|Test Drive Unlimited
|List Price: $19.99
Our Price: $19.99
Test Drive Unlimited is Massively Open Online Racing. It's a truly unprecedented experience for racing gamers -- realistic racing with thousands of players simultaneously. Players can visit the most sophisticated car and bike dealers to purchase new vehicles or simply take them for a spin. Drive over 1000 miles of diverse Hawaiian roads and pass by thousands of other real players. Players can also collect and trade rare performance parts and customize vehicles. The seamless online connection offers unlimited new challenges, opponents and competitions as well as monthly additions of vehicles, aftermarket parts, clothes and apparel. Simplified match making and division based rankings for a comprehensive, accessible online racing
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- i beg to differ
i live on oahu, and was very excited to hear about the game. i even live off one of the major highways in the game....but after i played TDU i was very disapointed that it LOOKS NOTHING AT ALL LIKE OAHU! i mean all the buildings and houses, are gone! there are way more trees, and even the sea life park(featured in 50 first dates) was not there! the roads surrounding it were there, but they put some houses instead. is it so hard to at least program some of the major sites if they are boasting about how the map of the island is accurate? that aside, it is not even that great of a racing game, i would recommend need for speed most wanted instead. ...more info
- Very interesting game.
This game is unlike any other racing game other there. The missions are very unique and challenging. The cars and landscapes are beautiful. if you want tou can simply drive around the island all day and try to get away from the cops. I enjoyed that a lot. Even though the missions are unique, they can be frustrating. That is the only reason why I give this game a 4 star rating instead of a 5 star rating. ...more info
- A great game with loads of replay value.
First off I have to say I LOVE THIS GAME! I think its is very realistic and also very fun. Some of the things I really like in the game:
1. Graphics: OMG! The graphics are amazing! Everything from trees to the ocean, the cars and even the sun looks real. Cars are so accurate they look real and for a minute I can imagine that I actually have these cars! It is so great to joy ride in my Ferrarri syder or my multiple Lamborghini's.
2. Gameplay: Although I like the multiple races in the game, I don't like that only courrier missions and vehicle deliver missions actually pay. Hitchhikkers and models give u boutique vouchers. I like the races but I dont like the way the cars, even expensive ones handle at high speed. Other than that the game is solid here.
3. Achievements: Like most racing games, achievements are not hard to come by. One can easiily get a few hundered points by just bying cars, houses and driving. The island tour, a 50 min race is a great thing to do if you have the time. It gives you $200,000, 30 gamerpoints and a free alpha romero car! Although many have different methods to winning I beat it with my Lamborghini murcialago coupe upgraded to level 2. The top speed it supposed to be 218 but i got it up to 225 in this race!
Complaints: As I said earlier, I dont like how even expensive cars handle at high speed. This however can be overlooked. I dont like the way cars just appear outta nowhere on the road. I know they pushed the 360 to the limit with the continuous server and gigantic map, but it is hard to drive when u cant see. Also the police. It is really messed up. They r everywhere! Ansd they don't bust you for speeding or even driving wrong way, but the slightest tap of a car will get them on you! Very frustrating. But an otherwise great game!...more info
- A Pretty Cool Game!!
Test Drive Unlimited is a really cool game! If you play too much at one time, it gets pretty boring. While you progress through the game, you earn money by racing, and you can get cool cars like the Mercedes-Bens SLR McLaren which I have parked at my beach house! I really recommend this game if you like cars. It ROCKS!...more info
- Best Driving game EVER!
