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Test Drive Unlimited 2

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Test Drive Unlimited 2
Test Drive Unlimited 2 cover
Developers
Eden Games
Publishers
Atari
Europe Bandai Namco Entertainment
Engines
Twilight 2
Release dates
Windows February 8, 2011
Reception
Metacritic 72
Taxonomy
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Open world, Racing
Vehicles Automobile, Motorcycle, Street racing, Off-roading
Art styles Realistic
Themes Europe, Oceania, Contemporary
Series Test Drive Unlimited
Test Drive Unlimited 2 on HowLongToBeat
Test Drive Unlimited 2 on IGDB
Test Drive Unlimited 2 on MobyGames
Test Drive Unlimited 2 on Wikipedia
Test Drive Unlimited
Subseries of Test Drive
Test Drive Unlimited 2006
Test Drive Unlimited 2 2011
Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown 2023

Test Drive Unlimited 2 is an open world racing game in the Test Drive series, and the second entry in the Test Drive Unlimited sub-series. The game allows players to drive a variety of cars and motorcycles around recreations of the Hawaiian island of Oahu, which returns from the first game in a refreshed form, and the Balearic island of Ibiza, which is new to the series.

Key points

Online services were shut down in November 2018.[1]
Includes the Ferrari 458 Italia from the PlayStation 3 release, but is missing the Spyker C8 Aileron Coupé, which remains an Xbox 360 exclusive.

General information

Official Website
Test Drive Unlimited mod database
TurboDuck modding community
TurboDuck Support forum
Steam Community Discussions
A guide about setting up the unofficial patch.

Availability

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Requires online activation
SecuROM 8 DRM.
Some copies might require activation.
Windows
Amazon.com (unavailable)
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Windows
Steam (unavailable)
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Windows

Monetization

DLC and expansion packs

Purchasing DLC is no longer possible.
Name Notes
TDU2 Casino
Windows
Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano China Edition
Windows
Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Sang Bleu
Windows
Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Centenaire
Windows
Nissan 370Z Optional Parts
Windows
Audi Q7 V12 TDI quattro – TDU2 Inuit Edition
Windows
Aston Martin DBS Carbon Black Edition
Windows
Aston Martin V12 Vantage Carbon Black Edition
Windows
Audi RS 5 Coupe
Windows
Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport
Windows
Caterham R500
Windows
Camaro Synergy Special Edition
Windows
Ferrari 612 Sessanta
Windows
Ford Shelby GT500
Windows
Jaguar XKR Speed Pack and Black Pack
Windows
Pagani Zonda Tricolore
Windows

Essential improvements

Unofficial Launcher

An unofficial launcher that allows the game to boot post server shutdown.

Unofficial Patch

A community patch has been made to fix some of the game issues which left out in the latest patch.

Unpacker

In order to install mods as well as the patch, the game must be unpacked first. Download available on 15/07/2020

Skip intro videos

Instructions
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Euro\Video.
  2. Delete or rename Bumper_ATARI.mkv and Bumper_EDEN_TDU.mkv.

Playing offline with online profile after official server shutdown

The game launcher does not allow the game to start in offline mode without workarounds.:
Redirect connections to obsolete domains
  1. Go to %WINDIR%\System32\drivers\etc.
  2. Open the hosts file using a text editor with administrative privileges.
  3. Add these strings to the bottom of it and save changes:
    # Test Drive Unlimited 2 servers
    127.0.0.1 clientstats.testdriveunlimited2.com
    127.0.0.1 patchserver.testdriveunlimited2.com
    127.0.0.1 www.testdriveunlimited2.com
  4. Launch the game, get Error #01, press Cancel, Play, then Yes to confirm offline play.

Game data

External Lanucher.
External Lanucher.

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/9930/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Eden Games\Test Drive Unlimited 2\savegame\<user-id>\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/9930/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
OneDrive
Requires enabling backup of the Documents folder in OneDrive on all computers.
Steam Cloud

Video

In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Cut-scenes cause the game to crash in multi-monitor mode.
Ultra-widescreen
HUD is stretched.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Toggle with Alt+ Enter.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use Borderless Gaming.[2]
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Can be forced to 16x in the GPU control panel. Game's default setting is 4x.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Up to 8x MSAA.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.

Input

In-game input settings.
In-game input settings.

Audio

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
5.1 but barely noticeable, rear speakers only react to an impact on the rear of the vehicle or while passing near objects at decent speed.
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Italian
Polish
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation; download.
Russian
Spanish

Network

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play
8 The original Atari servers have been shut down in 2018, although there are multiple server replacement projects that have been created by the community: see Community servers.

