“ Manufacturer: Infogrames / Genre: Racing / Driving / ESRB Rating: T - (Teen) / Max. Number Of Players: 4 / Online: No Online Gaming Support / Control Elements: Gamepad / ESRB Descriptor: Mild Lyrics / Output Signal Supported: 480p / HDTV Support: Without HDTV Support / Audio Support: Dolby Digital 5.1 / Aspect Ratio: 0,672916666666667 / Release Date: May, 2002 „
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Racing games have flooded the gaming market over the years and some are good, some get on your nerves and some are just brilliant. One's thing for sure though, they are probably one of the most popular types of games out there. Test Drive is the first in a series of games and I'd played it on other consoles and managed to pick up a copy for under £10 on the Xbox so thought I'd try it on this console.
The plot or story in this game is that you are Dennis Black. He is a street racer who is not having much luck at the moment in his life. However, things change when you are chosen to be a driver after someone got injured. If you do well then you are paid and if you don't then you won't be paid. Simple as that really.
In this particular game there are a wide variety of cars to choose from including big sturdy ones and cars designed towards performance. You are also able to customise the car you choose by changing the colour or making your own colour. The thing you can't do is alter the suspension, engine or inner workings of the car. But to be honest with you there are so many cars to select from you can pick one that handles well or has a great speed boost or whatever really.
There are some different modes to choose from as well. Underground is a mode in which you have to race over 35 different challenges to prove you are the best at what you do. Then there is the circuit mode where you race on a course where you race over a certain amount of laps that are predetermined. Linear mode is racing from one point to another and Drag racing is one against one down a straight track to see who's the fastest and can accelerate the best.
Each mode takes place in one of four cities that form the backdrop for the game. There is San Fransisco which offers a large volume of rush hour traffic to negotiate. Tokyo has long freeways that can get dangerous as your hurtle down them. London is full of fog and thin tight roads. Then there is Monte Carlo that features extremely tight turns. I really love the selection of cities and tracks and they are realistic with some nice graphics to match.
For me this is a nice game and even more enjoyable when you are racing against other characters rather than the computer cars. Highly recommended if you like racing games.