We've seen plenty of cheap PC deals for Test Drive Unlimited 2 over the last few years, but if you've got two mates willing to get involved, you can get three copies of this decent open-world racer for only £7.95 - that's £2.65 per copy! You'll get Steam codes, and Atari have assured us that the servers are online after a wobble late last year.
There's a lot of driving and tons of content to be had in TDU2, but its lacklustre handling lets it down a little. Then again, if you've had your eye on this one for a while and missed out the last time GamersGate ran a sale, then their driving week discounts should make you very happy. Not quite as cheap as it's been in the past, but a steal for under a fiver.
Well there shouldn't be any surprises here, my Game Of The Year has to be Skyrim! Oblivion used to be my favourite game ever, but Skyrim manages to knock it right out of the park, which is no mean feat. You can spend hours just walking around the environments taking in the sights whilst watching the weather change, or staring up at the sky in wide eyed amazement. There's a huge amount of content packed onto the disc and even the smallest side quests have been beautifully crafted. I've already sunk a ridiculous amount of time into Skyrim and at no point have I found myself becoming bored, as I shout dragons out of the sky, before summoning a powerful creature, and then blasting them with magic to finish them off, I just wish you could shout, "Your soul is mine" Shang Tsung style whilst you absorb their life force.Click here to read more...
There's a lot of exploring to be done in Test Drive Unlimited 2, as you screech around the roads of Oahu and Ibiza in a selection of supercars including the Bugatti Veyron and the Aston Martin DBS. The environments and the cars look amazing, you can even see little things like mud building up on your vehicle if you go off road, or your brake pads glowing red if you quickly come to a halt. Picking up the game from one of the three merchants listed above'll save you £2 on the next best offer coming in from CD Wow.
As part of an Atari promo, Direct2Drive are currently offering a ridiculously low price that's one of the cheapest I've seen for Test Drive Unlimited 2.
We’re having real trouble making up our mind about Test Drive Unlimited 2. On the one hand, we love its luscious environments, cars and massive amounts of content… but completely turned off by the weak handling and terrible storyline. Seriously, if developers really want to give us context for the driving, at least attempt to make it half decent. Felix reckons that it suffers from an identity crisis in his 7/10 review.
I was genuinely excited when Test Drive Unlimited 2 came out! I burned out of my drive to grab a copy, contacted the group of friends that I play online with, rushed back home once I'd bought the game, and finally loaded it up on my Xbox, which is exactly the same moment that the horror began. A multitude of bugs meant that playing online with other people was virtually impossible and like many other people I became infuriated, so much so that I almost traded it in for Portal 2 the other week. Luckily, Eden Games have tried to win back some brownie points by giving away the Exploration Add-On Pack for free, and whilst console users are going to have to wait a while for it, it's now live for PC users to download.Click here to see what's included in the Exploration Pack
We're having real trouble making up our mind about Test Drive Unlimited 2. On the one hand, we love its luscious environments, cars and massive amounts of content… but completely turned off by the weak handling and terrible storyline. Seriously, if developers really want to give us context for the driving, at least attempt to make it half decent. Felix reckons that it suffers from an identity crisis in his 7/10 review.
Zavvi are parting with copies of Test Drive Unlimited 2 on both the PS3 and Xbox 360 for £17.85, which'll make you a saving of just over £3 on both consoles. Driving around Hawaii and Ibiza is pretty good fun and whilst you're spoilt for choice when it comes to what to drive, it's a bit disappointing that some big car makes aren't on the list. Also, the cutscenes are extremely annoying and you'll be trying everything possible to skip them so you can get back in your car. Thanks to lumsar31 @ HUKD.
Opinions are rather mixed about Test Drive Unlimited 2. On the one hand, we love its luscious environments, cars and massive amounts of content... but completely turned off by the weak handling and terrible story/context for the driving. Felix reckons that it suffers from an identity crisis in his 7/10 review, and it's an accurate summation of the bizarre mix of sublime and ridiculous. Still, at least we can agree that £19.99 seems to be the cheapest price around by a couple of quid.
A price drop over at Simply Games means that PS3 owners can get their hand on Test Drive Unlimited 2 for just over £2 cheaper than the next best price. Cruising around the roads of Hawaii and Ibiza in super cars with the sun shining down on you is a pretty good way to chill out after a hard day at the office, or if you prefer to go on a bit of a ramble in the wilderness you can always jump in a 4 x 4 and take things off road. Thanks to leed_united_afc @ HUKD.
