mode features an interesting "King of the Hill" variation that my friend Scott compared to jockeying for a parking spot at work. It's certainly different but it's not for everyone. You'll either love or hate the music, depending on how much you like bands like Metallica. Personally, I turned the sound down. If you're looking for a arcade-style off-road game, this will do, but I wouldn't pay full price for it.
Sans être terriblement mauvais, Test Drive Off-Road est simplement passable. La réalisation technique médiocre a vite fait d'anéantir l'absence d'originalité du titre d'Angel Studios. En bref, ce nouveau titre de la série Test Drive n'a que très peu d'intérêt et ne séduira qu'un public restreint et peu exigeant. Une fois de plus.