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  Test Drive Unlimited 2 Xbox 360 Screenshots  
  TEST DRIVE UNLIMITED 2 360 PREVIEW  
  Atari and Eden are working together to bring you Test Drive Unlimited 2 late 2010. For those who are new to the series, it is a huge open-ended racing game that heavily focuses on online competition set in one of Hawaii's great attractions, O'ahu. Test Drive Unlimited 2, will run along the same attitude as the original, but the setting will be in the Mediterranean island of Ibiza. This time the game is filled more than just race showdowns. The upcoming sequel for the Xbox 360 is integrating a more team-oriented atmosphere like the new feature called "follow-the-leader". In this mode, only the leader has the direction for the ensuing check points and must communicate with other fellow players to ensure the pack crosses the finish line. In the age of Facebook and Tweeter, Test Drive 2 is expanding its representation of social networking by having the ability to invite friends into your "home" and use emote animation to socialize. In addition, you can now form a club (think clan) and work together to boost your reputation online.

The basic aim of gameplay is realistic driving and while that remains to be the general objective, there is little disregard to vehicular destruction. It's nice to know you could hit a tree, run into walls, or fall off the cliff, yet your car stays relatively intact with minor dents and scratches. However, there is rumor the developer may change this mechanic to include the use of money to fix cosmetic wounds. Another interesting feature in TD Unlimited 2 is the ability to drift and skid; you can now go wild and you'll earn money for showing off your skills as long as you don't hit anything. Test Drive Unlimited 2 has a new reward system. You receive reward for wandering off the beaten path and exploring every inch of the 380-sq km landmark. There is the treasure hunt aspect where you can salvage car wrecks and build your own car that won't be available to a dealer anywhere. Though the main aspect of presentation is to tease you with accurate replication of the most coveted cars in the world, the latest visual treat gives you buying power to decorate and install furniture to dress up your garage with personality. Developer Eden has included a day-night cycle so that you can enjoy the soothing shine of the sky as the sun glisten from the horizon. The cycle takes two-and-a-half hours, giving you different gradients of light each time you play.

The weather can change frequently, from a typical sunny day along the beach line to a challenging thunderstorm in the backcountry side. These changes will have an effect on road conditions as well as pickup dirt on your car. The developer has also painted a more polished landscape; for instance, you'll now be able to see the coral reefs beneath the sea that exists on Ibiza. You can expect several hundreds of high-end car making its way to Test Drive Unlimited 2, about 208 will be collectables. Out of that collection, you will be able to jump into 4x4 vehicle to handle, which gives you freedom to drive onto rough terrain, especially when you're "treasure hunting" for wreck cars. You'll definitely need space to house your car set. Fortunately, there are 100 different homes you can acquire and many have breathtaking vistas or even a yacht. It seems that Test Drive Unlimited 2 has plenty to offer in its upcoming release. Whether or not these offerings are just for excitement, they remain to be judged in our final review. Atari is slated to ship the game to store January 2011. In the meantime, check out the demo at Xbox Live.
 
     
     
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