Test Drive Unlimited 2 transforms the driving genre, adding the persistency, progression and customization of the latest multiplayer games to the auto racing experience. Test Drive Unlimited 2 blends single player and multiplayer experiences seamlessly, creating a dynamic world of evolving content and challenges.
User reviews: Mixed (4,149 reviews)
Release Date: Feb 2011

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Test Drive Unlimited 2 transforms the driving genre, adding the persistency, progression and customization of the latest multiplayer games to the auto racing experience.
Test Drive Unlimited 2 blends single player and multiplayer experiences seamlessly, creating a dynamic world of evolving content and challenges. Players define their online persona through unparalleled customization of their avatars and vehicles, and the acquisition of property, clothing and other accoutrements of a luxurious international lifestyle. All-new race types, vehicle classes, environmental challenges, locations and much more push this epic franchise to new levels of performance.
Chase glory from behind the wheel of the most exclusive performance cars and take the race online to challenge rivals around the world. Customize your life as you tear through the streets and kick up dust off - road on the sun - kissed islands of Ibiza and Hawaii.

Key Features:

  • CONNECT: TDU2 is "always live" with automatic content updates and seamless online/offline integration. New content, challenges and features will integrate dynamically into the gameplay as the world evolves over time.
  • SOCIALIZE: A whole new, out of car mode, where you can walk around shared spaces and interact with other players. New player run clubs are now a huge part of the game. New co-op play; follow the leader, keep your distance and enhance the experience within the social networking world.
  • CUSTOMIZE: Unlock a huge range of options and show off your custom avatar to friends and rivals. Customize your car with custom paint jobs, decals, interiors and trims. Customize every aspect of your avatar –– hair, clothes, physique and attitude. Buy your dream house or yacht, decorate, furnish and invite your friends.
  • RACE!: Test Drive Unlimited 2 puts the world’s most desirable vehicles in the player’s hands. These ultra-limited edition masterpieces are flawlessly replicated with Eden’s finely tuned driving technology. Unlock vehicles from elite manufacturers such as Gumpert, Koenigsegg, Aston Martin, Audi and more.
  • EXPERIENCE: An all-new single player story mode with compelling character progression. A dramatic narrative, unforgettable characters, and immersive cut scenes to draw you in to the vibrant world of Test Drive Unlimited 2. Single player mode can be experienced offline or as part of the multiplayer experience. Create your custom avatar and build your fortune.
  • EXPLORE: Hit the streets on a whole new island: IBIZA. New terrain types, architecture and beautiful vistas bring this legendary location to life. Take on thousands of unique missions as you explore over two-thousand miles of back roads and black top in this Mediterranean paradise. Additionally, you can head to the Ibiza airport and take a flight to Oahu and experience the Hawaiian island as you never have before: with more than 600km of new asphalt and off-road network added as well as completely new missions and challenges.
  • M.O.O.R.™: Massively Open Online Racing is back! Level up your character based on your style of play, enjoy all co-op and competitive racing modes, and take on other racers that you encounter in our high-speed sandbox.
  • EVOLVE: Dozens of new enhancements, features and modes: dynamic weather, day/night, motion blur, car damage, a completely new handling model and more. New core driving modes and game-play: Championship, racing school, duels, cups. Off-road is now featured, with a whole new class of vehicle and hundreds of miles of off road tracks now in the game.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP2, Vista SP2, Windows 7
    • Processor:Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2GHz or AMD Athlon X2 4400+
    • Memory: 2GB
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 8800 / ATI Radeon HD 3870 or faster*
    • DirectX®: DirectX 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 14 GB
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c-compatible
    • Peripherals: Keyboard, Mouse or 10-button controller such as Xbox 360 or Logitech Dual-Action
    • Other Requirements: Internet Broadband Connection, Microsoft .NET 3.5 required
    • Note:* Integrated video cards, such as the ATI Radeon HD 3200 or Intel HD Graphics, are not supported.
    Recommended:
    • OS:Windows XP SP2, Vista SP2, Windows 7
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo 2.2GHz or AMD Athlon X2 4400+
    • Memory: 2GB
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 280 / ATI Radeon HD 4870
    • DirectX®: DirectX 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 14 GB
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c-compatible
    • Peripherals: Keyboard, Mouse or 10-button controller such as Xbox 360 or Logitech Dual-Action
    • Other Requirements: Internet Broadband Connection, Microsoft .NET 3.5 required
    • Note:* Integrated video cards, such as the ATI Radeon HD 3200 or Intel HD Graphics, are not supported.
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515 of 645 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
28.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 12
As my car hurtles over the tallest cliff in Hawaii, I take one last look in the rear-view mirror. How did it come to this? For the longest time I was just another loser, content with a mundane life and those brief moments of escapism. Somehow over the course of nearly 30 hours in Test Drive Unlimited 2, I became a monster.

