Test Drive Unlimited 2
Test Drive Unlimited 2 is an open world racing video game developed by Eden Games and published by Atari, Inc. It is the tenth installment of the Test Drive series, and the second after Test Drive Unlimited to be marketed under the Unlimited franchise. It is the second game in the series to be based on open world-styled gameplay.
Test Drive Unlimited 2 includes a variety of roads on the island of Oahu, which returns from the first game, and the new island Ibiza. The game features three main vehicle categories, with each vehicle also belonging to a subcategory depending on quality - A for asphalt cars (A7 to A1), B for Off-road vehicles (B4 to B2), which is a new feature in TDU2, and C for classic cars (C4 to C1) with an additional M category for motorcycles. The vehicle subcategory is noted in the form of a number; the lower the number, the higher the quality. The plot revolves around an unknown racer, who is offered the chance to enter a series of tournaments and progresses through the game in order to eventually become the winner of the Solar Crown by defeating a number of NPCs (non-player characters) in various races.
Why It Rocks
- A huge selection of cars and bikes.
- You can customize your avatar with a huge selection of clothes from both male and female avatar.
- It's the first game in the series to apply vinyls to your car.
- Two nearly-to-scale islands to explore, the Hawaiian island of Oahu (from the previous game, but given a revamp for players from the first game) and the Balearic island of Ibiza.
- Much more detailed interior cockpit view.
- Features day-night cycle with rain weather conditions.
- It uses the same realistic voice command in GPS in every language on the game.
- Despite its bad voice acting (as mentioned below) and lame attempts to come across as "cool", its quirks actually makes the game oddly charming.
- Although there are only two radio stations, the in-game soundtrack has some great songs such as "Innocent" by Stereojax (formerly known as "Acrylix"), "For An Angel (E-Werk Club Mix" by Paul Van Dyk and "Gold & Guns & Girls" by Metric.
- The servers on PC are poor.
- The character customization, albeit good, is quite limited.
- The game launched with major technical issues and problems, most of which have been fixed.
- Just like the previous installment, the voice acting is rather mediocre and par with PS1-era Resident Evil games.
- Tying in with the above, Hariba Radio's DJ sounds like a used car salesman, and an unfunny one at that.
- Despite the game having rain surfaces, it has non-functional windshield wipers which is quite a bummer.
- Some manufacturers like Lamborghini and Saleen (which they were featured in the previous installment), are oddly absent for licensing reasons.
- However, there are unofficial patches that restore these cars to the car dealer, but some car mods of these replace the existing cars in-game.
- The online servers have since been shut down for all versions, meaning it's no longer possible to play with other players or play with the Casino DLC.
- Despite the game having a Just Right difficulty rating on GameFAQS (which those games are not too easy, but not too hard), the asphalt driving schools are extremely difficult to the point it become unforgiving especially some of the A3-A2 license tests such as "Down The Mountain", "Pass Them All!" and "Circuit" and "Advanced Slalom" from A1 License due to the fact that you're forced to drive cars that are extremely prone to spinout like the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series and the Dodge Viper SRT-10 2008 and other fact that the default driving aids during driving schools is set to "Sport" and you cannot change to "Full asistance" to get rid of spinouts.
- Also due to the fact that driving schools are mandatory to progress in the game, it leads an humongous difficulty spike that can be easily compared with some hardcore racing games such as Ford Racing Off Road, World Racing 2 or Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition.
- Also, the Timed Convoy events are also extremely harder due that you're forced to drive faster and without crashing so much and in time limit in faster cars that it can be unstable and it can be extremely risky of crashing into traffic and exiting out of the street. It can even worse if the time limit is tight because if you decide to drive in slow pace to avoid crashes, you will likely not complete the event in time making those events mega frustrating and even stressful.
- Using hacks or save games you can unlock hidden features such as bikinis from female character and even you can make your avatar naked with visible private parts. The fact why it's hidden is because the game is rated T for Teen in order to avoid controversy similar to the Hot Coffee Mod from Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.