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Atari's 'Test Drive' Joins The XBox Platinum Hits Collection

by Thomas on April 21, 2003 @ 6:55 a.m. PDT

Atari announced today that Test Drive for the Xbox video game system from Microsoft has been selected for inclusion in Microsoft's "Platinum Hits" program. The "Platinum Hits" program recognizes the most popular and best-selling games for the Xbox and repackages the titles with the "Platinum Hits" banner and a suggested retail price of $19.99.

"Test Drive surprised Xbox gamers with its amazingly fun gameplay, beautiful graphics and an awesome soundtrack," said Jean-Philippe Agati, senior vice president and head of Infogrames, Inc.'s Los Angeles studio. "Atari is proud to have Test Drive join the blockbuster lineup in the 'Platinum Hits' program. Last summer, Xbox owners made the game one of the most popular racing titles on the system and now, a new group of gamers will be able to join in on the fun."

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 racers as they careen through city streets avoiding pedestrians, traffic signals and oncoming traffic. Test Drive features more than 20 beautifully modeled licensed sports cars -- including the Dodge® Viper GTS, the Chevrolet® Corvette Z06 and the Lotus® Esprit V8 -- as well as a blockbuster soundtrack of thumping driving music from DMX, Ja Rule, Saliva and others.

Test Drive "Platinum Hits" edition for Xbox is expected to ship April 29, 2003, for an estimated retail price of $19.99 and an ESRB rating of 'T' for Teen.

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