Sometimes when people play videogames, it's to get away, like a virtual vacation. But there are those times, where I don't want to be a plumber, a rodent with an attitude, a criminal, or Laura Bailey. I just want to drive around in expensive automobiles. In the real world I own two cars, one of them has a busted alternator. The other? No brakes. Despite being unable to start or stop, I've maintained the same driving job for the past decade. I'm always driving through the same neighborhoods meeting the same people every moment of every day. On top of all that, if Florida is considered America's ♥♥♥♥, I live in one of its hemorrhoids. But hey, all I need is an hour or two a day of wonderfully escapist adventures and I'm golden.

I was a fan of Test Drive Unlimited 1 on the Xbox 360. The handling wasn't particularly good, but the atmosphere and sense of exploration was excellent. With a few fixes, better graphics, and more content, it could be my ideal driving game. I'm not sure what I was expecting with the sequel. I read all the reviews, noted that there are major problems such as Securom, dysfunctional servers, and so on. I considered the possibility that this game might not even work. But I gave it a shot anyway...

...I'm at a party...alright..cool I guess. Apparently I'm a woman now. It's just like Skyrim except I'm wearing clothes and I don't think I have a six-foot-long p-.
"PepsimanVsJoe! Enjoying your birthday party?"
Oh It's my birthday? I had no idea. Apparently I'm a silent-protagonist so all I can do is smile.
"Come check out your gift! It's a brand new car!"
No way! This is one of those end-game vehicles, I must be dreaming. This is so totally meta.

Sure enough the real game begins, I lose my job, only to get an offer to join a racing group for some show called Solar Crown. This is so ridiculous. I head to the used car dealer for my first actual virtual vehicle.

"HOLY ♥♥♥♥!" I say to myself.
The dealer? He has small hands. The driving school instructor? A regular Alex Smith. It's no wonder none of them have gone for a handshake, it would be like if I held up my finger so a baby could grab it. After sleep-driving through my first test I say "Thank you very much." to the instructor. Apparently I'm a very-thankful-and-not-quite-silent protagonist. The only words I ever say are to express gratitude.

On the road, the handling is...well it's about as bad as TDU1. In my mind that's good enough, because I'm finally living the dream again, cruising through hundreds of miles of beautiful Ibiza, and eventually Hawaii. As with the previous game, everyone needs help getting around the islands. There's the drunk guy who wants me to speed, the sick girls that throw up if I slam on the brakes, the random woman who always calls me adorable, and...wait a minute. It's happening again isn't it? The same people, requesting me to do the same favors for them over and over. Don't they have anything to say? While I'm driving we could discuss those bonus features on DVDs, or what tiny-handed men are good for aside from making origami birds out of starburst wrappers. Instead it's always "I'm going to be late!" or "I just broke a nail" or "Whoa ho! Look at that speed!"

The people I compete with are slightly more developed, but it's also a facade. Miami Harris is little more than an untimely Paris Hilton joke. Then there's the Wilder brothers. Oh look at us! We're so extreme...ly shallow! Tess Wintory never figures out her daddy issues. Her dad Stuart, he's just a useless old prick. If I'm expected to race against these jerks all the time, at least a little effort could have been expended to develop them. But who am I to talk? I have the least character development of all. Oh sure, I've bought several houses, over a dozen cars, and a couple wardrobes. I've also gotten plastic surgery so many times I've forgotten what I originally looked like. In fact I just got some work done earlier today. The nose wasn't right.

Aside from a few minor changes and additions, TDU2 isn't really much of a sequel. In some ways it's even a step back. Motorcycles are locked behind a DLC wall. The races are organized in a Grand Prix setup, with the winner being the one who attains the most points. However that model is dumped for the major championships races because....???? It doesn't make any sense. A casino would have been nice to hang out at, but that's also DLC. All of the other additions seem to be multiplayer-centric, which is pointless when half the people that buy this game can't even get it to work.

