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|A.P.I Review:||TEST DRIVE OFF ROAD|
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|Game Type:||Racing||Memory Card|
In search of new and exciting racing formats, developers are introducing us to these new breed of racing games that takes you off the main drag and onto the beaten path. Both Gremlin, with Hardcore 4X4, and Psygnosis, with Monster Trucks, have attempted to coax the speed fanatics among us to get out the step ladder and climb on board for a bumpy ride in these mega trucks. Now Eidos have teamed up with Accolade from USA to offer the player to challenge the wicked terrain in four distinct 4X4 vehicles: the Hummer, Land Rover Defender 90, Jeep Wrangler and the Chevrolet K-1500 Z71. So strap yourself in and get prepared for a bumpy ride as Eidos brings the excitement of off road racing with Test Drive Off-Road which is part of the aging Test Drive series which debuted on the Commodore Test Drive Off-Road's high speed 3D engine allows the driver the freedom to bound along one of the twelve available tracks or take the opportunity to freely explore the off-track scenery as you seek out the short cuts that will help you to reach the finishing post as number one. Initially you can race 6 tracks, with a further 6 opening up as you progress. Each track allows you to drive any route you choose between the starting line and the finishing post although checkpoints must be passed in numerical order. The game also offers accurate, authentic driving physics and incredible speed, giving the player the most realistic off-road driving experience possible. Each of the tracks offers a wide range of environments that includes dirt roads, sand tracks, rocky regions and snow bound courses. The game also includes a selection of varied weather conditions that will affect your vision and handling, the sow is slippery, the dirt is bumpy and the desert is deserted. The gameplay offers two tournaments, a mixed league against three other types of vehicle or a head to head against vehicles of a similar class.
A excellent off roader that is slightly spoilt by some annoying pop-up. The cars look great and they move so quick and smooth with some nice jumps thrown in.