April 12, 2013

Test Drive Unlimited Devs Close Doors


This isn’t as big as LucasArts shutting down, but I still loved what Eden Games tried doing in Test Drive Unlimited 1 & 2. According to Eurogamer, Eden Games went into liquidation as of this past January and is now officially closed. The majority of the staff was laid off in 2011 months after Eden’s last release, Test Drive Unlimited 2. I have thrown many hours into Test Drive Unlimited and it’s sequel. My fondest memory of the series was the the race in TDU that took you around the entire island of Oahu, it lasted well over half an hour. My light blue Ferrari Enzo zipped around the island in glamorous style, ablite that I had to take breaks from hammering down the right trigger for 15 minutes straight. The open world-style, car clubs, and persistent online play made the racers truly unique despite being average looking and the physics could be a bit loose on some of the cars. I will still never forget the online race I had on TDU on a track that had huge straights and small right bends, similar to the New York track from Forza. I had a car that wasn’t as powerful as the rest of the people in the race but I could take the bends at higher speeds. Someone had the most overpowered car in the game, the dreaded Shelby Daytona Coupe. I ended up winning the race and watched the coveted Daytona plow right into a wall at the end of one straight. The games had their moments and I wish all that were involved with the closing the best. Eden Games 1998-2013.

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  1. Rick "CABXYZ" - April 12, 2013 1:55 pm

    Test Drive Unlimited was the first racing game I played that had a dedicated button for rolling down the windows. Nothing like rolling down the windows in your supercar to let the Hawaiian breeze blow through your virtual hair. It’s a tiny, minute feature; but it made all the difference in the in car cam. These games weren’t perfect, but shook up a genre that was in need of a change.


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