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Monday, 14 February 2011 09:32

Test Drive Unlimited 2 is almost unplayable

Written by David Stellmack

Title launched with too many bugs
Developer Eden Games might want to have a serious talk with their Quality Assurance department, as someone must have been asleep at the switch to let this title out the door. The release of Test Drive Unlimited 2 (or TDU2, if you will) that was released last week is a bug riddled mess. Take it from us: we have been trying to play the Xbox 360 version of the game since it was released, and we can tell you first hand that although things have improved since launch day there is a long way to go.

According to news from developer Eden Games, a number of network-reliant game components have been taken offline already in an effort to make things more playable while the developers sort things out. Eden claims that programmers have been pulled off other projects to work on solving the issues with TDU2, and they are not going home until this is working.

We have been the victim of several problems with TDU2, including the save game file becoming corrupt, freezing at the loading screen when the game starts up, free downloadable bonus car does not show up in the game, and inability to play online with friends. Actually, while we have seen a lot of buggy games in the past, normally this was during the beta process and not just after the title has been released.

In Eden’s defense, it does seem that the title is getting better as they seem to be making changes to the servers behind the scenes that seems to improve the experience and solve some of the bugs; but we suspect that the developers will have to push down an actual patch on the client side to really solve a lot of these problems.
The entire situation makes one question how this could happen. You would think that publisher Atari would want to make sure that a game did not arrive in this condition, but apparently either no one encountered the bugs or they simply never got fixed. We understand that developers are under tight timelines to get titles out the door, but when you spend $50 for a game you have a right to expect that it has been tested and is reasonably bug free. Apparently, this is not so with this game.

It will be interesting to see how Eden and Atari deal with this issue. While we are sure that they will continue to work on the code and issue patches on both the client and server side to address issues, what are they going to do to repair their credibility that has taken a serious hit as a result of this? We suggest that they consider giving away some free stuff to players to try to make up for the entire mess, but we suspect that nothing will happen other than the game will be fixed. We suspect that many consumers will be taking a harder look at Atari titles before buying them again until they hear that they are reasonably bug free; and that isn’t a good thing for the publisher.

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+16 #1 Seronx 2011-02-14 10:16
What you expect from a game that had a crappy beta schedule that only happened once a week at the end of the week. There was only one stress test...
-1 #2 Zarneth 2011-02-14 11:28
I felt compelled to create a login here so I can point out that apart from a small amount of server downtime the PC version works fantastic for me.

They've solved all my complaints from the first game and added a lot more. Easily 10 times more enjoyable than Need for Speed Hot Pursuit.
+14 #3 123s 2011-02-14 11:56
At least they can blame piracy for poor sales then.
+4 #4 Steve-O 2011-02-14 13:04

Yeah, I'm definitly glad I wasted time to download a game that didn't actually work at all. TDU2: an certified turd!

The Crysis 2 "beta" worked better.
-1 #5 Zone 2011-02-14 16:21
Just adding my 2 cents,

I bought the game because a friend really wanted me to so we can play together.

At first I found the game quite horrible in a lot of ways, but I found that TDU2 really is a game you need to get used too.
Now its actually addicting, a lot of fun o and online is working again ;)
0 #6 Cartman 2011-02-14 16:40
This game is very bad optimised, and its boring like hell...
Feels too cheap , NPC comment are pure LOL and its not worth playing, i was expecting much more
+2 #7 dicobalt 2011-02-14 20:27
I was in the PC beta program. I quit playing the game even thought it was free. It wasn't even beta quality software.
0 #8 NeutralTax 2011-02-14 22:17
I don't know about you guys, but iv been playing it on PS3 since release, and i haven't had any problems neither has my mate, i guess your all just whiny little babies, SURE the cut scenes are cheesy, but TDU has always been like that its a dramatization of stuck up rich people that think they are the best.

two things that piss me off is theirs a really annoying song in the game that goes daddy was a dj or something and at the start of some races that woman speaking, other than that its a great experience and awesome scenery, all other issues are server issues, cant wait for clubs to open up...

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