As Real As it Gets A First Look at Test Drive Unlimited
Arguably the most important aspect of a multiplayer world is its immersion. If the details aren’t there, then the world will never captivate you the way most successful online worlds do.
the most important aspect of a multiplayer world is its
immersion. If the details aren’t there, then the world will
never captivate you the way most successful online worlds do. Test Drive Unlimited 2
is immersion in a box.
First, the game now supports first person view in avatar mode. While this may not seem like a big deal, the immersion of this simple mechanic is incredible. We started the demo in a car show room. Beside me was another member of the press playing at another console. I turned to his avatar and began waving. We then walked around the show room floor, checking out the cool cars available for purchase. From the Aston Marton DBS to the Pagani Zonda Cinque, there were some pretty impressive cars. And they’re all fully and completely up to factory specs.
This sort of socializing and exploring/examining can happen in the race world too. Ready to race against your buds? Well, get out of your cars at the starting line, and check out each other’s cars. Hell, get into your frend’s car to check it out if you like.
The cars, of course, can be customized as well. Paint jobs are as accurate as buying the real thing as they’re only available in their proper factory colors. Some have multiple colors available, but they’ll cost more, as they would in the real world.
The racing aspect of the game offers what one would expect from the Test Drive franchise. There are various modes of play, and you can progress your character based on your playstyle. You won’t ever need to play the types of races you don’t enjoy, and you can customize your character accordingly.
Best of all, there are no monthly subscription fees and no online store. The game is scheduled for release September 21, 2010 for Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and Windows.