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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
This game glamorizes the concept of dangerous underground racing and offers players the ability to engage in virtual gambling. It also neglects to accurately depict the consequences of high speed car collisions, which could lessen the perception of the danger involved in street racing, particularly in younger players.
Positive Role Models
The game's protagonist is a speed junkie interested in nothing but racing cars, both in reality television races and against anyone he/she encounters in the game's open world. He/she seems to have no compunctions about the dangers involved with or illegality of the game's races.
Ease of Play
There's a lot to take in, but everything ramps up slowly. Players are introduced to new features and race types gradually as they explore the game's massive world. Driving controls are more or less standard for the genre, and beginners can turn on multiple driving assists for a simpler, more arcade-like experience; though some of these aids get switched off for compulsory -- but relatively easy -- driving tests.
Violence & Scariness
Cars crash into one another and the environment, but no people get hurt and vehicles suffer little if any damage.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Female characters wear revealing clothes, including low cut tops, extremely short miniskirts, and bikinis. Their breasts undulate noticeably as they walk and move.
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The soundtrack includes a song with the word "s--t."
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Products & Purchases
This game glorifies real world cars and car brands and encourages players to spend virtual money on character clothing and car modifications.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The soundtrack includes a song by Mr. SOS that references a strain of marijuana called "chronic."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Test Drive Unlimited 2 is a racing game designed to be played online with other players, complete with open voice communication. The game world is a massive area in which players can encounter other human drivers and wager virtual money on impromptu races. Events are often unsanctioned, and illegal street races take place in public areas, though no people are ever shown being hurt -- not even the drivers themselves, who can continue racing as though nothing has happened even after the worst crashes.
Is It Any Good?
If nothing else, Test Drive Unlimited 2 is an ambitious game. There are hundreds of square miles to explore, dozens of hours worth of single-player competitions, loads of items to collect and objectives to complete, and nearly limitless challenges to be both created and found while playing online. But the enormity of the game's world also causes some problems. By focusing on scope, the game's developers seem to have neglected important details. Environments are in turns bland, empty, and repetitive, never sparkling with the vibrancy and near-photo realism of other recent racing games -- save perhaps during inclement weather, when we get to see some lovely effects. Plus, motoring through the empty tropical wilderness for long minutes can become tedious. Perhaps most importantly, the car handling never feels quite right, regardless of whether you play with driving assists on or off. Vehicles just seem to lack weight, floating around the road. Test Drive Unlimited 2 stands apart from the crowd, but not always for the better.
Online interaction: Players encounter other humans frequently in the game's persistent online world. Players can chat with one another if voice communication is enabled, creating the potential for kids to be exposed to unsuitable subjects of discussion and share personal information. Common Sense Media does not recommend open online play for pre-teens.
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