A Less than Legen-(wait-for-it...)-dary Test Drive
Stevie Westside, Amazon
14 January 2014
Summary: It's been a long time since I played a Test Drive series game. I diverted strictly to more realistic games around the time of Gran Turismo 3. It looks like they've brought back some of the realism, and I was stoked to get to drive (fairly good-looking) digital recreations of every major Ferrari car...
Summary: The game is good up to the moment that the cars are just sliding sideways like on ice (the abiliity to drive could be better with other driving devices, the ps3 pattern joystick don't do it properly).
Summary: The game deserves much better reviews. This is not an arcade game (although it is not that difficult to drive). The graphics are nice. The interface is clean. Very positive experience overall. Giving 10 to balance the unfair reviews. Would give it solid 8.
Summary: I have to say that this game is very misunderstood. Test Drive is a very accurate title; it's only partially a racing game. It's really more of an ode to Ferrari and a chance to "drive" all of the legends, ergo its title. Make no mistake, though: this is a very, very tough game.
Summary: This isn't the normal crap driving games that everyone seems to be putting out these days. This game is all about Ferrari's but also about driving and feel. GT5 and Forza go back and forth about how real the physics are and how great the graphics looks. But they both lack feel.
Summary: I really liked this developers earlier games (Shift 1 & 2), so I was quite excited about this game as well. That went away as soon as I got it. You've got three different sections in career mode, Golden Era (the really old Ferraris), Silver Era (stuff from the '70s and '80s) and Modern era.
Summary: The game starts out well in career mode, then about halfway through the first set of missions, there is an obstacle course track that is IMPOSSIBLE to get past. And that's just ONE of the missions that are too difficult....on the EASY SETTING.
Summary: A small title that will be quickly overshadowed by the competition. For racing fans, however, this is a nice warm up lap until Most Wanted comes out. The game handles well and boasts some very nice car models.