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking
Gamemode Conditional
Peer-to-peer
Player to Player System
Dedicated
Self-hosting
Direct IP

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
UDP 8889
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

Community servers

TDU World is the first server project created and was made public in February 6, 2021. It is also currently the most known server. TDU World currently only has free-ride and instant challenges working, but a major update was promised to be released in the future.
Project Paradise 2 is another server project which allows the user to play online mode without registration and using official Atari savegames, unlike TDU World. The Project Paradise 2 Server has most functions working (Freeride, Instant Challenges, Friends, CRC, Clubs, Ranked Races, Unranked Races, Casino (partial) and MyTDULife).
TDUniverse is another server project created by the former developers of TDU World. The project aims to bring more features online, and more reliably compared to the other projects. TDUniverse currently has Freeride, Instant Challenges, Races and Clubs working.

Issues fixed

Crash on modern Nvidia and AMD GPUs

1.a dgVoodoo2[3][4]
  1. Download dgVoodoo 2
  2. Extract dgVoodooCpl.exe and MS\x86\D3D9.dll to <path-to-game>.
  3. Open dgVoodooCpl.exe
  4. Select Add and set it to <path-to-game>
  5. In General tab set Output API to Direct3D 12 (Direct3D 11 causes vertex explosions[5])
  6. In DirectX tab set Videocard to dgvoodoo Virtual 3D Accelerated Card and VRAM to highest size possible.
  7. Press Apply

Notes

Performance will be worse depending on hardware
Some effects on the car will flicker randomly

or

1.b DXVK[6]
  1. Download DXVK Wrapper
  2. Copy D3D9.dll from the \x32\ folder to the game install directory.

Notes

Will cause micro-stutter regardless of computer performance.
2. Large Address Aware[7]
  1. Download Large Address Aware tool
  2. Apply it to TestDrive2.exe

Notes

This will greatly reduce chance of a random crash if using DXVK/dgvoodoo2

Missing Text

Instructions

Switch to a language other than desired, then switch back.

Error #03

Caused by User Account Control (UAC) preventing the game from installing in the default location.
Run the game as administrator

Error #04

Caused by Windows preventing the game from accessing the default install location.
  1. Navigate to the install folder's Properties
  2. Under the Security tab, click on Advanced
  3. Change the owner to either your current logged in Windows account or Everyone.
  4. Tick Replace owner on subcontainers and objects
  5. Go to the Permissions tab.
  6. Give the current user full control of the object.

Error #05

Caused by an outdated launcher database, missing serial key, and/or conflicts with third-party software like the RivaTuner Statistics Server.
Delete or rename outdated launcher database.
  1. Go to <path-to-game>.
  2. Delete or rename UpLauncher.localdb.
Insert serial key
  1. Run TestDrive2.exe.
  2. Enter serial key when prompted.
Create an exception in RivaTuner Statistics Server for TestDrive2.exe and UpLauncher.exe.

VR support

In-game 3D settings.
In-game 3D settings.
3D modes Native GG3D Notes
Native 3D
Nvidia 3D Vision

Other information

API

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0c
Shader Model support 3.0
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware

Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Audio Inria Audile

System requirements

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP2, Vista SP2, 7, 8.1
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2 GHz
AMD Athlon X2 4400+ /Intel Core I7
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 14 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8800 / NVIDIA 700m

series
ATI Radeon HD 3870
512 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible

Notes

  1. When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).
  2. 2.0 2.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/9930/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (9930) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References

  1. Online Services Shutting Down Soon - last accessed on 2018-11-23
  2. Not working with Test Drive Unlimited 2 · Issue #115 · Codeusa/Borderless-Gaming - last accessed on 2017-03-24
  3. (Kind of) fix for users of Navi cards. :: Test Drive Unlimited 2 General Discussions - last accessed on 2022-12-06
  4. Verified by User:Blackbird on 2022-12-06
    Works perfectly for me (Specs)
  5. Test Drive Unlimited 2 graphic glitch \ VOGONS - last accessed on 2022-12-06
  6. So is the map freeze/crash issue ever going to be fixed? :: Test Drive Unlimited 2 General Discussions - last accessed on 2022-12-06
  7. Verified by User:Blackbird on 2022-12-06
    This is needed if using either DXVK/dgvoodoo2 otherwise the game will always randomly crash