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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Road Rage in Test Drive Unlimited 2



When I was 17, I loved driving. I couldn't imagine a time when being in a car, by myself, would feel stifling or mundane. But then I got older and realized that cars are cages on wheels, containing barely restrained animals. Our basest emotions emerge behind the wheel. Driving has become a chore, a meaningless and hostile means of conveyance. Nowadays, when I want to experience the pure thrill and freedom of the open road, I play a video game.
 

So last night, I cracked open my copy of Test Drive Unlimited 2, a driving game released on Tuesday by Atari. The game's breezy title promised a stress-free environment in which to tool around freely. Limits? Who needs them? I was going to drive around the island of Ibiza with the wind in my hair (seriously, there's a button that lets you roll down your car's windows). So I whipped through the silly introduction and learned the basics. I was playing as a valet who is terrible at her job. As a reward for sleeping on the job in a Ferrari California, I was handpicked to be the next contestant in some sort of racing series.


All the horrifying character models told me they had the utmost faith in my abilities, so they took me to a garage and handed me the keys to the car of my choice. I picked a red Lancia Delta Integrale Evoluzione, a classic rally car whose boxy frame belies its racy performance. I zoomed through a couple tutorials, set up my personal living space (a trailer on the outskirts of town) and set out to explore the island. 

17 comments:

  1. Let me know if this matches Criterion for game play. Criterion is my absolute fave for driving games. Well that and Gran Turismo but that's a given for those guys.

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  2. Test Drive 2, is my favorite race car driving.

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  3. When was in learning stage I simply for no matter pick car and roam the city.But as time goesby and when you have to travel with bag of negative like trffictickets,brickbat boyfriend,mom etc it makes to hate it.

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  4. Haven't played this one before, it looks sounds interesting, though.

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  5. I need to play this game, that pictures looks nice.

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  6. Awesome picture - did you get it yourself?

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  7. This game is too cool to have a copy in your library ^_~
    To be continued, I guess?

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  8. Excellent story. It was nice to read before bedtime. Thank you, write more.

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  9. Never played it, but picture looks good.

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  10. I'm proud to play this game, lol. Awesome.

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