Excerpt: If you like your environments big then Test Drive Unlimited (TDU from hereon) should satisfy you no end. There’s over 1000 miles of sunny Hawaiian roads waiting to be discovered, and life on the open road is always a pleasant one, taking in all the refreshing green sights, wrestling your steering wheel as you contend with mountain roads, and passing through attractive built-up areas where every building has a swimming pool in its back garden.
Excerpt: Test Drive Unlimited somehow managed to sneak up on me when it arrived on the Xbox 360. Now it's arrived on the PS2 and my expectations have been increased ten-fold. This port to Sony's last-gen console isn't bad, doing things that didn't seem possible on such old hardware, but a number of key features have been removed that significantly change the experience. Eden Games' ambitious sounding racing game isn't the easiest to understand.
Excerpt: Test Drive Unlimited for the PS2 comes 6 months after the Xbox 360 version. The long running series has seen many incarnations and appeared on almost every major console ever released. In fact I can remember the game on the Commodore 64 as just “Test Drive”. It may not be a Forza or Gran Turismo, but the series has had a fairly good run on its own. Test Drive Unlimited, the most recent release, is set on over a 1000 miles of roads around Oahu in Hawaii.
Conclusion: While some content had to be cut out of this port, Test Drive Unlimited on the PlayStation 2 is a shockingly enjoyable racing game. The island is big, there are plenty of events to race, and there are more cars in this game than you will know what to do with. This is easily one of the PlayStation 2's best racing games of the year ... not that there's much competition for that title!
Summary: Test Drive Unlimited challenges players online to experience the most exotic and fastest vehicles on more than 1000 miles of diverse Hawaiian roads. Gamers win races, challenges, missions and tournaments to earn credits and purchase new cars, bikes, rare performance parts, clothes, apparel, homes and garages.
Conclusion: is about as good as you're going to get with the last generation console. The island of Oahu is a beautiful place and it's full of street races to partake in whether you're online or off. If this game has any flaw it's that it is not quite as polished as the Xbox 360 version and some things went missing in the transition. You could do far worse if you're looking for a racing game but with the next generation upon us taking a step back like this seems a little silly.
Excerpt: If you think the Need for Speed series is long-running, there is a racing franchise that has been around way before EA's creation landed on the 3DO -- and that would be Test Drive. If you remember playing Test Drive back on the Atari or Commodore 64, then I applaud you. In fact, if you even remember publisher Accolade (before they got acquired by Infogrames), I still applaud you.
Summary: It's not as unlimited as its subtitle suggests, and it has a pervasively aimless feel, but Test Drive Unlimited still creates a fun, leisurely world to drive in.
Pros: Being able to encounter other online drivers at any given time is extremely cool, Single-player and multiplayer components are blended nicely into one cohesive package, A huge, picturesque island with seemingly endless roads, Lots of available races and missions
Cons: Limitations of the free ride mode's online component make it tough to hook up with friends, Mission designs are quite repetitive, No real thread to tie together any of what you're doing on the island, Some ugly issues diminish the overall graphical quality