Do you want a load of shiny new super cars to drive around Ibiza and Hawaii at top speed? If the answer is yes and you're a PC owner, then why not run on over to ShopTo's website, click buy on Test Drive Unlimited 2 and input the voucher code to get your copy for around £1 cheaper than the next best offer. It might not be the most accurate driving experience on the market at the moment, but it's damn good fun, especially when you get the keys to the Bugatti Veyron. Thanks to Joker100 @ HUKD.
Here’s a deal for those of you who want a bit more arcade-based action from your racing, and a bit of a saving to boot. A £6 saving to be exact, which is nothing to be scoffed at. It may not be the greatest racer to grace the gaming scene, and the controls may be a little temperamental at times, but its online mode is great for drop-in sessions and the social aspect of it all is to be commended. On top of this, the single player mode has more than enough content to keep you busy. Thanks to Caskey @ HUKD!
Despite a bumpy first few months, Test Drive Unlimited 2 has laid down some fresh asphalt and the resulting months have been nothing but smooth. I often jump online for a bit of haphazard free-roaming when I'm bored. Driving down a long stretch of highway as a tropical storm rumbles on the horizon is quite spectacular. It has its kinks, namely finicky controls and a poor single-player option, but the online is terrific and its a bit of a looker. It's also only £24.99 if you order from Amazon and have a PS3.
It's a pity Test Drive Unlimited 2's online is suffering from a fair few problems Eden is attempting to fix, as some real fun can be had free-roaming Ibiza with a few mates, enjoying the scenery from the driving seat of a gleaming super car. It's a bump in the road - excuse the awful pun - and the rest of the journey ahead looks as smooth as freshly laid asphalt - what am I writing here! - so if you're interested, the PS3 version is only £29.85 at Simply Games. That's a price that can't be beat!
Test Drive Unlimited 2 may be Namco-Bandai's first ever UK number one title, but its launch was dogged by a host of rampant issues and glitches including unstable online play and corrupted save files. To make up for it, Eden have announced that the first premium DLC pack will be free after releasing a comprehensive patch.Click here for more details about the Free Exploration Pack...
Test Drive Unlimited 2 is packed full of mouthwatering vehicles for you to discover and collect across Ibiza and Ohau, so it should keep you entertained for a fairly long while. There are plenty of driving challenges for you to take part in, plus you now get to go off road, just make sure you're in a 4x4 rather than your shiny brand new Ford GT! Socialising with friends at clubs or the casino is great fun too and this aspect of the game is where it comes into its own. However, I have to agree with Felix, the single player NPCs are extremely annoying and'll make you frantically tap every button within reach to try and skip through the cutscenes.
Welcome, fellow Dealspwners. I see you're not celebrating Valentines with a candlelit dinner or romantic stroll; or maybe you are, and you just decided to tune into our daily news roundup? I'm touched if you did. But I am afraid our resident news expert, Jon, is busy today planning and executing all manner of romantic deeds. He puts the rest of us to shame - I'm taking the missus to Krispy Kreme, which is the extent of my romantic ability.
But fret not, as I have swiped Jon's all-seeing videogame orb, a hallowed artifact he gazes into with clairvoyant glee to suss out the day's events. So sit back and enjoy!
Our review for Test Drive Unlimited 2 dropped just this Friday, and already its blazing a trail in the UK charts, usurping last week's victor, Dead Space 2, from the number one spot. Doubling the original Test Drive's release figures, it's also the biggest launch in TDU history and Namco Bandai's first All Formats No. 1 since it gobbled up Atari Europe.
Fans favored the 360 version of TDU 2, with 68% of copies sold on Microsoft's platform compared to the PS3's 28% share and the PC's paltry 4%. Such a successful launch almost guarantees us a Test Drive Unlimited 3, and while I'm not mad for the series I hope Eden Games continue to expand and explore the series' online horizons. It's a much better game when you're free-roaming Ibiza's tropical sprawl with 31 other super cars. [Videogamer]
Now how did this happen? Killzone 3, Sony's premiere shooter, has been leaked onto torrent sites and is probably being downloaded as we speak, two weeks prior to its launch. Weighing in at a hefty 41.4 GB - a rumored non-3D version is only half that size - it's the first time a big PS3 release has found itself leaked online, mere months since George Hotz, aka Geohot, cracked the PS3's firmware, leaving it wide open for rampant piracy.
