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I love the old Test Drive games, from those old-school ones on the Amiga, to those newer ones on the likes of the PS2. When a new one was released for the PSP, I had to give it a go, yet as a long-time fan of the series, this felt like a hollow shell; a mere shadow of the original games, and a pretty dispiriting effort in all. Visually, the game looks decent enough, but it's certainly not competition for the likes of the Burnout games on the PSP. There's not as much of a shine to the cars, and the draw distance isn't all that great. Still, it does a more than adequate job. Aurally, there's a good selection of music, but there's the pathetic provision that you have to stop the car to change the radio station! It in many ways is an indication of how, in every facet, this is a very limited game. The game involves you living in Hawaii and attempting to amass a wealth of cars, using credits amassed from challenges to do so. You also have to buy a home in which to house the cars, and most of the game revolves around using your GPS to drive around, find challenges, and locate better homes. However, the game is marred by one chief flaw; some ABOMINABLE loading times, which hamper the experience and are absolutely distracting as you drive throughout the town. This is a tedious and poorly designed game that had SO MUCH promise with its quirky concept and classic style. However, the gameplay is woefully underdeveloped, making this an often infuriating experience and not one you should bother with.
Test Drive Unlimited is a great game and I really enjoy playing it. I have had it for a year or two in the PSP and even now I haven't fully completed the game. I've only completed ninety seven percent of it (so you can't say that this is a game you'll complete in the first sitting). On the game you start off by renting a car and you get used to driving around and using the steering. Then you start in a race. Once you have completed this first race you can then buy your first car! As you progress further into the game you unlock more cars to buy and soon (like me) you'll have every car unlocked and bought on the game! The graphics for this game on the PSP are great. In comparison to all the other games on PSP this one is definitely near the top. The fastest car on this game is probably the Crystler ME 420, with top speeds of over 400 kph! I've had this game for two years now and still wouldn't sell it to anyone. Probably one of my favourite games. I would recommend it to anyone who likes fast moving car games.
Although this game may be a couple of years old it is a great game that is definitely worthy of just over a tenner. There is no question that you will get a great game for your money, I have played on it for over 10 hours so far and have only completed 10% of the game. With over 65 different Models of car there are over 300 different cars to drive, including Lamborghini, Aston Martin and many more. The graphics are superb for a PSP game, also the online option means you can see how you compare to other people, as well as being able to race. The game lets you just drive around in cars you have bought, or have a test drive of a car you have picked for two minutes. There are numerous driving clubs that you can join and try and work from the bottom, to become President of the club. If you do you will get a reward like a free car upgrade or free car. Also you can race in difficulties of Easy, Medium or Hard. You can try and get away from cops if they spot you going against traffic laws, and you can also do time trials. You can get your own home and depending on how many cars you have it will be more or less expensive. I cannot praise this game enough, seriously if you have a PSP and want a decent game this has to be your number one choice.