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Test Drive 6

Test Drive 6 Test Drive 6

Platform: PlayStation
ESRB Rating: Everyone

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Product Description: Forget driving overpriced cars up and down Car Lot Avenue all weekend long--stay at home and take the ultimate test drive. Strap into a car built for speed, open the throttle, and experience the engine's muscle as the gorgeous scenery blurs by in Test Drive 6, the latest version of the acclaimed car racing series. Buckled behind the wheel of the latest and greatest road machines, drivers push the limits on 11 new tracks set in such exotic locations as London, Paris, Maui, Rome, Ireland, Tahoe, and Egypt.

Each track offers loads of challenges and thrills. Wicked jumps give drivers a chance to test the car's air speed. Drivers must avoid or simply plow through obstacles, including park benches, signs, and the occasional cross traffic. Hidden shortcuts shave seconds off lap times. Official-looking cars with flashing lights escort you on your adventure, or attempt to heed your progress, depending on your point of view. Before each race, drivers bet against other opponents. Winning earns cash that can be used to purchase, upgrade, and stockpile cars. A split screen, head-to-head mode allows two players to compete for the car with the most zip.

GameSpot Review: With the current glut of racing titles on the market, it's rather hard for a particular title to gain distinction. Released in this inopportune era, Test Drive 6 will have a hard time competing, especially given Gran Turismo 2's looming shadow. TD6 does offer a host of features, including the requisite single-player mode, tournament-style races, and extras such as cop chases, but, in the end, there are many other titles that offer similar modes, executed much more successfully. TD6's single-player mode belies the illusion of depth. While the arcade-style gameplay lets you easily become a competent driver, it undermines the game's more "serious" customization/simulation aspects. The analog controls are the only way to go with this one game, the left stick functioning to steer, the right to accelerate and to brake. The intuitive nature of this scheme multiplies the "arcade" feel a thousandfold, making turns at obscene speeds amusingly easy. During powerslides, very little speed is compromised, making it relatively simple to speed through even the most convoluted courses.

The single-player mode is broken down into single races, tournament races, challenges, and cop chases. The single and tournament races pit racers against five other cars in their class, of which there are four. To advance up the automotive food chain, you must win races to score enough cash to buy rides in a higher class. Before each single and tournament race, you must put cash down in a pot, which each computer racer will match; the three drivers in the winner's circle divvy upthe sum, each share relative to the order they placed. The challenges have you race through a predetermined course, and rewards are earned if the race is completed withina set time. The challenges can be played again and again, with the reward being paid each time the previous record is broken. The single-player cop chases are harshly limited; you can only play as the cop, whose job it is to hound around the racecourses and bust the racers to get ticket money. Cash earned by ticketing is transferred to your account, where it can be used to purchase new vehicles or upgrade existing ones. The actual courses consist of either standard autocross or closed-circuit racing. Obstacles are littered around the cityscapes, and mundane traffic is your worst enemy. Race into the opposite lane under an overpass, and you'll run into a veritable wall of oncoming traffic; stay in the proper lane, and you'll be gridlocked by Sunday drivers. It's relatively easy to maneuver around bystanders most of the time, but, especially at intersections, things can get pretty cramped. The AI for the civvy cars seems rather haphazardly scripted. You will often see them ramming into each other at intersections or stuck in the middle of the road, idling next to some obstacle. The cops also rampage throughout the courses.

Throughout many courses, police units will put forth a halfhearted attempt at impeding your progress by standing in the way of a busy thoroughfare - lights flashing and sirens blaring. Many courses also feature semibranching paths and shortcuts, which let you gain a quick edge on the other racers, if used well. As far as graphics go, TD6 is merely adequate. Most of the vehicles effectively resemble their physical counterparts, but few effects are used that'll make you look twice. The frame rate is passable, except during busy thoroughfares and intersections, where things get a mite choppy. The textures used are rather bland and muted, nothing positive or negative to chime about. The lighting effects used during night courses seem almost like an afterthought, as they appear to integrate poorly with the rest of the environment. Infogrames has apparently decided to go with the "street cred soundtrack for a car game" convention, including cuts from artists like q-burns abstract message, Eve 6, and Lunatic Calm. Fear Factory's cover of Cars borders on blasphemous. The tracks are looped during play, making some of them get old faster than they should. In the end, TD6 should be treated as a light snack. With Gran Turismo 2 on the horizon, it's daft to invest in any other racing game in the near future. TD6's mock-serious approach to arcade-style racing should warrant nothing more than a rental; to humor its illusion of depth would mean a sizable investment of time for a truly shallow return.--Miguel Lopez