I have had this game for about 5 or 6 months now, and it has to be one of the best games I've ever played, and the best driving game. Great graphics, and tons of places to go. Hundreds of miles to drive all over Oahu, Hawaii. One negative thing is you can only play one person at a time, unless you're online. Online is ok, but not to great. Not really good at all without a mic. A very wide selection of cars/bikes, with more being added each month available for free download and microsoft points via xbox live marketplace. Can tune almost every car, with the exception of the ones you win by completing all the challenges in a certain type. (i.e. racing, timed, speed). But very fun to do, and takes a while to finish so you'll be playing for a while, depending on how long you play each day. Another thing I don't like is that to finish the game depends about maybe 15-25% online. You have to win I think it's 5, 10 , and 20 races against another players which will take a long time. I havne't even found anyone to go in a headsup match with me yet. Just unranked matches, that don't count. You also have to join or create a club, which isn't hard at all, but there are a few more things you'll need to do online to finish the game 100%. All in all a GREAT game that you will play a long time. Here's the list of cars and bikes in game, and available for download via xbox live marketplace. I made this list myself, and there shouldn't be any missing, unless a new download has been added to marketplace in the last few weeks, as I haven't checked back yet. Enjoy, and buy the game!
Alfa GT 3.2 V6 24V
Alfa Romeo 8c Competizione
Aston Martin D89 Coupe
Aston Martin D89 Volante
Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato
Aston Martin DB7 Zagato
Aston Martin V8 Vantage
Aston Martin Vanquish S
Audi A3 3.2 Quattro DSG
Audi A6 4.2 Quattro
Audi S4 Cabriolet
Audi TT Quattro Sport
Caterham CSR 260
Chevrolet Camaro Z-28
Chevrolet Corvette C6 Coupe
Chevrolet Corvette Coupe Z06
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 69
Chrysler 300C SRT-8
Chrysler Firepower Concept Car
Chrysler ME Four-Twelve
Dodge Viper SRT 10
Farboud Supercharged GTS Prototype 2005
Ferrari 280 GTO
Ferrari 575M Maranello
Ferrari F430 Spider
Ford Mustang GT Convertible
Ford Mustang GT Coupe
Ford Mustang GTR Concept
Ford Shelby Cobra Concept
Ford Shelby GR-1 Concept
Jaguar Type E Coupe
Jaguar XK Convertible
Jaguar XK Coupe
Jaguar XKR Coupe
Lamborghini Gallardo SE
Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder
Lamborghini Miura P40GSV
Lamborghini Murcielago Coupe
Lotus Elise R
Lotus Espirit V8
Lotus Sport Exige 240 R
Maserati 3500 GT
Maserati Spyder 90th Anniversary
Maserati Spyder Cambiocorsa
McLaren F1 GTR
Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing
Mercedes-Benz CLK 55 AMG
Mercedes-Benz CLK DTM AMG
Mercedes-Benz CLS 55 AMG
Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG
Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG
Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren
Nissan 350Z Coupe
Nissan 350Z Nizmo S-Tune
Noble M12 GTO-3R
Pagani Zonda C125
Saleen S7 Twin-Turbo
Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe
Spyker C8 Laviolette
TVR Tuscan S
Volkswagen Gold R32
Volkswagen W12 Coupe
Volkswagen W12 Roadster
Wiesmann Roadster MF3
Ducati 999 R
Ducati Monster S4R
Ducati SuperSport 1000 DS
Kawasaki Ninja ZK-10R
MV Agusta F4 Brutale 9105
MV Agusta F4 Tamburini
Triumph Speed Triple
FREE DOWNLOADABLE CARS
Audi RS4 Quattro Saloon
Chevrolet Corvette C1 1957
Dodge Challenger RT
Lexus GS 450h
Lexus LS 350
Lexus LS 460 L
Nissan Skyline GTR R34
DOWNLOADABLE CARS FOR MICROSOFT POINTS
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible 1971
Chrysler Crossfire SRT6 Roadster
Corvette C6 Convertible
Dino 246 GT
Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupe
Ferrari 250 GTO 1962
Ferrari 612 Scaglietti
Ferrari Challenge Stradale
Lamborghini Countach 25th
Lamborghini Murcielago Roadster
McLaren F1 GT
Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR
RUF RK Spyder
RUF RT 12
- Test Drive Unlimited is the BEST driving game ever
Let me begin by saying that I TOTALLY LOVE TEST DRIVE UNLIMITED!!!
