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Not sure how many people have been following this one but the game was released on the 16th in Europe and will be released on the 20th in Amelicaland.
Test Drive Unlimited is being billed as a new Massively Open Online Racer (MOOR) which has already enjoyed a lot of success on the xbox360. It's now come to a bunch of other platforms including the PC and the PS2.
Game wise, it plays out as some weird hybrid driving/racing/lifestyle sim. You land on the Hawaii island of O'ahu with $200,000, renting a car allows you to visit the real estate dealer and buy your first piece of property. After that it's down to the car dealers to make your first purchase and once you have that set of wheels the game pretty much leaves you to your own devices. The islands road networks were modelled using satellite data, they even include a roadmap in the box for you.
Cruising around the island gives you access to a bunch of missions where you can earn more cash (to buy cars andhouses) or fashion tokens (to spruce up your wardrobe). These range from the standard race and timeattacks, to the slightly bizarre speed traps (get clocked at the highest possible speeds at a set of speed cameras). To the hilarious BMW ad/Crazy Taxi inspired model/package drops. If you really need some cash there's always the car delivery missions, simply drive from A-B with no time restrictions. Sounds easy? Not when you get sat behind the wheel of a ferrari enzo, every scrape of the car might lose you money, but the temptation to gun the engine up to full can sometimes be a little too tempting.
(If you want to see what it actually looks like: 1, 2, 3)
-Amazing selection of cars to drive
-Single core coding so the game is pretty slow (E6600@2.6/8800GTS and fairly low framerates at the high reses)
-Draw distances could be improved
-Doesn't fully support X360 pad (can get rumble with the homebrew drivers though)
-Really hard to get a multiplayer race going for some reason.
-Weather seems limited to cloudy, and no day/night cycles.
Anyone else playing this or got anythoughts questions?