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Infogrames Ships 'Test Drive' For PS2 & Xbox

by Rainier on May 31, 2002 @ 9:05 p.m. PDT

Infogrames, Inc. announced today that "Test Drive" the latest title in its Atari line-up, is now available for Sony's PlayStation2 and is shipping soon for the Xbox. The game's stunning visuals and arcade handling are complemented by the new story mode to ensure a power-packed ride. Featuring more than 20 beautifully modeled licensed sports cars and a blockbuster soundtrack of thumping driving music from DMX, Ja Rule, Saliva and others, "Test Drive" promises to outshine, outwax and outrace the competition.
"Powerful exotic racers and muscle cars, ruthless opponent AI and huge crashes make 'Test Drive' the new measuring stick for console arcade racers," said Jean-Philippe Agati, senior vice president and general manager of Infogrames' Los Angeles studio. "Not only is the game visually spectacular, it throws the player into the driver's seat of the most prized custom vehicles in the world and sets them loose to wreak havoc on the streets of the world."

"Test Drive" challenges players to compete in an illegal street racing league by facing off against opponents as well as the local police, who pursue the wreckless racers as they careen through the streets avoiding pedestrians, traffic signals and oncoming traffic.

"Test Drive" sizzles with 13 licensed exotic sports cars including

  • Dodge Viper GTS
  • Chevrolet Corvette Z06
  • Jaguar XK-R
  • Aston Martin DB7 Vantage
  • Lotus Esprit V8
  • Nissan Skyline and others

American heavy metal provides window-rattling alternatives with nine heavy-duty muscle cars from the big three manufacturers, including

  • Ford Mustang
  • Chevrolet Camaro
  • Plymouth Cuda
  • Dodge '69 Charger and others

"Test Drive" also includes several gameplay modes; including Underground mode, the single player mission where gamers assume the role of Dennis Black and must work their way through London, San Francisco, Monte Carlo, and Tokyo battling other illegal street racers in a series of pedal-to-the-metal showdowns; Single Race, a race against AI opponents in a battle to be first to the finish line; Drag Race, a classic showdown against a single opponent on a straight track; Cop Chase, where the player assumes the role of the police and must arrest the AI racing field; Navigation Challenge, a timed trial to finish a race before time expires;
and, head-to-head Multiplayer.

"Test Drive" shipped to retail stores nationwide this week with an estimated retail price of $49.95. The game has an ESRB rating of T for Teen for mild lyrics.

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