Test Drive 4

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Test Drive 4
Test Drive 4.JPG
Developer(s) Pitbull Syndicate
Publisher(s) Accolade
Distributor(s) Electronic Arts
Platform(s) PlayStation
PC CD-ROM
Release date(s) PlayStation
  • NA September 30, 1997
  • EU November 1997
  • JP April 2, 1998
PC CD-ROM
  • NA May 24, 1996
Genre(s) Racing
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Test Drive 4 is a racing video game developed by Pitbull Syndicate and released by Accolade, Inc. for the PlayStation console in 1997. The PC version was released in parallel a year earlier. It is the fifth entry in the Test Drive series. Around the time of the game's release, its franchise was at the height of its popularity, outshining its arguably better-known competitor, Need for Speed, which it managed to outdo both technically and financially.[1] It became a PlayStation ‘Greatest Hits’ title.

Gameplay[edit]

The game follows the same path as its predecessors by taking the player on a quest to win new tracks and vehicles. This installment has the added twist of going international, with the challenge now stretching out into many cities around the world. Test Drive 4 features 14 modern and classic street-legal vehicles, covering a wide range of makes and styles. Only few vehicles are available to the player from the outset, with the rest needing to be won or purchased as the game progresses. There are six tracks with locations in five different countries.[citation needed]

Reception[edit]

Test Drive 4
Review scores
Publication Score
Game Revolution B[citation needed]
GameSpot 5.5/10
IGN 7/10
OPM (US) 3.5/5
PSM 4/5

The game was generally well received by critics and fans. Prior to its release, Test Drive 4 was awarded the Official Electronic Entertainment Expo Best of Show Award for the "Best Racing Game of 1997." The PlayStation version was rereleased in North America in 1998 as part of Sony's Greatest Hits program.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

  • Gran Turismo was being developed around the time TD4 was released, and has a more realistic approach
  • Need For Speed IITest Drive 4's main competitor

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Test Drive 4". IGN Entertainment, Inc. November 3, 1997. Archived from the original on October 15, 2002. 

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