Test Drive: Off Road - Wide Open - PS2

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Test Drive: Off Road - Wide Open (PS2)
Also for: Xbox
Viewed: 3D Third person, into the screen Genre:
Racing: Off-Road
Media: CD Arcade origin:No
Soft. Co.: Infogrames
Publishers: Infogrames (GB)
Released: 30 Nov 2001 (GB)
Ratings: 3+
Accessories: Memory Card
Features: Vibration Function Compatible, Analogue Control Compatible: analogue sticks only


The popular all-terrain racing game, Test Drive Off Road has finally received its long awaited update on PlayStation 2 thanks to Infogrames. Test Drive Off Road: Wide Open is set to give players more of the original’s classic gameplay as well as a plethora of completely new features and updated statistics.

Firstly, Wide Open is the most visually stunning off road game the PlayStation 2 has seen to date. The environments are now more detailed than ever. The frame rate is great, the textures are smooth and varied, and this is all perfectly demonstrated by the wide range of locations featured in the game. Wide Open plays host to some of the most hostile environments drivers have ever imagined, featuring rough terrain, steep hill climbs and a number of on-course obstacles. They are beautifully presented, though.

Fully licensed vehicles and a wide range of modes including jump tests, and hill climbs help to make Wide Open an extensive and realistic title. Just a few of the game’s top race cars include the new BMW 4x4's and the European Mercedes. 30 tracks including a variety of A to B courses are just the icing on the cake.

The controls, while not innovative, are simple and easy to get to grips with. Later stages in the game will require more precise control, but that’s all part of the learning curve.

Test Drive Off Road: Wide Open is a worthy sequel to a great PlayStation game. Have fun!