Test Drive Unlimited 2 is an open world racing video game developed by Eden Games and published by Atari, Inc. It is the tenth installment of the Test Drive series, and the second after Test Drive Unlimited to be marketed under the Unlimited franchise. It is the second game in the series to be based on open world-styled gameplay.
There is a storyline in Test Drive Unlimited 2 for the player to follow. To progress through the game, the player has to earn experience points to level up through the sixty levels. These points can be earned via four categories: Competition (racing, completing challenges), Social (making friends in the game, racing against other people, joining clubs), Discovery (discovering all roads, taking photographs of specific locations, finding all car wrecks), and Collection (buying cars, houses, furniture, clothing/and other needs).
A new meter is F.R.I.M in freeroam. The player can earn a small amount of money depending on how the player drives. If the player is to drive at medium to high speed near another vehicle, he or she will get a small amount of cash, usually 100 dollars per ‘pass’. The player can try to chain passes, and hit the ‘accept’ button to accept their cash, then start a new chain.
Exploring the island lets the player find vehicle wrecks, which will unlock vehicles at the dealerships on the islands. The player can walk around in their houses, vehicle shops and clubs.
The player’s avatar can be altered slightly by changing hair, clothes, and facial features. Players can also buy houses in the game. Co-op also features in this game, where friends can be a passenger in the player’s car until they decide to leave or the player decides to kick them out.
There are 176 vehicles in the game, which includes popular European sports cars and supercars such as the Bugatti Veyron, a select few classic cars such as the Ford Mustang Fastback, as well as some non-road-going cars such as the Ferrari FXX Evoluzione. Lamborghini does not make an appearance in the game this time, unlike in the previous games of the series (this is made up for in the appearance of Pagani and Alfa Romeo vehicles). Motorbikes can not be tuned or upgraded in this game, unlike in the previous offering of the series. A DLC pack featuring some extra cars and motorcycles has been released. Each motorcycle costs 80 Atari tokens, which cost real money.
The Ferrari 458 Italia is exclusive to the PlayStation 3 and Windows versions, while the Spyker C8 Aileron is only available in the Xbox 360 version.
Cars are split into three main categories each with their own subcategories: Classic (C), Off-road (B) and Asphalt (A). Classics are split into C4 and C3, Off-roads are split into B4 and B3, and Asphalts are split into A7 through A1.