It"s been four years -- a.k.a. a long time
-- since Eden Studquả táo introduced "massively open online racing" with the original Test Drive sầu Unlimited
. The series returns this fall in the sequel, which is still MOOR but not
just MOAR of the same.Eden & publisher Atari gave me a peek at the work-in-progress racer yesterday, which was running on PC for test purposes but at the same resolution and màn chơi of detail planned for the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions. It"s already looking gorgeous -- the video clip above doesn"t do it nearly enough justice -- but that"s not what impressed me the most. So much has been expanded, tweaked & added to lớn this sequel that I would have believed it if the developer had told me it"d been working on the game since 2006. It also seemed so finished that I couldn"t believe we won"t be playing it until near the end of this year.%Gallery-92051%Before getting a look at the game in action, the developer gave sầu me a rundown of what it is looking khổng lồ accomplish with its "rags to lớn riches" story mode / leveling system. In TDU2
, winning races isn"t the only means of increasing your driver level (which is joined by an elaborate "MyProtệp tin," er, profile, complete with mood icons & photos you"ve snapped in-game). Instead, experience is doled out in categories including competitions, discovery percentage, collection completion và even socialization with other players.
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This first look at the game world, its textures and extra-saturated colors was eye popping.
There"s a màn chơi cap of 60 và at màn chơi 10 you"re able khổng lồ drive lớn the airport & hop a flight from Ibiza (the game"s first location) to lớn Hawaii (its second & the setting of the first TDU, which has been expanded with an additional 600 KM of asphalternative text và off-road trails). You"ll eventually be able khổng lồ put your winnings inkhổng lồ buying the ultimate home -- a yacht -- which comes complete with a totally customizable interior a la PlayStation Home"s personal spaces, a jacuzzi khổng lồ invite friends into lớn and ... the ability to doông chồng it at either islvà.Provided you have sầu a constant PSN or XBL connection, single- and multiplayer are meant to blover seamlessly together, allowing you to create groups with other players that stay together until disbanded, moving as a group between races and even hangouts.The game demo started out in a garage, which, in TDU2
, is one of the places that can serve sầu as a social hub. You can walk around in first person in these, inviting other players to lớn join you in admiring your collection. The cars themselves look great, with detail khổng lồ the nth degree -- outside and in. The oto interiors I was shown were far & away the most impressive sầu I"ve seen in a game, with details down khổng lồ real-looking carpet, suede và hand--stitched leather. At any time, a friend hanging out in the garage could hop inlớn the passenger seat of the same oto to lớn admire its craftsmanship, và even even stay in it as a "co-driver" (who can issue directional icons) if you decide lớn take it out for a spin.
For the next part of the test, Eden hit the streets of Ibiza in a xanh metallic fleông chồng Audi, driving down lớn one of the many beach front villages lớn show off the day & night cycle (which is consistent for everyone playing online và lasts two-and-a-half hours), speeding up time in order lớn show me a fantastic sunset & the lights of the village turning on. This first look at the game world, its textures & extra-saturated colors was eye-popping. So was the incredible sense of tốc độ.Next up was some flat-out driving along a road further inl&, as traffic zipped by và a sunny day quickly transitioned to pouring rain và lighting (again, sped up for the demo) with the developer commenting that the wet roads will affect the game"s reworked, "immediately accessible" oto handling. In fact, the chạy thử driver lost control at one point, spinning out and scraping his car"s passenger side -- I"m just going to assume it was planned in order to show off the full damage modeling, which I was told will begin with paint scratches & scrapes, và progress to lớn losing entire body panels. However, it won"t
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Clubs even have sầu treasurer, who collect money from members to wager on challenges with other clubs, clubhouse improvements or buying rare cars.
Eden said it didn"t want khổng lồ penalize players for having fun, although I"d like lớn see an option to enable or disable it. The developer also said it found that players really liked just cruising the open world of the first game, so it"s including "cruise chains," a small HUD that pops up as drifts, jumps và other "daring" feats are chained together, racking up money in the process. Hit something, though, & whatever"s been earned during the chain is forfeited.I got a quick look at another addition: off-road trails. In fact, while tearing down one, the driver came across an old wrechồng. This counted as a discovery, & I was told that if you find a certain number of each chất lượng wreông xã, you can then buy that oto, which isn"t available for purchase in the game any other way. There are other special cars lượt thích this which can only be purchased once you"ve sầu created a racing club with friends (complete with an upgradable clubhouse) và saved up to lớn buy them. Clubs can have sầu presidents and treasurers, the latter being responsible for collecting money from members khổng lồ wager on challenges with other clubs, clubhouse improvements or buying said cars -- which include an ultra-rare Gumpert Apollo Thể Thao. Then it"s just a matter of everyone agreeing who
gets to lớn take it out when
.If all of this sounds like a lot ... it is. And it"s not even including the challenge editor (create a route, race it to phối a reference time, then post it for the world to race with in-game money going to lớn whoever beats your time first). If TDU2
sounds impressive, well, it is. That và fun-looking -- và done-looking
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