Why all the hate?
Windduckelk wrote this review on .
TDU2 has now been released and met with poor reviews and harsh criticism although it is essentially the first game with an added island, more content, (and admittedly, a bit of a mess on release date), but with DLC being such a prominent option, it is inevitable that the majority of the issues will be resolved, but before talking about the issues, the good news.
Test Drive Unlimited 2 is one of the biggest driving games ever created, and it isn't even a full price product (49.99 on release). It offers the entire island of Oahu from the first game as well as the island of Ibiza. Combined, there are over 3000 miles of road in both of these islands, dozens of hours of driving to see them all.
The car list is extensive and what you would expect but lacking in some areas such as Lamborghini and BMW, SUV's have been added for the off road courses included in the game and are a blast to drive, and gather visible dirt as you drive off-road.
The graphics look improved over the first games in terms of lighting, and weather effects, which look fantastic. The game looks best on a sunny day with wet streets, if you play you will see what I am talking about.
There is a story in TDU2, revolving around your character partaking in the Solar Crown racing tournament to become top driver. This part of the game is admittedly terrible and should have been dropped altogether, featuring horrid voice acting, annoying characters, and weak character models.
The driving itself takes some getting used to and some adjustments should be made in terms of steering sensitivity but it is possible to attain a setting you are comfortable with and with an hour or so of driving, the physics won't be much of a problem.
This game had the same effect on me that the PS2 game Spider-Man 2 had. Both of these games had somewhat weak storylines, but in both Spider-Man and TDU2, I found hours of fun in simply free roaming the environment looking for collectibles, and relaxing.
These collectibles include photo challenges, showcasing the prettiest sights the game has to offer, and finding car wrecks scattered across the island for a chance to add more cars to your collection.
The negative aspects about this game include the TDU servers being down quite often, making online play almost impossible at the moment.
While this would be a deal breaker for a game like Unreal Tournament 3 (old i know), TDU2 offers a huge singleplayer campaign to play while the servers get patched.
People should use this downtime to build up their car collection to have ready once online is fixed (who wants to race online with a starter car?).
Another issue are corrupted save files. I have logged in roughly 25 hours into this game with no corruption. I have noticed that the game autosaves incredibly often, when menus open, races launch, map gets pulled up, races get chosen, so it is easy to miss one of these and turn off the system. I might be wrong, but I think this may be a problem related to the player rather than the company.
All in all, TDU2 is a fantastic game that does have flaws as of right now. If these problems bother you, you might want to hold off another week while Atari patches the online servers (and released the first batch of premium DLC free!). For me personally, this game built upon what made the first game so great and I am having a great time playing this game.