Test Drive Unlimited 2 on Steam. I adored the first TDU. Hooning about Hawaii. When I got TDU2, I was quite happy. That changed when I started playing.
Granted, it's open world. Granted, the scenery and the vehicle renderings are good. However, I don't have a steering wheel. I play with a joypad. And it took me ages to actually set the damn thing up to work as near as possible correctly. Once I'd done that, then the game became pretty decent.
I enjoy the idea of passing the tests for various vehicle classes before you can proceed with various races to ultimately win the Solar Crown. Some of the races can prove challenging, so it's not all just a hoon about. Mooching around Ibiza and the jaunt to Hawaii, gives ample opportunity to find various vehicle dealers, small side quests, outfitters, hair dressers, plastic surgeon, real estate agents, and vehicle upgrade sites, both cosmetic and mechanic. The other racers in the game, that form the people you're pitted against are generally planks. Even though it's a game, there's a real sense of "I'm up here becuase I'm freakin fabulous, you're just a nothing", and it all seems to be about image. Hence the reason for the outfitters, hairdressers and plastic surgeon.
Which I feel is ironic for a driving game. Graphically, it's very pretty, and the rendering internally of vehicle is quite good, although I wish the dash binnacle worked properly, not just the speedo and tacho. There's a good few MODs out there, and availability to add other, non stock vehicles to your garage is quite good. There's no Lamborghinis for example in the stock game. Apart from the initial niggles, TDU2 is a decent driving game, with lots of exploration, a decent choice of motors and a good place to while away many hours.
Test Drive Unlimited 2 transforms. Still, I'm glad it happened soon, think about the people that lost their save-game at 200. So I had to buy it again, I now play in retail Tdu2, same game but play hours are not. This page shows will display whether the TDU 2 severs are “Up”. Visit the original Test Drive Unlimited website. Test Drive Unlimited 2 © Atari, Inc.