TEST DRIVE UNLIMITED 2
Xbox 360 (also on PS3, PC)
Our bestie bought us a Ferrari for our birthday! What a sweeti...
mrrf, it was just a wondrous dream.
So begins TDU2, an evolution of a series harking back to the
1980s. Ah, if we’d been able to peek into the future as we gaped in
awe, picking one of a mere handful of cars and driving stark
highways, only interrupted occasionally by coppers. TDU2
stays true to its roots – you can test drive cars (though more than
a handful, except the Mustang, which IS a handful) and engage the
constabulary in cat and mousey arrest avoidance. But wait, there’s
It’s open-world car-fest meets The Sims. Original Test
Drive careening into 10/10 masterpiece Burnout Paradise,
with additional aspiration simulation – live all rich bitch with
money to burn and all the gold you can eat.
Things start non-flashily, but earn a license, drive around (on a
realistically mapped Ibiza no less, before unlocking classic Oahu)
whilst stuntificating and you’ll multiply a moolah mound. First you
get the money, then you get the power – be it naturally aspirated or
The aim’s to build experience; ‘Social’, ‘Competition’, ‘Discovery’
and ‘Collection’, all of which are self-explanatory. Online’s
integrated quite seamlessly; you can be pootling about when
challenged to a race by the likes of m3gad00dle69 – who you’ll
invariably immolate as they’re a hyper-dweebie. You can create car
clubs and congregate with others for a natter – social stuff that
isn’t normally associated with car games.
Motor-wise, we’re talking smorgasbord of revhead dreams – 175 to be
exacterer. Lap them up (heh), ’cos it may be the closest you’ll get
to kicking the tyres of a Veyron, GT-R (Godzilla!), Vantage,
Whilst similarly race specced, TDU2 lacks the perfection of
Burnout Paradise, but the social aspect helps get it over the