Excerpt: SEGA’s OutRun may have been christened the beautiful journey along time ago, although much effort has obviously been made to assure that Test Drive Unlimited (TDU from here on) is also a journey to remember. Set on the real-life Hawaiian island of Oahu (complete with a jaw dropping 1000 miles of road), TDU was obviously a labour of love for all those involved.
Conclusion: There’s very few things bad to say about Test Drive Unlimited . The online and offline integration is well done, the car lineup is solid, and the graphics are above average. There’s also a good amount of gameplay jammed onto the disc, which should keep the Test Drive Unlimited servers quite busy in the coming months. Pick this one up if you are a car nut, and at least give it a rent if you’re looking for a unique way to justify that Live membership.
Conclusion: The sometimes flaky handling stops the game from being a classic, but it’s certainly one of the more enjoyable driving games around. The integration of the multiplayer game alongside the single player section makes it accessible to all players, and the variety of things to do will keep you going for some time.
Excerpt: For one reason or another Test Drive Unlimited fell off my anticipation radar. Perhaps this was due to the game launching in the UK at full price, while our North American chums got it at a budget $40, or maybe it was because of numerous delays. Whatever the reason, I'm glad my brain decided to believe Test Drive Unlimited (TDU) wouldn't be anything special, as it made my drive around the Hawaiian island of Oahu a very pleasant surprise.
Conclusion: I am not brilliant at racing games ( I enjoy them and I get by rather well, F1 and Sega Rally Revo are hard as hell but so much fun), but this game bewilders me with how bad the driving is. Condensed version: There is so much really good stuff in the game. The one thing that makes it unbelievably horrible is the driving and this is a driving game.
Excerpt: The first thing to note about TDU's racing engine is the Oblivion/Grand Theft Auto openness. Unlike racing games prior to TDU there is more to it than simply moving from one race to the other. TDU maps out an entire island with literally thousands of miles to explore. Exploring is the key to finding and gaining access to all of the races, dealerships and houses.
Pros: Great gameplay, good graphics, good online play, over all a great game.
Cons: Some parts of the game could have been polished