Review by Spackle T Monkey
"A great underrated arcade racer!"
Test Drive 6 is one of the most underrated racing games out there for the PC; come to think about it, its one the most underrated arcade racers out there PERIOD.
This is one of the only departments this game lacks in. Despite it having real world locales like London and San Francisco, most shop fronts and other buildings (this is especially apparent in San Fran) are shown repetitvely. The automobiles design are as you would say... jagarific! The autos are more jagged then the Atlantic coast line of the Northeastern part of the United States.
TD6 has a desent sound track, featuring great artists like Gary Newman (gotta love ''Cars''!!!!) and Eve 6. The engine sounds are a little lacking, but they do sound similiar to thier real life counterparts. The audio aspect could be better, but pretty sounds aren't why I bought this game.
The gameplay, at least in my opinion, makes up for the audio and visual part of the game. Ever since the origional Test Drive came out for the PC in the late 80's, it's been the gameplay that carried the Test Drive moniker throughout the past decade. This aspect would have received a 10, but most of the cars handle the same.
Selection (Cars and Tracks): 10/10
The bread and butter of the game. With about 30 cars and 15-some odd locations, these aspects, along with the gameplay help make TD6 a keeper. What makes the automobile selections so great are the vast array of selections. You can drive regular daily drivers like a Plymouth Prowler and a Ford Mustang, to higher end autos like an Audi TT Quattro and a Dodge Viper GTS, to finally the exotic autos, like Jaguars and TVRs. The tracks are based on real world locales like San Francisco, London, and Paris. All the real world locations show what they are known for (San Francisco, for example shows the trolley tracks and the Golden Gate bridge and London shows Buckingham Palace).
Despite its numerous and apparent graphic flaws, it is still a great game. It is a definite diamond in the rough, and anyone who likes arcade racing and the chance to drive cars like a Ford GT40 or a TVR Speed 12 would definitely love it. And now, since it's release in 1999, it is extremely cheap, so unless you live in a cardboard box without electricity or a Playstation or a PC, you haven't any excuse to not buy it. Enjoy!
Reviewer's Score: 7/10 | Originally Posted: 05/03/02, Updated 05/03/02
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