But does any of that truly matter to me? I got what I wanted right? My virtual fantasy of owning expensive cars, several houses (that I can't interact with), and free reign over a beautiful...but lifeless island. Lifeless except for the same 12-15 idiots who sit around impotently while I drive them around or beat them to the ground in the championships. Nearly 30 hours of this dream has become a nightmare, and I suspect that it won't end anytime soon.

So where we did leave off? Oh right...I was hurtling over the tallest cliff in Hawaii. Yes, I'm throwing it all away. Soon it will all be-

I hit the rocks, then the water...suddenly I'm back on the road again...my car is a little scratched but it isn't even wet. I knew it wouldn't work anyway, but can you blame me for trying?
It's that time again. I remove the bandages from my last trip under the knife and check the rear-view mirror.

The nose still isn't right.
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61 of 84 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
15.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
+ Quality of music selection was decent, and complemented the game's atmosphere
+ You can play around with your vehicles' accessories, such as deployable roofs, turn signals, and windows; not at all functional, but it is the little attention to detail that I appreciate
+ Fast travel is available for discovered points of interest, stripping away some of the monotony of driving from waypoint to waypoint
+ Healthy variation in biomes and terrain types
+ Absolutely massive traversible maps (Even better when you unlock Hawaii)
+ Reasonable variety of cars available in-game, and your choice of starter vehicles can actually remain viable alternatives for much of the early-mid game
+ Off-road tracks are some of the most fun in the game, and could be very creative in design and technical challenge
+ Funds are not too hard to come-by, reducing chances you will get bogged down and find yourself in a rut
+ Cars, character, and homes are shockingly customizable
+ Social aspects are both well-implemented and go a long way to improving potential replay value; being able to drive up to other players in real-time and challenge them to a race by flashing my headlights is a lot of fun, and I felt that it really added to the experience
+ Licenses are required to unlock different types of races and challenges; this expanded a feeling of progression

- Some of the requirements for leveling up are not adequately explained
- Despite the quality of many (not all) of the songs, the overall soundtrack is severely limited; there are only two available radio stations, and they cycle between, perhaps, 14 total tracks
- NPC drivers boast fairly awful AI, and prove far too easy to overcome
- Occasional, disappointing framerate stutters and other visual bugs that I had expected to be ironed out
- Invasive, time-consuming, unnecessary DRM; requires additional downloads and the creation of a third-party account (hosted on a poorly designed and barely function Web site, no less)
- Character animations, models, and voice-acting are rock-bottom abysmal
- Some game progress (such as requirements found under the 'social' category) requires getting large numbers of human-controlled players on your friends list and in-game, playing with you; simply put, however, this game doesn't appear to boast the player population to warrant this, and it will make these hurdles difficult to overcome

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30 of 34 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
760.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
I want them to put the game BACK ON put the servers back to normal IT WONT HURT A THING! Or at least take it off steam because people are buying it and getting this ♥♥♥♥ when they run it. What is wrong with this! I got reinstalled the game today and I cannot get the game working if it were to save my life! Can you either put the servers back up or make a CRACK that makes it so the game does not look for servers! I WANT THIS TO BE READ AND NOT THROWN OUT LIKE MY COMMENT IS GARBAGE!!! I loved this game and played it for about 756 hours! I want to play more... PLEASE i beg that this gets read and that you fix this and I will be SO delighted if you do so...

Hope & Frustration...
ChuckUFarley
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37 of 46 people (80%) found this review helpful
199.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 2
The game is abandoned long ago (a year or so). Checkout the serverstatus. Back in the days was a perfect game. Now all DLC's are deactivated (all bonus vehicles are replaced with pink Mustangs) and bikes are not available. Support is a dead thing now.

DO NOT BUY IT. SAVE YOUR MONEY.
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36 of 47 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
148.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 19
Test drive unlimited has gota be the best car game iv ever played (apart from Blur) everything about it is just so perfect the graphics look so truely amazing the islands of both hawaii and ibiza look stunning and the free roam aspect of it all is just incredible.

10/10 best free roam car game of all time :)
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