We don't advocate piracy at Dealspwn. Why would we? We'd be out of a job. And Killzone 3 is shaping up to be a terrific game we wholeheartedly implore you to purchase legally. Why not check out the cheapest pre-order price right here at Dealspwn?[Eurogamer]
The PS2 has just edged past the 150 million mark worldwide. Sony's eleven year old console continues to sell and sell and sell, despite stiff competition from the Wii, the 360 and even its younger sibling, the PS3. It must be making a fortune, when you consider the low production costs and simply gigantic roster of fantastic titles to choose from. Zone of the Enders, how I miss thee.
Sledgehammer Games, who we confirmed would be handling the next entry in the blockbuster Call of Duty series, have - unsurprisingly - revealed they'd like their effort to be quite good. Advertising on their website for a QA Tester, Sledgehammer hope "the candidate will help (Sledgehammer Games) deliver a 95+ rated Call of Duty game, bug free, to meet the high expectations of gamer's today".
It's nice to hear Sledgehammer is intent on delivering a "bug free" experience. Modern Warfare 2, for example, was like an abandoned picnic; simply crawling with game-breaking bugs. I have high hopes for Sledgehammer, actually. I'm hoping they'll attempt to reinvent - or at the very least re-imagine - the Call of Duty franchise, which hasn't really broken from the mold set by Modern Warfare in 2007. [Gamerzines]
Developer: Eden Games
Test Drive Unlimited 2 has something of an identity crisis. It's not quite sure if it wants to rival the likes of Need for Speed and Project Gotham as an accessible racer, or maybe challenge Forza and Gran Turismo in the simulation stakes. And while the core ideals tend to clash, the wealth of content and the sprawling landscapes of both Ibiza and Oahu provide a staggeringly beautiful experience, even if it's populated with perhaps the most unlikable roster of virtual mannequins you've ever wished you could run over in your Ferrari.
So read on to discover if Test Drive Unlimited 2 provides the ride of your life, or just a flat tire.
Test Drive Unlimited 2 begins with a ropey, stilted pool party where you pick from a line-up of robotic dancers enjoying life in the sun, sea and shiny furniture of Ibiza. With your personal puppet chosen, you waddle in first-person over to Tess, a local TV host, who inexplicably gifts you a Ferrari. With the gleaming red beast idling in your garage, you opt to give it a test drive. Geddit?
However, as you soar down the never-ending ribbon of asphalt, soaking up the atmosphere and pretending not to hear Tess' awful, awful voice-work, the game fades to a shot of your avatar sleeping in the same Ferrari, only outside a hotel. And you're wearing a valet uniform. Tess orders you out of her car, but then decides an ostensibly narcoleptic valet with a face as emotive as Jet Li's is a suitable chauffeur. You drive her to a local TV station, where she just happens to be hosting the Solar Crown Tournament, Ibiza's premiere racing event.
Oh, and you're racing. She hooks you up with a friend, who stuffs 27 grand in your pocket and takes you to a dealer to buy your first car. Then he drops you off at a your new residence, a surprisingly well-furnished caravan. Clearly being a valet in Ibiza means you're automatically homeless. But now is not the time for questions, as you set off in your new ride in search of races, duels and trophies to be won. Oh, and haircuts.Click here to read the rest of Felix's review...
It's mainly all about TDU2 this week, so get your arcade racing hats on folks! Unless you've got a Kinect, of course, and you can train mind and body by jumping about like a loon, this month's flavour courtesy of Dr Kawashima.
NB. Release dates, unlike facial expressions, have been known to change rather than stick if the wind blows the wrong way and are sometimes subject to shifting.
|Dr. Kawashima's Body and Brain Training
11th February 2011
|Edna and Harvey: The Breakout
11th February 2011
|Test Drive Unlimited 2
11th February 2011
Years ago I sat down in front of my Xbox and slotted Red Dead Revolver into the disc tray and spent many an hour romping around the various Old West environments that the game offered, so it was a great day when I discovered a sequel was in the works, however it was also extremely frustrating as I knew it'd be a while until I finally got my hands on it, but boy was it worth the wait!
Red Dead Revolver blew me away with its gritty unconventional characters, masterfully woven plot, and a massive landscape to roam around in where things could unexpectedly jump out at any moment to test your skills as a gunslinger.
The sheer number of things that you can do in the game is definitely one of the major strings to its bow and means that you can hop in for whatever you're in the mood for, whether that's a few hands of poker, or a quick horseback ride into the desert to rope yourself a couple of outlaws to name but a few of the activities on offer.
You'll now have to excuse me for turning a bit soppy at this point because whilst the game portrays the Old West in a light similar to Deadwood, which is pretty much how I imagine it would have been rather than the tamer, politer imaginings of old John Wayne movies, it also captures the romance of that period in America's history allowing you to ride off into the sunset and putting you in the shoes of a character who simply wants to settle down with his family and earn an honest living.
