Excerpt: Engage in the world of Test Drive and you will get sucked in for life. The original game appeared on the 360 in 2006 to critical acclaim, picking up high review scores all over the place. The sheer size of this M.O.O.R. (massively open online racer) provided hundreds of hours of gameplay, online entertainment and challenges as well as encouraging you to drive around and explore all of the roads with some surprise findings.
Excerpt: Ever dreamt you had it all? Beautiful partner, sweet crib, stylish clothes, good-looking friends, a garage full of fast cars, and more money than you knew what to do with. That life appears to be yours at the start of Eden Games' Test Drive Unlimited 2. Sadly, after a short cruise around Ibiza in a shiny new Ferrari, reality hits home and you're just a daydreaming valet - that is until you drive a moody TV presenter to an appointment, as if she's incapable of driving...
Excerpt: The Ghostbusters are well known for their English deprived slogan “I aint ‘fraid of no ghosts.” Apparently, someone forgot to tell the team's new recruits from Atari and Behaviour Santiago's Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime because on more than one occasion I witnessed them running from the action and cowering in a corner.
Conclusion: Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime imparts very little of the charm that the franchise is known for. There are no comical voice-overs; instead, little snippets of pop-up text with forced jokes suffice for character interaction. There are no puzzles to break the monotony of combat; the only break stems from the collection of Stay Puft Marshmallow Man dolls scattered throughout most levels.
Pros: Ghostbusters theme song is good for a sing-along.
Cons: No online multiplayer, Repetitive gameplay, Weak AI, Recycled levels.
Conclusion: Not the best driving simulator in the world but some of the features incorporated are great. Another casualty of a rushed release where a little more time gone in development could have resulted in a far better game.
Conclusion: The car simulation market is pretty well stocked at the moment, with gamers on all platforms able to get the Need for Speed reboot that Criterion created, while platform fanatics can choose between Gran Turismo 5 for the PlayStation 3 and Forza Motorsport 3 for the Xbox 360. So, it made sense for Test Drive Unlimited 2 to try and differentiate itself as much as possible from other titles, adding the different progression ladders, the social element, the luxury angle and...