Test Drive Unlimited 2 - Xbox 360

  • Publisher: Atari
  • Genre:Racing
  • Developer: Eden Games
  • Release Date:Feb 8, 2011
  • # of Players:1 player, 8 online
  • ESRB:T - Teen (Lyrics,Mild Suggestive Themes,Simulated Gambling)
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Game Description: Test Drive Unlimited 2 takes the classic racing franchise once again into the open world and persistent multiplayer realm.
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E3 2010: Test Drive Unlimited 2 Preview

E3 2010: Test Drive Unlimited 2 Preview

By - Posted Jun 22, 2010



What We Know:

Test Drive Unlimited is fondly remembered for its huge map (over 1000 miles of Hawaii to explore), its open world gameplay, and its variety of licensed cars. The sequel promises much more, including weather and day/night cycles, more multiplayer action, vehicle damages and a lot more out-of-car things for your avatar to engage in.

What We Are Seeing:

Have you ever had a game rub you the wrong way, but for strange reasons? That's how I felt about Test Drive Unlimited 2. Judging from the demo, there's nothing wrong with the game. It offers nearly 2000  miles of roads and trails on the Spanish island of Ibiza and Oahu, Hawaii as a free-roam worlds, open to multiple players, as well as a ton of licensed cars including exotic vehicles like the Gumpert Apollo hypercar and your standard issue Lamborghinis and Ferraris. SUVs are included for off-roading. There are cool weather effects, a day and night cycle and even vehicle damage. You basically drive around, sightseeing, issuing instant racing challenges to your pals, or competing against AI cars. If you'd rather a story, there's a whole plot mode as well. You can even own and decorate a home and invite your pals over. Pretty much a car-lifestyle MMO.

The graphics are nice if not breathtaking-- it's a pretty game, brightly lit and inviting. The cars seem to handle well. I chose a 1970s Mustang, and that car's muscle-car handling and rear braking were represented well in the game. I imagine tighter handling vehicles will be accurately represented as well.

So what's the problem? The whole tone of the game just doesn't appeal to me. It's clear that Atari intends Test Drive Unlimited 2 as a driving game for people who covet and lust after exotic cars and the lifestyle around them. I was told this several times during the demo by the helpful Atari representatives: In Euro-accents they reminded me that this game was for people who want to drive the most expensive cars around the most exotic locales in the world.

As soon as my avatar exited my car, I was struck with the general douchebaggery of the whole endeavor. It just seems sad to pretend to drive a car I'll never afford around Ibiza, a place I'd never want to visit, in the skin of some dude who is better looking than I will ever be, dressed in clothes I would never wear, with avatar-friends that I wouldn't want to have, to a house I couldn’t possibly afford, but wouldn’t want anyway.

It's aspirational gaming, but Test Drive Unlimited's world is not one I aspire to be in, or even know about.  I have a visceral, negative reaction to the lifestyle of rich playboys, and the idea of pretending to be a douchebag with a fauxhawk, expensive sunglasses and a popped-collar doesn't appeal to me, even if the cars are fast and the fake-sun is shining. Your mileage may vary, of course, but I just wasn't down with the lifestyle.

Test Drive Unlimited 2 comes out on September 21.

Comments are Closed

  • adeibiza

    ok - first off - ibiza is NOT a greek island - we are an autonomous spanish island off the coast of mainland spain

    "a place I'd never want to visit"

    and why would that be???

    are you falling into the usual trap of preconceptions about the island ?? - which would arguably be hard since you dont even know where it is!

    obviously the writer is stuck in some bedroom in idaho and is jealous

    oh and btw since when has a game EVER NOT been about fantasy and playing a role no-one will realistically be able to do ??



    Posted: June 24, 2010 10:58 AM
  • carlosmm

    At least do some research before posting the articles to the online public :S... Ibiza is in spain...

    Posted: June 24, 2010 7:20 AM
  • ViciousTide

    Visit Oahu sometime, its breathtaking! I place were a lot of people would love to live if rich with family, friends, and health. Just apparently, family, friends, and health all require lots of money, and the demand to live in exotic locales has doubled the real estate, costs of living, and overpopulated the locations. Yet, this brings all the fortune to the location, and offers smart opportunities for the wealthy to get richer. While the poor get poorer. But money(or more notably labor) aside, we work hard to play hard. Even if really really wealthy, you still have to work to obtain the love of your family, friends, health, and neighbors around you. Playing video games doesn't quite do this, does it? Yet gives you the taste as to what is possible to obtain, and may educate people to the opportunities in everything around you. From love to fresh ideas, from rags to riches, from impossible to possible. What matters is your journey and how you want to pursue happiness! Games can inspire you to live happily in many aspects of the word, so why not play on, get a job, work on projects of your inventions, buy some properties, and start some businesses. You can play hard, and retire with your family while sipping mai tais in hawaii for real! All thanks to some cool inspiration from a video game, or others, and a lot of your peronal hard work!

    Posted: June 23, 2010 7:52 AM
  • Obsceneace

    Greek island of Ibiza!!!! Really!!! Go back to school. Better yet go find it on a map, then find Greece on the map. Big distance eh!

    Posted: June 23, 2010 2:49 AM
  • KoV HK6

    Thank you for not downing the game just because it did not appeal to you. This is what makes G4 so unique among other gaming news writers.

    Posted: June 22, 2010 4:09 PM
  • KoV HK6

    Thank you for not downing the game just because it did not appeal to you. This is what makes G4 so unique among other gaming news writers.

    Posted: June 22, 2010 3:58 PM