Test Drive Returns

Atari announced a new game in the Test Drive series today, a set of racers whose history stretches all the way back to 1987. The new game goes by the name of Test Drive: Eve of Destruction and promises to take races to the extreme.

"Test Drive: Eve of Destruction captures the heart and soul of what gamers want in an action-racing game - speed, thrills and hair-raising crashes," said Nancy MacIntyre, Vice President of Marketing for Atari's Beverly Studios. "Monster Games, the developer of NASCAR: Dirt to Daytona, has done a great job translating their realistic racing physics to this brand new evolution of the popular Test Drive brand."

There are 25 events in Eve of Destruction, with elements of racing and demolition mixed together. One mode is Demo Derby, where the last car standing wins. Another one, named Gauntlet, lets players climb behind the wheel of a hearse to try to finish a a set number of laps while the rest of the field attempts to stop them. Quite bizarre sounding is the Trailer Race mode, a new racing event where players compete while towing various types of trailers, trying to finish the race with something resembling a trailer still attached.

30 custom vehicles are available and a multiplayer split-screen mode allows races for up to four players. Test Drive: Eve of Destruction ships this fall for the PlayStation 2.

News source: 1up

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