TDU is the best and possibly the largest driving experience on Xbox 360. In terms of sheer ambition and potential - it's number one. This is a true next generation game,
In TDU, the only time you're out of your car is in when you're featuring in a cut scene. You don't walk or run anywhere. You drive. It's Grant Theft Auto without the theft. It's World of Warcraft without the Warcraft (or nerds). And it's Hawaii 5-0 with extra juice. There's over 1000 miles of roads in this game, and if you want to be ranked up there with the best in the world, you'll eventually cover every one of them.
As you may have gathered, this game is not your typical driving game. In TDU, you raise money to spend on cars, clothes, houses and motorbikes. Your goal - the hallowed rank of Champion. Getting there from lowly Rookie status doesn't just rely on accumulating cash, rather it's tied elegantly to your Xbox 360 achievements. Win enough challenges, buy enough cars/bikes/accomodation, do enough missions, and travel enough miles, and you gradually unlock those precious points. And as long as you're connect to Xbox Live - all the while you're doing this, you're immersed in a virtual Oahu along with countless other racers.
Typically, successful games fall into two types. First, an outstanding execution of a single concept. They don't pretend to be all things to everyone. They ensure that they are maximum fun, and gain praise by being the best, or most rewarding in their field. The other type of successful game is the Big Idea. This type of game may not have the specific, focused excellence of the first type of game, but they do a lot of things, very well. Classic examples: Grand Theft Auto III onwards, World of Warcraft, and now - Test Drive Unlimited.
I've been to Hawaii twice.... Once on vacation with a bunch of friends several years ago and once this past weekend. In short, the second time around was in TDU and it was even better than real life...
Test Drive Unlimited manages to deliver a fun racing game that combines a worthwhile single-player experience with an even better online multiplayer mode. While the cars don't control realistically and motorcycles feel slightly awkward, the wonderful terrain and the entertaining racing challenges make this an Xbox 360 game racing enthusiasts will definitely enjoy. It is easily one of the most creative introductions to what could be the start of a racing MMO, the online multiplayer aspect simply replaces AI with real players in the massive gaming world. You can challenge other gamers or compete in a ranked match. You can even host your own unique multiplayer challenge edited and created by you. In short, this is the reason you'll start dreaming about burning rubber.
- Great community
The original Xbox is home to many an amazing racing game whether you like a straightforward racing simulator of the ToCA variety or an arcade-like racer of the Midnight Club family and so far the Xbox 360 is off to a good start. With Project Gotham Racing and a Ridge Racer game already available, it was only a matter of time before Atari's Test Drive series made it to our new console. Yet Test Drive Unlimited just didn't aim to bring the same old racing experience but put us in an open world where the lines between offline and online have merged into an experience that makes this a racer fans will certainly enjoy.
Test Drive Unlimited begins in an airport where you are given the choice of picking your avatar from a small list of nameless characters. It should be noted that no other modes, at this point, are available to you including the online multiplayer. After you made your choice your avatar reaches his or her destination of Oahu, a tropical Hawaiian paradise with impressive buildings as well as miles of beautiful green scenery that makes up the other of half of the island. Your first stop, aside from a car rental place, is the offices of a real estate agent where you will get to purchase (from a small selection) your home and then off to buy your first vehicle. Now it's time for you to make a name for yourself in the Oahu's racing circuit as well as unlock the online multiplayer portion as well as a few extra features.
From the very start, Oahu is open for you to explore and believe me when I say that there is a lot to explore seeing as the game managed to cram as much of the place as possible into the map. While you won't see pedestrians taking a stroll or crossing the street, there is traffic that makes the place feel alive. Oahu's various locales are well represented in the game, changing the scenery dramatically as you move from the airport district to the city and finally off into the green fields. You'll be thankful for your GPS that is good at pointing out stores and other notable places like a dealership, detail shop and car rental lot (why buy an expensive car to beat a race that requires a specific car when you can rent it instead?).
