Test Drive: Unlimited 2 Review
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Test Drive: Unlimited 2 Box Art
System: PC, Xbox 360, PS3
Dev: Eden Games
Pub: Atari
Release: February 8, 2011
Players: 1, 2-12 (online)
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p lyrics, mildly suggestive themes, simulated gambling

But of course, no matter how innovative the progression system, vast the in-game world, or plentiful the online modes, an automotive title isn't worth its virtual pavement if the driving experience isn't up to par. Although Test Drive: Unlimited 2 still straddles the line between simulation and arcade-style racing rather finely, the mechanics here are a lot more streamlined than they were previously. The cars still ramp up in speed at a ridiculous level, but you'll have to pay close attention to steering mechanics and drifting, especially on higher-end vehicles if you want to avoid damage and poor completion times. There is a bit of a learning curve to the driving mechanics in Test Drive: Unlimited 2, but once you get the hang of it, the mixture between the automotive genre's two factions feels natural.

Test Drive: Unlimited 2 Screenshot

Unfortunately, despite all these good elements, there is one glaring issue in Test Drive: Unlimited 2 that even the biggest fan of the series will notice almost immediately: the lack of production value. Mediocre animation, poor voice overs for the in-game characters (of which there are many), and a lack of detail on many of the game's cars makes this game look and sound like it belongs in the bargain bin. The lack of attention to these matters is especially disheartening considering this title had such great stuff under the hood. The only thing about the game that really looks like it was given the proper amount of care was the tropical setting, which does feature nice detail overall. However, in the automotive genre, you have to make the cars look good, and with a few notable exceptions, Test Drive: Unlimited 2 falls flat in that regard.

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Still, if you can get past the poor production values, there is a lot to love about Test Drive: Unlimited 2. It is a different kind of automotive game, and if you are looking for super-tight controls or an over-the-top arcade experience, you won't find it here. However, if you are looking for a unique take on a genre that has far too many conventions, this title should fit the bill rather nicely. Instead of borrowing from other, more popular franchises, Test Drive: Unlimited 2 takes some risks with their gameplay format, and for the most part, their gamble pays off.

If you like exploring an open world, or are just looking for a change of pace with your automotive games, Test Drive: Unlimited 2 will get your motor running. Just don't expect to come out any time soon!

By Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Senior Contributing Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
2.7
Graphics
Visuals are too simplistic. Although the setting looks good, cars lack detail
3.9
Control
The arcade/sim controls do take some getting used to, but work well once you get the hang of it.
2.5
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Music is repetitive and generic-feeling, and voiceovers are downright terrible.
4.4
Play Value
Though the production value leaves a lot to be desired, Test Drive: Unlimited 2 has a lot of content, and maxing out your stats and gaining levels in the game provides a fresh take on progression in the automotive genre.
3.8
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • CONNECT: TDU2 blends the single-player and multiplayer experiences seamlessly. TDU2 is "always live" with automatic content updates and seamless online/offline integration. New content, challenges, and features will integrate dynamically into the gameplay as the world evolves over time.
  • EXPERIENCE: An all-new single player story mode, with compelling character progression, an exciting narrative, and immersive cut scenes to draw you in to the vibrant world of TDU2. Single-player mode can be experienced offline or as part of the multiplayer experience. Create your custom avatar and build your fortune.
  • EXPLORE: Hit the streets on whole new island: Ibiza. New terrain types, architecture, and beautiful vistas bring this legendary location to life. Take on hundreds of unique missions as you explore over two-thousand miles of roadway and back roads in this Mediterranean paradise.
  • M.O.O.R. : Massively Open Online Racing is back! Test Drive Unlimited 2 expands M.O.O.R. with a huge variety of exciting new features. Level up your character based on how you race, enjoy all new group racing modes, and take on other racers that you encounter in this open, persistent racing environment..

  • Videos / Game Trailers
    Test Drive: Unlimited 2 Launch Trailer   - click to enlarge
    Launch Trailer
    Test Drive: Unlimited 2 Car Customization Trailer    - click to enlarge
    Car Customization Trailer
    Test Drive: Unlimited 2 Dev Diary II: Power is nothing without control - click to enlarge
    Dev Diary II: Power
    Test Drive: Unlimited 2 World of TDU2 Trailer  - click to enlarge
    World of TDU2 Trailer
    Test Drive: Unlimited 2 Aston Martin Trailer  - click to enlarge
    Aston Martin Trailer

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