From the Manufacturer: The Ultimate Thrill Ride, Test Drive 6 combines jaw-dropping graphics with completely new car handling to bring one of the most complete racing experiences to life. Rocket through breathtaking environments that feature breakable objects, unexpected obstacles, and nerve-racking shortcuts - all this in cars most can only dream of owning. Features Over 100 Licensed Vehicles, 30 NEW tracks in exotic real world locations, NEW interactive environments featuring: Breakable objects, Unexpected obstacles, Nerve-racking shortcuts, NEW "All-Units" AI has the police working in force to take you down, NEW environment specific sound brings every track to life, NEW economic racing system allows you to purchase, upgrade, and stockpile unique cars in your custom Garage, High-impact collisions, Huge jumps, Unpredictable cross-traffic, Relentless cops, Split screen head-to-head racing.

Customer Reviews:
pure classic, October 25, 2002
Reviewer: Will Pugh from Harrisburg, Pa. United States
This game is great the levels are way better than the in Test Drive. The sound track is great with the Kottonmouth Kings and Circus. If I could only have one racing game this would be it.

Totally Awesome!, July 11, 2002
Reviewer: sugar-n-spice from Columbus, GA USA
I haven't played any of the other ones, but I loved this one! I especially liked the cars. I loved the Cop Chase races! The Cars are superfast! The only down side to this game is that sometimes the cars can be hard to control. I also didn't like some of the race tracks. But besides that, I have no complaints.

Compared to previous test drives, this one tanks, December 29, 2001
Reviewer: Jason Huguenard from Indiana
O.k. the reason that this game sucks is because it wasn't designed by the same people that did test drive 4 and 5. The graphics are terrible it's like a badly drawn cartoon. I might have been able to look past that just a little however the cars drive terribly also. two thumbs down!~

High Fun Factor!! Great Replay value! Addictive, April 25, 2001
Reviewer: Jeffrey Snavely from Alexandria, VA United States
I haven't played other Test Drive games, but I am addicted to this game! When first playing, I didn't like it -- crude graphics, difficult controls, but after a few more races it really grew on me, to where I lose track of time and spend hours trying to win just one more race. I love the variety of tracks, especially the various cities. One reviewer criticizes the lack of GM products -- who cares? There are many other cars to choose from. Some criticize the unrealistic physics -- but this is a huge positive in my opinion as the crashes with cars flying through the air, cross street crashes and huge jumps are downright hilarious and always keep me entertained -- this IS the whole point of video games after all! Also, I like the fact that running into object/other cars doesn't always stop you dead, as it keeps the game fun and moving along. Give this game a chance -- it's a blast trying to avoid the cops, and watching the computer cars trying to ram you off the road.

Not Quite Test Drive 5, June 3, 2000
Reviewer: A gamer from Scottsdale, Arizona
This is an average games, but if you want a serious racing games Test Drive 5 is the ansewer. I have both titles, but I race Test Drive much more often than 6. In my oppinion the graphics are better than the NFS games. One problem with this games is the long tracks are a downgrade from Test Drive 5. Its an average game nothing to spectacular, its no Test Drive 5.

Great Racing, January 25, 2000
Reviewer: A gamer from NJ
Ok, fine the graphics aren't at RPG standards but its an awsome game. I rented this and then GT2 and this is a lot better in my opinion. If you want a racing game where you can get one of the top places, upgrade your engine, tires, etc. thenb this is the only game I've seen recently which does. The gameplay is good enough to makeup for the graphics. and if you want realism go drive your car at 250mph and see how long you stay on the ground.

Groovy game!, December 27, 1999
Reviewer: A gamer from long beach, north carolina
i just got a playstation for christmas and test Drive six is one of the six games that i got. In my opinion it is at just the right difficulty level. It's not too hard but, it's not too easy either! you have to beat certain challenges and get get 1st-3rd place in a certain number of tournaments in order to get a new line of cars. there are 4 classes of cars and when you start out the game, you start at Class one. i think it's a really cool game, if ya don't believe me, read some of the other reviews and you'll see that i'm not the only one who thinks so!

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