The good news is that you will never be forced to follow a certain career path by going from major race to major race. You are given the freedom to take on any regulation race at any time and in any level as long as you meet the race's requirements. Some races require you to go behind the wheel of a different class of vehicle and meet certain conditions during a race. Aside from the major qualifying races, there are extra racing challenges that earn you rewards after completing them successfully. For example, the Top Model challenges have you picking up pretty girls that ask you for a ride home in return for some valuable shopping coupons you can use to purchase new clothes and accessories (cute sunglasses and shoes) for your avatar. The catch is that you have to get from Point A to Point B before the timer runs out and without scaring your passenger.
The racing challenges are composed of official trophy races to Speed challenges that have you racing through the map past some stationary radar detectors in order to attain the highest possible average speed. Then there's Time Attack where you try to race to the finish line in the shortest time possible. The racing challenges are actually fun but when it comes to short but enjoyable thrills the Top Model, Courier (deliver a package to a far off destination) and Hitchhiker (like Top Model, you take your hitchhiker from Point A to Point B) are fun distractions that will have you ignoring the main races for awhile. You'll even encounter other racers just zipping through traffic, oftentimes slowing down when they reach you as if to taunt you into a quick race. You can drive up to a street racer and challenge them to a race where you decide where the race will start and where it will end on the map. This is great stuff, indeed.
Test Drive Unlimited also includes loads of hot cars and even some motorcycles. You can jump into a Dodge Viper SRT 10 as well as a Chevy Camaro Z-28. Fans of the Pierce Brosnan Bond films will like the fact that you can slip into an Aston Martin Vanquish while bike fans will have a blast riding on a Triumph Speed Triple or even a Ducati 999 R. Atari took the "test drive" aspect of the title literally since you can walk into a dealership, get into a car and open or close windows and doors, honk the horn and then take a test drive with the car salesman in the passenger seat.
The problem, unfortunately, is that the cars themselves just don't drive as smoothly or realistically for that matter. Slam into oncoming traffic (and you will do this a lot and not on purpose) and your car will not even suffer a single dent so go ahead and ram a rival car all you want. The controls aren't horrible and they certainly are responsive enough, but they lack enough polish that would have made this an amazing racing game that can rival the likes of the Project Gotham Racing 3. Driving a motorcycle shouldn't be the same as driving a car, after all. Secondly, Oahu seems to swarm with cops when you break a few rules when oftentimes you'll find it hard to spot at least one squad car. While racing from the cops would have been cool, it just becomes tedious here. Expect to be caught and pay a hefty fine each time you come under the police radar (which only seems to happen if you ram one too many cars).
While we're concentrating on the negative, I should add that the game borders between beautiful to somewhat disappointing. Sure the game is about the hot cars that do look good and Oahu is just as beautiful in the game as it is in the real world but when it comes to displaying your avatar during cutscenes, the game just falls flat. In fact, the characters feel like they would feel right at home on the original Xbox and the same can be said about the lighting and smoke effects.
The game's sound is also something of a letdown since the car engines really start sounding the same no matter when car you're driving. Car enthusiasts will find it hard to believe that a Ducati engine sounds exactly like the rumble of a Pontiac Firebird. That's like saying Rod Stewart sounds like Frank Sinatra. Your car comes with a radio filled with different stations that play decent rock tunes and some from the likes of Queens of the Stone Age. While the variety isn't great (there is a good classical station) you can always use your own tunes.
While these things hold the game back from being true classic, it's the game's online component that makes up for some of the game's shortcomings. Hoping online basically changes your rivals and that's about it. You will almost seamlessly jump back into the same map only instead of finding AI racers zooming past you or waiting for you in a trophy race, you will find actual gamers in their place. It's almost like a racing MMO game where you'll be able to challenge anyone you come across on the streets. The other good news is that you can challenge others to accept a racing challenge of your own creation. You can unlock an editor that allows you to decide on the rules (motorcycles only or Class A vehicles only, if you wish) and where the race starts and finishes. Really, this is the reason you will still be playing this game long after you finish the single-player mode.