Ok back to guns and explosions and the like, grrr! The multiplayer is infuriatingly addictive, especially if you form a posy with a couple of friends, pile into a fort, man the guns and cannons, and then see how long you can hold up for before getting yourself into a Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid moment.
Also, seeing as I'm quite a big fan of horror movies and the zombie genre, one small criticism that's always in the back of my mind when playing games is 'Yeah this is good, but there aren't enough reanimated corpses roaming around for my liking!' Luckily, The Undead Nightmare expansion pack ticked that particular box and didn't disappoint in any way in my opinion.
All in all, it's the sum of its parts that makes Red Dead Redemption the best game I played in 2010 and once again I find myself crossing my fingers and toes in hope of sequel.
This is a particularly difficult decision for me and as I'm writing this I've got all the games I bought and more importantly kept hold of over the course of 2010 sitting on my desk. So, do I go with the deliciously gory co-op experience of joyously decapitating zombies with friends that Dead Rising 2 offered; the cut throat worlds of Assassin's Creed Brotherhood and Call Of Duty: Black Ops; the continuation of a truly marvellous story in Mass Effect 2; the chance to dive back into the terrifying yet also wondrous city of Rapture in Bioshock 2; the fantastic multiplayer mayhem featured in Halo: Reach and UFC Undisputed 2010; or the chance to settle any lonely adventurer's curiosity of another wasteland in Fallout: New Vegas? Hmmmmm.
Well you've all seen the title and picture for this section! The winner is of course, Dead Rising 2, simply because it's the game that's led to some of the funniest things I've seen in a video game this year; jumping around with a friend throwing traffic cones on zombies so that we could turn around to see a sea of confused undead corpses blindly bumping into one another left me in stitches of laughter. The Gladiator / Running Man style format of the multiplayer was something a little bit different that was good fun if you became bored of the main game. Finally, whilst it certainly wasn't one of the best games to grace our screens last year, I could jump into it for a quick bit of zombie killing if I was in a rush, or I could settle in to try and discover what caused the outbreak this time around if I had enough time to discover the illusive truth.
I don't really want to spend much time talking about this useless addition to the Star Wars games franchise because the trailers, TV spots, and even the demo had me jumping for joy at the prospect of wielding the force as Darth Vader's apprentice once more. Sadly, the game itself fell way way WAY too short of the mark, and for me it's not only one of the most disappointing games of 2010, it's also one of the most disappointing games I've ever played, and the fact that I had to pay £40.00 for this abomination left me filled with enough rage and hatred to give even The Dark Lord of the Sith a run for his money.
This is an easy one! Imagine if you will, it's Christmas day, there's a present shaped like an Xbox accessory sitting under the immaculately decorated tree, you rip it open to discover that you've been given Kinect for Christmas! For me that initial joy was just the beginning of one of the funniest experiences I had during 2010. There's nothing quite like watching your family immerse themselves quite so deeply in the new gaming technology that Microsoft've given us, especially when you've got a living room with low ceilings which led to mild concussions being inflicted whilst playing Kinect Adventures. However, the comedy piece de resistance came on Boxing Day when my Brother and I finally managed to get my Mum to give Dance Central a whirl! As you can imagine her performance led to everybody else in the room falling off their chairs in stitches of laughter, whilst Lady Gaga's Poker Face blasted out of the TV's speakers.
Lets not forget that Kinect, whilst also serving as a though roughly enjoyable comedy tool not only for the above reasons but also for the photos and video footage that it captures of you playing, is also a remarkably clever bit of kit that allows you to throw your controller away and shed the pounds instead of piling them on during extended video games sessions. Having now tried it out, I'd also go so far as saying, I think that it marks a dark time for the Wii and could even lead to the beginning of the little white box's eventual demise, but that's just me.
For me this is another pretty close call between a couple of worthy sequels including Test Drive Unlimited 2, Batman Arkham City, Crysis 2, and Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
In the end though I have to go for Test Drive Unlimited 2 though because whilst Skyrim is the sequel to one of my favourite games EVER, Crysis 2 is the follow up to one of the most visually beautiful games I've ever seen on the PC, and Arkham City looks quite frankly like ass kickingly good fun, I know that at any point I can drift into TDU2 fire up the engine to a Pagani Zonda R, Ferrari 458 Italia, or Aston Martin DBS, and let go of all my worldly worries as I cruise along listening to the car purr, or call up a couple of friends for a quick drag race.Click here to see the rest of Tom's highlights for 2010...