Test Drive Unltd. gold, demoed

Atari's open-ended racer is out of the shop and off to manufacturing; second Xbox 360 demo comes tomorrow, features new cars and crotch rocket.

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Test Drive Unlimited certainly is living up to its name--the "Test Drive" part at least. Atari today announced that a second free trial of the Xbox 360 racer will be headed to Xbox Live Marketplace tomorrow. The new demo will include three new cars--the Ferrari F430, the Ford Mustang GT, and the AC Cobra--as well as a Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R motorcycle.

Along with the new wheels comes new avenues to burn rubber on. The demo will feature four new offline challenges and two new online challenges that support up to eight racers, or drivers can challenge others they meet on the road or simply cruise the coasts of an accurately replicated Oahu, Hawaii. Other basic gameplay improvements, such as improved online performance and car handling and sharper graphics, have also been added.

Those who try the demo and want to purchase the game won't have to wait long. Today, Atari also announced that the game has finished development and that its gold master has been sent off for replication. The game is scheduled to ship to stores on September 5.

Test Drive Unlimited is rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older and will retail for $39.99. A PC version is also currently in development and will be released later this year. For more on the game, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

Discussion

51 comments
SteveTwo
SteveTwo

Supposedly the first demo was greatly improved if you cranked the steering sensitivity to the max, making it realistic. Perhaps this demo needs the same adjustment, assuming you can adjust that in this demo.

goochyslap101
goochyslap101

i've played the new demo a few times and like the game a little bit more each time. A lot of people feel that the controls of the car suck big time, but as you play the game more and more you'll get use to the feel of the cars. Just like any other racing games whose car controls are different than others (e.g. gran turismo and need for speed, and or forza) it takes time to get use to the cars handling. From what i can tell from the demo this is shaping up to be a great game. Tons of sweet cars blazing down the streets of hawaii, tons of customization options for your character and the ability to have a house and store cars. Hopefully when the actual game comes out maybe the controls maybe have been tweaked a little more before they sent the master copy to the factory. I hope gamespot will rate this an 8 or so, if not maybe a high 7.

TheKretinousQ
TheKretinousQ

i kno the handling feels AWFUL and bikes never stay on the road and cars usually start heading for the nearest banner

adam1503
adam1503

The vechicles handle like crap!!!

greenday1093
greenday1093

Awsome! Yo I am so siked for this game! I am totally gonna take advantage of that Kawasaki Ninja! IN LIME GREEN BABY!

wenbin09
wenbin09

the demo's out!!! downloading now!!

The_Game21x
The_Game21x

I'm just hoping there's no time limit to the demo like last time. But this is great news, especially the price. This is shaping up to be a really great game, We'll soon see if it lives up to its potential.

shinchy
shinchy

Ohhh.. I hope there is no time limit on this demo.

stuarthanley
stuarthanley

$39.99? The b'stards are charging £39.99 in the UK. Thats nearly double the US price. Another example of RIP-OFF Britain!!!!

nuwans_basic
nuwans_basic

this is a crap game! like most of sega's games! all you do is race around,nothing new......slight better graphics and thats it!!!!!! its a pile of CRAP

paulust2002
paulust2002

thats sweet, the last demo was poor but i still have faith The microtransactions thing is buggont though, oblivions razur level was 1.50 and the file was 426k, that means it was already on the game and you just paid for a secret door. I think microsoft have been greedy with the 360, and if PS3 comes out and gets the pricing right it will kill it, i mean, if we're paying

gt4freak1985
gt4freak1985

where in the hell is the pc demo damn it? I dont care about the xbox 360 demo.

SteveTwo
SteveTwo

Be warned, it's going to retail for $40 because it's chock-full-o microtransactions. Expect to be paying real world money for parts and bling, atleast some of them. They certainly ain't retailing it at $40 to be nice. If they charge $60 and have the amount of microtransactions they are intending everyone would return it. A local game store got 5 Chromehounds returns the day the 100/60pt microtransactions came out.

LexLas
LexLas

Sounds dam good, I can't wait to see it. I really go for racing games. If I could afford it I'd have every racing game out.

SUPRAMAN84
SUPRAMAN84

I didn't think the demo was very good until I was told that by increasing the steering sensitivity in the menus, that the driving would fell more along the lines of PGR3. And then I really enjoyed it, especially the excellent in-car view(ala PGR3). Add to that customization, MOOR, $40, and excellent online community about to come, and I'd say you have a winner. Go to options and turn the steering sensitivity all the way up, it's like night and day.

Dinghy_Dog
Dinghy_Dog

im so buying this game. its gonna be like $40 and its fun

xeon2k
xeon2k

More demos yihu.

Bladex2k
Bladex2k

a great game at a great price. its a no brainer i have to get this

drack48
drack48

I wasn't impressed by the frst demo at all. With racing games, I know in like 10 minutes if I like it or not.

retrouk
retrouk

The reason these demos have time limits is because these are the demos used in E3 and the time limit is a way of forcing someone to move on and let the next person have their turn. Hopefully this new demo wont have a time limit. I played the old demo off line, so I don't think the full game will be online only.

supg1414
supg1414

is this going to be completly online? cause right now all i have is the Xbox Live Gold for a month because its a trial or somthing. But i really dont want to have to buy the Gold just because i really want this game! lol. So is it going to be able to be played off line?

vgplaya89
vgplaya89

this is sweet, but hopefully the demo and game itself are better than the first demo. and for gods sakes, NO MORE TIME LIMITS in demos!

kinglink2
kinglink2

The old demo sucked, I hope the new demo doesn't have a true time limit, or at least has better controls. It looks like a solid game, but I'm sure the 40 will help the sales numbers quite a bit. The MOOR is where it's going to be won or lost.

jdbthexboxgamr
jdbthexboxgamr

Awesome!,this should be a solid racer,and for an excellent price!

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

I think Test Drive will do well in sales seeing as it is only 40. That is not a bad deal at all.

WmRedwine
WmRedwine

I went to download the old demo, but it isn't on Live anymore. I'm glad they are putting up a new one. I still remember playing the first test drive on my Apple IIe. Back then, I didn't know why you would want to start in first gear (5 is better than 1 right?) The first game was supposed to be a representation of climbing Pikes Peak in Colorado... we have come a long way from there.

aussenbagen
aussenbagen

Does the game suck and they had to price it like Ridge Racer even before it came out? 2 Demos? One crappy one? This does not bode well....

PEELEDbanana
PEELEDbanana

This game was a ton of fun, i can't wait to DL tomorrow.

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

i didnt like demo that much. ripped of pgr3 camera roatation

Nugtoka
Nugtoka

$39.99 is that correct?? I was going to buy this game at 59.99

Benny_is_here
Benny_is_here

Can't wait to get downloading tomorrow! I was disappointed by the first demo (awful handling, poor use of motion-blur, police is just a nuisance and so on), but I'm sure they've improved on the game by then. It's cheap, too!

4esth
4esth

Cool, I wasn't too impressed with the first Live demo so hopefully the offline modes and new vehicles will give a better feel of the final game.

BIGDeVriendt
BIGDeVriendt

wow so 2 new 360 demos tomorrow! cant wait.

amydst
amydst

i live on oahu, and playing the first demo wasn't quite "accurate", in fact it was totally wrong..haha

DanC1989
DanC1989

Damn, why is it still a high price here in the UK? Rip-Off Britain strikes again!

ConManWithGun
ConManWithGun

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