Driven to Destruction - PS2

Also known as: Test Drive: Eve of Destruction

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Driven to Destruction (PS2)
Also for: Xbox
Viewed: 3D First-person / Third-person Genre:
Racing: Car
Media: DVD Arcade origin:No
Developer: Monster Soft. Co.: Atari
Publishers: Atari (US/GB)
Released: 24 Aug 2004 (US)
26 Nov 2004 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 7+
Accessories: Memory Card, Analogue Control Compatible: all buttons
Features: Vibration Function Compatible, Multitap adaptable


The game formerly known as Test Drive: Eve of Destruction, Driven to Destruction features a variety of real-life extreme driving events, each slightly different, depending on the track venue. There's everything from tarmac to dirt, multiple jumps to raised demolition stages, and there's also a temptingly-titled series of races, including Figure 8 Jump, Suicide, Whip Around, Last Man, No Rules and Soccer. There's even a Battle mode in which you destroy the opposition with exploding chickens - no kidding!

The heart of the game lies in the Career mode. This is where you do all the work that will reward you with the plethora of unlockables and extras available in Driven to Destruction. In Career mode, you must place high enough to win cash prizes so you can buy new - well, maybe not brand new - cars that have more power, better handling, tougher chassis and fewer dents. Success in Career mode also raises your overall reputation rating which unlocks tracks, cars and events that you can use in Action mode. As you progress, you can also unlock exclusive videos of the real-life racing that goes on in Driven to Destruction. Yup, this kind of stuff actually goes on for real.

Developer Monster Games has provided a more than acceptable alternative to the much missed Demolition Racer duo of games from a few years back. Much more immersive and a lot less frustrating than any of the Test Drive series, the change of name to Driven to Destruction may well attract an audience let down by the quality of TD games (plenty of scope for disappointment there, after all). Change is good, and so is this, so we recommend that you don't let this one pass you by.