While it might not be the perfecting driving game or a strict racing game for the Xbox 360, Test Drive Unlimited is certainly a better alternative to the Ridge Racer series if you're looking for a game that blends offline and online play almost seamlessly. It's hard to dislike a game that tries to bring something different to the table and succeeds in putting gamers into an open world filled with plenty to do and the freedom to take on any race at any time. If you're a true racing fan or just a casual one you might want to seriously consider buying this game. ...more info
After reading all of the reviews, I came to the conclusion that some people don't really get this game. Some enjoy it because it looks great and I would agree but I don't think this is the allure of the game. Basically, if you would like to drive a Ferrari but can't afford one, guess what, you can actually play this game and imagine what it would be like sitting in a F430 Spyder cruising down a beach highway in Hawaii at 220mph. Then you can hop in your stage-3 Z06 and slam through six gears on your way to over 200mph. This is the cool factor here, really cool cars in this immersible world. Of course, I love exotic cars. If you like older cars, there are also a decent selection of those.
My point is that this game really uses the the 360's power to create an immersive environment for fans of near-sim racing games. If you play this game in the cockpit view, it really is an experience unlike other driving games. I don't see how anyone could be annoyed at flying down the backroads of the island at 250mph in your McLaren F1; this is not a Monday morning commuter scenario IMHO.
They also have been offering car packs online. Some are even free. I have added a RUF Porsche, convertible C6 vette, and a Lexus LS350 which opens up a new dealership as well. There are some other dealerships that are not open yet, so I expect they will keep extending the game.
Wish there was some extra time spent by the game developers to add weather and a day/night system; maybe they could update it through a download. There is a bit of a lighting change throughout the gameplay but it is really only an HDR exhibition. I can't imagine the cars handling in the rain though (see next point).
Car physics leaves a little to be desired. Don't even think about any drifting or e-brake use like PGR3 or NFS. I think you really need a wheel to manage the subtle driving required at 190mph. The standard controller works, but the levels of acceleration, braking and steering are a little too sensitive to use a hand-held controller.
The character clothing aspects borrow a little from Saint's Row, poorly. I could have lived without this part because there really is no character development to the game. You see your character for 5 seconds before you pick what car to drive.
The bottom line is that this game really sets a standard for open gameplay in the driving genre. The nits do not distract from the core of this game and the overall fun factor....more info
- nice but boring some time
this game is good and the graphics are also good but when playing a long time with it you recognize that its boring a little bit !!!...more info
- Overall, a fun racing game
The visuals are pretty sharp, especially on HDTV. The online racing is a lot of fun (the more, the merrier) and the single-player missions are entertaining also. However, with the ability to leave the asphalt and the number of 4x4s in Hawaii, this game really needs to add some off-road vehicles to its repertoire....more info
- The beginning of virtual tourism?
The real star of this game is the island of Oahu. The whole thing, with terrain and streets modeled down to the meter. Mountain passes, ocean drives, back streets, it's all there. You can even refer to online maps to find your way around the virtual version. There's plenty of eye candy for the sightseer. Lush forests, beaches, rock formations, plantations, private homes, and just enough traffic to make it feel populated. It's surprisingly fun to just pick a luxury car and go for a Sunday drive. And it's not even wasted time, because you get achievements for exploration.
Of course, nearly every mile of roadway is incorporated into one of the pre-planned races and missions, so you will see most of the sights just playing those through. One race in particular takes a 118 mile loop around the entire island. And racing and completing time trials earns money that can be used to buy more cars and homes to store them in.
