Summary: I'm extremely happy that the racing genre seems to be picking up again. In 2010 we had some spectacular titles like Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit , and Gran Turismo 5 so I couldn't wait to see what was in store for 2011. Well that time is now and Atari must have wanted to keep the good times rolling by releasing Test Drive Unlimited 2 . Right? Well if that was their plan they failed miserably.
Conclusion: Test Drive Unlimited 2 will most likely receive a cult following for its kooky characters and general offbeat atmosphere, and the solid multiplayer options will keep many coming back. A word of warning, however - give this one a rent before you go the whole hog, as the baffling physics and numerous technical oddities are sure to kill this ride for many.
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: Open world racing games are nothing new. From Burnout to Need for Speed , a number of strong games in the genre are available on current gen consoles. One game that stood out was Test Drive Unlimited , a game that let racing fans roam around a huge island setting while interacting with other players occupying the same space via the internet. While fun in its own right, the game didn't quite live up to expectations.
Summary: Test Drive Unlimited 2 expands on the traditional racing experience providing gamers with M.O.O.R.: Massively Open Online Racing; immersing drivers in a persistent online environment and revolutionizing multiplayer racing communities as players compete, team up, and share their achievements and creations online.
Conclusion: Despite TDU2's lack of realism and a force-fed story-mode, the game does provide an open-world experience that very few titles have succeeded with in the past. Exploring the rich roads of Ibiza and Oahu is an amazing feeling when driving some of the nicest cars in the world and being plugged into a competitive network of racers ready to speed down the coastline makes it even better.
Pros: Beautiful island scenery, Competitive online racing, Boosting your car collection
Cons: Stiff racing controls, Occasional network glitches, Sleazy story mode
Excerpt: With that said, TDU 2 isn’t an altogether bad game - it’s just very flawed with some issues that can thankfully be handled with patching, and then there are some that fall outside that. For an online-heavy game, the servers are down far too often to really make use of the community center - where you can meet people, make challenges, and take on challenges from others.