Test Drive 2 - The Duel
- Manufacturer: Ballistic
- Machine: SNES
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Available: September 1992
- Number of levels: 5
- Theme: Driving
Harder on the highway
You thought racing was a bunch of professionals going the same direction in a big circle, right? Well, you have not seen anything yet, pal! The guys over at Ballistic have put you in the finest high performance machines available (price is no object) and sent you speeding across highways filled with many innocent people on motorbikes and in cars.
As if this was not dangerous enough, they also added a competitor who will chase you (or pass you, if you let him) through this high density traffic! Now, you're thinking, "Cool, all I have to do is drive like a maniac through traffic with a guy on my tail who wants to beat me". That is true, but just to add reality they have our friends, the highway patrol, trying desperately to enforce the law. The next time you get the urge to go 180 m.p.h. on the interstate, just relax, sit at home and pop in The Duel: Test Drive II. Fasten your seat belt for furious fun!
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The knuckles turn white. The sweat turns cold. The heart turns cartwheels. That's what you can expect behind the wheel of the #1 racing title in history, The Duel/Test Drive II now for Sega, Genesis!
Squeeze into the cockpit of the hyper-fast Ferrari F40 - a twin turbo V8 with 478 horses ready to snap your neck. Boil asphalt in the Porsche 959* - the legendary road rocket that'll do 0-60 in a stunning 3.6 seconds. Leave the launching pad in the Lamborghini Diablo - an awesome exotic with a mind-boggling top speed of 202 mph.
Race head-to-head against the computer or the clock. Blast through tight tunnels, bone-dry deserts and twisting mountain roads. Streak past confused cops and scenic cities. Jam down the highway to hot music tracks.
The Duel/Test Drive II from Ballistic. If you're scared, take the bus.
Get ready to go on the joyride of a lifetime. Here's your chance to try out three of the hottest cars ever designed on the face of the planet. Feel the raw power as you get behind the wheel of the infamous Ferrari F-40. Thrill to the high-end technology of the Porsche 959, one of the most advanced cars in the world. If you're into brutal acceleration and the style that could only come from Italy than unleash the Diablo.
This game does possess features not usually found in racers (like out running the cops), but the overall presentation is rendered in a less than average manner. The roadway is drawn poorly, the other cars lack smooth scaling and the sound effects are equally bad. An overall lack of action adds to this cart's troubles.
I would believe that the Genesis is capable of being able to handle a good racing game but this one seems to be lacking the excitement. You have to sense the speed and to have some fear of taking a curve too fast. Test Drive is fun but with these exotic cars the game should be thrilling and it isn't quite there.
I am totally disappointed. The choice of cars is good but how can you leave out great cars like the Vector and the Koenig Testarossa? The graphics are choppy and the game play needs work. Even the sounds have been trimmed back and fall short of the computer version. Cool idea but not quite there.
Too little to late, I say. Give me a game with all of the hot cars like the Vector and other missing monster machines. On top of that The Duel seems to fight through each scene to keep the graphics from disrupting. The sound effects are lacking realism, something racing fans love and desire.
Your fantasy of a Porsche 959, a Ferrari F40, or a Lamborghini Diablo is now a reality with Accolade's PC megahit, The Duel: Test Drive II for the Genesis!
The Duel is a first-person perspective, one- person racing simulation that pits you against a hard drivin' computer racer. You begin by choosing a car. Then you pick one of three tracks.
You get five lives to complete the selected track. Crash, run out of gas or blow your engine and you lose a life and receive a time penalty. The objective is to complete the track with the best overall time. Therefore, it's more important to drive safely.
ProTip: Hit the brakes as soon as you see the gas station sign or you'll overshoot it.
These cars aren't sparse on features. Important elements nicely laid out on the dashboard are the speedometer, tachometer, radar detector, and the trip meter.
- Here's a shortcut Rev up to top speed on the road. Then run onto the side of the mad in the flat stretches. You can still drive the course at 90% top speed without having to deal with sharp turns or oncoming traffic!
- Save time in “S” curves by downshifting, and releasing the gas. Don't hit the brakes as you enter the turns. Let your car coast through. Then punch the gas still in top gear.
The Duel is extremely faithful to its PC origins. However, its graphics and sound are rather simplistic compared to some of the other racing titles available for the Genesis. The controls are easy to leam. But like real life, working the manual transmission requires a lot of practice. If you're looking for a well-rounded racing simulator, The Duel: Test Drive II won't steer you wrong.