The selection of vehicles is disappointing, no doubt due to licensing issues. There are plenty of supercars, and the American major manufacturers are all well-represented, but there are no Japanese brands besides Nissan, which only offers two versions of the 350Z. BMW and Porsche are also missing. Customization is limited to a choice of wheels, paint, and pre-set performance levels. As a result, the cars all feel somewhat interchangeable, with little reason to pick one high-downforce, 200MPH+ monster over another.
The cars that made it into the game are nicely modeled, however, and some of the older models do have some character. The option to set seat position for the inside view is a nice touch that makes it feel more realistic. The physics model seems decent, especially with the traction control turned off.
I doubt I'll end up buying every car in the game, but I may pick up the achievement for exploring the entire island. And if I really need to take a Porsche through Kolekole Pass, I might just have to book a trip to Hawaii and do it for real....more info
- Must try it!
I've had my 360 for a few months now and like most people, I am always looking for games that deliver on the promise of what the 360 was supposed to deliver. TDU may not be perfect but its pretty darn close. The graphics look like a movie. While I may never be able to afford 99% of the cars in the game, the variety of cars is unreal. I also think it is very cool that there are motorcycles in the game to go with the cars. Hawaii also felt like a perfect place for this game to take place because it adds to the fantasy element of the game. I can't wait until the game comes out officially and there are a bunch of people to race with.
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Test Drive Unlimited
In the long run the online play is what will keep you coming back for more. Without it, you'll get tired of the game much more quickly....more info
- Seriously FUN
Test Drive Unlimited is a very fun game, definitely my favorite game on the Xbox360 so far. I love the openness of the game and how there is so much to explore and so many races to compete in. I've already bought a bunch of amazing cars and can't stop playing. I can't wait until Atari starts releasing the new car packs too! This game rocks!...more info
- it's a good game
I had the PS2 version of this game. The X-Box 360 version is 10000x better. Better graphics, better details, better features, better cars AND Bikes, everything. This game is getting kind of older but for those people who don't want to spend the money I think it's worth picking up....more info
- Test Drive Unlimited is a must buy
Test Drive Unlimited
I loved this game! As a racing fan I couldn't have been more pleased with this game. The M.O.O.R. or Massively Open Online Racing factor of this game makes it above the other racing games. Being able to play with my 7 friends online at the same time makes this game replay able. Endless cars to choose from and endless road to have fun with. This game is defiantly a must.
Without a doubt worth 5 stars!!!!...more info
- Driving in Hawaii
Great game, and fun to play. Just tough enough to keep my interest. I love the graphics....more info
- Better to play it live
very nice game and better to play it on XBOX LIVE. ...more info
- this game blows
the concept of this idea is cool, the layout is cool, but the driving is wack and its confusing and boring. this game could of been a lot better...more info
- Dead on racing in Hawaii
This game is very detailed almost down to the exact roads in Hawaii. The island is dead on and the racing is awesome....more info
- the best game ever
In this game you can do almost anything,go on a cruise,go to a secret island,go in to peoples houses,buy over 150 cars,buy about 10 types of motorcycles,buy houses to store your cars and motorcycles in,get chased by the cops,real people playing the game, and my favorite part is that you can go anywhere you want.The island may look small but when you drive on it ITS NOT!I'm not really a race person I just like to drive around the island and thats just whats on this game.
Brendan Cafaro....more info
- Buckle up for the ride of your life!
Move over "Need for Speed" there's a new racing game in town that blows the doors off you and the rest of the competition. From the first time I played this game, I was like WOW, can they make it anymore realistic. The graphics are awesome, especially on a HDTV. You feel like you're in Hawaii in just seconds. I also love the soundtrack, the car selection and ease of playing this game. I promise you, play this game for 5 minutes and you'll be as hooked as I am....more info
- Decent game, great graphics
Decent gameplay with some interesting racing options. Somewhat dependent on online functionality. Great graphics, really fun to drive around Hawaii....more info
The number of cars is totally crazy! The handling of each car is different and it makes the game different with each new car. I love it!...more info